We had the great pleasure of launching CoachingOurselves in Brazil with our amazing new partner Fundação Dom Cabral. Approximately 40,000 executives from midsize and large companies attend FDC programs every year – on business school campuses in Nova Lima and Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. They are a hub in Latin America for the organizational development of multinational companies and for Brazilian private and public organizations.
FDC has a mission to contribute to the sustainable development of society by educating, developing, and building the skills of executives, entrepreneurs, and public managers. In an opening speech to the CEO legacy forum program, FDC founder, Emerson de Almeida, referred to their mission as the almost “juvenile belief” that their role is to not simply educate managers, but to serve society. He states that, to a certain degree, most business schools are part of the problem, in that they typically only serve to further exacerbate social inequality and concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, and FDC intends to focus on doing the opposite.
FDC and CoachingOurselves co-founder Henry Mintzberg share beliefs on the practical side of management and its social impact. As you can see, they are the perfect CoachingOurselves partner!
On March 17th, Henry joined us at the launch of CoachingOurselves in Brazil. He explained how CoachingOurselves was born from a deep understanding of the nature of managerial work, which fostered his new approach to management education.
Through CoachingOurselves, FDC can now offer a scalable in-house program using CoachingOurselves peer-coaching groups and a catalog of over 80 peer-coaching modules by leading management thinkers, including Edgar Schein, Philip Kotler, David Ulrich, Henry Mintzberg, Ricardo Semler, and more. FDC Director Roberto Sagot added that this brings scale, knowledge, and results from FDC programs directly inside the company: “from knowledge to results”. With CoachingOurselves, FDC programs can now combine individual impact with team impact and organizational scale to make organizations more competitive and, at the same time, more relevant to society.
We want to thank Vivianne, Erlana, and Laura for making this partnership possible. Erlana is an executive from Dentsu Aegis and associate professor at FDC – and she happens to be a big fan of Henry Mintzberg. She came to our “A Day with Henry Mintzberg” event on Sept. 7th, 2016, which led to her calling Vivianne and Roberto at FDC. Vivianne championed the partnership between CoachingOurselves and FDC forward, and along with Laura, worked tirelessly to organize the launch event. Bravo Vivianne, Laura, and Erlana, who all encompass, as Henry says, the “Why not?” culture of Brazil!