Pathway-specific skills get you in the door and give you a foundation on which to launch or accelerate your career. But these are not enough—and we know this because it’s what recruiters tell us over and again.
Top companies, startups and social enterprises seek business professionals who are able to make big things happen amid the realities of the workplace. And this often means being able to handle difficult colleagues confidently, address challenging workplace situations, and solve tough business problems.
Are you ready to boost your capacity for impact?
To catalyze your growth and transformation as a business professional. So we’ll put you in incredibly diverse teams, give you tough tasks and short deadlines—all with the goal of creating a bit of turbulence. And it’s this turbulence that creates the moments in which you can dramatically improve your impact—if you’re paying attention and are open to change.
To boost your capacity for impact is hard work, and that’s why work teams, projects and exchanges at IE Business School are designed to be challenging but safe spaces for experimentation. Try new behaviors, transform your mind, see what works. Learn new modes of thinking, and practice them to master them. Abandon old-school tools, and get fluent in data and the world of digital.
Formulating and solving ill-defined and difficult problems is fundamental to being a top-notch business professional. This is why we’ve consciously designed the development of these skills into your learning journey. Because if you learn these skills well, they become your partners for life—skills like problem formulation and problem solving, project management, critical thinking and creative thinking.
It’s often the case in business that great ideas, proposals and plans can end up discarded, or put on hold. You can avoid this by developing key behavioral skills that boost your ability to make things happen—despite the many forces that may be stacked against you. To be a high-impact business professional, you need to learn to crowd-source your ideas to reveal points of resistance and build alliances. You also need to develop an ability to sell—to study your audience, craft compelling stories, and communicate in a way that is convincing and mind-changing. And you need to know how to work well in different types of teams, and how to build teams able to overcome their own shortcomings and difficulties—what we call “self-healing” teams.
Being a top business professional today requires being digitally fluent. Great proposals need to be supported with insights gained from analyzing and visualizing data. Good business decision-making is data-driven and evidenced-based. So no matter what career path is next for you, digital skills will be critical to your ability to have impact. If this sounds like a big mountain to climb, don’t worry—we will help you get there. If this sounds like an exciting adventure, we’ll offer you options to double down on digital skills and even forge your next career steps in digital.
I like strategy, tech is hot, I have marketing experience—what's my path? If you have questions like this, get in touch and we'll help you sort it out. We know the jobs, the skills required... and how to best mix and match. Can we make a match for you?