Vistage executive leadership program

ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH.  Transform your business.

Now more than ever, CEOs and executives are seeking new ways to grow and innovate their businesses.

The Vistage Executive Leadership Program, in collaboration with Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a unique executive education program that focuses on developing strategic thinking and immediately applying innovative strategies that drive transformative change in an organization.

Members learn proven business concepts through online, self-paced learning guided by Stanford faculty. Members are then challenged to immediately bring these concepts to life in their own business through interactive group workshops facilitated by expert Vistage Chairs. The cohort structure of the program provides added support and accountability from similarly motivated and focused CEO peers for optimal results.

HOW IT WORKS

The Vistage Executive Leadership Program is a series of three (3) online courses from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education program.  The courses include:

Each course is structured as an 8-week ‘sprint’ and is comprised of eight (8) one-week modules. In addition to on-demand webinars, each courses feature three (3) live sessions with Stanford course facilitators, including a kick-off, a mid-course session and a course finale. Unlike other online executive education programs, members meet weekly with their virtual Vistage group and Vistage Chair facilitator to discuss learnings and focus on immediately applying the course concepts directly to their business.

Members receive a Stanford Certificate of Completion for each completed course in the series.

New for 2021, an encore course is available to members who have previously completed the full Vistage Executive Leadership Program. The encore course includes:

  1. Encore Course– TBD

WHO IS IT BEST SUITED FOR?

The Vistage Executive Leadership Program is specifically designed and exclusively available to Vistage CEO members. It is particularly valuable if you are a member looking to:

  • Sharpen strategic thinking skills for tackling challenges
  • Spur transformative change and growth in your company
  • Develop a framework that better aligns with your strategy
  • Disrupt or pivot your business model entirely

REAL-WORLD RESULTS!

Members have learned the fundamentals of corporate strategy and frameworks for innovation, applied through a Vistage experience.

As a result, members have transformed their businesses in many ways. Examples include:

Developing an incremental $40 million strategy

Gaining a manufacturing client worth $100 million

Growing the company by 40% with the lessons learned through the program

The Transformer: Ronn Cort (case study)

Learn how 2017 Vistage-Stanford Alumni Ronn Cort used concepts like the PARC framework to address organizational challenges.

MEET THE PROFESSORS

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

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

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.

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Sarah Soule
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.

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Jennifer Aaker
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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is the Vistage Executive Leadership Program different from other executive online education programs?
Unlike other online executive education programs, the Vistage Executive Leadership Program offers a learning model designed to help members bring course concepts to life. In addition to online course content from Stanford, members participate in weekly virtual meetings with their group and Vistage Chair facilitator to focus on immediately applying the course concepts directly to their business.

How will this impact my Vistage group?
The program is a supplemental offering and does not replace your existing Vistage group or financial commitments. It is an exclusive value-add for select CEO members who wish to opt in to expand their knowledge.

What do members get for completing each course?
Members will receive a Stanford Certificate of Completion signed by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Sam Reese, Vistage CEO for each course completed in the 3-course series.

When and where are the courses offered?
2021 will mark the fifth consecutive Vistage Executive Leadership Program cohort. Participants will be placed in a virtual group of 8-12 other Vistage members from their respective region. See 2021 course schedule for available dates.

What is the time commitment required per week for members?
Each course consists of eight (8) one-week modules, for a total of eight weeks. Typical members spend approximately 5-6 hours per week on the course material, assignments and virtual workshops.

How do I enroll in courses or the full program?
The 2021 registration is open for registration. To register, complete the online application or email stanfordadmin@vistage.com.

What is an Encore course?
In 2021, we will be offering the new Encore course option, available as a value-add to those who have already completed the Vistage Executive Leadership Program 3-course series.

What are the advantages of taking the entire series?
This 3-course program series is specifically designed to address the needs of growth-minded CEO members. The course content and application-focused workshops build on each other, allowing members to make an immediate and lasting impact on their business by defining a strategy, designing their organization to implement that strategy, and then effectively communicating it through the power of story.