Executive Education at Imperial College Business School offers training courses for companies and individuals to develop their leadership skills, combine innovative thinking and insight to develop practical solutions to real-world issues. We offer short courses designed to help individuals stay competitive in the changing business landscape, and customised programmes that provide answers to the questions and dilemmas facing your business.
Go way beyond the classroom, with cross-disciplinary, experiential learning which challenges you to unpick your current thinking and embrace bold, new ideas. Here we uniquely blend the disciplines of science, technology, design and the performing arts with the results focus of business.
Impact Lab™ is our unique approach to learning in Executive Education. It’s not just a physical space, it’s a philosophy that underpins all of our programmes. We believe that the experiential method to discovery in science has a lot to teach the world of executive development, combining an attentive and enquiring consulting approach with high-impact and innovative learning.
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Testing new ideas
Our learning environment encourages individuals to test assumptions about others and themselves, for example by adopting alternative styles in decision-making, problem-solving and leadership. At the organisational level, the learning experience should provide the challenge for executives to question the assumptions underpinning their decisions and business strategies – more than just questioning the methods they use to maintain the current plans.
Equally, testing and failing is an integral part of exponential learning: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” (Thomas Edison)
Forming new structures
Organisational and individual development are often based on shaking and re-forming organisational structures, networks and partnerships. We encourage cross-discipline collaboration as a learning process in our programmes, and diversity as a business objective in itself since new networks lead to new ideas and actions.
Laboratory-based discoveries became famous due to real-life problems that they solved. Equally, experiments are not planned in a vacuum – they take account of existing data, past successes and failures. This informs how we approach the design of our programmes and underpins the value we seek to give. Our development has increased value to organisations and individuals because it enquires about the relevant history, context and past experience. It converts stimulating learning into real business value by paying attention to how learning will be applied into the organisation and made to stick.
Physicality & Awareness
You can touch, see and smell laboratory science. There is a ‘physicality’ about human learning – not just the neuroscience of accelerated learning through physical activity, but the part self-awareness of physical state (e.g. level of stress) plays in one’s growth and development. We pay close attention to this in the environment we use for learning and we incorporate awareness of physical state into learning.