Lessons on Leadership: experiences from the IE Alumni Forum 2012

Trichet of ECB, Suttle of IIF, Aziz of Pakistan – these names are like near-deities in the pantheon of international finance gods and the IE community was fortunate enough to welcome these guests during the IE Alumni Forum, held on 13-15 September 2012. The IE Alumni Forum is an annual gathering of the IE community where alumni, students, professors and boards get together to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.

Day Two was inaugurated by His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Spain. Other high profile guests that day were invited to share their perspectives on key global political and economic challenges. Former European Central Bank Governor Jean-Claude Trichet for example shared his view on Europe’s economic outlook and how to improve Eurozone governance.

Perspectives on global challenges at times verged on the technical and esoteric level, but beyond the talk about liquidity injections and bank capitalization, the underlying theme was one that was clear and familiar to us all in the IE community: teamwork and leadership.

Self-determination versus collective sacrifices, harmonization versus fragmentation – these gradients are as relevant in a team context as they are in intergovernmental organizations like the EU. In any group effort, individuals – through an implicit social compact – give up some “sovereignty” over their personal time for the collective good. For students and alumni, the IE experience is characterized by intense group work such as those in our academic sections. Even students who have ever planned leisure or extracurricular activities – like section parties as well as the Football Club tourney, Oktoberfest weekend trip, Social Responsibility Forum, Asia Finance Trek and the Graduation Ball – become mini-decision making bodies.

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Global Engineering Leadership as a tool for success

A critical issue for technology firms is the competitiveness of their talented technical staff and leading innovators. As high performers are promoted within engineering and technical marketing roles, many require rounding out of their skill sets to function as both engineers and leaders. The symptoms of “engineering without leadership” include organizational indecision about new products…

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Economic Journalism in Asia: Contest

IE Business School launches its first edition of the Asian version of the Economic Journalism contest. The contest attracted 1000 journalist in its 3rd edition in Latin America and recognizes the article and media that best fosters economic culture among the population of the country in question by explaining how global trends and movements are impacting the spending power of its citizens.

The last 20 years have seen unprecedented levels of development and economic transformation in practically all the countries in the Asian continent. This growth is evidenced not only by macroeconomic figures but also by the change in the day-to-day lives of hundreds of millions of Asians, duly documented and chronicled by the media in countries throughout Asia. These narratives of the different phases of economic growth include accounts of the first arrivals of foreign business, mass exportation to the West, and the major inroads made by Asian multinationals in the rest of the world since the year 2000, not only in the form of exports but also in terms of purchases and production in every continent.

The media has born witness to and provided a running commentary on this success story, providing reflection and making its own contribution to the growth process.

As the countries of Asia have undergone economic growth, Asian media organizations have assigned ever greater numbers of journalists to coverage of this field and have increased the size their economy sections significantly. The proliferation of dailies and journals specialized in business and economy, along with websites and/or television channels, is a further sign of a society and market that is growing.

The press has played a key role in strengthening the economy, because thanks to news published about successful business corporations, new production technology or other related information of interest, it has helped to inform and educate the population about finance, business opportunities. An increasingly large middle class needs more information of this type in order to take important decisions. Without economic journalists and business press there is no social well-being and growth.

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