High-Performance Leadership  

Learn to create a high-performance environment that drives financial results, inspires innovation, and accelerates growth.

Tasked with creating value while managing change, today's leaders need to tackle complicated problems in innovative ways. Built on the largest performance study ever conducted, this course will teach you the theories and tools needed to create a high-performance work environment that drives financial results and innovation.

Throughout the course, you will learn the behaviors that accelerate or stifle high performance, the techniques that create a collaborative work environment, and the tools that build performance drivers. Interactive exercises and discussion will reveal whether your own behaviors are encouraging the right environment or discouraging it.

You will develop plans to improve your team and create a place where people can seize opportunities, take risks, and generate new ideas.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Create a plan to eradicate the barriers to high performance in a business unit.
  • Identify, replicate, and nurture high-performance behaviors and workgroups throughout the organization.
  • Develop a structured approach to preparing for and thinking about negotiations and everyday influence situations.


Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL

This program will benefit mid-to senior-level managers and executives who create value for their organizations. The program provides techniques for encouraging an environment necessary to sustain long-term, profitable growth.

Titles include: innovation leader, change manager, senior project manager, operations manager, mid- to senior-level manager, director, vice president, and C-suite.

Linda E. Ginzel

Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology

Linda E. Ginzel has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial psychology, leadership and executive development. Her recent book, Choosing Leadership, helps readers to develop what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage, wisdom and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead.

Ginzel has taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science, as well as a member of the Academy of Management. At Booth, she has received the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award, and the Inaugural Global Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. She was named an Impact Professor by the class of 2014, received the Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019, and the class of 2020 Phoenix Award.

Ginzel received her bachelor's degree with distinction and Summa Cum Laude in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1984. She studied experimental social psychology at Princeton University where she earned a Master's degree in 1986 and a PhD in 1989. During her PhD studies, she worked as senior consultant in training and development for Mutual of New York's Group Pensions and Operations Center.

In 2000 President Clinton awarded her a President's Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. Ginzel is the co-founder of Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children's product safety. She also served as director of the Consumer's Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.

Sonny Garg

Energy Solutions Lead, Uptake

Sonny Garg joined Exelon in 2002 and has focused extensively on transformational and integration work within the company. In his most recent role as president of Exelon Power, he had oversight of the management and operation of Exelon's fossil (coal, oil, and natural gas), landfill gas, hydro, wind, and solar-powered fleet of generating assets in 11 states.

Susan Lucia Annunzio

President and CEO, The Center for High Performance

Susan Lucia Annunzio is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for High Performance (CfHP). She is a strategic advisor to CEOs of leading global companies on strategy attainment and business transformation. Susan partners with senior executives to increase their ability to simplify complex strategic decisions through enhanced collaboration and creativity. She is a globally recognized speaker and thought leader on shaping and maintaining high-performance business environments. She has a strong track record helping leaders maximize returns on strategic, financial and human-capital investments.

Previously, Susan ran the research-based high performance consulting subsidiary of Hudson Highland Group, Inc., a leading international professional staffing and talent management solutions firm.

Under her direction, Hudson Highland completed the most comprehensive global study of knowledge workers ever conducted regarding the factors that accelerate or stifle high performance. Susan has presented on this study at such prestigious venues as the World Economic Forum, The International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change at the University of Greenwich, and Vacature’s 2004 “Talent Economy” launch event in Belgium.

Susan has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. She has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France, Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Instituto Empressa in Madrid. She also has taught at General Electric’s Crotonville Corporate Training Center.

She is the author of Contagious Success (Portfolio, 2004), a dynamic management book that revealed a global standard for high performance. Contagious Success was voted Fast Company’s Readers’ Choice selection in January 2005. Additionally, Susan authored two more prominent business books: Communicoding (Fine, 1990; Penguin USA, 1991) and Evolutionary Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2001; Fireside, 2002).

She has been a guest on numerous local and national television and radio news programs and has been quoted extensively in the business press, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, USA Today and Bloomberg.

Susan is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group. She also works with the Metropolitan YWCA of Chicago and The United Way.


Introduction to High-Performance Leadership

  • Learn what drives high performance in uncertain economic times
  • Identify the three drivers and corresponding attributes of a high-performing work environment

Leadership: Encouraging a High-Performance Environment

  • Explore familiar leadership styles and the correlation between leadership style and resultant behaviors
  • Identify and enable top performers

The Tenets of a High-Performance Environment

  • Explore how good leaders manage change
  • Learn how to optimize thinking during change
  • Discover the power of the 20/60/20 rule, unspeakable subjects, and making loud statements of change

Respectful Communication

  • Communicate to encourage high performance
  • Discuss the key concepts of communication that allow thinking to thrive

Building a High-Performance Environment

  • Learn from each other's experiences and brainstorm new ideas
  • Implement quick wins to take back and begin implementing immediately

Influence and Collaboration: Negotiation

  • Become a more effective negotiator
  • Prepare for negotiations and everyday influence situations
  • Practice and improve influence and collaboration skills

Now Discover Your Strengths

  • Take the CliftonStrengths profile to discover your strengths
  • Leverage your personal strengths to lead transformational change

Critical Thinking and Consensus: Decision-Making

  • Learn the importance of group process dynamics
  • Discover pitfalls and benefits of team decision making
  • Explore the elements of team processes for making decisions

Celebrating Heroes

  • Recognize and celebrate heroes within the company
  • Craft real-life examples

Chicago has created a wonderful program to aid in the education of business leaders across all lines of business. I received practical tools that I can use immediately to make my associates feel more valued. I will be a better leader as a result of participating in this program.

—Peter Carey, National Asset Recovery Manager, Toyota Motor Credit Corp.

Great program! I will recommend it to others in my organizations at all levels, followers, management, and leadership. My regret is that this program was not available earlier in my career.

—Paul Ekstrom, VP, Customer Service and Information Systems, California Water Service Company

I am very pleased with the seminar and honestly believe that it will have a positive impact on how I position myself towards seeking greater responsibilities or aspire to higher ranks within my institution.

—Eduardo M. Borges, Managing Director Corporate Banking, Banco Santander Brasil S/A

It was a phenomenal, life-changing experience for me. I would absolutely recommend [this program] to others.

—Sanjay Radhakrishan, Senior Manager, Cognizant Technology Solutions

The course does an excellent job of pulling together and making more concrete practical lessons that, while they seem obvious, are too often not applied. Just as we're challenged to create a better environment in our companies, the environment that's been created at Chicago is very conducive to necessary reflection and experimentation to learn and be ready to apply the lessons learned when we get back to our own companies.

—Brian Keefer, EVP/COO, Bankers Insurance Group

This course was well designed and the presenters and instructors were very authentic; responsive and knowledgeable. The setting coupled with the energy of the participants provided for a powerful opportunity to reflect fresher and strengthen skills.

—Suzanne Sinclair, Vice President Marketing Strategic Initiatives, Zurich North America

This is the single best leadership training I have ever participated in. The quality of teachers and students was exceptional. Energy was high; focus and effort by all was outstanding.

—Andy Keimach, Executive Vice President, Munchkin, Inc

Tremendous program. The most valuable thing I've ever done for my career.

—Rick Strachan, Group President, Hanley Wood, LLC

Has to be one of the best programs I have taken. This program far outranks courses I took during my MBA, and I will be able to utilize skills/objectives learned.

—Joshua Kabisch, Sr. ACO, Office of Naval Research

Excellent learning environment with vibrant teaching and support staff.

- Usman Musa, Head Compliance Unit, National Pension

The class provides insight, hard data, and tools to transform the often unmet challenges of good leadership in the workplace into bridges for personal, team and organizational success.

—Joseph Grames, Deputy Group Leader, Jefferson Lab

I am thrilled that I took the time to take this week-long course and I know that I will make great use of the skills in wherever my journey takes me in my next academic (or other) leadership position!

—Amy Wolfson, Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, Inc

World class experience relevant and necessary post-MBA to compete and take your teams/companies to new heights of success.

—Dan Munivez, Senior Manager, Portfolio, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Delphi Corporation

The course was excellent and I believe it’s due to the significant attention to every detail above. The entire program was well organized but felt spontaneous and not canned.

—Janet Cunningham, Director US Regulatory Affairs, Dechra Veterinary Products, LLC

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee Format
December 6-10, 2021 $10,950 In-Person Register Now
August 22-26, 2022 $10,950 In-Person Register Now


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