Strategy in Uncertain Times (Live Online)

Columbia Business School Executive Education

Course description

Strategy in Uncertain Times (Live Online)

Strategy in Uncertain Times (Live Online) is a five-day virtual program focused on the process of finding opportunities, launching new ventures, and leading necessary organizational changes to revitalize and transform an organization in times of uncertainty.

Participants will learn how to thrive in rapidly changing and highly uncertain environments and will be able to immediately apply their learning to make rapid progress on an issue they identify.

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 live online program.

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In light of COVID-19, this provider is now delivering some or all of their courses online. Contact them for more information!

Who should attend?

Strategy in Uncertain Times (Live Online) is designed for upper- to senior-level executives who seek significant growth opportunities for their organizations.

Training content

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

Day Two

  • Think Wrong Workshop, an immersion day on Design Thinking showing you how to unfreeze your thinking to create novel solutions

Day Three

  • De-mystifying digital transformation: how increasingly strategy = innovation = digital
  • Discovery Driven Planning, a technique for planning to learn quickly, manage risk, and bring down costs when operating under high levels of uncertainty

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 models
  • The economics and often counterintuitive behavior of two-sided markets
  • Why Uber’s original business model has flaws as a platform

Day Five

  • Disengagement: how to gracefully shut down a project or end a business
  • Create a simple formula for leading organizational transformation, accompanied by a diagnostic
  • Customers should not be a mystery – 3 techniques for understanding them better

Course delivery details

The program takes place in a virtual live delivery format and is designed to address the levels of unprecedented uncertainty we are all facing.

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

Certification / Credits

Duration:5 Days
Format:Daily live sessions from 8:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. ET
Certificate Credits: 3
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LIVE ONLINE FORMATFully virtual, highly interactive programs featuring small group work for a high-touch learning experience.
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After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the six elements of your new strategy playbook
  • Rapidly evaluate and prioritize the activities currently in your portfolio
  • Decide which programs or projects to stop and how to disengage from them
  • Explore how to lead through change and uncertainty
  • Reframe problems to spark novel solutions
  • Smartly plan your digital transformation strategy
  • Create plans that facilitate learning rather than assuming knowledge
  • Understand the political and implementation challenges of growth
  • Identify opportunities to create a ‘platform’ business model
  • Understand how to create important relationships with ecosystem partners
  • Gain deep customer insight

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

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Columbia Business School Executive Education

Columbia Business School Executive Education provides executives from across industries and sectors with the tools, frameworks, and learning needed to lead and excel. Designed for high-impact business leaders, our offerings include over 50 non-degree, open-enrollment programs in leadership, strategy, finance, and marketing...

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