Vistage executive leadership program

In Collaboration with Stanford Graduate School of Business

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AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY WITH WORLD-CLASS THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Vistage is collaborating with Stanford Graduate School of Business to work together to provide world-class thought leadership delivered online and applied through a Vistage group experience.

Included in this hybrid model, specifically tailored for Vistage CEOs, are three courses:

  • Strategic Leadership: Learn how to create and apply strategic frameworks for innovation.
  • Innovation Playbook: Inspire and mobilize your community through the power of storytelling.
  • Organizational Design: Design an organizational structure to facilitate innovation and growth.

HOW IT WORKS

We are combining the best teachings of Stanford’s online thought leaders and delivering the concepts through a Vistage group experience. This hybrid learning model is specifically designed for how executives learn in today’s rapidly evolving world. It combines self-paced instruction of web-delivered academic excellence, monthly workshops to build perspectives and real world applications delivered by expert Chairs, and live sessions with Stanford faculty.

This is a high-engagement program sharing ideas and providing feedback in small teams, as a market and as a cohort. The course material consists of live events, readings, videos, case studies and small team projects, as well as cohort-wide feedback and discussions. Each course consists of eight individual one-week modules with a deliverable. Member feedback suggests they spent approximately five hours per week on the course material. Catch-up weeks are inserted at natural points throughout the course to reflect the busy lives of active executives spreading the eight weeks over a 12-week span.

*Virtual Groups

The Vistage experience is also offered in a virtual group format for members unable to commit to the in-person format. The differences between in-person and virtual groups are:

  1. Group Kickoff meeting is held in San Diego as a full day event.
  2. Group sizes are 8-10.
  3. Workshop length is 2 hours.

 

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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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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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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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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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will this impact my Vistage group?
The program is a complement to your Vistage group. All in-market Chairs will receive summaries monthly.

What topics will be covered?
The program includes three courses focused on innovation:

  1. Strategic Leadership by Professor William Barnett and Professor Jesper Sorensen: Understand the fundamentals of a successful corporate strategy and create one for your company.
  2. The Innovation Playbook by Professor Jennifer Aaker: Learn the power of the story and write your leadership story, user story, company story and innovation story.
  3. Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation by Professor Sarah Soule: Learn how to design your organization and culture to foster innovation and collaboration.

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.

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