Wishes from Cedep

“Playing with AI” CEDEP’s 2019 Alumni reunion

We are pleased to share with you the video of the Alumni reunion. We had a truly amazing day with a series of interactive showcases to look behind the scenes at the AI evolution. We hope you enjoy these images of a successful and inspirational day – and that you’ll be able to join us for the 2020 Reunion!

CEDEP and Splash – Giving Back is Our Business

CEDEP is proud to partner with Splash Projects and immerse leaders into working together to give back to the community.
Check out our latest video here to discover how our participants from diverse backgrounds, industries and cultures work as a team to build a playground for an association in the suburbs of Paris.

CEDEP’s first Live Facebook video with AME & Splash Projects

AME Participants hard at work yesterday at Le Tremblay with Splash Projects #givingbackisourbusiness

Gorilla in the Room

Many of us operate in a cage or frame, unable to look beyond our boundaries. A nice way of illustrating this is the famous invisible gorilla video made by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simmons at Harvard a few years back. It’s a great example of the fact that we sometimes tend to concentrate on one task without looking at the bigger picture.

In one of our recent programmes with Brambles, we wanted to test our participants’ peripheral vision and see their awareness to potential disruption and what impact it might have. To challenge the participants thinking, we recreated the gorilla scene during the cocktail when everyone was busy networking and discussing the day to see how long it took for them to notice the intruder!


Leading managers from the world of business joined forces to deliver a valuable resource for children with disabilities; whilst also honing their leadership skills.

The leaders were part of the latest General Management Programme (GMP) run by CEDEP, the first international executive education club. The GMP is CEDEP’s leading, most demanding and senior programme, designed for high energy and high potential accomplished senior managers and executives. Participants on the programme seek to sharpen their business acumen and their ability to react to a complex business environment.

A part of their challenge was to plan and deliver a valuable wheelchair accessible pathway for children at Le Petit Tremblay, a part of the IEM. The participants had to structure their team and build the high-quality resource against the clock.

“CEDEP continues to believe that this exercise is a valuable part of the General Management Programme journey and of other leadership development programmes delivered by CEDEP,” said Thomas Hinterseer, the Managing Director at CEDEP.

“It’s more than a team building exercise. Participants relish the idea of creating something worthwhile which can have a great impact on the lives of others. The learning goes beyond the Splash event itself and valuable lessons are drawn from this experience, directly and immediately applicable back in the participants’ working environment. We are extremely proud of our partnership with Splash.”

Le Petit Tremblay supports nearly 60 children and young people who have a range of disabilities. Each child benefits from a personalised plan with input from doctors, therapists and coaches. Most of the children use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

Together the GMP team created a wheelchair accessible pathway with sensory tunnels. The first was a music tunnel with a series of different instruments; encouraging sound and touch stimulation. The second, a tactile insect area including a live insect hotel, as well as a 3D tic tac toe game; to help encourage touch and visual stimulation. They also created a shaded seating pod for relaxation. The project will form a physical link between two previous projects built by CEDEP Brambles and GMP participants.

“The GMP team worked outside their comfort zone and reacted quickly to the challenge in order to deliver on time,” said Simon Poole, the Managing Director of Splash Projects.

“This fast-paced challenge is designed to stretch the GMP team’s decision-making, leadership and collaboration skills to the limits. It complements the other aspects of CEDEP’s intensive programme and demonstrates what can be achieved through working together.”



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GMP Fun!


 GMP Fun!

This week our GMP participants have not only had full days of classes but they also spent their weekend trying out new skills! Friday night, was Laser Game night and we had an inflatable labyrinth set up on the CEDEP campus. This competitive sporting event had the teams working together to win as well as having lots of fun!

On Saturday, some of the group enjoyed some rock climbing in Fontainebleau. Sadly due to the weather, the participants had to do this indoor this time but they were able to learn to work as a team, build their self-confidence and work under time constraints and pressure.

We are delighted to announce Philippe Silberzahn’s new book

We are delighted to announce that Philippe Silberzahn has just published « A Manager’s Guide to Disruptive Innovation ».

It is the translation and adaptation of his French book “Relevez le défi de l’innovation de rupture” for an international audience.

Find out more and order it online here

The first edition of the Total Energy Summer School

The first edition of the Total Energy Summer School (TESS) took place at CEDEP from Juy 10-13th 2016 and brought together students and academics and industry experts from 33 countries.

Thomas Hinterseer : new Managing Director at CEDEP

Thomas was appointed as CEDEP’s new Managing Director in April 2016.

Thomas spent 25 years in the oil and gas business working for Schlumberger Transocean and Palfinge, working all over the world.

Working for Transocean, Thomas was a client of CEDEP’s, then in 2014 he joined CEDEP as the GMP Director and then in September 2015 as CEDEP’s Business Development Director.