Paving the Path to Leadership

When millennials first entered the global workforce, the spotlight in business media was often on the resulting generational divide, with a steady stream of advice directed at long-suffering senior leaders on how to better manage this wayward age demographic. Fast-forward to 2018 and the tide has turned: with years of experience under their belts, millennials now make up the largest generational group in the U.S. labor market. Firms worldwide have begun passing their leadership batons to millennial managers, whose technological savvy uniquely… Read More

The Search for Talent: Are You Sure You Know Who You’re Looking For?

In the olden days – think 10 years ago! – the search for talent was a straightforward affair. Not anymore! In the wake of the economic recovery and demographic shifts, companies in many global markets have gone from posting ads and passively waiting for résumés to struggling to fill job vacancies. The competition to attract and retain talent is especially steep in sectors like IT, engineering and health care, sometimes leading to a backlog of open positions. The talent-deficit challenge is especially… Read More

Matrix Organizations: Transcending Time and Space

Matrix organizations first emerged in the aerospace industry in the 1960s, when U.S. government bids required firms to develop detailed charts outlining how their project management teams would get the job done. Rather than upending their management systems to adapt to contract requisites, companies created horizontal units and superimposed them across existing vertical hierarchies. And voilà! The matrix was born and life in the multinational labor pool was never the same again. For many in the global workforce, the upshot of this… Read More

A Dozen Trends for 2019

What to expect from 2019? From plateauing global growth to catering to increasingly picky consumers, there’s lots on the economic and business horizons to watch out for. Here, our professors choose a dozen of the key trends that may impact your business in the coming year. Slowing global growth While the world’s economies are still in expansion, there are more and more signs that growth may slow down. “Growth in 2019 will remain strong, but it seems to have plateaued. We have… Read More

6 Ingredients to Successful Leadership From Someone Who Knows

The prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranks El Celler de Can Roca as the second-best place to eat on the planet. What’s its secret sauce? Things like staying true to your roots, finding your passion and taking care of your team. If these sound familiar, they should. Managing an haute cuisine restaurant has a lot in common with managing other types of businesses. We’ve got more ingredients for leadership success from head chef Joan Roca and a case study by IESE… Read More

Starting a New Job? We Can Help You Through It

It’s a time of new beginnings: a new academic year, new seasons of sports and entertainment. Some executives are also starting a new job around this time of year, either because they’re changing companies or switching positions within the same company. If you’re in this situation, or are planning to make a move sometime in the future, we’ve got 10 tips to start off on the right foot in your new position, based on research by IESE professor Guido Stein. Be social… Read More

This Summer, Take Mindfulness with You on Vacation

Can’t take your mind off your upcoming holidays? It’s that time of year. We have ideas for how to rest not only your body but also your mind as we head into August. Removed from the day-to-day stresses of the workplace, summer can be an ideal time to practice mindfulness. It can make your holidays more restful and help you return to work in full mental form. Here we have some suggestions on how to get started with mindfulness, based on the… Read More

Hesitant to Return to the Classroom? It’s Nothing Like You’d Expect

Considering returning to the classroom but dreading sitting behind a desk? Juggling professional and personal schedules that already seem overloaded? Anxious for practical solutions to your real workplace problems rather than theoretical knowledge? You’ve got nothing to fear. In IESE’s Executive Education programs, the learning process is participative and experiential rather than passive. New online options allow you not only greater flexibility in scheduling but also greater depth of knowledge. And all formats are geared toward giving you the new capabilities you… Read More

Big Data: Reshaping the Global Real Estate Industry, Too

Big data is everywhere. The ability to tap into vast quantities of information is influencing virtually every facet of business, and the real estate industry is no exception. What does big data offer? First, up-to-date and reliable information on local and global real estate markets, which can reframe strategic decision-making. Second, the creation of new data sets that may effectively predict housing booms and busts. Consider the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, triggered in part by the U.S. real estate bubble. If… Read More

Make Artificial Intelligence Your Best Friend in Management

Talk of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere – often in the context of the imminent danger it poses to jobs. But far from being an enemy to senior management, AI may well be an executive’s best ally. After all, the future of management will depend on intelligent people who know how to work with intelligent machines. But to do this, you have to be ready. Here are some suggestions. Start by training yourself to understand the data Artificial intelligence isn’t just for… Read More