Leading Strategic Growth and Change™

at Columbia Business School - Morningside Heights

Course Details
$9,950 3 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, May 04, 8:30am - May 08, 5:30pm (5 sessions)

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Morningside Heights, Manhattan
3022 Broadway Uris Hall
Btwn W 116th & W 120th Streets
New York, New York 10027
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Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 25
Teacher: Rita McGrath

What you'll learn in this leadership training:

This is a five-day program focused on the process of finding opportunities, launching new ventures, and leading necessary organizational changes to revitalize an organization.

Participants learn how to thrive in rapidly changing and highly uncertain environments, gain insight into a current pressing change initiative within their own organization, and immediately begin to apply the learning to make rapid progress on the issue.

If you have ever worried about how to drive new growth or how to make a change initiative successful, you will enjoy the insights developed in this course.


Benefits in the Current Context

"This program is more relevant than ever, because it presumes high levels of uncertainty, complexity, and velocity in every tool and technique we present. It further covers both the analytical side of coping with uncertainty (what to do) as well as the human side (how to get people to realize the challenges and respond appropriately). In this program, we insist on driving strategic decision-making from the perspective of deep insight and differentiating rather than going along with the crowd. And at Columbia, since we are in the heart of the financial markets, we are very close to the phenomenon." 

–Rita Gunther McGrath, faculty director

Summary of Benefits

  • Explore how to lead through change and uncertainty
  • Learn to make use of an entrepreneurial mindset in an established corporation
  • Understand the political and implementation challenges of growth
  • Discover a proven framework for leading growth
  • Gain insight into the cultural and leadership challenges of the information economy

Upon completion of this program, you will earn five days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits.

Program Structure

Rather than using standard business school cases, the application of the tools and concepts takes place as participants help one another find solutions to a thorny growth or change problem. Prior to the course, each participant prepares this 'personal case' which is used as the basis for small-group discussion. Each case group, consisting of other participants from non-competing organizations, creates a one-page summary, shared with the entire class at the end of the week. By the end of the week, most participants report having made significant progress on resolving their issues with actionable ideas they can take back to work and apply immediately.

A select set of additional readings and materials are also included, and each participant receives copies of relevant books.

Day One

  • Setting the context: an overview of why innovation is no longer optional in the transient advantage economy and the new strategy playbook
  • Introduction to an alternative to growth-strangling metrics: Real options reasoning
  • Creating an opportunity portfolio
  • Why customers should not be a mystery and 3 relevant tools
Day Two
  • Think Wrong Workshop, an immersion day on Design Thinking showing you how to unfreeze your thinking about your personal case
Day Three
  • Discovery Driven Planning, including an experiential simulation exercise
  • De-mystifying digital transformation: how increasingly strategy = innovation = digital
  • Create a simple formula for leading organizational transformation, accompanied with a diagnostic
Day Four
  • An entirely new force in our economy consists of complementors – learn why you can’t avoid understanding this to be successful
  • Platform strategies: the newest trend in business model
  • The economics and often counterintuitive behavior of two-sided markets
  • Why Uber’s original business model has flaws as a platform
  • Disengagement: how to gracefully shut down a project or end a business
Day Five
  • Nominated topics, in which participants propose the topics for discussion
  • Action planning for return

Participant Profile
Leading Strategic Growth and Change is designed for upper- to senior-level executives who seek significant growth opportunities for their organizations.

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.

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Refund Policy
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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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath 5 $9,950
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, May 05 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Wed, May 06 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Thu, May 07 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Fri, May 08 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath 5 $9,950
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Oct 13 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Wed, Oct 14 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Thu, Oct 15 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath
Fri, Oct 16 8:30am - 5:30pm Rita McGrath

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