This year, the International Master in Management participants had the opportunity to participate in the Personal Inspiration Week, a week about accelerating participants’ professional and personal growth. During this week, participants enjoyed three different courses, Leadership Skills to Succeed in Life was one of them.
Philipp Herz, professor in charge of the course, an EADA alumnus of the International Master in Management class of 2012 and one of the initial ideators of the Personal Inspiration Week to teach students some of the experiences he and other alumni have learned after EADA that would be valuable to learn.
We interviewed Philipp Herz, asked him about his course and what he thinks about the Personal Inspiration Week.
1. What skills did you talk about during this week?
Personal Development, Leadership, Business development, Personal Branding, Digital Presence, Public Speaking, and Personal Finances.
The aim is to understand what it takes to thrive in highly competitive and disruptive job markets
- Building the bridge between EADA and the real corporate world
- Set the right goals and continually develop personal/professional skills
- Understand people and personalities to work with them and lead them successfully
- Identify growth opportunities to scale businesses
- Use public speaking to become a person of influence and a Leader
- Manage personal finances and build revenue-generating assets
- Interview like an executive to outperform other top candidates
2. What can the students learn about building the bridge between EADA and the real corporate world?
The level of competition in the 21st century is becoming fiercer with every graduating class. The advancement of technology and the breakdown of national barriers are the reason for a connected economy where professionals compete in a global marketplace and talent pool. Graduating students will need to know how to differentiate themselves and how to engage people to succeed in the corporate world (as an entrepreneur and/or employee). In addition, following the tragic years of Covid-19, most companies will need to identify new growth opportunities, launch new products, and accelerate revenue.
As a professor, I aim to help students build their unique competitive advantage to enter successfully in the corporate world. In addition, my role as a professor is to teach students how to balance their personal and professional life effectively.
I always tell my students that most people stop learning after graduation, but this is when life starts. It is like starting back in kindergarten again, and you need to learn every day to build and keep your competitive advantage.
3. As an alumnus, why do you think the Personal Inspiration Week is important for the students?
With companies that are constantly disrupting the market, skill requirements have been raised, and the ability to be able to pivot careers will become increasingly important. Graduates will need to know how to continually raise their value and successfully build and keep their competitive advantage.