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IMD Executive Education

Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE)

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Nov 26—Dec 5, 2019
10 days
Lausanne, Switzerland
CHF 25500 ≈USD 25923
CHF 2550 per day
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About the course

Focus on what matters with IMD's senior general management program

  • Develop a new level of self-confidence in what you can and want to contribute to your organization
  • Define concrete plans to conquer personal leadership and organizational issues that matter
  • Formulate new responses to some of the persistent, complex problems your organization faces
  • Become familiar with big external changes and what they mean for you and your business

As a senior executive, you’re at the top of your game. Your accumulated experience and knowledge of your business means you can work faster and smarter. But what drives you forward today?

Is a further jump up the corporate ladder what you seek, or is it something beyond, more fundamental and harder to define?

IMD’s Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE) will re-energize your ambition and help you find new sources of inspiration as you reconnect with who you are and what ultimately matters.

Develop new “breakthrough ideas” to solve leadership and organizational challenges you face and guide your company’s response to big external changes with confidence. In just 10 days.

Develop a new level of self-confidence in what you can and want to contribute to your organization

Define concrete plans to conquer personal leadership and organizational issues that matter

Formulate new responses to some of the persistent, complex problems your organization faces

Become familiar with big external changes and what they mean for you and your business

You and your class

You are a senior executive, at or near the top of your organization, searching for new approaches to solve leadership and organizational challenges. You want to do what matters both personally and for your organization.

Your class is individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning with a truly diverse group of global peers. Your class will become a trusted resource, encourage your learning journey and surprise you in many unanticipated beneficial ways both during and beyond your classroom experience.

What you can expect in the program

Your 10-day journey with IMD takes you twice through a reflection and action learning cycle. You consider successively the personal, interpersonal, intra-organizational and finally extra-organizational dynamics that all contribute to shaping your behaviour and the choices you make as a top executive. Understanding deeply what these dynamics are and the role they play, will help free up your energy so you can focus on what really matters to you and your organization.

Your reflection and action learning cycle

Your first time going through this learning cycle will help crystalize what the challenges and sensitive points are, while the second time round, you will formulate clear response plans at each level (personal, interpersonal, intra-organizational and extra-organizational).

You'll think hard about questions such as:

  • What motivates me today? What do I want to achieve versus what do others want me to achieve?
  • If I am not aiming to move further up the corporate ladder, what do I want to do?
  • What do I want to contribute to my company and to society?
  • What are the difficult conversations I am avoiding or need to have?
  • Are my influencing skills working for or against me?
  • Am I a high performer? Do I turn others into high performers?

You'll experiment with new tools to engage your environment in new ways:

  • Problem formulation and design
  • Managing for performance framework
  • Best-self assessment
  • Individual directions inventory
  • Digital business agility

Simulations, experiential exercises, peer-learning, facilitation role-playing and personal coaching all contribute to enriching your learning and making sure it translates into lasting impact after the program. You will leave re-energized and focused, ready to conquer personal and organizational issues that matter.

Who should attend

This advanced management program is ideal for senior executives at, or near, the top of their organization. Whether you are at a committee, group or divisional level, you are most importantly recognized as a key business influencer within your organization. You are in the loop of all important business and strategy decisions as someone who brings considerable experience, influence, and power.

BPSE is our most senior general management program and peer learning and networking really shape your learning experience as you join a carefully selected group of participants with very diverse backgrounds.

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Michael Wade

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Goutam Challagalla

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Robert Hooijberg

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Tawfik Jelassi

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