Executive Education

Strategic Business Leadership: Engagement, Performance, and Execution

Learn to manage cross-functional, cross-organizational relationships; build social capital; bridge gaps; form teams to get the job done; and create and manage organizational strategic partnerships.

Today's challenging and complex business environment requires agility in execution and a deep understanding of human dynamics. In this program you will practice leadership agility, enhance your ability to read organizations, and hone your skills in strategy execution.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Learn how agile leaders adapt to situations and people.
  • Practice leading, following, and collaborating to influence outcomes.
  • Explore social capital as a means for navigating networks and organizations.
  • Identify strategies to manage across organizational boundaries.
  • Learn how to assess the alignment of your current strategy and current and future market conditions.
  • Improve your ability to anticipate and prepare for changes in your competitive environment.

LOCATION
Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL

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Harry L. Davis

Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management

Harry Davis teaches MBA and Executive Education courses at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has been on the faculty since 1963. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of strategy, leadership, creativity, and innovation.

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John Burrows

Senior Lecturer in Leadership, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

John Burrows teaches general management, leadership, and negotiations for Chicago Booth Executive Education. Previously, he served as partner with Accenture and held senior roles in sales and marketing at enterprise software companies including Siebel and Oracle. His teaching and research interests include organizational design, workforce analytics, social network analysis, and social capital. He holds a PhD in behavioral science from University of Chicago and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
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Heather M. Caruso

Adjunct Faculty in Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson

Heather Caruso focuses her teaching and research on several aspects of human behavior in organizations. These interests center on the dynamics and social psychology of diverse (e.g., cross-functional, multicultural) teams; the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations; and strategies for optimal judgment, decision making, and behavior.

Incredible opportunity to learn new management and leadership techniques and behaviors that are absolutely critical to successfully leading complex teams.

- James Hartigan, Director, BAE Systems


Program was well designed, plus pacing and material were very relevant. One of the best external leadership programs I attended. I also enjoyed very much the teaching styles of the different professors.

- Donna-Marie Darlington-Dawes, Program Manager, The World Bank Group


The Strategic Business Leadership program has provided a long-lasting tool to carry over into our everyday private and professional lives. I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with diverse group of business professionals.

- Dustin King, Vice President – Air/Ocean, Farrow U.S.


Well done. This program will be an immediate benefit to me and my company. The education will be multiplied again and again as I can take the ideas generated this week to my team back home.

- Steve Newman, Vice President, Delta Star


Great takeaway value. Utilize in day-to-day. Relative information for today’s business professional.

- Scott Wallace, General Manager, Cintas Corporation


Absolutely amazing. Best investment of my time I’ve made in well over a decade.

- Marci Francisco, VP Sales, CU Direct


I found the material to be cutting edge and extremely helpful. Am looking forward to using various skills in our company to develop an agile team. Nice balance of research and tools.

- Ann Gelardi, COO, Southern Chemical Corporation


Overall a fantastic experience. The depth and breadth of the information was incredible yet very practical to our daily lives.

- Kevin Lockett, Partner at Fulcrum Global Capital


This is my second time in Booth School of Business and I have no disappointment at all. My first course on negotiation came in timely and so is this course on business strategy. I work in a very dynamic organization and the knowledge gained from the course will be invaluable.

- Inuwa Iyodo, GM/Head, Finance, National Pension Commission Nigeria

The program is designed to assist leaders in identifying opportunities and mobilizing resources to create value. It is especially recommended for senior leaders who bring people together from diverse functional groups or lines of business to effectively execute strategic initiatives. Titles include: department head, general manager, VP, SVP, project manager, change manager, and C-suite.

Program Outline

The Social Capital of Successful Leaders

  • What is social capital?
  • Learn how social capital gives executives a competitive advantage
  • Understand how leaders build social capital

Leadership Agility

  • Recognize how you are playing a leadership role
  • Identify the ways others respond to you and how to influence their response
  • Adapt and grow in a new role with broader responsibilities 

Building Bridges with Strategic Partners

  • Identifying a strategic partner
  • Driving the exchange between a leader and a strategic partner
  • Strategic partners who help retain high-potential employees

Creative Leadership

  • Understand when creative thinking has the greatest payoff
  • Recognize how much creativity is a result of the job and how much is due to the individual
  • Identify the barriers to creative thinking at the organizational level and the personal level
  • Build commitment that takes hold by communicating with passion and (selling) a mission 

Managing the Team

  • Building a team that is a strategic organization
  • Understand what criteria to consider when building teams
  • Recognize when extra team ties are more critical than intrateam relations for overall success
  • Learn the best way to design high-performance teams
  • Harness the collective wisdom of teams to drive organizational excellence

Constructive Communication

  • Distinguish when people in your network fully hear and understand you
  • Learn what it takes to get critical feedback actually heard and how listening is a skill that can be improved
  • Become familiar with the conversational skills that are most important in doing a better job versus doing your job better 

Taking Strategic Action

  • Look for the proposed benefits and the potential supporters/blockers
  • Identify what resources are needed, who has the resources, and how to get buy-in
  • Recognize the indicators that stakeholders will be monitoring
  • Identify the critical moments and potential roadblocks that can impede the execution

Having a Long-Term Vision for your Business

  • Learn how to assess the alignment of your current strategy and current and future market conditions
  • Learn how to take a more disciplined and objective approach to anticipating and preparing for future changes in your competitive environment

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
July 22-26, 2019 $10,950 Register Now »
November 18-22, 2019 $10,950 Register Now »

Fee does not include accommodations.

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