IT Leader Development Program
Program Dates and Fee:
Module 1: May 13 - 15, 2014
Module 2: July 15 - 17, 2014
*Includes program materials, lunch, and break station refreshments
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With so many opportunities for technological business solutions in today's ever-changing global marketplace, it's essential that efficient and effective IT solutions coexist with rapid-fire innovation. As an IT leader, you need to be just as business savvy -- if not more so -- as you are tech savvy.
This two-module, six-day program helps IT leaders position themselves as innovation drivers and business leaders within their organization. Plus, you'll learn how to lead business conversations with an understanding of company goals and challenges -- and how IT can build solutions within current business models.
The program includes working on a company-sponsored project for your organization, so your company gains value via the solutions you provide to a business problem within your organization.
In today's technology-driven economy, IT offers a solid return on investment to your organization -- if you can proactively collaborate with your peers across departments to solve your organization's most challenging needs.
This program is designed to help develop IT professionals into business leaders. You’ll be tasked with solving issues you normally wouldn't solve, taking initiative and taking action, and presenting technology as the backbone of innovative ideas -- all while developing the personal leadership and relationship skills that will help you succeed in organizations both large and small.
You’ll learn to effectively:
- Create a compelling business case for IT-related investments
- Deliver business value in the face of competing demands
- Pitch creative technological solutions to business problems with an executive presence
- Capitalize on opportunities and recognize problems as an opportunity for creative solutions
- Lead a team of IT professionals and manage in a complex organization
Beyond the value you’ll bring to your team and organization, you’ll also shape your personal leadership abilities and develop your personal brand within your organization. You’ll build on your consulting skills, helping you position your IT department as an opportunity creator and yourself as a partner in your business.
IT leaders are challenged to think of their role in a new way. During the course of the two-module, six-day program, you’ll experience a blend of lectures, guest speakers, case studies, self-assessment, action learning, problem solving, and networking.
- Innovation and Risk Taking
- Building the Business Case for Technology
- Influence Without Authority
- Emotional Intelligence: Developing Your Soft Skills
- Consulting Skills
Through hands-on, company-sponsored projects, you’ll work alongside forward-thinking faculty and IT professionals across industries to share and leverage ideas and concepts, ultimately delivering innovative technical solutions to business problems within your organization. The program is capped off with a CIO round table moderated by Martha Heller, president of Heller Search Associates, recruiters of CIOs, and other IT executives across industries.
Mid- and senior-level managers, IT professionals in leadership positions, and technical specialists who seek to grow their careers and lead others can all benefit from this program. Participants come from organizations of all types and sizes, as well as from a range of industries, job titles, and backgrounds, but all are interested in becoming proactive influencers within their organizations. We encourage teams as well as individuals to register for the program. The varied participant mix allows you to make high-caliber connections and build your personal networks.
The program is taught by a mix of practitioners and academics, led by Patricia J. Guinan, an associate professor of information systems in the Technology Operations and Information Management Division at Babson College. Her executive education program teaching includes clients such as IBM, USAA, Ernst & Young, Lucent Technologies, the Boeing Corporation, EMC, Met Life, Houghton Mifflin, State Street Bank, and Petróleos de Venezuela.