The Junior Executive Academy is an annual event providing an opportunity for up to 25 “rising star” members to spend a week learning from each other, housing experts and CEO’s on sustainable portfolio management strategies.

Participants, splitted into groups of 5-6 people, engage in active learning by working on a real project based upon the Sureuro Gaming Exercise. The game simulates the business of housing companies. Three teams had to make strategic decisions under both budget and time constraints in order to improve the portfolio of the “New Wave” housing company. These decisions range from re-defining the mission and vision of the company to implementing concrete measures in a large refurbishment project. At the end of the week, the teams present their work in front of a professional jury composed by housing consultants and CEOs.

Check out the video-clip and interviews from participants of the latest editions here below!

 


 

Chelsea KellyChelsea Kelly
Safeguarding Team Leader
Poplar HARCA, UK

What was the biggest thing you gained/learned from the Junior Executive Academy?
The biggest thing I learned was team work and that compromise is essential. I found that there were so many different individuals with so much experience to bring that you couldn’t act on your own and reaching a decision as a group was vital.

Reflecting on your experiences during the whole of the week, what actions or differences has it led to in your day-to-day work, once back in the office?
I have found that I listen to others’ opinions more and I value what others have to say. I am now much more likely to give other options a go, rather than just feeling that my idea is the correct one.

Can you describe the Junior Executive Academy in three words?
Interesting, educational and fun!


Francisco Oliver

Francisco Oliver
Local Housing Manager
ÖrebroBostäder AB, Sweden

What was the biggest thing you gained/learned from the Junior Executive Academy?
A self-assurance within my own role and a wider understanding of how to approach the task of refurbishing a sustainable community and that we all are significant cogs in a bigger machine (company) to be able to make a successful change for our communities.

Reflecting on your experiences during the whole of the week, what actions or differences has it led to in your day-to-day work, once back in the office?
Thinking more about choices to be made in a long-term perspective and thinking about what changes (although maybe small) I can personally trigger towards the goals that a sustainable community might have.

Can you describe the Junior Executive Academy in three words?
Learn, Exchange, Sustainability.


Sarah StoccoSarah Stocco
Project Manager
DELPHIS, France

What was the biggest thing you gained/learned from the Junior Executive Academy?
The Junior Executive Academy has been a very enriching professional experience. I’m used to international working frames but in Bochum I learnt the importance of cooperation and the necessity of joining together each other experiences and strengths to meet the challenge of building up a very ambitious strategy from a social, economic, technical an environmental point of view.

Reflecting on your experiences during the whole of the week, what actions or differences has it led to in your day-to-day work, once back in the office?
The Sureuro Game reinforced my professional conviction: networking is a delicate exercise where it’s important to combine listening to the others and respect of divergences with a strong capacity of synthesis and sense of efficiency. Thus, the network becomes a place of fulfilment and excellence. That’s what happened in Bochum and made my team win the competition. I keep it in mind every day working at DELPHIS!

Can you describe the Junior Executive Academy in three words?
Passion, ambition, umility.


Elaine Moore

Elaine Moore

Head of Customer Care
Accord, UK

What was the biggest thing you gained/learned from the Junior Executive Academy?
A new network of pan European counterparts!

Reflecting on your experiences during the whole of the week, what actions or differences has it led to in your day-to-day work, once back in the office?
A renewed focus on communication style/approach, internally and externally – underpinning my long held belief in the Neuro Linguistic Programming principle: ‘the meaning of communication is the response it elicits’

Can you describe Junior Executive Academy in three words?
Challenging, rewarding, enlightening.