LEADing FOR GROWTH AND CHANGE
Program Dates and Fees:
May 14 - 16, 2014
*Program fee includes program materials, lunch, and break station refreshments.
Leaders today continually face uncertainty from evolving customer needs, emerging technologies, and new competitors. But uncertainty doesn’t have to be seen as a problem to overcome – the best, most successful leaders see uncertainty as an opportunity to learn, innovate, and respond more quickly than the competition.
Through our research we have discovered that the best way for leaders to respond to ambiguity, uncertainty and rapid change is often by engaging others in a series of swift, smart, small action steps to quickly understand new realities, test new ideas with customers and key stakeholders, and learn from the results. By learning quickly through action and experimentation, these leaders generate small, early wins that help them uncover new opportunities, inspire and enroll more people in their efforts and create value for stakeholders. When the potential of the idea or opportunity is clear, entrepreneurial leaders augment their learning from swift, smart action with analysis, planning and execution.
Leading for Growth and Change is an intensive five-day program designed to help managers become more productive, high-impact leaders who can learn fast, act quickly, enroll others, create value, and drive change in their organizations.
Unlike other leadership development programs that focus mostly on interpersonal skills, Leading for Growth and Change is designed to build an entrepreneurial mindset in leaders. Whether you’re competitive advantage is innovation, world-class customer service, improved efficiency, or low cost, this program will help you learn how to lead others to be more entrepreneurial, more innovative and quicker to market in a rapidly changing and competitive world.
By the end of the program, participants should be more equipped to:
- Understand themselves and their role as entrepreneurial leaders in their organization
- Take action to learn quickly in uncertain, dynamic environments
- Rapidly identify ideas and opportunities
- Quickly test these ideas and opportunities with customers, employees, and other key stakeholders
- Enroll and bring others along to develop and support new opportunities
- Manage risk through a series of small, smart actions
- Use entrepreneurial leadership to quickly create value for their organization
- Develop these entrepreneurial leadership skills in direct reports, teams, and organizations
The program is designed to help participants develop an entrepreneurial mindset, develop and refine key entrepreneurial leadership skills, and apply these skills to existing leadership challenges. We use a variety of highly-interactive learning experiences, including simulations, role-plays, case discussions, and action-learning projects.
Program topics include:
Entrepreneurial Leadership Fundamentals
An introduction to Babson’s logic of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® and the benefits of balancing experimentation and action with planning and analysis. Participants take stock of their existing capabilities for entrepreneurial leadership – what they want, what they know, and who they know.
Exploring a variety of ways that leaders and organizations can learn quickly in uncertain environments, including techniques to quickly develop and test new ideas with customers and key stakeholders.
Taking Smart Action
Building the capability to take a series of swift, smart action steps in organizations in ways that balance rapid learning with acceptable risk. Participants learn to embrace failure as a learning opportunity.
Learning how to use leadership and influence to gather the information, resources, and support needed to pursue new opportunities, build momentum, and drive change.
Developing and Leading Entrepreneurial Teams
Learning how to develop and promote an entrepreneurial mindset in work groups and within organizations.
Applying Entrepreneurial Leadership Back at Work
Before, during, and after the program, participants apply entrepreneurial leadership ideas to a specific project or idea they are currently developing.
Leading for Growth and Change is designed for experienced managers who are actively leading projects and teams, whether in startups or large, established organizations. All participants should come willing and ready to apply program ideas and concepts to a specific idea or project they are currently considering or developing.
About the Faculty Director
Dr. Keith Rollag is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College. His teaching focuses on organizational behavior, teamwork and leadership, and his research focuses primarily on newcomer socialization and training, organizational culture, social networks and leadership development.
Professor Rollag has published articles in MIT/Sloan Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Management Education, and Contingent Workforce Strategies. His research has also been featured in Harvard Management Update, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Wired News, IEEE Spectrum, New Venture Development, and the Boston Business Journal. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, he was a product development manager at Procter & Gamble.