Blog - Meet Jan Mühlfeit: Member of the Global Online MBA Advisory Board

Meet Jan Mühlfeit: Member of the Global Online MBA Advisory Board

Jan has a proven record in building successful teams and organisations in his almost 22 year career at Microsoft, where he served in different executive positions. In his last role (2007—2014) he was Chairman of Europe, Microsoft Corporation.

Based on his global experience he created a unique methodology and course “unlock human potential” to uncover personal talents for individuals and teams. Jan teaches his courses on a worldwide scale and has worked with many prominent S&P 500 companies. Among his key clients are Exxon Mobile, GE, Dentons, Microsoft, Generali, UniCredit, Siemens, Bosch, Société General, Skoda, Skanska, and many others. Jan coaches high-level executives, Olympic Games winners and artists from different countries and continents.

We interview Jan about his role on the Advisory Board, how he contributes to the Global Online MBA and his advice on how to be a leader.

1. Why did you join the Global Online MBA Advisory Board?

I was invited by some students a couple of years ago to speak at a lesson at Imperial College Business School and while I was there I met Paolo Taticchi, Director of the Weekend and Global Online MBA. My perception on Imperial College was that it’s a university with a lot of young faculty and a dynamic environment.

After that visit I did begin to visit the Business School regularly, including the summer term, and I liked very much the faculty and the students. At the time I was in a global role as the Chairman for Europe and I was also running the executive committee for the global emerging markets for Microsoft. I really appreciated that there were a lot of students from around the world and I liked the programme.

When I began my departure from Microsoft, I started to heavily promote positive leadership which is nothing to do with positive thinking. It is looking at what is positive in people, what are the talents of the people, what are their strengths and enabling these strengths to inspire them. I think Imperial College is promoting these new ideas that unlock human potential, which is my mantra. It’s a win/win situation for me, I can promote what I do on the board and also be a member of the board.

I’m very proud to work with Imperial College and be part of the Advisory Board. I am looking forward to continuing in this capacity.

2. In what ways have you contributed to the Global Online MBA programme?

We have discussed what students should learn. On the content subscales, we have very a very strong emphasis on positive psychology. I do some online lessons and webinars during the term on this content.

3. How do you ensure the programme is relevant and up to date?

Every day I am working with global customers. I know from those customers what skills they require from MBA graduates. I was also working for many years with organisations like AIESEC, the biggest student organisation in the world, and Junior Achievement, an organisation promoting entrepreneurship. I have worked a lot with young people so I think I understand a lot about what I call the “disruptive generation”. It’s the first time in human history where the young generation understand how to use technology in a better way than the current generation. This is the feedback I’m getting and then I’m translating this into the relevant content.

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