ARNOLD MIGAN: PUTTING PEOPLE BACK AT THE HEART OF THE COMPANY WITH HUG
Arnold Migan, NEOMA BS EMBA graduate, is proposing to put well-being back at the heart of corporate strategy with his startup through moments of leisure, relaxation or shared activities. An idea that came to him soon after a particularly painful episode.
Sometimes significant events happen in your life that open your eyes to the world. This is certainly the case with Arnold's story. In 2006 Arnold Migan was working for a major French company. "I'd been working for this company for several years. At that time, I was doing quite a lot of sport, and also because I like a challenge, I expressed a desire to join the NEOMA BS EMBA. A demanding course that would allow me to develop a real sense of management. A vision of evolution and stated ambition that my company did not want to support financially." Disappointed but not resigned, he decided to self-finance the course and study in addition to his full-time job. This meant giving up his sports and extra-professional activities. The months that followed were particularly difficult as he juggled busy work weeks with weekend classes. "This heavy workload and the resulting stress eventually manifested itself physically. One morning, I woke up with my face totally paralyzed.... A real shock. It was at that moment that I came up with the idea of creating a company dedicated to well-being in the workplace to give meaning to the importance of people in the business world," Arnold explains.
HUG - the Human Growth, is a company created to provide well-being for people in organisations in a different way. With the HUG'n Go range - a 20-minute relaxation, meditation, sports or massage session, where you are, as you are - Arnold would like to offer employees a certain comfort in their work environment. "The idea for the different activities came to me as a direct result of my own professional experience. After my burnout, I really needed to focus on my own well-being and also the well-being of my colleagues. After getting back to my former self, I felt I had to help others to take care of themselves. The pressure of achieving results in today's world forces us to overlook what is truly essential: feeling good in your mind and body and prospering in a healthy environment. There are many ways to develop this feeling, but more often than not, managers or company directors simply do not have the time or the willingness to exploit them."
A bespoke à la carte offer, adapted to all companies
HUG's offer has been designed to be adaptable to every context. Together with the experts who work alongside me, we propose a tailor-made solution that is adapted to each organization. A solution where time is no longer an obstacle. A solution that is easily applicable and accessible to all, since no infrastructure or sportswear is required to set it up. And finally, a solution where no sports level is required, since the idea of performance is absent from the proposed services. Today Arnold is pursuing his dream project and prospering fully in his company. His ambition is to finance an association for the prevention of burnout and a sports association for people with disability.
HUG is only just beginning but is already enjoying growing success. Proof that a painful event can sometimes lead to real success.
On the job market, two profile types stand out. The majority choose to acquire knowledge through certified training schemes before pursuing a career. Others opt for an alternative route by starting their careers in the field before opting for a certification that then accounts for their experience. Elisabeth CATARINO took the second option by validating 20 years' professional experience abroad with a NEOMA BS MBA. Portrait of an incredible journey spanning three continents.
Elisabeth Catarino is French. She has been working at EMC-DELL, a multinational IT company, for several years, and where she has recently been promoted. “Since December 1st, I have been in charge of the global deployment of our solutions. Based in Paris, I manage a team of technicians that represents more or less 20% of my department’s service force and about 50% of the segment’s revenue. This represents about 1000 people. To do this I have a management team in each of the 7 competence centres located worldwide: USA, Egypt, India, China, Russia and Argentina.” Elizabeth is one of the only non-American women to hold such a position. "Do you realize that I work for a company that controls half of the world's data?” A promotion that acknowledges Elisabeth's 13 years with the company. Elisabeth obtained this position through her work, her managerial skills and her composure in moments of crisis. Yet nothing could have predicted such an incredible journey at the outset.
In Business Creation - Open Innovation Sector
Graduating in 2019
I felt I needed to build skills and step back from my past experiences, so the idea of an Executive MBA came quickly to me.
As for the choice of the school, NEOMA Business School came quite naturally at the top of the list thanks to the quality of the faculty, its entrepreneurial spirit and its proximity to its students. Once again I felt that it was the piece of the puzzle that missing from my current life project.
I'm not afraid of the unknown, I like to build my life as things happen and challenges are drivers that allow me to go beyond my limits. My expatriate life and my life as an Executive MBA student have been like that and more. It is made up of encounters, of choices and constantly taking stock of oneself.
The EMBA Executive Leadership and Engagement training organized with the Marines School was held from June 19th to 22nd. At the heart of this strong pedagogical time, three major objectives: mental resistance, facing the unknown, and showing one's ability to take a step back.