Jon Foster-Pedley describes himself as an impresario. Actually, he’s dean of the Johannesburg-based Henley Africa business school; but his meaning is clear. The days when dry, dusty classrooms were the preserve of dry, dusty business academics dictating dry, dusty facts to executive education and MBA students, who religiously took it all down as gospel, are gone.

These days, students expect to be engaged, challenged and even entertained. Schools, says Foster-Pedley, must create an environment where people not only want to learn about business and leadership but also about themselves. Students are not there just to take in facts but also to grow as individuals and leaders. It’s the impresario’s job to bring all the players together...

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