CHICAGO FACILITATOR +
VISTAGE CHAIR SINCE 2007
“One trait we know all Vistage members share is their love of learning. Now, Vistage has partnered with Stanford University to take this learning to a new level. As the business environment becomes more competitive, the ability to innovate has become crucial. So often we think of innovation in terms of intellectual property, something reserved for tech firms and the like. Stanford’s Leadership in Innovation Program, taught by Stanford Business School Professors, teaches us there is an opportunity for innovation in every business. Marrying the expertise of these professors with the practical approach of Vistage facilitators, participants can take what they learn and make it happen in their businesses. What an amazing opportunity for our members and for us, the Chairs.”
“I am excited to be part of the pilot for Vistage’s new partnership with Stanford. This collaboration is a great opportunity to blend the highest level of executive education with the power of the peer group to support our members in embracing innovation in their businesses. As the business landscape and technology continue to evolve, it is more important than ever that our members focus on innovation as a way to have a differentiated advantage going forward.”
CHICAGO FACILITATOR +
VISTAGE CHAIR SINCE 2012
How it Works
We’re combining the best of Stanford’s online curriculum and Vistage’s group experience. This hybrid model pilot program is comprised of self-paced instruction of web-delivered course material complemented by 10 in-person half-day group meetings Chaired by two Chicago Vistage Chairs, Elisa Spain and Aimee Daniels. The course material consists of professor video lecture segments, live events, slides, reading material, exercises to complete, group-wide discussions, direct faculty feedback, and a final test for each course segment. It is estimated a participant will need to spend 3 to 4 hours per week to absorb the material, do the exercises required to be submitted for feedback, and take/pass the final test for each course.
|In-person Workshop Dates||In-person Workshop Location|
|October, 2017||March, 2018|
|November, 2017||April, 2018|
|December, 2017||May, 2018|
|January, 2018||June, 2018|
|February, 2018||July, 2018|
|*Dates subject to change|
Stanford Live Webinar dates TBD
Stanford-led webinars will be conducted using their online platform.
The hybrid learning model offers the in-person Vistage experience in target cities (Chicago, Denver, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco). The Vistage experience is also offered in a virtual group format for members unable to commit to the in-person format.
Learn and apply concepts around innovation through the power of the Vistage experience. You will earn a Stanford Certificate of Completion (no college credit) and be invited to our annual Vistage graduation day on the business school campus in Palo Alto, California (Fall 2018).
The application deadline is August 18, 2017. The program runs from September 2017 through July 2018.
The program cost is discounted to $15,000 for Vistage members.
William P. Barnett
THE THOMAS M. SIEBEL PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Jesper B. Sørensen
THE ROBERT A. AND ELIZABETH R. JEFFE PROFESSOR AND PROFESSOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Why are some companies more competitive than others? To be successful, a manager must be able to diagnose the reasons behind successes and failures, and to be able to effectively improve performance in the future. This course helps managers learn to think strategically: how to identify opportunities and challenges, how to develop a viable course of action, how to formulate a strategy, and how to execute strategy so that their employees are guided and motivated to achieve success. Our goal in this course is to hone your strategic thinking skills so that this thought process becomes second nature.
THE GENERAL ATLANTIC PARTNERS PROFESSOR OF MARKETING
THE INNOVATION PLAYBOOK
The Innovation Playbook course is designed to give leaders the tools to highlight their own signature stories in a way that can provide value to their companies and in people’s lives.
You’ll leave with the ability to curate, craft, and tell stories effectively — and to harness story to drive growth.
THE MORGRIDGE PROFESSOR OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
DESIGNING ORGANIZATIONS FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
The Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation course focuses on a framework for thinking about the organizational ecosystem, and how we can use a human-centered design process to effectively diagnose the causes of very common organizational problems (e.g., lack of coordination and trust between units, shortage of time for creative thinking, and loss of top talent). In this course, we will study the interplay among formal structure, routines, informal networks and culture in shaping organizational performance, change, innovation, and employment engagement.
What topics will be covered?
The inaugural program will include three courses focused on innovation: (1) Strategic Leadership by Professor William Barnett and Professor Jesper Sorensen, (2) The Innovation Playbook by Professor Jennifer Aaker, and (3) Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation by Professor Sarah Soule
What do members get for completing the program?
Members who complete the program will receive a Stanford Certificate of Completion cobranded with Vistage Worldwide, signed by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Sam Reese, Vistage CEO. On-campus graduation and capstone day of learning are planned for Fall 2018
How will this impact my Vistage group?
The program is a complement to your Vistage group. All in-market Chairs will receive summaries monthly.
Is this a one-time program or will it be repeated?
The first program launched February 2017 with a total of 80 participants. We will launch the next cohort in September 2017 followed by the third cohort tentatively scheduled for February 2018. Additional cohorts and markets will continue to be added.
How do I nominate a member?
Chairs can simply nominate a member by filling out the nomination form on the website. on the website. Members will then receive an email invitation to fill out the application form online.
How do members apply?
Members must be nominated by a Vistage Chair to apply. Nominated members will receive an email invitation to fill out the online application. Applications for September cohort are due by August 18.