Executive Education Course at Saïd Business School
Multiple surveys highlight the harsh reality that business leaders are close to being the least trusted professionals on earth (cf. Edelman’s Trust Barometre or Ipsos MORI). There is no doubt that business education institutions are part of the problem, especially those that teach leadership to executives. For this reason, we have prioritised partnering with places that are willing to join us in challenging the status quo, such as Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po, Paris.
A group of 21 business leaders gathered for a week in Oxford to challenge their leadership assumptions in light of the management innovation we call the Economics of Mutuality. In this first-of-a-kind event, business practitioners were exposed to personal development workouts led by experts in the humanities, while immersing themselves with help from the Mars Catalyst team in applying the Economics of Mutuality co-creation toolbox to their functional work.
The main questions explored in intensive ‘hands on’ interactive sessions were: Why is this the right moment to challenge my leadership assumptions? What’s my job as a business leader if I am to seed mutuality at the heart of performance to make it more purpose-driven? How can I build and apply better business models in my role that are true to the real purpose of business? What’s the role I must play to spread this movement in the business community I can access?
In this inaugural event, participants were all from Mars, Incorporated and represented 14 countries from around the globe (across mature, fast-developing and less developed markets), different functions and business categories. This was a pilot for what will become an open programme within executive education curriculums, hopefully at the University of Oxford and elsewhere.
Mutuality is at the heart of the Economics of Mutuality programme’s content – and also its preparation. Therefore, we’re particularly grateful to our friends and partners at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and at Mars University, whose collaboration made it such a unique and powerful experience – Colin Mayer, Andrew White, Tracey Camilleri, Samantha Rockey, Jane Craig, Adam Henderson, Greg Morris and Charlotte Sivier.
We’re now planning for the next edition of our Economics of Mutuality Executive Education Programme, building on the lessons of this pilot.