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Who should attend
- Executives and senior managers who are responsible for the performance of teams, task forces, or autonomous work groups
- Team leaders or small teams of three or more participants from the same company
About the course
Bring effective team management and innovation to your company with actionable strategies, experiential team-based simulations, and design thinking.
Live Online Program
Our faculty and staff are excited to offer this live online program, packed with engaging and interactive learning experiences. Through live sessions, group-based exercises, and application exercises, participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with faculty virtually in real-time.
Managing Teams for Innovation and Success takes a strategic, global approach to every aspect of teams: creating, managing, and leading them. Great teams can stimulate creativity and innovation, make an organization more adaptive to market forces, and drive breakthrough results.
Building and developing successful teams is a complex process. Managing Teams for Innovation and Success provides strategies, skills, and hands-on simulations to challenge your assumptions and transform your teams.
In this highly intensive and experiential program — now optimized for a virtual environment — you will work with Stanford GSB faculty to explore evidence-based research and discover the counter-intuitive findings of team building. You will learn how to leverage diversity, stimulate engagement, influence others without authority, harness collective intelligence, and implement change. You will use design thinking principles to foster team innovation.
Develop strategies for building high-performance teams, eliminate obstacles to effective teamwork, and foster team innovation with design thinking.
- Accelerate team innovation using design thinking principles.
- Define and communicate manager and team member roles.
- Learn methodologies to manage the complexities of group dynamics, including decision-making, power, and conflict.
What is the smartest way to build an effective team? How can you ensure that dissenting opinions will be heard? How do you make teamwork exhilarating rather than exasperating?
Managing Teams for Innovation and Success combines a rigorous curriculum, team-based simulations, and design thinking principles to bring greater innovation and success to your teams and your organization.
Below are just a few of the sessions you’ll attend as part of the program.
Design Thinking to Drive Innovation
These sessions provide a provocative, experiential, and practical approach to leading innovation. The focus is on developing innovators (versus innovations), so your primary work will be to develop your team members’ capacity to innovate.
The first session exposes you to the principles of human-centered design and leads to a conversation about disrupting the managerial status quo, amplifying your organization’s strengths, and addressing some key weaknesses.
In the second session, you’ll use a design thinking framework to tackle a hands-on team innovation challenge from start to finish.
Leveraging Compositional Advantage: Solve the Murder Mystery
Take part in a live simulation that challenges your strategic abilities to leverage teamwork and information sharing to accomplish a stated goal. The team discussions will be captured on video, allowing groups to analyze their own performance during the debriefing session.
Managing Team Interactions: Synergy and Process Loss
In this session, we will use the context of a group decision-making task to explore the ways in which team members can make their voices heard. In addition, we will identify strategies for structuring teams to improve members’ ability to hear and incorporate divergent and minority opinions.
12 Angry Men: Influencing Without Authority
The ability to exert influence without relying on the power of a formal title can often be critical to effective management. In this session, we will analyze strategies and tactics that will help you influence others when you lack formal authority.
Research Statement Margaret Neale’s research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work has extended judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. In particular, she studies cognitive and social processes that produce departures ...
Research Statement Professor Rao studies collective action within organizations and in markets. His research and by implication, his teaching, revolves around scaling up mobilization, innovation, and talent in organizations. Teaching Statement Professor Rao teaches courses on Scaling up Excellenc...
Research Statement Jonathan Levav studies consumer behavior and behavioral decision theory. He combines laboratory and field experiments, as well as secondary data analysis, in order to study the factors that influence people's choices and judgments. His research on choice focuses on three inter-...
Harry J. Gray Professor of Executive Leadership and Professor of Business Administration Educational Background Ph.D., M.A., Social Psychology, Stanford University, 1981 B.A., Experimental Psychology and Philosophy, Oxford University, 1977 A.B., Psychology, Dartmouth College, 1975. Positions Held...
Dan Klein teaches Improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is on the faculty of the Drama Department and the Graduate School of Business and teaches at the d.school. In 2009, Dan was named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student’s Association. At the GSB he co-teaches (with Pr...
Research Statement Professor Lowery's research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals' experience of inequality and fairness. His work suggests that individuals distinguish between inequalities framed as advantage as opposed to disadvantage. This finding affects how individuals perceive inequal...
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