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Thinking Strategically in Your Leadership Role

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Thinking Strategically in Your Leadership Role

The leadership tools explored in this class
focus on understanding, preparing and developing your talent
to achieve organizational success.

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Never has the demand for leaders been greater or the supply lower.  Leadership is not management.  Most companies are over-managed and under-led.  For those who choose to lead, the journey is exciting, rewarding, risky and transformational.  

This program draws upon some of the world’s greatest leadership minds including Kotter, Bennis, Kaplan, Christensen and Covey as well as case studies from the world’s top business schools.  Participants will learn, or re-learn, what it takes to truly make a difference through transformational leadership.

Leadership foundations

  • What is leadership and how is it different from management?
  • The four myths of leadership and the commotion they cause the uninformed
  • What do leaders really do?
  • Why a leader’s “EQ” (emotional intelligence) is as important as IQ and how to enhance it


Principled leadership 

  • Case Study: “The Brady Training Program”
  • Three levels of moral development and how each influences leadership decisions
  • Four approaches to ethics and why yours must be crystal-clear
  • How leaders deal with issues of justice, mercy, and punishment in their organizations


Leadership and strategy

  • Mini-case Studies: Coleman, Taco Bell, Haier, Honda, Canon, Sears, and Bell Telephone
  • How does structure relate to strategy and how and when should we re-organize?
  • What is the difference between disruptive and sustaining technologies and how disruption will save–or sink–your company


Leadership, creativity, innovation, and change 

  • Mini-case study: “The Stereo Belt”
  • Case study: “Taiyo Group: The Bunsha Philosophy”
  • How to be wildly, practically, and profitably creative
  • How to build a culture of innovation and risk-taking


Leadership and time 

  • Readings: “Who’s Got the Monkey” and “Making Time for Gorillas”
  • The five levels of initiative and how they change lives and fortunes
  • How to empower others and the relationship between responsibility and authority
  • The time management matrix
  • “To-do Lists” and “NOT-to-do Lists”


Leadership and vision

  • Case study: “Ricardo Semler and Semco S.A.”
  • Reading: “Women and the Vision Thing”
  • What relationship does gender have to leadership?
  • Doing things right versus doing the right things


Leadership and networking 

  • What is networking and why does it work?
  • How do leaders network and for what purposes?
  • Is it too late to build a network? How do I begin?

“Mr. Rawson was the best presenter yet. He engaged everyone as a whole.”

Shana Sneath, PW Coordinator, City of Derby, Derby, Kansas

“It was very insightful information which challenged conventional thinking.  I learned some new concepts that I will apply in my business.  After all, this is why we attend classes like this. Mr. Rawson is a natural teacher.  His passion and depth of knowledge on the subject, mixed with his real life experiences increased my understanding of the subject and how we might apply them in our business.  CMD always does a great job. I always learn something, or my thinking is challenged which pushes me to grow and improve.”

Mael Hernandez

“The program successfully connected personal strategy with company strategy — reminding the attendees that the company is merely a group of people who need to know the strategy. The instructor focused on the needs of the group as determined at the beginning of the day and did not deviate significantly off-topic. Pertinence was always established.”

Kevin W. Kelly, Senior Research Engineer, WSU-NAIR Beech Wind Tunnel, Wichita, Kansas

If you are in a leadership position of any kind, this class will push your paradigms about leadership into a new dimension.  The focus is on leadership as an activity that methodically propels you towards long-term goals and insures market strength and longevity.

Substitutions are free and must be done prior to the start of the class or certificate program.

Cancellations or rescheduling must be received in writing and full refunds will be given up to four business days prior to the start of class.

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $35 charge on 1 or 2 day classes and a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the class or certificate program.

This is a great class for leaders to attend together as a team.    Any questions, let me know.  Paula.Seiwert@wichita.edu

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