de 18:30 à 22:00
LEADING AMIDST CHAOS – Operating in The Fog: Can Companies be Inspired by Special Forces Methods? with Matthieu D. and Eric C.
The actions of special forces in charge of strategic operations, with its dangers and its shadow zones, inevitably occur in a sort of fog and must break free...
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Seminar series presented by l’Institut de l’École normale supérieure
Nine evening seminars from January to April 2022, rue d’Ulm et rue Gay-Lussac in Paris
Beginning with September 11th through to the current pandemic, a nearly continual series of upheavals have broken the frame of reference in which businesses have been accustomed to operating.
This seminar series offers a dozen leaders the opportunity to explore, in a small group and with an interdisciplinary panel of top-level researchers and experts, the driving forces of this structurally unstable moment that we are living through. These seminars will draw upon the insight of disciplines ranging from the cognitive sciences to political philosophy, as well as economics, anthropology, and sociology.
Along with the ever-increasing climate threat — which is rapidly undermining the basic tenants of the market economy — disruptions arising from the digital and biotechnology revolutions, and growing demographic imbalances, are added multiple sectoral or global crises: financial, social, geopolitical, and democratic crises; crises related to globalization, multilateralism, and values… Cyber threats. Growing radicalism. Health crises.
The seminars will first focus on understanding what distinguishes this critical mass of changes — specific to the 21st century — from the great crises of the past. Is this a series of temporary turmoil? Or is it an irreversible destabilization of the existing order? In the absence of a definitive answer, participants will come away with a more complete and deeper understanding of the fault lines which pervade their strategic and operational landscape.
The program will be primarily focused on the tools that leaders can use to increase their organization’s resilience — as well as their own. What are ways to cope? Are the lessons learned from previous crises a help or a handicap in preparing for future ones? How can we practice analyzing and acting judiciously in stressful or highly uncertain situations?
In broader terms, what signals should leaders and company representatives pay more attention to? What new skills or sensibilities should be developed by those responsible for guiding their organization’s path in this chaotic environment, riddled with Grey Swans — those predicted disasters which are nevertheless unpredictable in their timing and progression?
These seminars, organized by the Institut de l’ENS in partnership with the Groupe d’études géopolitiques, publisher of Le Grand Continent, will include nine evening working sessions between 26 January and 5 April 2022, at rue d’Ulm and rue Gay-Lussac in Paris.
Matthieu D. served 17 years in the French Navy, as a Command Operator, group leader, and then as an instructor to combat swimmers. A graduate of the Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix, he is a senior-level civil servant. He will be speaking jointly with Eric C., who served 21 years in the French Navy as a mission leader of the Commando Hubert and as a combat swimmer. He holds master's degrees in management, strategy and finance from Kedge Business School as well as in public law. He currently leads a fire safety company.
Daniel Andler – Gilles Gressani – Pierre Cohen-Tanugi
Session 7 - 23 March 2022
Operating in The Fog: Can Companies be Inspired by Special Forces Methods? Matthieu D. and Eric C. The actions of special forces in charge of strategic operations, with its dangers and its shadow zones, inevitably occur in a sort of fog and must break free from certain constraints of the classic military model. What are the strengths and limitations of such an organization in managing the unexpected, which is inherent to its missions? Can we, by extension, "liberate" companies to better adapt to uncertainty? The presentation will present the special operations model with the help of concrete cases and will discuss, with the help of participants, the question of whether it is possible to apply it to the corporate world.
LEADING AMIDST CHAOS
Nine evening sessions (18:30 or 19h – 22:00)
At the l’École normale supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm or 62bis rue Gay Lussac, Paris
Participation in the entire program is 8 250 € without tax, or 9 900 € with tax per person. This includes enrollment fees, meals, and documents.
The number of participants is limited to 12.
Any health measures in place at the time will be strictly observed.
Payment may be sent to l’Institut de l'École normale (I-ENS), 45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris. For additional information contact: email@example.com / tél : 01 46 33 67 14 and 07 82 70 83 60
The Institute of the École Normale Supérieure
The Institute of the École normale supérieure is a non-profit association (governed by the law of 1901).
It offers high-level leaders from the public and private sectors the opportunity to work with top researchers and experts through seminars that draw on a wide range of scientific and literary disciplines in order to gain insight into the emerging phenomena that will transform the strategic landscape of companies.
Participants in these training sessions, who are generally responsible for managing the present but also for imagining the future of their organizations and preparing for their evolution, also find at the Institute opportunities to put their professional practice into perspective and to broaden the scope of their thinking.
The association's members are groups such as La Caisse des Dépôts, LVMH, L'Oréal, Hermès, MBDA, banks and insurance companies such as BNP Paribas, Cardif, or Lazard, international law firms such as Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and investment companies such as Euris.
The ENS Institute does not aim to teach management techniques, but rather to offer training in areas where the development of personal reflection and culture must go hand in hand with the development of professional skills.
The Institute's directors firmly believe that the contribution of the sciences and humanities is more important than ever in preparing decision-makers to grasp the complexity of the world of tomorrow.
The ENS Institute's mission is to forge links between companies and university research, particularly that which is carried out at the ENS. The Institute's budget is financed by member fees and by providing services. The Institute does not receive any subsidies and is therefore completely independent.
President : Dominique D'Hinnin
Vice-president : Marc Mézard, Director of the Ecole normale supérieure
Treasurer: Jean Michel Mangeot
Director: Pierre Cohen-Tanugi