IMD CEO Learning Center
Chemin de Bellerive 23,
P.O. 915, CH-1001 Lausanne
The word “learning” is ambiguous. At school teachers impart and students absorb universal truths, knowledge and theories. In this sense “learning” is a cognitive phenomenon, separate from experience and action.
But senior executives should question this limited definition of learning. For them learning should also be synonymous with adaptation, change and growth. Experience and action are important sources of learning.
The research of the IMD CEO Learning Center focuses on a range of dissonant experiences that have the potential to trigger learning and change. While these provide rich opportunities for learning, they are often not realized. To benefit, CEOs must remain alert to the enablers needed to extract potential learning from experience.
The Center focuses on the human dimensions of executive leadership and approaches the development of CEOs and senior executives at three levels: organizational leadership; team leadership and personal leadership:
The approach taken by the IMD CEO Learning Center is to facilitate learning through dialogue, reflection and experience. Personal insight is the primary learning vehicle and the learning is supported by theoretical and conceptual knowledge. The Center works on three learning principles: