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“This program offers a deep dive into the personal attributes and behaviors that enable strategic leaders to drive results in a dynamic and uncertain world. ”
– Trish Gorman, the Program's Faculty Director
By some estimates, up to 80% of all strategies — however brilliant — never generate their intended results. Rather than depreciating these disappointments as ‘failures of execution,’ organizations can learn to be responsive and proactively address the gap between strategy and execution.
To achieve this agility, organizations require leaders who are perceptive (aware and accountable), comfortable with their various roles (ambidextrous and agile), and clear about their path to value (articulate and adaptive).
In this program, you will learn more about these key skills and acquire the mindsets vital to leading an agile and adaptive organization. You will improve your ability to confidently make hard-to-reverse choices, maneuver through uncertainty, and inspire others to join you in taking risks to grow, innovate and improve the value delivered to your customers and stakeholders.
For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
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Please contact our Learning Solutions Specialists at +1 212-854-3395 for a personal conversation to learn more.
This program will help you become a strategic leader who inspires and motivates others to take risky, time-sensitive actions in pursuit of valuable goals. Program participants will walk away knowing how to:
- Foster agility at the leadership, resource, organizational, and strategic levels
- Build confidence and competence to drive results and accountability
- Link strategy directly to action, using both dominant and ambidextrous capabilities
- Leverage culture and data to be adaptive; making timely adjustments in key behaviors
- Test power dynamics and learn effective communications techniques
Upon completion of this program, you will earn three days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.
The three-day program is structured around the 6 key capabilities demonstrated by leaders of agile organizations.
Day 1: Agile and Aware
- Agile – Maneuver through uncertainty and be a more responsive leader.
- Aware – Become aware of changes in situations, circumstances, and relationships and be unbiased and clear-sighted about personal and organizational feedback.
Day 2: Adaptive and Articulate
- Adaptive – Find, recognize, and use incoming information to update assumptions and adjust behaviors.
- Articulate – Communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders in text, symbols, actions, and other means and paint a clear picture of what is happening and what needs to be done — in a language the target audience can understand.
Day 3: Accountable and Ambidextrous
- Accountable – Set targets with clear consequences for gaps between desired and actual performance.
- Ambidextrous – Develop strength in areas other than your dominant processes and have the ability to support multiple different processes when appropriate.
The program features:
- Pre-program materials, including a selection of relevant readings and videos
- Comprehensive Coaching:
- Preprogram: a one-hour virtual coaching session with your leadership coach
- In Session: onsite coaching with your leadership coach
- Postprogram: a virtual follow-up four weeks after the program concludes
- An online self-assessment and debrief report
- A suite of cases and challenges used as a focus for program exercises and application of program concepts
- An optional follow-up webinar featuring a review of the agility framework
For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
This program is designed for:
- Leaders of departments and divisions
- Senior decision makers in growth-focused firms
- Aspiring leaders for whom uncertainty and complexity pose obstacles to advancement
- Managers seeking to support their teams to outperform rivals and delight customers
- Team leaders and individuals tasked with ambitious performance goals
Alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for programs lasting up to seven days. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.
Trish Gorman, Faculty Director
Founder and Chief Executive at KEA Skills
Managing Director at Goff Strategic Leadership Center
Trish Gorman is a strategy expert and consultant and the founder of the online assessment firm, KEA Skills. She serves as an advisor to various corporate and institutional educational programs and is a subject matter expert for selected early-stage investors and entrepreneurs. At Columbia Business School Executive Education, Gorman is also the co-faculty director of the Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship (Online) program as well as program and faculty director of custom client programs.
In her teaching, Gorman connects cutting-edge research with management priorities and decisions to build individual and organizational strategy skills, taking executives on a journey from the classroom to the team room to the board room. She has a long history of working with organizations like McKinsey & Company and Deloitte and has written for publications like Harvard Business Review and Forbes.
Faculty at Executive Education , Columbia Business School Executive Education
Rita McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth. Her work and ideas help CEO's and senior executives succeed in rapidly changing and volatile environments, and she is valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems. Recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 and winning the award for outstanding achievement in the strategy category, McGrath speaks regularly at corporate events, such as the Microsoft CEO Summit and the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. She appears regularly on television and radio and is often cited in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, and Businessweek and has published several articles in the Harvard Business Review. McGrath is the co-author of three books in addition to her latest book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast As Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press). She has also been named one of the top ten business school professors to follow on Twitter, and was named one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company magazine.
Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing
Columbia Business School
Shiva Rajgopal is the Kester and Byrnes Professor at Columbia Business School. A highly regarded academic, Shiva is one of the world’s leading experts on measuring how well managers serve as responsible stewards of the corporation’s resources. He is perhaps best known for his finding that around 40 percent of Chief Financial Officers would sacrifice a positive net present value project to meet quarterly analyst consensus earnings estimate. Apart from conducting pioneering research on short-termism, Shiva's extensive body of academic and practitioner focused work covers a wide range of contemporary issues in financial reporting and governance such as accounting restatements, frauds, SEC enforcement actions, efficacy of board and executive compensation schemes in delivering shareholder value, whistle blowing, and the paramount importance of corporate culture as an under-appreciated economic asset of the firm. He has wide-ranging experience in solving applied business problems with global private equity funds, leading insurance companies, financial services firms, hedge funds, and cyber security ratings agencies. His work has been featured extensively in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Barrons, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes and The Economist.
Along with Trish Gorman, Rita McGrath, and Shiva Rajgopal, additional Columbia Business School faculty may contribute to and teach in the program.