Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE)

IMD Business School

How long?

  • 10 days
  • in person

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IMD Business School


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Who should attend

You are a senior executive, at or near the top of your company and recognized as a key business influencer within your organization. You are involved in all important business and strategy decisions to which you contribute your considerable experience, influence and power.

Participants of our senior executive training program are from cutting-edge companies and the diversity among your class members creates an enriching learning journey, full of new perspectives. Individually put together through a selection process to ensure that you experience the most impactful learning, you and your peers will be sharing resources and experiences for the rest of your lives.

About the course

  • Find critical breakthrough insights and develop concrete plans to turn those insights into actionable outcomes
  • Tackle the most critical and difficult-to-solve issues that are limiting you and your organization
  • Restore and enhance your confidence, your energy and motivation to make your next-level contribution – find fresh ideas and new sources of inspiration
  • Evaluate what global change, digitalisation and other external sources of disruption mean for you and your business

Senior executive training program to develop breakthrough ideas

You are a seasoned senior executive at the top of your game. Your job is to think big and to make the decisions that really count. But do you find yourself asking what drives you forward? Are you looking for new sources of inspiration to re-energize your ambition and to discover what ultimately matters to you?

IMD’s Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives (BPSE) is a 10-day intense and deeply engaging senior executive training program.

You will connect with senior executives from around the world to refresh your professional network, gain fresh insights, and inspiration. Guided by experienced coaches and faculty, you will uncover the breakthrough insights you need to confidently tackle the most critical and difficult-to-solve issues that are limiting you and your organization. You will leave with a clear plan to respond to the big issues that matter.

What you can expect in the program

BPSE takes you through an exploration of what really matters. Your 10-day journey with IMD takes you twice through a reflection and action learning cycle. You successively consider the personal, interpersonal, intra-organizational and, finally, extra-organizational dynamics that all contribute to shaping your behavior 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.


Goutam Challagalla

Goutam Challagalla is Professor of Marketing and Strategy at IMD. He previously served as Area Coordinator of Marketing, Associate Dean for Executive Education, and marketing area PhD coordinator at Georgia Tech in Atlanta for 21 years. Professor Challagalla also worked as Principal at The Monito...

Cyril Bouquet

Cyril Bouquet helps organizations reinvent themselves by letting their top executives explore the future they want to create together. For example, when the French authorities proposed to merge SNCF (the French train operator) with RFF (the railway owner), Cyril Bouquet designed and delivered a p...

Robert Hooijberg

Robert Hooijberg is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at IMD. He has a PhD from the University of Michigan and teaches at IMD in Lausanne. His areas of special interest are leadership, negotiations, team building, digital transformation and organizational culture. Before joining IMD in Sept...

Tawfik Jelassi

Tawfik Jelassi is Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD. He is also Co-Director of the Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program in Lausanne and Singapore/Dubai, which is the school’s largest executive education program with over 600 participants enrolled per year. His majo...

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