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“If you have significant leadership responsibility, the odds are high that you're going to face an organizational crisis within the next three years. In this program, you’ll learn how to build a robust organization for when that time comes.”
– Faculty Director Paul Ingram
On any given day, the media presents us with well-publicized and scrutinized stories of organizational crises. But while some crises make headlines, others may be less public but no less threatening to an organization.
The reality is that every organization is vulnerable to crises. And when a crisis arises, the first thing people look for is a leader. Executives who may be exceptional leaders under normal operations find themselves facing the pressures of time to preserve shareholder confidence, mitigate brand damage, and ultimately protect the bottom line.
The Crisis Leadership: Navigating through Difficult Times program prepares leaders for this challenge, recognizing that crisis situations require different leadership than normal conditions and that leaders can’t wait until they’re in the midst of a disaster to seek help.
The three-day program teaches upper- and senior-level executives how to strategically manage complex situations where the stakes are high. Participants learn how to avoid making bad leadership decisions under pressure and how to leverage the situation to remind stakeholders, their teams, and themselves of their core values. Executives also identify how to learn from a crisis, walking away better equipped to lead through the inevitable challenges of tomorrow.
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During times of crisis, the measure of a leader is tested. This program helps you prepare for these situations that are bound to arise in any executive’s career, helping you build an organization that is robust and responsive when the time comes.
Specifically, you will walk away knowing how to:
- Strategically and successfully manage yourself and your organization through times of crisis
- Avoid making the wrong leadership decisions under pressure
- Communicate effectively about the crisis with internal and external stakeholders
- Create an environment of psychological safety for your team(s)
- Leverage your core values to guide you through a crisis
- Learn from a crisis so you're better equipped to lead through the challenges of tomorrow
Upon completion of this program, you will earn three days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.
The program is structured around a leader’s responsibilities — leading yourself and leading others — with each day focusing on a different aspect of the framework.
Day 1: Managing external stakeholders during crises
Learn how to communicate with external stakeholders when a crisis arises, including what kind of information you should provide, the style and tone with which you provide it, and how to manage questions you can't answer. You’ll acquire concrete tools for identifying and prioritizing stakeholders in times of crisis.
Day 2: Leading teams during crises
Understand how to produce psychological safety for your team and allow team members to give their perspective honestly — a crucial component to effective decision making in times of crisis. You’ll practice how to get full input from team members in order to make sense of the complexity of a crisis.
Day 3: Leading yourself during crises
You’ll learn about a framework to keep your own foundation of core values intact so you don't get consumed by the reactions of others. Hands-on exercises teach you how to maintain perspective, allowing you to continue to act as a leader and not become engulfed in the chaos around you.
The program features guest speakers who will talk about crises they have managed within their organization or industry. Speaker sessions will be hands-on and interactive with open discussions around the guest speaker’s experiences. Previous guest speakers included:
Captain Richard Phillips
American Merchant Mariner and Author
In 2009, Captain Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. The story later became the inspiration for the Academy Award-nominated namesake film starring Tom Hanks.
In his Crisis Leadership program session, Captain Phillips discussed the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered an extraordinary challenge. This "Hero of the High Seas" has a powerful and timely message that dramatically energizes and informs leadership.
President and Owner at Latitude 35
Caldwell is a world-class athlete and professional adventurer. In 2017, Caldwell and his team of four set the world record as the fastest crew to ever row across the Atlantic Ocean, their feat recognized and enshrined in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records. At the Crisis Leadership program, Caldwell shared his experience managing crisis while rowing across the Atlantic.
Guest speaker lineup is subject to change.
For a complete program schedule download the agenda.
The program is designed for executives with significant leadership responsibility of teams, departments, and units as well as professionals in areas such as communications, people, and strategy and that are called in action in times of crisis.
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.
Paul Ingram, Faculty Director
Kravis Professor of Business
Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and faculty director of the Columbia Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto.
The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than sixty articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including Gould Prize, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Ingram's current research examines the intersection between culture and social networks. Recent papers investigate questions such as the role of value similarity to foster business networks, determinants and outcomes of individuals’ fit in organizational cultures, and influences on ethical decision making.
He has served as President of the College of Organization Science of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). He is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Discoveries, and has served as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, a senior editor for Organization Science, an Associate Editor for Management Science and on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization. Paul’s undergraduate degree is from Brock University where received the Governor General’s Award as the top graduating student. In 2004 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Brock’s Faculty of Business.
At Columbia Business School, Paul has received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, won the Commitment to Excellence Award, voted by graduating EMBA students five times, and thrice been chosen by graduating EMBA students to deliver the keynote speech at their commencement ceremony. He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, health care, insurance, energy, and consumer products industries. Paul was born in Canada to immigrant parents and was the first in his family to attend college.
Along with Professor Ingram, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.