A transformational experience
Learn from those who have experienced the Consulting and Coaching for Change programme for themselves.
Consulting and Coaching for Change alumni have kindly agreed to share their stories with those interested in the programme so you can learn:
- Why they choose to attend this programme,
- What they gained through the taught modules and the dissertation,
- How this experience transformed their thinking, approaches and future.
Mick Yates (Year 2003) - United Kingdom
Director of international expansion,group Dunnhumby
"The Consulting and Coaching for Change programme gave me new thinking and new networks. I became one of the founders of a community of practice called The Change Leaders, which now has about 60 members from the different course cohorts, and is all built about the world of change. We meet once or twice a year. More
We keep in touch over new things and what we are learning and applying. I’d spent my whole life working for big corporates, ending up as company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s consumer business.Now, I’ve taken the business from working in three countries to working in 26, and I’m using what I learned in the course all the time because change management is what I do with my retail clients.”
Gerald Karsenti (Year 2005) - France
Managing Director, Enterprise Services France, HP, and Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris
"I learnt so much about the capabilities of people and how to interpret the human factor when managing them. I know I am managing differently now. More
It is so easy to say you are taking people into account but then not do it. Sometimes you can want to push people for immediate results. But I really understand now that it is always worth taking that extra time to learn about people, to develop their capabilities, to explain what is happening and to make sure they understand"
Susan Goldsworthy (Year 2006) - Switzerland
"The first session gives you a whole smorgasbord of tools and techniques. And as you’re learning it, you’re applying it, so it is very practical. There was a huge breadth and depth of topics, with recognised speakers and experts. More
But there is no prescribed way of doing it."
Gyongyi Kallai (Year 2007) - Hungary
Coach, consultant and teacher
"I already had a Master’s degree in economics and had studied at universities in the United States, but as soon as I saw this programme advertised I knew from the content, language, spirit and philosophy that it was right for me. The advert said people were required to have ten years’ experience, so I knew the group would be excellent; and I also knew that a qualification from HEC would be unbeatable." More
Now I’m working as a coach, consultant and teacher. I’m based near Budapest, and have my own consultancy, Trendset Consulting, and work for many large companies but also for NGOs. One thing I’m proud to be involved in is a new Europewide programme to train young professionals. I’m also doing my PhD at the ELTE University in Budapest. It’s on fl ow, and how organisational factors help or organisational context. I was in fl ow the whole time I was doing the CCC programme!"
Hugo Marynissen (Year 2007) - Belgium
Founder, Progressive Media
The course is all about change, but I honestly think the biggest change was within each individual. I now have new clients, and I am serving the clients that we do have much better – by the end of the course I had already recouped my investment. More
I have my own company in Belgium specialised on risk and crisis communications and I found I was getting very frustrated in my work by not having easy access to the board. I felt I needed a more academic background. I started it in 2007 and graduated in 2009. I got out of it far more than I expected!
We learned about the technical and social sides of change and I found the module on leadership particularly interesting. I also liked the way the whole course was based on practical learning. I got new tools to use with my clients, and the professors were very keen for feedback on how we found using what they had taught us.
We were a fantastic group, too. The average age was early 40’s, and everyone had good experience and was keen to learn new things. Everyone was open-minded, tolerant and intelligent and I think more than half of what I learnt was through interactions with my peers. I’ve now got a wonderful group of international friends and colleagues and never a week goes by when I’m not in touch with someone from the programme.
But it also reawakened in me a love of learning. I wasn’t the most brilliant student when I was at school, more than 20 years ago, but now I am doing a
doctoral programme at Cranfield University. I really loved having the opportunity to read, learn, discuss and create new ideas.”
Guillaume Lefebvre (Year 2011) - France
Deputy General manager Crédit Agricole Normandie Seine
"As one of the top managers in this bank Consulting and Coaching for Change will help me address new challenges of the future. I love this programme!"
Hollick Rajkumar (Year 2011) - Trinidad and Tobago
Managing Director HRC Associates Management Consulting, Trinidad and Tobago
"Considering a personal return on investment, the programme is going to make me a better professional - I have a better personal understanding of myself."
Lucy Gill (Year 2011) - Australia
Director of Retail Initiative, Kantar, WWP, Australian
"I particularly chose this programme for its pre-requisite of having many years of commercial experience."
Mitford Mundell (Year 2011) - South Africa
General Manager / Chief Operating Officer, Nambed (on secondment from De Beers), South African
"This offered something different. The uniqueness of the two institutions, the diversity of the group, and the content of the programme was all very appealing."