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.
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 I’m facing.
The 10-day trip to South Africa was definitely one of the highlights of my Henley Executive MBA – 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 – a truly immersive learning experience!
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.
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 ‘better’ person myself.
The Strategic Marketing module of the Henley EMBA – Global was one of those things that I have been waiting for the most in my studies. I’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.
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.
During our recent Global Immersion Study Visit as part of the Henley EMBA – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ”post-EMBA”, the more you will be able to reap benefits from it.
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!
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.
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.
I’m excited to share my new appointment as the Finnish brand ambassador for Henley’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!
One of the key sets of skills that are strengthened during the Henley EMBA journey are research skills. These are particularly necessary in the composition of the final thesis. But what is the work life relevance of academic research skills? How can I benefit from the research experience in my everyday work?
The EMBA programme in general and the Personal Development module has been a great opportunity to constructively challenge my views and beliefs about myself. I’ve found myself increasingly disagreeing with some identity labels that I previously considered useful and accurate.
I’m a professional trainer and most of my training is one day courses. During my Henley EMBA studies I’ve had a chance to compare the delivery and impact of my shorter training to the longer training programs that Henley provides. This post serves as a reflection about those differences.
The Henley Global EMBA offers an opportunity to select one elective module on a topic where you want to deepen your knowledge and skills. I chose to do my elective in Digital Marketing. I was curious to see how up-to-date and relevant information a business school can provide about this rapidly evolving topic.