WHAT IS THE IMPM?
The IMPM is an International Program for Managers that leads to a Masters Degree. The core program is a set of five modules of 10 days each that take place over 18 months, organized by managerial mindsets.
Accompanying these modules are all kinds of intriguing activities, in the class and out: Co-coaching, Friendly Consulting, Dedicated Tables, Managerial Exchanges, and Impact Teams. Attending the five modules and completing the papers and managerial exchange satisfactorily will result in the awarding of the IMPM Certificate.
Those who wish to receive the Masters in Management Degree from McGill University or an MSc International Masters in Executive Management from Lancaster University, beyond the IMPM Certificate, write a Final Paper that allows them to probe more deeply into an issue of key concern to them.
Engaging managers means more than just doing workshops and discussing ideas. Managers attending the IMPM bring concerns from their own work so they can benefit from the experience of their colleagues.
This is ongoing in the program—around the tables all the time. It is also institutionalized in a process we call friendly consulting, where small teams of your colleagues work with you on your concerns. This input into your issues helps you make changes in your organization based on the experience of fellow classmates who care about your success.
REFLECTION PAPERS AND PEER COACHING
Learning from each other and the faculty does not stay in the classroom. After each module, you write a reflection paper. This is not an academic paper: you review what particularly struck you during the module and relate it your personal needs, at your own job, or within your organization. During the writing process, you connect with a team of colleagues, and a faculty tutor, who work with you to make these papers as helpful as they can possibly be. We call this peer coaching.
Midway through the program, you pair up with a colleague and spend the better part of a week as host and as a visitor at each other's workplace. This process of observing another manager at work and providing feedback is simple yet powerful. It is quite amazing what has come out of these exchanges.
When visiting with one of my LG colleagues in Korea, I realized that our company is vulnerable to a disruptive technology. As a result, we launched a startup company together with a top IT university in Brazil. We believe this will save our company." - Gustavo Miotti, Board Chair, Soprano Eletrometalugica Ltd., Brazil
"Never send a changed person back to an unchanged organization." Yet that is what almost all development programs do. We have changed that. You are given the opportunity, with our guidance and supporting materials, to designate an impact team back at work, of colleagues or direct reports, to help you carry your learning back into the organization. In effect, these people do the IMPM virtually. You debrief your team after each module and discuss how to use the learning for constructive change.
Thus does management development become organization development. An education that may seem pricey to an HR department becomes an astute investment for the organization—in training several managers for the price of one and in the profound changes that they can champion. Why not send a company team to the IMPM to work on a key issue?
I coached my team as I learned. I grew my team as I was growing. As I went through the modules, I took the basic principles and they were so appreciated by my team at work that they kept on asking, "When are you going to the next module?" - Daniel Smedo, VP, and General Manager, Metro Supply Chain Group, Canada
We have a 50:50 rule in the IMPM: half the time over to you on your agendas. You sit at roundtables, to share your experiences and learn with your peers. Most of the time you are in mixed groups, to gain from the diversity of experiences. But now we also have dedicated tables, where you can spend some of the discussion time with related managers.
You might join a table of entrepreneurs or family-business owners, or you might come to the program with colleagues from your industry or your own company. (LG and Lufthansa have been sending teams of managers for almost all of our twenty-one years.)
Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)
At LUMS you will find a truly international, well established and ambitious community. We’re triple accredited and world-ranked. Research is at the heart of our success and informs our teaching, pushes boundaries and transforms lives. Our collaborative approach and access to cutting-edge knowledge make us a beacon for top-talent; the place to be.
McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management
Desautels is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools by BusinessWeek, Canadian Business, Forbes, The Economist and the Financial Times. The Faculty’s innovative programs and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the finest students and the most prominent professors from around the globe as well as the most demanding recruiters from the world’s top employers.
Yokohama National University
The MBA program at Yokohama National University (YNU) consistently ranks among the highest in student satisfaction with one of the lowest acceptance rates of business schools in Japan. Located 30 minutes by train from Tokyo, YNU has always been committed to playing a global role with a long-term perspective that is fitting for Yokohama, the nation’s second largest city and key gateway to modern Japan.
FGV/EBAPE offers its students an emphasis on international studies. Founded in the 1950s, the school was a pioneer in formal administration training in Latin America. It has been ranked as the best School of Administration for the second year running and is placed among the top three Institutions of Higher Education in Brazil.
IIMB has been ranked the best business school in Central Asia by Eduniversal, Paris for the seventh consecutive year. IIMB’s distinctive feature is its strong focus on leadership and entrepreneurial skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. It collaborates with over 114 top B-schools in the world for various research initiatives and student & faculty exchange programs.