Executive Education

Strategic Business Leadership: Engagement, Performance and Execution

This module will provide a framework for identifying opportunities and mobilizing resources to create value. Managers will learn how to bring people together from diverse functional groups or lines of business to effectively execute strategic initiatives. 

This program will equip executives to effectively lead and be more productive in contemporary organizations. Executives will learn to manage cross-functional, cross-organizational relationships; develop social capital; and create and manage organizational strategic partners. Leadership agility is an essential quality for success. Participants will learn and practice their leadership agility, enhance their ability to read organizations, and hone their skills in strategy execution.

During this seminar you will:

  • Be better able to identify initiatives that create value.
  • Be better equipped to know what needs to be accomplished in "getting the job done."
  • Build your social capital and leverage business networks and the informal organization.
  • Manage across organizational boundaries.
  • Rise above boundaries and manage social differences such as age, gender, and race more effectively.
  • Understand how and when to build a strong team.
  • Leverage reporting structures more effectively.
  • Structure your unit to deliver more value.
  • Recognize and rise above organization divisions.
  • Go beyond structure and use leadership to be effective.
  • Engage others to implement important initiatives or change.

Topics Outline

The Social Capital of Successful Leaders

Contemporary organizations, with their leaner hierarchies and global markets, require now more than ever that leaders become the authors of their jobs. Successful people are better at reading their organization and determining what to do and who to involve in getting the job done. Such leaders have social capital. This session is an introduction to its use in adding value within an organization.

Discussion topics:

  • What is social capital?
  • How does social capital give executives a competitive advantage in adding value?
  • How to build social capital as a leader

Leadership Based on Groups

High performance teams, organizational situations in which strong team spirit enhances team performance and the risk of “group think,” as well as the resistance to change are all explored in this session. Teams, cohesion, and corporate culture: when are they an advantage and when are they a disadvantage? In today’s global world, teams can cross continents and cultures. Explore how to effectively link cultures and utilize their strengths.

Discussion topics:

  • How and when to invoke a team
  • How do internal group dynamics influence performance and what can be done to enhance them?
  • How much social pressure is required to lock a person into old beliefs and behaviors?

Managing the Team

Teams have become essential to coordinating people across functions in contemporary organizations. But not all teams are effective. The session will focus on the most often neglected causes of team success: the configuration of its linkage to the rest of the organization and the environment beyond the organization. Participants will also look at how to structure teams as part of large-scale change initiatives.

Discussion topics

  • How is a team a strategic organization?
  • Why are extra-team ties more critical than intra-team relations for overall success?
  • How to design high-performance teams
  • When a team is not high performance, what are the four things that can, and do, go wrong, and how can they be prevented?
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Ronald S. Burt

Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy

Ron Burt is the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition to designing and teaching in various executive education programs, he teaches "Strategic Leadership" each year in Singapore, London, and Chicago. The course is a capstone course in Chicago’s Executive M.B.A. program.

This seminar is ideal for upper-middle to senior executives, with positions such as department head, general manager, VP, SVP, and C-suite, responsible for executing business strategy. The course is designed to assist leaders in identifying opportunities and mobilizing resources to create value. It is especially recommended for leaders who bring people together from diverse functional groups or lines of business to effectively execute strategic initiatives. Executives will reflect and think strategically about their leadership roles and learn how to build social capital, broaden their influence to increase productivity, and accomplish performance-driven goals.

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
November 14 - 18, 2016 $9,985 Register Now »
March 13 - 17, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »
July 10 - 14, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »
November 6 - 10, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »

Fee does not include accommodations.
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