A great School is made by its students, staff and obviously, professors. Apart from their technical expertise, what distinguishes professors at BEBS Barcelona is their ability to motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

We have asked some of them to share their expertise and advice with our international community. Today we are presenting you Gilberto Palmerín, professor of our MBA in Leadership and Talent Management.  

Keep reading to see what he has told us.

Meet the Professors of BEBS Barcelona – Gilberto Palmerín

What is the experience that has formed you the most as a professional?

Over the last 30 years, I have evolved professionally in the field of international public affairs developing strategic projects for governments, companies, non-profit organizations and schools from different countries, mainly Mexico, the United States, Canada, France and Spain.

This international and intersectoral experience has allowed me to value the importance of diversity in organizations, understanding it not as a problem -and not even as a challenge- but as a real opportunity to empower people, teams and organizations.

This permanent contact with diversity has been at the origin of one of my biggest passions: studying, designing, developing, and evaluating intercultural communication, negotiation and management strategies.

What is a must-have skill for people starting a career in talent management?

I sincerely believe that the main challenge for talent management professionals in the 21st-century knowledge society is to deal with complexity in an optimistic, flexible and determined manner. To achieve this goal they should develop advanced problem-solving, and conflict and dilemma resolution skills. 

In other words, they should make use of multiple intelligences -rational, emotional, and social- to find comprehensive solutions -technical, human and social- in order to align the goals and interests of people, teams and organizations in a coherent way, generating synergies and multiplying positive effects between them.

In this sense, the profile of a talent manager professional must therefore correspond more to that of a humanist with a holistic and comprehensive vision of people and not to that of a technical “humanologist” who lives solely obsessed with aligning people to business strategies without considering the importance of culture and values. 

If business strategy can be understood as the “Guiding Path” of a business, corporate culture is the “Driving Path”. And you need both of them to achieve a significant and sustainable competitive advantage in the long term.

More interviews coming up!

In the next weeks, we will update this post by including other interviews with our professors, stay tuned!