Grant Dalton, America's Cup CEO , kicks off Alumni Learning Program season
The session, moderated by Prof. Mireia Giné, served to identify successful strategies in competitive environments.
September 20, 2023
Grant Dalton, the renowned elite sailor and CEO of the America's Cup, to be held in 2024 in Barcelona, yesterday spoke at the inaugural session of the IESE Alumni continuing training program, or Alumni Learning Program.
The session, moderated by professor Mireia Giné, served to identify successful strategies in competitive environments and those learnings that can be transferable to the business world. Dalton shared leadership lessons based on his experience in making decisions in difficult moments, such as those that occur in this elite sport.
“We're an organization that has no blame culture”, Dalton said. “In many European companies, there's top-down organization that leads to people being petrified of making a mistake. We're flat, and accustomed to a degree of chaos. If an idea doesn't work, it's not a problem, but an opportunity.”
With a distinguished sailing career, Grant Dalton has led successful teams in high-level sailing competitions, facing extreme challenges and twice winning the prestigious America's Cup, considered the pinnacle of international racing to be held in Barcelona between August and October. of 2024.
This event launched this academic year's Alumni Learning Program (ALP), an exclusive continuing education series for members of the IESE Alumni Association. This year it will focus on three thematic cycles: sustainability, artificial intelligence and a cycle of practical sessions concerning career development.
In this line of training events, from November 16 to 18, the Global Alumni Reunion will take place in Barcelona, bringing together the 55,000 IESE alumni spread around the world. On this occasion under the title “Elevated Entrepreneurship.”