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"We are in the midst of our generation’s greatest crisis with — as of yet — no clear, clean end in sight. The stakes are high, because every organization’s mission, direction, and financial survival is at stake, along with the health and well-being of its employees."
– The program's faculty co-directors Paul Ingram and Hitendra Wadhwa
How should a leader operate in crisis conditions to help their organization survive and thrive? Executives who may be exceptional leaders under normal operations are finding themselves far out of their comfort zones in handling the multiplicity of challenges and risks that this crisis has wrought.
Drawing on two of our most prominent leadership faculty’s research, this program teaches participants to approach the present crisis with authenticity and agility and to draw out the best in themselves and their teams in making the right strategic moves.
Participants learn how to avoid making the wrong leadership decisions under pressure and how to leverage the situation to remind stakeholders, their teams, and themselves of their core values. They also identify how to learn from the crisis, walking away better equipped to lead through the inevitable challenges of tomorrow.
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During this time of crisis, the measure of every leader is being tested. This program helps you strengthen yourself, your people, and your organization so you can deal with this crisis with clarity, wisdom, resilience, and agility.
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 teams
- Leverage your core values to guide you through a crisis
- Make high-stakes choices by fusing a deep understanding of the situation with creative intuition
- Strengthen community so everyone on the team actively serves and supports one another
- Create a meaningful path — a hero’s journey — for your team to help them stay inspired through adverse conditions
- Help your organization shift from a limiting mindset to a high-performance mindset so you can achieve more with less
- Translate adversity into motivation, focus, and insight that will help your people learn and innovate in powerful ways
Upon completion of this program, you will earn three days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.
The program consists of twelve 90-minute live virtual sessions along with a digital learning journey spanning six weeks.
Program sessions are:
- Session 1: 5 Core Energies for Crisis Leadership
- Sessions 2 and 3: Formulating Crisis Strategy
- Sessions 4 and 5: Staying Inspired
- Sessions 6 and 7: Building Community
- Sessions 8 and 9: Rebounding from Adversity
- Sessions 10 and 11: Shifting Mindsets
- Session 12: Program Closure
The science of learning shows that you are much more likely to translate your learning into action if you get the opportunity to engage in small doses of no-risk practice with feedback. That’s what our digital platform Mentora will provide you — weekly opportunities to practice “moments-of-truth” and “missions” to experiment with new behaviors and mindsets and observe and learn in small steps. We call this MicroPractice™.
For a complete program schedule, including detailed session descriptions, download the agenda.
The program is designed for business leaders at all levels and across industries who are looking to sharpen their crisis leadership skills to more confidently navigate through the business challenges they're facing today and tomorrow.
Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.
Paul Ingram, Faculty Co-Director
Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Paul Ingram's 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 held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto and, before coming to Columbia, he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.
He has consulted on issues of organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, health care, insurance, energy, and consumer products industries.
Hitendra Wadhwa, Faculty Co-Director
Professor of Practice, Columbia Business School
Hitendra Wadhwa is a professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and the founder of Mentora, the Institute for Life and Leadership. He teaches MBA courses and such Executive Education programs as Personal Leadership and Success, and Driving Strategic Impact.
He is regularly involved with many Fortune 500 corporations in strategy consulting and leadership development. His widely acclaimed research and teaching on leadership have been covered by Fortune, Psychology Today, BBC World Service, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Wadhwa was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and the CEO/founder of a Silicon Valley start-up, Paramark, which was twice recognized as a Top-100 Internet technology company by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire.
Along with Professors Ingram and Wadhwa, additional Columbia Business School faculty may contribute to and teach in the program.