Leading Through a Global Crisis: Navigating the Unpredictable

mon22jun(jun 22)15:00fri26(jun 26)16:30Leading Through a Global Crisis: Navigating the UnpredictableLocation:on-line

Event Details

The global pandemic has indisputably accelerated the change. The future of education we have been discussing has become the reality within days. However, moving to virtual also means operating in a new environment ruled by a different set of rules. Consequently, the role of leadership has shifted.

Many leaders are now facing questions such as how to effectively adapt to the virtual, how to lead in such environment, how to navigate the ever more fragile business school environment or what leadership competencies are crucial in a constantly changing world.

A time of crisis or a time of opportunity?

The online programme offered by the Executive Academy will guide participants out of the “emergency mode”. It will encourage them to take the opportunity to come to terms with their new normal, redefine their values, goals and strategies and create a new, sustainable and innovative approach to meet challenges in a world of constant change.

Target Group:
Executive Academy Alumni, Programme Directors, Associate/Assistant Deans of Teaching & Learning and Senior Program Managers with a complete overview of the entire academic cycle (though not necessarily direct responsibility); admissions, programme design & administration, career services and alumni management. Managers of corporate universities or executives of corporate talent management departments are welcome to cross-fertilize group learning.

Programme Fees:

  • EFMD Member: 600 €*
  • Non-member: 800 €
  • Executive Academy Alumni Fee: 200 €

* Price reduction corresponding to the charged registration fee will be offered for your future participation in the Executive Academy for Teaching and Learning Professionals of your choice (Europe/Asia or Americas stream).


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Monday 22 June

15:00 – 16:30

Re-Leading You
This session focuses on the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and the toll that confinement, loss of relatives or friends, and travel bans have taken / are taking on the participants’ professional, family and personal lives. It also represents an opportunity to redefine one’s purpose and values and strengthen one’s health and resilience. Based on real stories and research data, we look at what we can learn from people who have successfully faced adversity. The crisis has also fundamentally redefined the way we work and organize ourselves in virtual workspaces. We revisit the BrainBalance with this change in mind.

  • Steven Poelmans, Ph. D.

Tuesday 23 June

15:00 – 16:30

Re-Leading Others
The COVID-19 crisis has forced leaders around the globe to redefine work goals and relationships, as it has accelerated the evolution of the workplace towards a virtual workspace, which is governed by a different set of rules. Some companies see this as an opportunity to exert even more strict control over collaborators, others take advantage of this crisis to become more flexible, and strive for higher autonomy and self-sufficiency in employees. It is clear though that leadership role will drastically change, and will not come back to how they were before. In this session, we introduce paradoxical leadership as a way of meeting the challenges of a world in constant change and uncertainty.

  • Steven Poelmans, Ph. D.

Wednesday 24 June

15:00 – 16:30

Re-Leading Programs in Disruptive Times
Acceleration would be the word that will best define the aftermath of COVID-19 for any industry without exception. In education: acceleration of online teachers, online students and online learning platforms will be a fact as the acceleration of high impact face to face education. The future of education that we have been discussing for years, will be less of a thinking exercise to become the new normal. During this thought-provoking session we are going to revisit our value proposition for a world in which stakeholders, without distinction, have been shaking it.

  • Jordi Diaz, DBA (c)

Thursday 25 June

15:00 – 16:30

Re-Leading Institutions in Fragile Times
The environment of business schools is becoming more fragile, be it because of the gradual unbundling of degree programs, the break-up of value chains and the educational provision “in-between” institutions, the potential AI-driven automation of facilitation, changing customer attitudes towards learning, etc. As a consequence, the traditional “business model of business schools” has become brittle (despite all the recent successes) and COVID-19 is likely to act as an accelerator. This module of EA Online helps participants to explore what leadership competencies are required in this environment and how can they adapt most effectively.

  • Ulrich Hommel, Ph.D.

Friday 26 June

15:00 – 16:30

Re-Energizing action
The final session will be fully devoted to participant sharing. Participants will decide to where they want to take their action plans. In a complete elevator pitch format, participants will define the ‘challenge’ they want to focus on and the why/what/how/when they want to define. Peer feedback will be a valuable tool not only for the session but mostly for creating long-lasting sharing opportunities among participants.

  • Jordi Diaz, DBA (c)


  • Jordi Diaz

    Jordi Diaz

    Dean, EADA Business School, ES

    Dean, EADA Business School, ES

  • Steven Poelmans

    Steven Poelmans

    Professor of Neuromanagement & Strategic Leadership, Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp, Belgium

    Professor of Neuromanagement & Strategic Leadership, Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp, Belgium

  • Ulrich Hommel

    Ulrich Hommel

    Managing Director, XOLAS; Professor of Finance, EBS University of Business & Law

    Managing Director, XOLAS; Professor of Finance, EBS University of Business & Law




online event (no physical location)


june 22 (monday) 15:00 - june 26 (friday) 16:30 CEST