Vistage executive leadership program

ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin

The Vistage Executive Leadership Program is a 12-month immersion in strategic thinking and innovation strategy and is specifically designed for and exclusively available to Vistage CEO members.

With a unique combination of online self-paced learning, live webinars with Stanford faculty, and monthly workshops facilitated by expert Vistage Chairs, the program focuses on immediately applying the material to the transformation of the strategic management and growth trajectory of a member’s business. The cohort structure of the program provides additional support and accountability from similarly motivated and focused CEO peers.

Learn more about the 2020 program.
Access the latest member webinar recordings:
View 9/25 webinar recording
View 10/15 webinar recording

“The Power of Story” webinar
w/ Stanford Professor Jennifer Aaker
Access webinar recording here.
Exclusive to Vistage members only.

HOW IT WORKS

The Vistage Executive Leadership Program consists of three (3) Stanford online courses and ten (10) workshops, offered as either an in-person or virtual group experience.

  • Strategic Leadership by Professor William Barnett and Professor Jesper Sorensen
  • Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation by Professor Sarah Soule
  • The Innovation Playbook by Professor Jennifer Aaker

Each course is organized as eight (8) individual one-week modules spread over 12 weeks, with two live webinars per course (6 total). These are supplemented by a program kickoff workshop and three workshops per course which focus on applying course concepts.

VIRTUAL GROUPS

The program is also available as an optional virtual workshop experience for members who need more flexibility.  The differences between in-person and virtual groups are:

  1. Group Kickoff meeting is held in-person in San Diego as a full-day event.
  2. Group sizes are 8-10.
  3. Virtual workshop length is 2 hours.
  4. Subgroups of three schedule periodic 2 hour work sessions.

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.

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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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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 will this impact my Vistage group?
The program does not replace your existing Vistage group and financial commitments. It is a distinctive value-add offering for a select group of CEO members as a complement to your Vistage group.

What do members get for completing the program?
Members who complete the program will receive a Stanford Certificate of Completion signed by the
Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Sam Reese, Vistage CEO. We will have an annual on-campus celebration each September.

When and where is the program offered?
2020 marks the fourth consecutive Vistage Executive Leadership Program cohort. Additional cohorts and markets continue to be added. For 2020, in-person cohorts will be available in New York, Seattle, Denver, Orange County, CA, San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. We also offer a virtual cohort option.

What is the time commitment required per week for members?
Each course consists of eight individual one-week modules with a deliverable. Catch-up weeks are inserted at natural points throughout the course to reflect the busy lives of active executives. Typical members spend approximately five hours per week on the course material.

How do I apply?
Contact Vistage Executive Leadership Program Manager, Helder Sebastiao: helder.sebastiao@vistage.com to apply.

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