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Vistage executive leadership program

In Collaboration with Stanford Graduate School of Business

A PROGRAM TAILORED EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR VISTAGE MEMBERS

Imagine if!
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.

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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.

Vistage Workshops
Members will participate in 10 Vistage-facilitated workshops throughout the program. These workshops are offered for in-person groups and for virtual groups.

Market-based Groups
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.

Benefits
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. (Fall 2018)

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 Summer 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 inaugural cohort was launched in February 2017. We expect to launch in September 2017, additional cohorts in 2018 and will continue to add additional markets to meet member interest.

How do I nominate a member?
Chairs can simply nominate a member by filling out the nomination form 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.

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