Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Certificate in Strategic Agility

Available dates

Jan 13—17, 2020
5 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 4450 ≈USD 3357
CAD 890 per day
Jun 8—12, 2020
5 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 4450 ≈USD 3357
CAD 890 per day

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About the course

Divided into three modules over five days, this executive program strengthens your expertise on the basic elements of organization structure and strategy, and delivers insight on the fundamentals of value and your value proposition.

You’ll develop the ability to lead strategic agility and create new narratives that introduce people to change alternatives, move them through refining a direction and successfully implement effective ideas. Learn to integrate intuitive thinking and overcome the curses of success – the tyranny of the “core business,” strategic myopia and resource imprisonment – to prepare you and your organization for a truly sustainable future.

What You Will Learn

The Certificate In Strategic Agility is an opportunity to change the way you think about your organization and the role you play in it, including:

  • Basic elements of organization structure, strategy and design
  • Fundamentals of value and your value proposition
  • The role of leaders in guiding the organization under uncertainty
  • Leveraging virtual/networked organizations for sustained success
  • Modelling strategic agility for successful implementation
  • Learning to lead strategic agility so that others want to follow
  • Designing organizations for a wiki-world dominated by “netgeners” and social media
  • Actively overcoming the “curses” of success:
    • Tunnel vision
    • The tyranny of the “core business”
    • Strategic myopia
    • Resource imprisonment
  • Balance analytical and intuitive thinking
  • Empower people to expand the pool of strategic solutions
  • Implement new ideas successfully across the organization

Course content details

Strategic Thinking

In order to be agile, organizational leaders need to be able to carry on Strategic Conversations. These are conversations that integrate multiple perspectives in order to arrive at a new insight – an "aha". Learn to conduct Strategic Conversations – harness the collective intelligence of your organization – building the capacity for people to engage in meaningful contribution.

In this module, challenge yourself to explore through questions rather than answers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop your ability to explore organizational paradox using multiple frames
  • Develop your ability to engage in Strategic Conversation
  • Enhance your ability to engage in complex problemsolving through multiple paradigms

Topics include:

  • Strategic Conversations – exploring paradox and integrative thinking
  • Brainstorming and Using Multiple Frames – practicing tools and techniques for “seeing” beyond the surface
  • Exploring organization design paradigms – moving beyond bricks and mortar to examine Chaos Theory, String Theory, Starfish, Spiders and Tribes
  • Challenging the Sacred Cows – Planned Abandonment, virtual organizations, jobless organizations

Strategic Organization Design

Strategic Agility recognizes that the greatest source of sustainable competitive advantage comes from the innovative ways people contribute to organizations, and the ways in which leaders help people achieve something of significance. Building on the first module, and integrating "strategy" and organization design, this module will examine the impact of strategic purpose, and strategic value proposals.

Learning Outcomes:

Learn to “read” the pillars of an organization’s design.

  • Examine your ideas of “how things should be,” challenge yourself to question what is working, and why
  • Explore some of the strategic lenses of an organization, and keys to an organization’s sustainability
  • Design for sustainability and ability
  • Design for paradox and complexity
  • Ability to articulate a Business Model and Value Proposition

Topics include:

  • Strategic organization design – basic footings of an organization
  • Social, environmental, and technical origins of organizations
  • Basic structural elements – division of labour, differentiation, integration, etc.
  • Strategy-structure relationship – purposeful design
  • What is the “Business Model”?
  • What is “Value” and the “Value Proposition”?
  • How do we design for innovation? What role should social media play in organizational activity?
  • Blue Ocean? White Space? Wiki? Disruptive Technologies – fads or design imperatives?

Leading the Agile Organization

The final module starts from the premise that the purpose of an organization is to do something important. How do you as a leader get people to want and be able to do something important? Agility starts with you. Learn how to lead in this brave new world by developing a skill set for moving from talking about vision to having an engaged and motivated workplace that "gets it done".

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop your ability to differentiate between leadership and management and when each is needed
  • Engage in Appreciative Leadership
  • Articulate your personal brand and leadership vision

Topics include:

  • What is the social contract between leaders and followers?
  • What differentiates a leader from an executive?
  • What do you want to be known for as a leader?
  • How will you build your team?

Who should attend

This program is designed for business, government and non-profit executives who are responsible for business planning and organizational strategy. Leaders who want to expand their understanding of their organization, explore alternative structures, and develop their strategic agility, including:

  • Directors
  • Presidents and Vice-Presidents
  • Division and General Managers
  • Strategic Planning & Business Development Managers
  • National, Regional and International Managers

Trust the experts

Alex Lowy

Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontari...

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Wissam AlHussaini

Biography Wissam AlHussaini holds a PhD in Business Administration from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and an MBA degree from Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. Over the years, Wissam has designed and delivered numerous training pro...

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