When we want to know the opinions of postgraduate students of an executive MBA, it never ceases to amaze us the variety of perspectives that they represent for each of the students. From professionals who already occupy positions of responsibility and with a lot of staff in charge, to those who have only three years of executive experience. But what is a common denominator in terms of the perception of the students of an executive MBA, is what it has to do with personal and professional enrichment that means being part of a group, we could say “of the chosen ones”.
In the first place, because not every graduate is in a position to take an executive MBA. It is required to have a minimum of proven experience of between 3 to 5 years, according to the policy of the business school and also according to the program, because there are some designed precisely for professionals who already have an important career and what they are looking for is improve some issues related to leadership, or simply a kind of fine-tuning (updating) of knowledge and especially, in an executive MBA, the interrelation with other professionals who belong to different sectors of the economy, also to other countries, so the exchange of experiences and knowledge becomes a multiplying factor of executive training (high-level training).
Some professionals admit that, in their middle management position, their role is focused on how to lead between the department they direct and the general management, with the aim of aligning actions, but not least, also achieving an accommodation of personal expectations. of each team member.
And in an executive MBA course, the students, all with interesting experiences and perfectly interchangeable know-how, discuss among colleagues the challenges they face in today’s leadership. But there is also the constant guidance of the specialist teachers in different subjects who develop the program’s modules, as well as the coordinators who are in constant contact with the students regarding the evolution of the course, commissioned work that must be present, extracurricular activities in which they will have the opportunity to participate, etc.
In other words, the students of an executive MBA will exchange ideas and also receive advice from coaches and other executives.
Face-to-face or online format
Undoubtedly, the contribution that an on-site executive MBA brings to each student is invaluable, especially due to the physical proximity between professionals and professors, which generates very useful synergies, but this does not mean that the online format should be devalued, because even in there are a number of face-to-face training actions that are done remotely, very common when senior managers of leading organizations whose headquarters are in another country have to intervene, so there is no choice but to look for that virtual meeting point . But also, in some activities in which a coach is involved, they are carried out remotely.
It does not matter the geographical locations in which the different students are or the case of the featured speakers, because all the students of an Executive MBA are already used to working remotely, because they have members of their respective teams in different locations, all working together in projects, yes, under the same leadership.
The importance of the techniques and skills that are acquired
There are students who at the end of their executive MBA, admit that they have learned different communication techniques, including negotiation skills, conversation and questions, to structure individual meetings more efficiently. And they give great value to it, since they had not noticed in the past the contribution that this knowledge and knowing how to apply it, and that could contribute better to the performance in their job.
In general, executive MBA postgraduates value valuable insights into the presentation and preparation of quantitative data for multi-stakeholder management reviews. They also admit that, although it is sometimes difficult to admit it, there has been a change in mentality in that the Executive MBA course has helped them to identify and increase the potential of others (staff in charge) as well as their own.
What relevant knowledge experience does an Executive MBA grant?
What surprises professionals who have had the opportunity to take an executive MBA is sometimes very personal. It is logical, because each experience of each student is unique, both in terms of what they already had when taking the MBA and what they acquired during the course.
Some postgraduates of an executive MBA recognize that, in a strictly personal sphere, the studies and experiences provided by the course not only covered the impact that leadership has on people, but also the best personal self-knowledge they achieved, since a large part of the Executive MBA programs seek for students to get to know themselves better, to look inward, to increase their capacity for reflection, and all of this falls squarely into the management of emotions and the importance of emotional intelligence as a field of knowledge and application that those in leadership positions must learn to use and perfect.
The learning of the MBA and the application in daily work
Another common response given by postgraduates of an executive MBA, to the question that is always asked of what is the most important lesson they have learned from the course, is that each student has to adapt their learning in the field of leadership in a way that affirm it as a management tool and at the same time, as a “soft skill” that suits your personality.
The personality of an effective leader is always the one that marks the path of others, indicates the direction to follow, teaches the corrections that must be made, trains his people in the use of feedback not as a punishment, but as a promoter of personal productivity, in short, postgraduates of an executive MBA clearly know where they have to go and how to get their staff to follow them when they assume leadership. But nobody follows who does not know where they are going, an issue that is frequently seen in organizations and sooner or later that leader is replaced.
And an executive MBA program is essential to know how to create a good work environment, foster interpersonal relationships, especially between base employees and middle managers, as well as ensure that staff feel satisfied with their work at all times, the recognition that the company makes its contribution, a fundamental way for people to assume a commitment to the management and the company.
On the digital experience that an executive MBA brings
The markets are not standing still. They move no longer for days, but for hours. One lesson learned by postgraduates of an executive MBA is knowing how to face change without complexes. Knowing how to diagnose the type of actions that must be implemented for that change that is coming or that has already occurred, impacting the organization. Companies that are successful in their digital transformation always face each project with priority objectives:
– Customer experience is value.
– Customers are moving targets.
– Digital ecosystems co-create value.
– Digital platforms drive the joint creation of value.
That is why organizations have had to build (even at unforeseen costs) the capacities of people and equipment necessary for them to develop the necessary skills to face new challenges. Having learned this lesson is essential to create opportunities, in highly competitive markets in which the gap that remains to be exploited is shrinking, except for those companies that know how to create value. And this requires learning and good leadership.
Why an executive MBA is important for your career
One of the goals of a young professional is to be able to develop a solid professional network, acquire key knowledge and skills and be in a position to accelerate their professional career in the company they work for or in the market. Three clear reasons why ambitious professionals make the decision to pursue an executive MBA at a business school. But their day-to-day is complicated: first of all, they have an absolutely compressed schedule of responsibilities to add more tasks; It is quite understandable that they are not easily for the task of dedicating time to a postgraduate degree that will take hours away from their work and family. This is just one of the reasons why the option of an executive MBA that makes it easy for students to take it part-time in 18 months is quite seductive. Take an executive MBA without stopping the progress you are making in your career.
An interesting contribution that an executive MBA makes to the candidate is that the knowledge and experiences that he incorporates during the course can be applied immediately in his work, adding value to the functions that he already performs in the company.
It can also mean good things for career advancement in your current organization
Based on the experiences of some business schools, we know that postgraduates of an executive program are always very well positioned in the company, since employers also value and at the same time want to retain the valuable new leadership and management skills that you already have. in a position to contribute. This has consequences when it comes to negotiating promotions and salaries. A course in this category is an important change in your career, and could become the most important choice you have made in recent years.
Both the skills acquired and the practical experience obtained in the classroom (both face-to-face and online) and through case studies, projects that are carried out with companies according to the agreements that the business school has with certain organizations, as well as commercial simulations , are all enriching elements that will help propel your career in an exciting new direction.
It is worth admitting that many of these experiences and new knowledge end up becoming a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to launch their own platforms in which they expand the current services provided by the company, both in the business model and in the territorial extension that it covers.
Professionals who are interested at this point in their career, broadening their experience in another country, the addition of an executive MBA is an undoubted CV enhancement, as well as providing the necessary connections for an exciting career abroad, giving them a invaluable insight into the different local markets and job opportunities.
You will enrich your professional network with diverse, fascinating and successful people
The people with whom you will share this executive course will end up being invaluable to you, not only as friends and colleagues in a high-level professional network that you are building, but also as mentors, and in many cases, as collaborators. Because they come from diverse latitudes and cultures, with their own suitcase of professional experiences that they will incorporate into the classroom and that will allow you to benefit from their unique perspective and experience. You are often learning alongside a creator from a renowned start-up or a bank manager from a top-tier financial organization. The multicultural and multisectoral realities that will be learning inputs will weigh in this personal interrelation, since much of the learning comes from the interaction with classmates.
When you reach this level of studies in a business school, you have the opportunity to learn almost as much from the network of students as from the professors, since some of them are world-class, especially some professors who regularly intervene in very specific topics and are specialists recognized on a global scale.
This brings a new insight into global business practices and an enviable network of connections that will prove to be a major asset throughout your career.
More contributions from an executive MBA
What is the executive MBA student experience? If we had to apply some attributes (good and bad) we could say that it is exhausting, exciting, challenging, transformative, that it deprives you of sleep for 18 months or more, but that it is also practical (immediate implementation of the acquired knowledge) and of course it is of a strategic nature.
We will try to give a series of assessments that we think will clarify a lot for you to make the decision to take a program of this type:
-It is not just class attendance, but the way in which each student contributes with her experiences and points of view to the perspectives of classmates.
– Improve your workplace by applying what you have learned from others in class.
– A network of lifelong friends is being forged.
– Some consider that when you start an intensive and face-to-face executive MBA, it is a “true academic training camp”.
– Students and alumni often describe their learning team as one of the most powerful aspects of their executive MBA experience.
– Carefully developed “learning teams” are formed by program management and coordination to represent a diverse mix of professional backgrounds, industries, and areas of expertise.
– Experience indicates that very quickly, learning teams successfully work together, learn from each other and share program experience.
– Many people refer to their learning team as a “family”.
– Leadership skills are expanded as teammates take turns facilitating learning team meetings and leading projects.
– Offer new perspectives from colleagues with different business experience.
– Create new opportunities to test business solutions and best practices in your organization or that of other members.
Antonio Alonso, president of the AEEN (Spanish Business School Association) and second vice president of EUPHE (European Union of Private Higher Education)