The Mindset Pillars

In leadership, mindset is everything. Our FYLA Programme uniquely instills the competitive and entrepreneurial mindset, vital to thrive in an increasingly fiercely competitive global economy: 

1. Competitive Mindset (CM) Pillar 

In an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) global market place, your journey to the top will entail competition for limited scholarships, for scarce budget resources and/or promotion prospects, or you will have to defend or acquire market share from fierce national or international rivals. From a very young age, this pillar sets you apart by   equipping you with the emotional intelligence, resilience, confidence and winning mentality; the strategic agility and tactical discipline to conquer as well as the tenacity to bounce back from adversity -traits that are vital to building your competitive mindset!

During the programme, we use executive coaching techniques, case studies and new venture business plan competitions to hone your competitive skill. The key modular themes include: 

  • Growth learning skills (fast, deep and continuous learning)
  • Personal skills (self awareness, stress management & problem solving) 
  • Interpersonal skills (coaching & counseling, gaining power and influence, managing others, managing conflict, etc.)
  • Group skills (empowerment, delegation, team work & leading change)
  • Communication skills (Oral and written presentations/toastmasters, meetings and interviews)
  • On campus/work readiness/internship/job search skills
  • Desktop skills (Windows, Ms Office -Excel, Powerpoint, Pastel)
  • Competition skills (Business plan and case study competitions).

The programme will draw from The CFO and the work of our Case Study Center and other partners, to instill a highly competitive mindset in our students by actively organising and sponsoring their participation at other global case study competitions such as:

  • Global Case Competition
  • McGill Management International Case Competition
  • The Global Business Case Study Competition
  • The CBS Case Competition
  • Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge
  • Marshall International Case Competition
  • International Graduate Competition (IGC),

Click here to see more case study competitions.

2. Entrepreneurial Leadership Mindset (ELM) Pillar

The ELM Pillar equips you with the instincts to discover the gap (idea) or opportunity in a situation or market, and construct that into a bankable business strategy/plan -showing how financing, competitive strategy, intellectual property, and operations will be executed.  A vast majority of founder-managed businesses fail within the first two years due to a lack of a competitive mindset, managerial expertise, capital or market knowledge. You are taught to be an intrapreneur and value-adding partner when employed, and/or a successful entrepreneur and job creator in your own right! You will be given the opportunity to run your own real life project whilst on campus, and the experience to build your own new business vecnture , scale-up and lead it to global success!
The pillar will also employ executive coaching techniques, workshops, case studies and your own new venture projects,  structured around the following modular themes:

  • Entrepreneurship and business planning
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Entrepreneurial marketing
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • High-tech entrepreneurship
  • Student enterprise & incubation
  • Research methodology
  • Doing Business in Africa

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