Leading Change and Driving Innovative Thinking

McCombs School of Business

McCombs School of Business


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Who should attend

It’s no secret that a strong leader can make or break an organization. Become a more influential leader by effectively advocating for your ideas and vision.

  • Executives and high-level managers in leadership roles
  • Professionals responsible for affecting change and driving new initiatives
  • High-potential individuals who will assume greater responsibility within their organization

Companies frequently send pairs of individuals, and small teams to this program, as they try to launch and lead new initiatives within their organization. Please contact us if you are interested in sending three or more participants to this program.

About the course

Capitalize on change as an opportunity, while embracing transition as a catalyst for innovative thinking. Adapt to evolving competitive conditions and adjust to market shifts by fostering an innovative culture within your organization.

Identify and seize opportunities as they arise. Equip your people to take risks and tackle new challenges. Develop a blend of leadership skills and political savvy required to lead your organization through periods of change and foster an innovative culture. Construct a comprehensive tool kit for visioning, creating opportunities, crafting your messages, and responding to resistance, helping you to succeed where others fail.

Managing People and Leading Teams

Equip yourself with the strategies and the management savvy to foster highly effective communication and collaboration.

Five-Day Immersive Program (Including Travel Time)

Registration begins at noon on Monday and class begins at 1:00. Class will conclude on Friday at noon. Evening activities and dinner will be included on select evenings and networking lunches will be included Tuesday through Friday.

Austin, Texas

Enjoy proximity to the vibrancy of the campus and downtown Austin, and the innovative, business-friendly environment of the city.


Develop leadership competencies around innovation and change management

  • Objectively determine where changes are needed and where opportunities present themselves
  • Clearly articulate your vision to employees to inspire change leaders
  • Identify roles that various stakeholders play in your organization
  • Analyze how power and authority affect employees’ desire to change
  • Break down barriers to employee voice, encouraging ideas and initiative

Shape and reshape organizational culture to promote innovation

  • Assess your current culture, and use it to frame pending challenges and opportunities
  • Identify organizational complexities that create contradictory pressures and demands
  • Encourage employees to embrace new opportunities for growth through innovative business models

Spur innovation by identifying, and removing, key barriers to change

  • Anticipate and prepare for organizational politics
  • Predict stages of adoption, and cycles of implementation, and tailor tactics accordingly
  • Discuss failures, and create strategies for regrouping

Drive creativity and “ideation”

  • Implement creativity tools and design thinking to expand opportunities
  • Stimulate creativity for individuals, and in teams
  • Systematically encourage experimentation, growth, and change


  • What expertise is required to lead your team to pursue and embrace success, failure, and change?
  • What steps can you and your organization take to create a culture that seeks innovation, and that is change-enabled?
  • What underlies creativity, and the birth of new ideas?
  • How have the most innovative companies succeeded, and how can your organization become more adaptive and agile?
  • How can you profitably cope within an environment that constantly challenges your ability to adapt quickly?
  • How can you cope with past successes serving as a barrier to new ideas and change?
  • What new methods exist for recruiting and retaining people who are great at adapting to constant change?
  • How do you communicate a common vision of success built on change and innovation?
  • In a fast changing business environment where a new “psychological contract” exists between employers and employees, what can your organization do to succeed and prosper?
  • What can you do to generate commitment, loyalty and performance when everything seems different than it used to be?


John Daly

Dr. John Daly (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1977) is the Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, TCB Professor of Management, and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy. He has published more than one hundred articles and chapters in scholarly publicatio...

Luis Martins

Professional Awards Frank M. Merritt Professorship, Georgia Tech College of Management2008 Journal of Management Best Paper Award2009 Making Connections Award, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management2007 Teaching Awards Faculty Honor Roll, McCombs School of Business, UT Aust...

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