Better leaderS In spite of this shift, the popularity of Aalto EE, Aalto University's Executive Education faculty, suggests that many retain an interest in executive employment. "Our mission is to build a better world through better leadership," says associate dean Pekka Mattila. "The means for this are outstanding development experiences and outcomes on the individual and organisational levels. This enhances successful and purposeful management careers and promotes healthy and high-performing organisations and organisational cultures. This mission is accomplished by providing high-quality developing programmes for business executives and specialists both in Europe and Asia-Pacific." Aalto EE's hubs in Helsinki and Singapore, as well as the established operations in Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, and Poland deliver international insights and opportunities for partners, faculty, and students. Out of roughly 3,900 international business schools only 50 have the prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation. "We are lucky to be one of them." Whether students intend to join an established company or launch start-ups, the leadership qualities taught by Aalto EE will place them on steady ground. "Good leadership can be taught and learned, but one needs a living management context for applying and reflecting. Interestingly, the most crucial factor for success is how quickly we recover from failures and how responsive we are to others and feedback. Mattila calls Aalto EE's presence in Korea a success story. "We have been there for sixteen years and educated some of the brightest minds in the thriving Asian economy. We have numerous parallel programmes running year in, year out, and the number of Korean alumni will soon exceed four thousand. "Right now, we have a unique opportunity to leverage something that I could call truly global leadership. Our great connections to and from Asia are to be embraced. A lack of brand awareness and the false myth of Finland being far away are the main challenges." www.yrityskyla.fi www.nuoriyrittajyys.fi www.tiimiakatemia.fi http://aaltoes.com www.aaltoee.fi www.start-upcenter.fi Photo: IstoCKPhoto their careers. Many of the current generation do not fit the mould that firms expect. Also, it's hard to find jobs. Students feel they need to take ownership of their careers and build something for themselves." gooD Sport! T he encouragement of ingenuity and imagination helps to inspire new finnish start-ups. "You need to be super excited and your head needs to be so full of ideas that it's about to explode all the time." That is the advice of Sami Kuusela, creative director and co-founder of Sofanatics, an online "virtual Stadium for sports fans, a match-time chat centre for the fans of the world" listed in Wired magazine's rundown on hot new start-ups. fans of football and other sports can chat and banter online in what is effectively a virtual pub. "You also need to have lots of staying power to sit at your computer every day doing monotonous things as you have no money to hire help," he continues. "You need to light up everyone around you colleagues, investors, the media and make them believe in your vision. But you also need to be super-humble and listen to people around you who often know better. These people are often the first users you get to join your service. and you should not be afraid: no one knows if you will succeed or not." according to kuusela, Sofanatics' appeal lies in the fact "that we are solving a real problem: watching sports alone is lame. millions and millions of sports fans understand this." www.sofanatics.com Photo: soFAnAtICs 31
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