Building on Talent (BOT)

IMD Executive Education

How long?

  • 10 days
  • blended

IMD Executive Education


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Who should attend

You are early on in your career, progressing fast and facing larger and more complex challenges as each day goes by.

You are somewhere between 28-35 years old with around 5-10 years of business management experience. You are a functional expert, or a manager of a function or a project.

We offer you an opportunity to learn and grow with a highly diverse group of like-minded individuals and top business professors with their fingers on the pulse of today's complex and disruptive environment.

About the course

  • Strengthen your business acumen: finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and innovation
  • Enhance your leadership skills: self-awareness, team building, conflict management, and resilience
  • Understand the challenges of tomorrow: digital transformation, disruption & sustainability
  • Join IMD’s exclusive Alumni network, the most diverse group of 100K top executives in the world

Accelerate your career with IMD’s Building on Talent management and leadership program

Embark on a transformative learning journey that will accelerate your career trajectory.

Building on Talent is designed to accelerate your career. It is for emerging leaders, usually in their late 20s and early 30s, who have their sights set on a general management or more senior function. This program will equip you with the essential skills and training to lead a function and/or cross-functional projects within your company.

  • Learn through hands-on interaction with IMD’s world-class faculty and an international class of peers
  • Work with professional executive coaches to master and implement what you learn as well your project back at work
  • Jumpstart progress towards IMD’s Executive MBA (EMBA), ranked #1 in the world on Career Development by the Economist in 2018. Building on Talent serves as the first step, fast-tracking you to step 2 of the EMBA

Your learning journey in just 3 steps

Step 1 - Building your leadership toolbox

Finding your own leadership voice, identifying how you as an individual can work better with and through others to build personal and team success is a key component of the program. We help you become a better business partner for your organization and find your own unique path to do so.

You combine work and study on this first step of your learning journey, working remotely 4 to 6 hours per week through IMD's state-of-the-art online learning platform. Your learning is highly interactive as you engage with your personal leadership coach, guided by Professor Jennifer Jordan, and interact with your peers at regular intervals.

At this step you also begin to prepare your personal development and business plans which will guide your learning for the program and typically cover a key current business challenge that you face, a direction you’d like to take, a business trend that inspires you, or in the case that you are aspiring to lead an entrepreneurial venture, an entirely new business you wish to launch.

Step 2 - Building your business acumen

During the second step of the program you spend 2 weeks at the IMD campus deepening your knowledge of the core business fundamentals. You deep-dive into the 4 pillars of business: finance, marketing & sales, operations and strategy in the context of increasingly relevant business challenges including digital transformation, high-paced innovation, and business sustainability.

Throughout these two weeks you will be guided by Program Director Salvatore Cantale and interact with IMD's world-class faculty of professors. You will participate in a variety of live learning and business simulation exercises and connect with your fellow participants to work together on developing your leadership skills and further refining the plans you started in step 1.

Between the two weeks, you take part in a weekend-long workshop where you experiment with different leadership styles. This is your chance to apply your new leadership knowledge and find out what leader you want to be!

Step 3 - Embedding your learning back at work

Your final learning step in this career acceleration program is to create a lasting impact for you and your company. At this stage you finalize and implement your personal development and business plans for the long-term, the main emphasis is your personal leadership development. Your plans typically cover a key current business challenge that you face, a direction you’d like to take, a business trend that inspires you, or in the case that you are aspiring to lead an entrepreneurial venture an entirely new business you wish to launch.

Throughout your return-to-work module you will be guided by a professional learning coach who will help you refine your plans. You will have regular scheduled calls with your coach who will guide you and ensure that you keep on track with your plans. This step ensures that you:

  • Enhance your business leadership skills and/or work on a new developmental area
  • Integrate your learning on business fundamentals and leadership
  • Address key issues for you and your organization
  • Profile yourself in your organization and make an impact


John W. Walsh

Selected Published Journal Articles Walsh, J. (1991). Survey of Wisconsin Injury Verdicts. Wisconsin Lawyer (1991) Practitioner-Oriented Publications Walsh, J. (1991). Multiple White Papers on Civil Justice Issues. Wisconsin Lawyer (1991-1992) Presentations Trial Practice Seminars ( 1 ) Multiple ...

Salvatore Cantale

Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance at IMD. His major research and consulting interests are in value creation, valuation, and the way in which corporations structure liabilities and choose financing options. Additionally, he is interested in the relation between finance and leadership, and ...

Arturo Bris

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. Since January 2014 he is also leading the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. At IMD he directed the from 2009-2014. He has directed programs for senior executives in several industries and continents. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Bris ...

Michael R. Wade

Michael R. Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD and holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. He is the Director of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco Initiative. Professor Wade has published works on a variety of topics, incl...

Benoit Leleux

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was also director of the MBA program (2006-2008) and director of Research and Development (2004-2008). He is currently the co-Director of Foundations for Business Leadership (...

Carlos Cordon

Professor Cordon’s areas of interest are digital value chains, supply and demand chain management, digital lean and process management. Carlos Cordon is currently developing research and cases in the following areas: the digital journey of traditional companies, digital innovation in value cha...

William Fischer

William A. Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for entitled “The Ideas Business,” (http://blogs....

Stéphane J. G. Girod

Stéphane J.G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation at IMD. His research, teaching and consulting interests focus on agility transformation, at the strategy, organizational and leadership levels in response to digital, globalization and other forms of disruption. He is Pro...

Knut Haanaes

Knut Haanaes is a Professor of Strategy and International Management at IMD. His research interests are related to both strategy and sustainability. In the area of strategy he focuses on strategy styles, the exploration versus exploitation tradeoff and business models. In sustainability he exami...

Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD. Professor Jordan's teaching, research, and consulting focus on the areas of corporate and individual ethics, power, leadership, and negotiation. Professor Jordan has received specialized t...

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