In This Bloutcher
Where Art, Life and Leadership Collide
The Future of the World
I just returned from co-teaching a unique program called Global Leadership which the magnificent Nancy Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill, created for incoming MBA students.
The students came from 25 countries, speaking 25 different languages. 43% come with engineering, math, IT degrees, 32% with business and economic degrees, 18% from the liberal arts and 4% from the pure sciences. 27% are women.
They come to the program expecting traditional MBA fare—heavy on the analytics. What they get from the Global Leadership program pulls the rug under those expectations.
They are challenged by big questions:
• Who are you, really?
• What does it mean to lead beautifully in a disruptive and uncertain world?
• What is learning in a world characterized by change and speed?
• Where do you want to make an impact?
• What are you prepared to take responsibility for?
They are immersed in art based experiences as a stepping stone for wrestling with these big questions. They enter into animated conversations with their colleagues. They participate in collaborative problem solving. And they reflect deeply and personally about what they are learning.
They are the future of the world.
Here are some of the themes that came to the surface:
• Diversity is not a nice to have. It is foundational.
• Culture matters
• Leaders shape culture
• Creativity breaks down stereotypes, biases, preconceived notions and empowers leaders to make an impact in unexpected ways
• The current state of the world weighs heavily on these students
• Creativity is an agent for hope
• Hope, creativity and commitment can reshape the world
This is a glimpse of the future of the world through the eyes of those who will make it.