Executive Access: Seeing Around Corners

Developed in response to intense client demand, our new Executive Access series offers short programs that provide you with immediate, actionable insights in light of the current pandemic and its economic aftermath. The first program in the series is Seeing Around Corners, taught by world-renowned strategist Rita McGrath.

Faculty Director Rita McGrath

Date: August 26, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. ET
Fee: $450
Format: 3-hours, live online

This program earns 1/2 a certificate credit. Learn more.

Program Overview

This intensive, three-hour virtual program offers insights into cutting edge tools for identifying the sweeping changes that are likely to affect your organization, rapidly learning to make sense of them, and creating a fresh strategy for coming through the crisis in a better condition than when it began. The format is designed to be highly interactive with a mix of lectures, group breakouts, and an interview with an industry expert. If you’re feeling stuck or confused about what to do next in a world that is utterly transformed, this time-efficient program about the new landscape may be the starting point you’re looking for.

Learning Outcomes

✓ Rapidly identify strategic inflection points in your industry

✓ Understand how they challenge the assumptions on which your current business is based

✓ Practice 8 techniques for gaining concrete information from the “edges” of your organization

✓ Explain to others in your organization what a set of practical next steps might be


1. Strategic Inflection Points

  • Defining a strategic inflection point
  • Why incumbents often miss them
  • The gradual — then sudden — pattern of an inflection point unfolding

2. Snow Melts from the Edges

  • 8 practical techniques for cutting through the blind spots that you can apply immediately

3. Snow Melts: Breakout Session

  • Compare notes on the 8 practices with other executives and share ideas for application and action

4. Action Planning and What’s on the Horizon

  • Define 3 key next steps you hope to take

5. Guest Interview

  • Hear from David Kidder, serial founder, angel investor, and author of New to Big who is currently the CEO of Bionic, a consultancy that offers advisory services for large enterprises seeking to discover new growth opportunities and build new businesses
  • Learn why the future will be discovered, not planned, and how leaders can focus their energy amidst so much uncertainty


» Download the program schedule here.


Rita McGrath
World-Renowned Strategist
Faculty, Columbia Business School Executive Education

Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned strategist, sought-after speaker, and longtime faculty member at Columbia Business School Executive Education. She is widely recognized as a premiere expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has consistently been named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. She's a best-selling author of multiple business books, including her most recent Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen.


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