Are you prepared for the future of work?

A well-known venture capitalist recently predicted that, in the long run, all employment will be centered around some kind of information or entertainment, with all physical labor, whether in agriculture or industry, becoming obsolete. “I don’t know if even 10% of people on the planet will have a job in the sense of being paid to do something,” the investor in ventures such as Tesla Motors and SpaceX said. While that horizon seems distant for most of us, the trends shaping this… Read More

Why did I do that? Unexpected reasons for taking decisions – and what to do about them

  Some studies estimate that we take 200 decisions a day … just related to food. That’s so many decisions that we can’t possibly put reasoned thought into every one of them, meaning that we make many choices without full awareness or room for reflection. Why is this relevant to the workplace? Because decision-making is a fundamental part of an executive’s life, and the impact of those decisions goes far beyond wondering why we had a second serving of potatoes at dinner…. Read More

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

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

Managing People in an Age of Hyperconnectivity

We’re almost all hyperconnected. Our mobile devices allow us to check email, send messages, surf the internet, and monitor social media 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This impacts not only our personal lives but our professional lives as well — and presents executives with new management challenges. How does connectivity affect people management within organizations? We have a few clues from University of Navarra Professor José Luis Orihuela and others. Against ignorance, more training It’s easier to criticize connectivity than dare… Read More

How the Media Are Getting Their Groove Back

The challenges are great, but media executives are finding new opportunities to revitalize the industry. Don’t write the media off just yet. Eveyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” That famous quote has been on everyone’s lips over the past year, as media organizations work harder than ever to separate fact from “fake news.” It was repeated by Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, when he visited IESE’s New York campus to discuss the… Read More

Negotiating in a Global World

Asking for a raise, bidding for a promotion, debating a curfew with your unrelenting teenager…. These scenes don’t exactly conjure up pleasant, heartwarming images, do they? Negotiating is an anxiety-inducing endeavor for many, who fear coming across as overly assertive, insensitive or confrontational – or, even worse, losing control of the situation. If we reframe our perspective, however, we realize that negotiating is far broader than a zero-sum “winner-take-all” game. Truth be told, we negotiate all the time, more often than not… Read More

Mastering the Language of Finance and Accounting

Catherine’s eyes lit up when she saw her boss’s phone number flash across her screen: she would soon be basking in much-deserved praise. A sales director at a mid-sized manufacturing firm, she was feeling pretty good about herself. The sales plan was exceeding initial targets and this quarter’s performance was through the roof! Rather than admiration, her boss expressed alarm: “Listen, I’m kind of concerned. I know sales are up but you’re generating a cash-flow problem. Accounts payable are 60 days, so… Read More

Learn More at Work. Your Career Depends on It

  In an age of smart technology, does professional development even matter? As it turns out, it matters now more than ever, both for individual employees and for companies. And yet often times corporate education disappoints. IESE’s new #aWaytoLearn Expert Series of webinars is looking at corporate education, and already providing insightful lessons on how to expand what you learn at work. 1. Lifelong learning matters. It may seem obvious, but ongoing development will be more and more crucial to your career… Read More