Learning for change
What is executive education? 1 2
Delivery Purpose and depth
This refers to academic programmes at graduate-level business schools worldwide for executives, business leaders and functional managers. These programmes generally do not award credits or degrees, but are still incredibly useful in the business world
This is the year that the science of deliverology will start to take root. People are tired of promises, evasions and excuses. Because people make up society, business and government, the zeitgeist is “make it happen and make it better”. This means executive education will focus more on understanding systems, causes and reality. It will scrutinise and develop the art of making decisions that get results, and it will focus on outcomes.
As we search for greater meaning through work, we need to become more innovative, more engaged and more conscious so that we can invent better solutions. In this creative era, this means more of our selves and our beings must show up at work. As a result, executive education will respond with more reflection and clarity on the meaning of work, and a more explicit view of work as a secular contribution to a spiritual life.
As we experiment in blended lives and technology enabled – and too often technology disabled – living, so we evolve our understanding of what can be learnt where, how and via which medium. Learning will happen in new ways, in new places and in new constructs that create a rich experience of multilevel and layered learning, rather than being seated predominantly in workshop rooms and lecture theatres.
As the boundaries of what we call executive education are called into question, and our categories collapse and blur, possibilities for new configurations and partners will emerge. What are business science and business art? Where is the organisation and, indeed, where and what is work now? This brings sensational new possibilities for learning that is human and open; that is intelligent and not merely intellectual.
Where once the need for business acumen, shareholder value and profits drove productivity, the new business models depend equally on creative acumen. This blend is what will increasingly preoccupy the gifted teachers in the executive education space. We need better value, better solutions, and new thoughts and actions to create success.