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Sun, Nov 04, 8:30am - Nov 16, 5:30pm (13 sessions)

334 Rte 9w
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Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 25
Teacher: Grant Ackerman

What you'll learn in this executive education course:

Participant Profile
The Executive Development Program is designed for mid- to upper-level executives across disciplines and industries who lead a functional, country, or unit role. The program is ideal for executives who seek to further their leadership development because they are on the path to a broader role that requires leading outside their areas of education and expertise.

Admissions Qualifications: Successful candidates should have managerial experience and responsibilities matching a program’s “Who Should Attend” or “Participant Profile” description. All registrations are subject to approval by Columbia Business School.

The Program empowers you to take your management and leadership skills to the next level, with the tools and concepts required to successfully lead a team of leaders – combining just the right amount of direction, orchestration, and support. 
Over two weeks, top Columbia Business School faculty offer a curriculum inspired by the School's world-renowned MBA program, covering the full spectrum of critical business subjects with a specific focus on developing your leadership abilities.

Designed to equip you for success not only now but in the future, the Executive Development Program empowers you to take your management and leadership skills to the next level through the following key program benefits.

Accelerated Learning
New normals, new challenges, new opportunities – they all require new ways of approaching your leadership and management responsibilities. The Executive Development Program accelerates your learning to prepare you for immediate success. After completing the program, your new credo will be “challenge-ready.”

Leading Leaders
Mid- to upper-level executives face the unique challenge of leading talented individuals who are leaders in their own right. Creating conditions in which they succeed becomes the key to your and your organization’s growth. We’ll equip you with the tools and concepts required to successfully lead a team of leaders – combining just the right amount of direction, orchestration, and support.

Aligning with the Organization
Recognizing that your work now directly impacts the success of your organization, another primary goal of the program is to provide you with the perspective, knowledge base, and skills to lead strategically. The program sessions are designed to help you align the goals and activities of your unit with the mission and values of the overall enterprise.

Interactive sessions and small-group work stretch your abilities and test your assumptions. Case discussions, simulations, workshop activities, and exercises provide the opportunity to apply your learning to actual business challenges. Sophisticated assessment and feedback tools help you identify opportunities for improving your leadership capabilities as well as successfully manage individual and organizational performance.

Return to your organization equipped with actionable skills and ready to realize the return on your investment. 

Summary of Benefits:
  • Develop immediate and lasting leadership skills for yourself and your organization. A 360-degree survey identifies the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership style, equipping you with the tools and insights to develop your personal Leadership Credo and to assume larger responsibilities in the future.
  • Gain proficiency in critical functional business areas, including leadership, strategy, accounting and finance, innovation, and marketing.
  • Create solutions to your actual business challenges. Participants work in teams on personal cases and develop a personal action plan to implement when they return to their organization, giving them the opportunity to apply and integrate their learnings in real time and receive actionable feedback from peers and faculty.
  • Learn from faculty who are experts on essential business topics. Faculty members who teach in the School's MBA program lead you through case discussions, focused leadership sessions, self-development exercises, and workshops in an intensive off-site format.
  • Build a network of executives from various industries and functions. Throughout the program, you will learn from and network with other high-potential executives from around the world, giving you varied perspectives for a deeper understanding of global business challenges.
Program Structure

In only two weeks, you will take a deep dive into the full spectrum of critical business subjects with a specific focus on developing your leadership abilities. This fast-paced curriculum is inspired by Columbia Business School’s MBA program and structured around three major components – personal leadership growth, strategic leadership sessions, and business-critical skills.

Personal Leadership Growth
Constituting the foundation of the program, these critical tools will help you understand your current leadership strengths and weaknesses, identify your opportunities for growth, and develop your future leadership agenda.
  • Leadership Evaluation & Feedback. Before arriving at the program, participants complete a 360-degree feedback instrument. During the program, participants review their 360 report with experienced coaches who can help identify existing strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • Learning Styles. Participants begin the program by looking at how preferences for various learning styles impact the learning process. By evaluating their own preferences and those of their colleagues, participants begin to develop a cohesive and effective learning community.
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Derailers. Participants explore and apply various elements of Emotional Intelligence as they develop a better awareness of self and a better understanding of the needs of others. Particular attention is given to “derailers,” those personal and professional attributes that start out as strengths but can become weaknesses if not properly managed.
  • Leadership Credo. The leadership credo exercise provides participants with an opportunity to inventory their personal beliefs about leadership and assess what will make their organization a success. Elective Leadership Communications sessions help participants develop their skills in public speaking and presentations.
  • Personal Cases. During the two-week program, participants work in teams on personal cases that provide an opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge of strategy, leadership, marketing, operations, and finance. Plenary discussions and team presentations during the program showcase thought leadership in action. After receiving feedback about their case from peers and faculty, each participant develops a Personal Action Plan to implement these ideas when they return to their organization.
  • Individual Development Plans. During the second week of the program, after receiving their 360 feedback, each participant creates a personalized plan that will serve as a guide for his or her continued learning and development.
  • Tomorrow, Today. This capstone session at the end of the program explores what the world will look like in the not-so-distant future. Drawing on all of their learnings from the program, participants consider ideas and opportunities that can be accessed right now.
Strategic Leadership Sessions
Through a series of strategic leadership sessions, including those listed below, you will learn actionable skills so you can return to your organization ready to realize your return on your investment.
  • Systems Thinking. Your work and the work of others is embedded in an interconnected framework that constitutes a complex whole. Understanding how your activities influence others and impact the greater good becomes a key to your leadership success.
  • Networks and Social Capital. Program participants consider the power of personal and organizational networks as a tool for leading and managing in organizations. A self-assessment instrument permits each participant to evaluate the reach and magnitude of their own network. Strategies for creating, developing, and leveraging network ties are also explored.
  • Building Coalitions. Getting things done in organizations often requires working across boundaries or in an environment where lines of authority are blurred or non-existent. You’ll explore how to identify and evaluate various constituencies in your organization including their power and attitudes. You’ll leave the program able to build coalitions that ensure the success of your strategic initiatives that require cooperation across your organization.
  • Conflict, Negotiations, and Persuasion. Working effectively with others within and across organizations requires a cutting edge capacity to gain their support. We’ll consider various approaches to managing conflict, building consensus, and persuading others. Self-assessment instruments help you identify your current approach to conflict and consider how you can expand your repertoire to use other approaches when needed.
  • Essence of Decisions. We often think of decision making as rational and predictable. We’ll explore the politics and (sometimes irrational) process of making strategic decisions. Simulation exercises help participants understand how they can use these learnings to navigate through the complexity of decision-making in their own organizations.
  • Creating a Culture of Performance. Too often, an enterprise’s vision and values become empty slogans that do not inform in any way the daily activities of the organization. In this session, participants consider how to align individual performance goals, feedback, and evaluations with an organization's vision and mission to ensure everyone is moving forward together, successfully.
  • Global Perspectives and Challenges. With few exceptions, the continued success of your products or services will be directly impacted by developments around the world. As an experienced leader, you’ll be expected to understand and adapt to a constantly changing global environment. During the program, participants survey the business and political landscape over the next 25 years and explore how power shifts and other dynamics will impact their work.
  • Leading Change. In the contemporary business environment, the only thing constant is change. As a capstone to their learning, EDP participants consider the dynamics of change and how to lead individuals and organizations through a constructive and effective change process.
Business-Critical Skills
Critical for any leader is a sound understanding of cross-disciplinary functions. Inspired by Columbia Business School’s world-renowned MBA program, the following is a selection of the sessions during the program that will provide you with a greater understanding of the whole picture.
  • Strategy and Innovation. Program participants review the theory and practice of strategic thinking as they develop their capacity to analyze market and competitive forces to create winning propositions for their organizations. Application exercises help participants develop their own new ideas about next level strategic initiatives for their organizations.
  • Marketing and Advertising. Participants explore various frameworks and concepts in marketing and consider how advertising plays an integral role in an organization's overall brand management.
  • Finance and Accounting. Recognizing that sound financial analysis is critical to the success of any enterprise, participants develop their capacities to use financial data to assess business performance and ensure sufficient cash to meet the organization's needs.
  • Operations. Recognizing that a firm’s day-to-day activities must be aligned with its overall strategy, program participants learn about various aspects of operations, including logistics and supply chain management. Case studies illustrate how a firm can leverage its capacities across the organization and around the world to create innovative and cost-effective operations.

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Notification of withdrawal must be sent in writing to CourseHorse. Full refunds can be obtained up to 30 days before the program start date. Due to the costs incurred for program preparation and administration, any cancellations or requests for transfers or deferrals received 30 days or less from the program start are subject to penalty fees as described below. 
  • More than 30 days notice: 0% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • 14 to 30 days notice: 30% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
  • Less than 14 days notice: 50% Cancellation – Transfer Penalty
Columbia Executive Education, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit enrollments regardless of acceptance status. Individuals who have paid tuition but who are deemed ineligible to participate due to such enrollment limitations will receive a refund.

Requests must be submitted in advance to Columbia Business School Executive Education and will be reviewed on an individual basis, based on participant qualifications and lead time needed for any program pre-work.

Transfers: Transfer requests must be submitted to Columbia Business School Executive Education and must indicate the new dates and/or new program the participant wishes to attend. Transfers are valid only within one year of the original program start date.

Refunds: Any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Columbia Business School Executive Education program within one year of the program date. After one year, the balance is nonrefundable.

Full tuition is nonrefundable under these conditions:
  • The registrant or substitute does not enroll in another program within one year of the original start date, and/or
  • The registrant or substitute defers or transfers more than two times.


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