About the course
The leaders and employees of many companies navigate a space where competitors appear overnight, customers demand innovations monthly, and business plans rarely last a full year. This environment of constant change will only accelerate in the future, leaving many traditional business leaders ill-equipped to survive, let alone thrive. Just as we took our cues from MBAs and the military in casting the ideal CEO of the 20th century, we can look to design—in its broadest form—to model our future leaders. We call these leaders DEOs—design executive officers—because they are a hybrid of strategic business executive and creative problem-solver. These leaders are not necessarily trained designers or in design positions. They are people who possess characteristics, behaviors, and mindsets that allow them to excel in unpredictable, fast-moving, and value-charged conditions. This course provides an introduction to design-centered leadership and helps students cultivate the characteristics of DEOs. Through lectures, exercises, and guest speakers, we will explore the mindsets, communities, processes, and practices common to creative business leaders. We will learn how DEOs run their companies and why this approach makes sense. Students will learn how to identify these skills in themselves and their colleagues, and how to use them in their daily jobs.
WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:
Course sizes are limited.
You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 45 participants.
Frequent interaction with the instructor.
You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.
Study with a vibrant peer group.
Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.
Direct feedback from the instructor.
Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.
Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.
Christopher spent most of her career as CEO/Partner at Cheskin, a consulting firm that emphasizes innovation through a deep understanding of people, culture and change. She is noted for her ability to create simple explanations of complex human behavior and to translate those insights into effect...
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.