Executive Access: Thinking Like a Corporate Strategist

Developed in response to intense client demand, our Executive Access series of short programs provides you with immediate, actionable insights in an accessible format. An upcoming program in the series is Thinking Like a Corporate Strategist: How to Become a Trusted Advisor taught by Marco Viola, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and managing partner at Nexus Partners.

Thinking Like a Corporate Strategist

Date: December 2, 2021
Time: 12–3 p.m. ET (Calculate your timezone.)
Fee: $450
Format: 3 hours, live online

This program earns 1/2 a certificate credit. Learn more.
Participants of our Executive Access series also receive a $450 credit towards any future multi-day executive education program.

Program Overview

Get an overview of key problem-solving capabilities used by top management consultants that will help you develop robust recommendations and solve strategic problems in your organization. You'll first define what strategy is, followed by a review of the key traits of a trusted advisor and the ten basic principles for developing effective client relationships. You'll walk away knowing how to better understand, diagnose, solve, recommend, and implement top strategic corporate decisions.

Learning Outcomes

✓ Understand what strategy is and how to solve strategic problems by applying top-tier consulting skills

✓ Learn how to develop robust recommendations that provide the highest value to your clients

✓ Learn about the building blocks of trust and how to develop trust-based relationships with your clients


Strategic Problem Solving

  • A Concrete Definition of Strategy
  • The Importance of Capabilities
  • Strategic Problem-Solving Skills

Developing Client Relationships

  • Understanding What Clients Want
  • 10 Principles of Client Management Skills
  • Building Trust with Clients


» Download the program schedule here.


Marco Viola
Adjunct Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Managing Partner, Nexus Partners

Marco Viola is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches Driving Strategic Impact and Private Equity in Emerging Markets. He is also a managing partner and founder of Nexus Partners, a U.S. investor, general partner, and manager of a portfolio of companies with over 5,000 employees and company value in excess of $500MM. Viola has served on the board of over 20 companies ranging from healthcare, retail, media, telecommunication, education, and more. He received his M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his B.S. from the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas of the Universidad de Buenos Aires.


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