Juho goes Executive MBA

Join Juho Toivola on his Henley Executive MBA journey, from application to graduation and everything in between.

Juho Toivola has been appointed as our brand ambassador for the Henley Executive MBA. As part of this commercial cooperation, Juho will embark on his MBA studies in October 2021 and you will have the opportunity to join him on this journey!

Here you will be able to get to know Juho, learn why he decided to pursue an Executive MBA, understand what his concerns and expectations are, and get a glimpse into how the Henley Executive MBA journey is like, all the way from application to graduation, which is in Juho’s case expected to take place by the end of 2023.

Juho is known for being an outspoken person and you can expect a realistic view of what it’s like to study an Executive MBA while working full-time and taking care of your family, including all the things he is critical and excited about.

Join Juho on his quest!

#JuhoGoesEMBA

Becoming a better leader is about becoming a better person - Henley Business School Finland

Becoming a better leader is about becoming a better person

  • 24 Nov 2022
One of things that sets the Henley Executive MBA apart from other postgraduate programmes is the strong emphasis on personal development. It is great to systematically take time for personal reflection that is not focused on work objectives, but rather on balancing my personal needs with the external demands Iโ€™m facing. Identifying and resolving matters that stop you from being a better person are an integral part of the path of any leader who wants to develop.

Ten days in Cape Town โ€“ an emotional rollercoaster

  • 15 Nov 2022
The 10-day trip to South Africa was definitely one of the highlights of my Henley Executive MBA โ€“ Global journey so far. We worked actively with a local non-governmental organisation, consulted them on their reputation and helped them in direction setting for the next ten years โ€“ a truly immersive learning experience!

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation

  • 7 Oct 2022
The Reputation & Responsibility module of the Henley Executive MBA is an interesting combination of theoretical input about reputation management, corporate social responsibility, and an immersive hands-on project with a non-profit organisation in South Africa. The module was kicked off with a three-day workshop in Helsinki and the immersive trip to South Africa soon follows.

Executive MBA studies are great for business networking

  • 28 Sep 2022
One of the reasons I enjoy my Executive MBA so much is the possibility to network with professionals from different industries and functions. From a personal point of view, spending time with experienced and insightful business leaders is a great way to develop and become a โ€˜betterโ€™ person myself. In addition, there is also the professional angle offering business opportunities.

The clearer the marketing strategy, the faster the actions

  • 7 Sep 2022
The Strategic Marketing module of the Henley EMBA โ€“ Global was one of those things that I have been waiting for the most in my studies. Iโ€™m in charge of marketing in my current company, so I was really hoping to get some more clarity into my marketing thinking and to get new inspiration for planning our marketing efforts for the coming years.

A moment of reflection with the learning team after stage 1

  • 8 Jul 2022
The end of stage 1 from the Executive MBA provided a great opportunity to reflect on the journey so far. I wanted to involve my learning team in this reflection, and you can find their thoughts, opinions and experiences in a short interview.

The intensity of everything in New York

  • 21 Jun 2022
During our recent Global Immersion Study Visit as part of the Henley EMBA โ€“ Global, we spent a week in New York City, consulting our case companies and learning about how business works in Manhattan. This was a great opportunity to reflect on the similarities and differences between the US and Finland on the approach to business and work life.
Calculations or courage โ€“ which is more important for internationalisation? - Henley Business School Finland

Calculations or courage โ€“ which is more important for internationalisation?

  • 20 May 2022
Internationalisation and entering new markets is usually preceded by diligent analysis of available information and weighing of options. My own experience of working with small and medium-sized enterprises is that the final decision to expand internationally is often more a mental or emotional question.
The social aspect of learning - Henley Business School Finland

The social aspect of learning

  • 19 Apr 2022
One of the most interesting personal developments during my Executive MBA journey so far is how the focus of learning changes from accumulating knowledge to the social nature of knowledge and meaning. You could say that an individual can know something but this piece of knowledge only becomes meaningful in a particular social context.
The protective and harmful aspects of irony in work life โ€“ a personal reflection - Henley Business School Finland

The protective and harmful aspects of irony in work life โ€“ a personal reflection

  • 7 Mar 2022
In the end of February, we had the second Personal Development workshop. On a personal level, this was yet again a deep dive and an opportunity to reflect on how our formative years shape our thinking and behaviour radically. I will share some of these reflections in this blog post.
WACC, CoC and IRR โ€“ a psychologistโ€™s guide to corporate finance - Henley Business School Finland

WACC, CoC and IRR โ€“ a psychologistโ€™s guide to corporate finance

  • 8 Feb 2022
As a psychologist, I have not been trained in the art of calculating and interpreting financial figures, and this has been a real handicap during all my years in business. Finally, it was time to brush up my finance skills as part of my Executive MBA studies.
There probably wonโ€™t be a better time - Henley Business School Finland

There probably wonโ€™t be a better time

  • 21 Jan 2022
Studying for an Executive MBA is one of those things where timing seems to be a concern for most people. It’s true that EMBA studies are a time-consuming effort and you need to have a good command of your daily routines to manage your studies. Still, bearing in mind that the return on your EMBA investment will only happen in the future, the more life you have โ€post-EMBAโ€, the more you will be able to reap benefits from it.
Managing People workshop - Henley Business School Finland

To HR or not to HR โ€“ experiences from the Managing People workshop

  • 23 Dec 2021
The Managing People workshop of my Henley EMBA journey took place in Copenhagen in the beginning of December, which was very interesting for me as a HR professional. Read on for my learnings and takeaways from the workshop!
Juho Toivola

Q&A with Juho: Studying an Executive MBA

  • 3 Dec 2021
During November, you had the possibility to ask our brand ambassador Juho Toivola questions about studying an Executive MBA. We have selected five questions, which Juho will answer here.
The most difficult part about learning is unlearning - Henley Business School Finland

The most difficult part about learning is unlearning

  • 16 Nov 2021
I recently attended the Managing Processes and Systems workshop as part of my Executive MBA studies. I felt well prepared having done all the course pre-work and was ready to learn new models and frameworks that would enable me to understand business processes more broadly. The reality, however, turned out to be much more about unlearning. Sounds complicated? Let me explain.
Getting ready: What to wear? How to speak? - Henley Business School Finland

Getting ready: What to wear? How to speak?

  • 16 Sep 2021
I just received the invitation for the first workshop of my Henley Executive MBA studies and I’m happy that despite the challenging COVID situation we will be traveling to the campus in Henley, UK. It feels good to get started but it also raises some questions regarding proper attire for the workshops and my spoken English.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears - Henley Business School Finland

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears

  • 19 Aug 2021
In preparation for my Executive MBA studies, I have made a mental division of the coming study years: 2021, 2022 and 2023 and Iโ€™ve also reflected on my personal hopes and fears for this journey.
Why an Executive MBA? - Henley Business School Finland

Why an EMBA? Thatโ€™s what many people ask.

  • 6 Jul 2021
Iโ€™ve been considering EMBA studies for many years. Despite many critical comments, Iโ€™ve decided to pursue Henleyโ€™s EMBA and in this blog I share my reasoning behind this decision.

Ready to EMBArk!

  • 16 Jun 2021
Iโ€™m excited to share my new appointment as the Finnish brand ambassador for Henleyโ€™s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. I will begin my studies in October 2021, and expect to complete them by the end of 2023. I invite you to join me on this quest!

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Executive MBA Online event

  •   12.5.2023 โ€“ 09:00 to 10:00
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Todayโ€™s globally connected business world calls for a wider perspective, new skills and different ways of thinking. The Henley Executive MBA (EMBA) โ€“ Global is designed to develop outstanding business leaders ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of operating in todayโ€™s complex and fast-moving global economy. It develops leaders who are strong, responsible and adaptable.

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The ROI of EMBA for the employer

  • 19 Jan 2023
In order to consider the program to be a worthwhile investment for the company, business leaders and HR professionals need to understand the value of the training, and in particular the return-on-investment (ROI) of an EMBA. Read Juho Toivolaยดs blog post what are the long term benefits of the investment and how to calculate the actual ROI of EMBA.

Nobody wants to be a leader but everybody wants to develop leadership skills

  • 22 Dec 2022
The final third of my Henley EMBA journey has now officially kicked off! In the second week of December we spent three days in snowy Helsinki at the new Henley Finland premises. The topic of the workshop was โ€Leadership and Changeโ€, and it was delivered by professor Ben Laker. We were challenged to think critically about the leadership practices in our own organizations, and to develop concrete plans on how these practices could be developed.

My journey to being present – Blogpost of Henley Executive MBA – study trip to South Africa

  • 1 Dec 2022
Anu Laitila spent in October an unforgettable week in Durban in South Africa. The leadership immersion programme organised by Lead with Humanity was an elective module in Executive MBA studies at Henley Business School.
Becoming a better leader is about becoming a better person - Henley Business School Finland

Becoming a better leader is about becoming a better person

  • 24 Nov 2022
One of things that sets the Henley Executive MBA apart from other postgraduate programmes is the strong emphasis on personal development. It is great to systematically take time for personal reflection that is not focused on work objectives, but rather on balancing my personal needs with the external demands Iโ€™m facing. Identifying and resolving matters that stop you from being a better person are an integral part of the path of any leader who wants to develop.