Imagine if we could take world-class thought leadership and deliver it through the proven Vistage group model. 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.
Stanford Teaching Team
You will engage directly with the dedicated Stanford teaching team throughout each course. They will provide feedback on assignments, send weekly emails about course content, and answer your questions.
Stanford Live Webinars
Members will participate in two Stanford live webinars for each of the three courses (6 total). These live sessions will be 1-2 hours long and serve to kickoff or wrap up each course.
Members will participate in 10 Vistage-facilitated workshops throughout the program. These workshops are offered for in-person groups and for virtual groups.
The hybrid learning model offers the in-person Vistage experience in target cities across the country. 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 of innovation through the power of the Vistage experience. You will earn a co-branded Stanford/Vistage Certificate of Completion (no college credit) and be invited to our annual Vistage graduation day on Stanford’s campus.
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 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, your user story, your company story, and your innovation story, and (3) Designing Organizations for Creativity and Innovation by Professor Sarah Soule – learn how to design your organization and culture to foster innovation and collaboration.
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. On-campus graduation and capstone day of learning are planned as an annual event in Palo Alto, California.
How will this impact my Vistage group?
The program is a complement to your Vistage group. All in-market Chairs will receive summaries monthly.