Developing-Leaders-issue-27-2017

Viewpoint 22 | Developing Leaders Issue 27: 2017 This collaborative approach Silveira says lies at the heart of the FT|IE Corporate Learning Alliance’s DNA. The Alliance element is more than the FT and IE coming together, but looser affiliations with over ten further leading business schools, such as Yale School of Management, EGADE Business School, Singapore Management University and Science Po in Paris and Imperial College London. These global partners bring local depth of knowledge and culture and access to particular businesses both as solutions and clients. A recent example of the benefit of this collaboration followed the acquisition of Singapore- based shipping line, NOL, by CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, in 2016. CMA CGM Group turned to SciencesPo, as a top-level French education institution, to help with the integration of the new business. In its turn, SciencesPo Executive Education looked to the Corporate Learning Alliance and its fellow member, Singapore Management University, to help put together a three-module blended learning program for 100 high- potential executives, with delivery to the initial cohort between May and July 2017 in Singapore and online. With faculty led interventions from Sciences Po and SMU professors drawing on knowledge and expertise from both sides of the merger, and online content involving senior FT sector specialists interviewed by FT Associate Editor Michael Skapinker, the program compressed a lot of content into a short period of time. The program structure also included group work with a set of ongoing challenges on real-world topics of Digital transformation; Extending the value chain: port-to-port, door-to-door logistics; and Team cooperation: sharing best practices. These were discussed in the classroom initially, before moving online and culminating in live presentations. Involvement with these challenges and their groups has continued beyond the formal conclusion of the program allowing the learning momentum and mindset to continue back in the workplace – which is often the hardest goal to achieve of executive programs, but one that has the most significant sustainable impact. VanDyck Silveira is proud of these collaborations and keen to bring his relentless energy to encouraging more of them for the benefit of corporate clients the world over. He sees that the best way to lever and synthesize the huge potential of globalized business without being swamped by its complexity is to identify and cast off old orthodoxies and develop new collaborative skills in executives; which is also the approach that the Corporate Learning Alliance is using itself to develop its network and methodologies for the benefits of its own clients.

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