I spent the first part of my career teaching in MBA programs and conducting academic research. I won several teaching and research awards and earned a tenured faculty position at Indiana University.
After I got tenure, three things happened:
First, I was asked to teach in Executive Education programs. To prepare my sessions, I searched for practical models, tools, and ideas that would help these managers do their jobs better. As I developed my material, I developed a genuine interest in the practical problems that managers face.
Second, I became involved with a leadership development project at a large transportation company. The learning director there knew a great deal about adult learning and so I learned a lot from her. She introduced me to the principles of leadership and management development, and she taught me how to combine classroom sessions with experience-based learning and coaching to help managers build their leadership and management skills.
Third, I was asked to join the faculty at IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland, where I worked with some of the best executive education professors in the world. They taught me how to listen to clients, how to work with them to design programs that met their needs, and how to manage the classroom experience to create an energizing learning session. I developed a clear set of guidelines for delivering successful executive education and acquired a set of tools and techniques to do just that.
Now I focus exclusively on executive teaching at business schools around the world. Over the last fifteen years, I have designed and delivered programs for IMD; Duke’s Global EMBA program; Penn State University; Indiana University; University of Colorado; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China; Europe International Business School; Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing; Peiking University; Insper Business in Sao Paolo; the Petronas Leadership Centre in Kuala Lumpur; and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Through my relationships with these schools, I have worked with many multinational and domestic companies, including Morgan Stanley, Novartis, Medtronic, Metso, Pepsi-Co International, Odebrecht, and China Development Bank.
Although I no longer work in a traditional academic setting, I haven’t completely abandoned my academic roots. I still read academic research and I like to engage occasionally in arcane scholarly debate. But, I’ve never been sorry for shifting to executive education… I really enjoy my work.