There are five fundamental elements in our approach that make us different: action learning – the ESEM way, strong leadership focus, dedicated mentoring, cross-functionality and organisational impact.
One of the main critics of managerial education is the disconnect between what is learned in the classroom and what is actually applied in the workplace. Our pedagogical approach, the ESEM Method, bridges that gap by putting a strong focus on the application of knowledge addressing real challenges businesses are facing.
The ESEM Method is a cycle of learning, doing and reflecting with dedicated mentoring throughout. Effectively, the action learning method amplifies learning through application and reflection. Each programme at ESEM is designed to integrate action learning at its core.
Participants start by learning fundamentals and key theoretical concepts, at their own pace, customised to their previous knowledge, helping them get well prepared for advanced concepts covered in-class sessions.
With essential knowledge in hand, participants are immersed in dynamic class sessions where they learn applicable tools and innovative concepts, discuss real cases and debate current issues.
Participants undergo a series of mentored individual reflection exercises with the purpose of reflecting back on learnings and how they can be applied in real life.
With the right concepts and toolset, participants enter the action phase where they work on real problems organisations are facing with the support of their mentors and professors.
The mentoring process starts by assessing the knowledge requirements of participants and providing them with relevant learnings to be prepared for advanced discussions in class. During these class sessions, together with our international faculty, our mentors encourage and guide discussions facilitating peer exchange.
Class sessions are followed by reflective mentoring sessions where participants reflect on the knowledge acquired creating better understanding of tools and concepts and tools.
It personalises the learning process allowing for ongoing support and guidance, and also helps optimise the time spent on learning. Our mentors are renowned professors and practitioners, experts in their field, well positioned to guide both the learning process and action projects in companies.
During the action phase of the learning process our mentors help participants define assignments that will have the most impact in the working environment and amplify the participant’s learning curve. With ongoing progress checkpoints, mentors provide continued guidance until the completion of the assignment.
In addition to providing guidance and support, our mentors also take responsibility to help participants optimise their time most efficiently making sure the learning process does not create an unsustainable time burden for them.
Our programmes are carefully designed to bring significant benefits to sponsoring organisations that take top talent development seriously. These benefits include but are not limited to:
It is an enriched learning experience grounded in practice. It helps participants create solutions across different functions of their company and contributes to team motivation across the organisation.
Action learning enhances business agility which transforms organisations to become learning organisations and keep up with the rapid changes in the workforce, competition and technology.
In a nutshell, our approach to business education develops effective leadership and problem-solving traits, which deliver significant, tangible, measurable benefits to organisations investing in talent development.
Our method enables organisations to test brave, new ideas, solve challenges and investigate potential opportunities.