ES Catalysts

Entrepreneurial Scotland and Babson College have designed Saltire Leaders Programmes to provide global perspective and international insight. They are for business leaders who want to leave a lasting positive impact on Scotland.

Offering unique immersion in a challenging and action-orientated entrepreneurial culture, Babson College sets high expectations for participant engagement. Its faculty of entrepreneurs draw from personal experience and have a keen understanding of current affairs and global markets.

- Access the vibrant Saltire Leaders cohorts ​

- Immersive training from the world's leading College for Entrepreneurship

- Near peer support and challenge to turn insight into action

The catalysts will be delivered in both online and virtual formats where you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of innovation and growth/conscious leadership. These programmes will give you the tools and roadmap you need to facilitate and implement these evolving ideas and make them permanent.

- Interactive Live Webinars​

- Case Studies, Articles, Videos and Presentations


The programmes put you outside your comfort zone and enable you to learn from some of the best entrepreneurial leaders as well as the people on your cohort.

Ross Turner
MD, Pure Malt

Upcoming Programmes

Innovate in a Dynamic Market

History shows that crises and economic downturns are fertile grounds for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial leadership. Some of the greatest firms were born out of hardship or crisis. Innovative firms and entrepreneurial leaders become resourceful and overcome daunting challenges during downturns. They do more than just survive—they create something new, and thrive in the inevitable turnaround. This program will help leaders enhance their innovation efforts to change their competitive game in the market—short and long term—by learning innovation principles, methods, and tools.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Understand the dynamics of innovation in companies of varying sizes and stages
  • Learn how to identify opportunities for innovation in a competitive and changing market

Who Should Attend

This program is for senior leaders and managers who are in a position to impact innovation initiatives at their company.

What You Will Learn

In this online course, you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of innovation. The program includes live webinars, group discussion, and independent assignments. Materials such as case studies, articles, videos, and presentations will be used.

Topics include:

  • Innovation Dynamics – Gorillas vs. Chimps vs. Monkeys
  • How Gorillas Avoid Disruption & How Chimps Thrive
  • Innovation Opportunities: Changing the Competitive Game


This program is led by Babson College Professor Jay Rao, who teaches extensively for Babson Executive Education. He teaches and consults in the areas of innovation, how firms can implement innovation initiatives, corporate entrepreneurship, and customer experience innovation.

What Will I Learn

This programme provides specific tools and exercises, so you can advance a strategic corporate innovation function within your organisation.

Our program covers the following topics:

  • The roles and responsibilities within a strategic innovation function, and the distinctions between them
  • The appropriate innovation role(s) best suited for you and/or your team now and in the future
  • The challenges associated with building and sustaining a strategic innovation function in large, established organizations
  • The management system necessary to enable strategic innovation to succeed in a large established organization
  • Communicating a strong case for investing in and creating a strategic innovation capability
  • How to partner with HR and Organizational Development to support this new and emerging capability within your organization

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals in established company settings:

  • Individuals who want to explore newly emerging corporate innovation roles in order to maximize their ability to contribute to an organization in this capacity, support their individual career interests and ambitions, and become empowered with the self-insight required for informed career decisions.
  • Members of the HR/OD community who want to build skills and capabilities to support the strategic innovation objectives of their organization.

The Faculty

This programme is led by Professor Gina O’Conner, a Professor of Innovation Management. Gina teaches and consults on her findings on Breakthrough Innovation capabilities in large mature companies

What Will You Learn?

The Saltire Leaders Catalysts has been designed in an online and virtual format where you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of Conscious Leadership. Understand the new requirements for effective leadership in the age of Conscious Capitalism and the path to authentic leadership.

Join a cohort of up to 12 leaders, to envision a new future and reflect on your role as a purposeful leader. The organic nature of this catalyst has never been so sought-after or timely. It will give you the tools and road-map you need to become a more self-aware, conscious leader, who is able to adapt your leadership approach to the changing world we live in. Challenge and be challenged within a group of trusted peers whilst increasing your own personal 'leadership capital' at a time in which your impact as a leader is more important than ever.

Programme Overview:

  • Understand the new requirement for effective leadership in the age of Conscious Capitalism
  • Identify areas to develop to become a self-aware conscious leader
  • Essential skills & characteristics of conscious leaders
  • Blueprint for your personal leadership journey

Who Should Attend?

This twelve-month programme is designed for inspirational directors and senior management with a minimum of 3 years senior management experience.


The programme will begin with the global context set through Babson College webinars led by Professor Raj Sisodia, before ES coaches facilitate further discussion and insight to draw out Saltire Leader perspectives. Professor Sisodia is a founder and leader of the global Conscious Capitalism movement, author of numerous books on the topic including The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World.

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Excellent functional and technical skills in a specific area of expertise can only take your career so far. Often, very skilled people don’t realize how important it is to have a personal branding plan. Without a strategic plan that links your personal brand and your career goals, it’s easy to feel as though your career isn’t progressing fast enough, your potential is left unrecognized, and you are not being given opportunities for growth. In this highly applied online personal branding course, you will learn how to articulate your differentiators, set career goals, and develop a personal branding plan for success.

Learn Essential Skills

This online personal branding workshop provides specific tools and exercises, as well as individualized coaching and feedback, so you can advance your career. Our personal branding training covers the following topics:

  • How to identify and articulate your personal differentiators
  • Ways to communicate your value so others will listen
  • Self-awareness, composure, and your stumbling blocks
  • Steps for building a career narrative that strengthens, redefines, or establishes your professional brand
  • Creating an action plan for achieving your goals

Who Should Attend

This online personal branding course is for working professionals in various career stages:

  • Those with at least three years of work experience who may be wondering ”how to build my personal brand?” and have not yet developed an optimal personal brand
  • Experienced professionals who are interested in making a career change
  • Professionals seeking a promotion and/or feeling uncertain about where their career trajectory is heading


This programme is led by Karen Herbet- Maccaro, CEO of Babson Executive College.

For the past 20 year’s Karen’s career has focussed on the practice of human resources as well as organisational design and learning development in corporate and academic settings. Karen holds a PHD from Boston College, an EdM from Boston University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts

Navigate Uncertainty with Resilience

Uncertainty is a big part of life, now more than ever. When careers and current events take unpredictable turns, it’s important to meet the moment with grit and flexibility. We call this resilience, and it’s what keeps us moving forward even though our work and personal lives are colliding in new ways, and the future is unknown. This programme will help you crystalize your definition of resilience, integrate it into your entrepreneurial leadership style, and transform your team’s culture so it can thrive.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Learn how to define and find resilience in your daily routine
  • Discover what recent research has taught us about how entrepreneurial leaders can develop greater resilience
  • Find out how to build a culture that supports high-performing, resilient teams

Who Should Attend

This programme is for working professionals at any level who are working in complex, dynamic organizations, including well-established firms, as well as companies that are starting or growing.

What You Will Learn

In this online course, you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of resilient leadership. The programme includes live webinars led by faculty and online sessions you will complete individually. Program,me materials include individual assignments, group work, discussion boards, optional office hours, and readings that will help you and teams you work with become more resilient


This program is led by Babson College Associate Professor Scott Taylor and University of New Hampshire Associate Professor Vanessa Druskat.

Award-winning researcher and professor, Taylor studies the various approaches organizations use to assess and develop their leaders, evaluates the effectiveness of those approaches, and develops new approaches to improve leader assessment and development. Taylor has taught and consulted for executives and working professionals from leading organizations around the world. His research has been featured in a number of publications including Harvard Business Review, MSNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal blog.

Druskat is an associate professor of organisational behavior at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Internationally recognized as an expert on the role of emotion and emotional intelligence in effective leadership and team performance, she is an award-winning teacher and researcher who has authored and co-authored over three dozen research articles.