Entrepreneurs and Top Managers of Multinational Companies and SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) speak to us very often about the lack of commitment, involvement or professional quality of their recently hired young employees. New employees in companies require too often too much attention, non being capable to solve problems on a day-to-day basis due to a lack of managerial skills. This is easy to understand since employers receive and hire graduates who are coming from traditional universities where they are trained only in knowledge but not in profesional competencies.

We have noticed that most recent graduates in a professional context perceive their bosses still as "teachers". At Colbs Institute, students perceive our "teachers" as "bosses", so when students graduate are already familiar with the corporate world. This mature behaviour appears thanks to our Competency Development Assessment (CDA) seen from a multicultural point of view, which is a co-curricular set of activities offered to our students.

The Competency Development Assessment (CDA) it´s a co-curricular set of activities included in the regular programme using an alternative way of learning as videos, debates, outdoor games, personal experiences, etc.  It helps students to fully understand the differences East-West and cope with them embracing them as part or our their own new culture. Fun and engaging ! 


1. orientation to professional efficiency. Students are asked to become experts in time management among others. Our programmes push participants to deal every day under this philosophy. Things done and executed correctly at the first instance are encouraged. The less steps to do something, the better, the fastest and the more appreciated by bosses and multinational corporations. 

2. Development of a "regular effort" culture.  Awareness of the importance of avoiding procastination and doing every dayly a constant regular work.  We use stories and movies to make students aware of this.  

3. Flexibility and creativity.  Through role plays our instructors create a positive attitude in front using the "liquid mentality". Creativity in this module is also developed using Triz methodology exercises and applying Dr. Edward de Bono approach Lateral Thinking. 

4. Capacity to lead others. Leading through beliefs, conviction and by mission. From the innner leadership to the influences to others. Enthusiasm and hapiness.     

5. Development of Personal Assertiveness. How important is to be able to disagree with someone (including your bosses or mates) using real and objective principles and building solid statements without attacking others. We teach students "how to be soft with a person but hard with any "problem" one of the main principles of negotiation in business and life. The capacity to receive criticism is also crucially developed in this seminar.  

6. Cross cultural management. Students prepare plans to adapt themselves to different environments, cultures, religions and comunication context. Role plays and activities developing empathic behaviour are conducted by our tutors . Culture is the software of the mind and Global leaders must be able to deal with all kind of cultures.   

7. Teamwork assessment. We analyze the dynamics of or students teamwork as cooperation, leadership, support, etc. The only one language used in all our  teamwork discussions at our facilities is English language. Most students are encouraged to work with diferent nationalities in order to solve problems and achieve shared goals. Also, "four minute staring" experiments are conducted here. We attack business problems from different angles using different cultures as a driver for success. Complex problems require multidimensional solutions, not only a one-way approach.   

8. Personal responsibility. It is a recurrent sentence to hear complaints from business owners and managers when they listen the sentence  "it´s not my fault". If you are like many people, you may find it hard to accept that your own actions have led to your troubles. However, when you blame external circumstances or other people for your problems, you are giving up the control that you have to steer your life in your desired direction. By having a sense  of personal responsibilty, you can reflect on the outcomes of your work and develop a strategy to avoid making future mistakes. Additionally, taking personal responsibility gives you an opportunity to build relationships that are based on trust.

9. Planning and organization. Our students become experts on planning. Improvisation exists and happens but it is not our way of life. Without plans you do not  where you are going, without goals you have no path, without paths you cannot do better.  We train our students not to  "talk the talk" but to "walk the walk".  

10. Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence (Goleman, 1995) refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it's an inborn characteristic. The ability to express and control of emotions is essential, but so is the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Imagine a world in which you could not understand when a friend was feeling sad or when a co-worker was angry. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence, and some experts even suggest that it can bemore important than IQ in your overall success in life. Adversity Quotient (AQ) is also a key point to understand resillience in students.

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