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.

Throughout the week, you will apply the course material to an individual business challenge and create a strategic action plan to create and deliver value.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Identify initiatives that create value.
  • Manage across organizational boundaries.
  • Structure your business to deliver more value.
  • Develop a strategic action plan for delivering value.

Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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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

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Organizations and Strategy

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 Associate Professor of Behavioral Science

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.

Executives will think creatively and strategically about their leadership roles and learn how to build social capital, broaden their influence to increase productivity, and accomplish performance-driven goals. Throughout the week, participants will work on an individual business challenge and create an action plan for creating and delivering value.

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

  • How am I currently playing my leadership role?
  • How do others respond and what can I do to influence their response?
  • How do I adapt and grow in a new role and broader responsibilities?

Building Bridges with Strategic Partners

  • How do you know when you need a strategic partner?
  • What kind of exchange is involved between a leader and a strategic partner?
  • How do strategic partners help retain high-potential employees?

Creative Leadership

  • In what aspects of the job does creative thinking have the greatest payoff?
  • How much is creativity a result of the job and how much of the individual?
  • What are the barriers to creative thinking at the organizational level and the personal level?

Managing the Team

  • How is a team a strategic organization?
  • When are extra-team ties more critical than intra-team relations for overall success?
  • What's the best way to design high-performance teams?
  • When a team is not high-performing, what are the four things that can, and do, go wrong? How can they be prevented?

Diagnosis and Strategic Action

  • What are the proposed benefits and who are potential supporters/blockers?
  • What resources are needed? Who has those resources and how do you get their buy-in?
  • What are the indicators that stakeholders will be monitoring?
  • What are the critical moments and potential roadblocks that can impede the execution?

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

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
March 18-22, 2019 $10,950 Register Now »
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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