|More than ever before, the central role of a business leader is to formulate company objectives, organize to achieve the objectives, and convey the objectives in a form attractive to employees, investors, and customers. The CEO and his or her leadership team have point responsibility, but middle managers too are expected to play a role, and most certainly expected to shape their personal business responsibilities to broad corporate strategy.
Leaders are less often trained to perform these responsibilities than they are simply expected to meet them. This course is about bringing people together to create and deliver value. It is about identifying opportunities in the hurly-burly of everyday life around you, mobilizing resources around opportunities, and organizing to deliver on opportunities.
In any situation, there is a social organization to the divergent interests of significant players. Principles of social organization indicate how best to coordinate those interests to create value. This course is an introduction to the principles and their application: coordinating your personal contacts to diverse groups in an organization, coordinating employees within and between functional groups, and coordinating business activities across markets. A strategic leader knows alternative principles of organizing and when to optimize for one or another. The key question: How do I work with the other people to make it happen?
In other words, this is a course about the transition from smart to wise. Smart is knowing how to compute. Wise is knowing when and where computation adds value. Wise poses the intuitive questions to which smart provides answers. Smart is an able technician. Wise is a leader.
Description and/or course criteria last updated: 04/03/2012