We are halfway through Season 2 of The New Gen Executives Program at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi!
While the multidisciplinary areas of study of Season 1 students allowed for exchanges and complementary skills, the homogenous engineering background of Season 2 students means they tend to have similar areas for growth and improvement. As soon as I knew ALL of my students in this season came from engineering programs, I redesigned the program to involve very specific soft skills that will not only lay a foundation for any career path in the business world, but also complement their hard skills as Thailand’s top engineers.
The skills I chose to focus on in this entrepreneurial leadership program therefore include persuasion, creativity, engagement, empowerment, business problem solving, and decision-making. Following an advertising campaign, a product innovation brief, a community-based research and innovation project, and a startup challenge that cultivated the aforthmentioned skills, the students got to meet and engage with Mr. Nah-Kran Loahavilai, Editor in Chief of Bangkok Post Public Limited Company. Here’s a list of 3 most important lessons students have learned so far through the weekly challenges, reinforced by the sharing of Mr. Loahavilai's personal and professional experiences: