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Disruptive Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Innovation

December 11 - 12, 2014
NYU Campus, Greenwich Village
$3,400 (Accommodation not included)
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The future is not predictable. We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain time––a disruptive age. The scale of the challenges we face and the accelerating speed of innovation demands a new approach to innovation leadership––a new way of fostering counterintuitive ideas, forcing improbable insights and opening minds to uncomfortable solutions. Disruptive Leadership is about fostering a culture of game-changing innovation that provides the framework and motivation to generate those ideas and execute those solutions. It is an essential skill for any business leader, from a small start-up to a global corporation, with the desire to transform organizational processes and behaviors, and ask, “Why hadn’t we ever thought about our business and culture this way before?”

This program is intended for organizations and institutions, executives and entrepreneurs who wish to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom and industry models that have defined their business. To achieve these objectives, the program combines presentations and discussion with practical exercises where participants apply disruptive leadership principles to business issues and scenarios.

Luke Williams on Disruptive Thinking

Program Benefits:

During this program participants will:

  • Understand the need for disruptive innovation in a business and industry
  • Craft disruptive hypotheses that provoke status quo biases and behaviors
  • Build and lead disruptive teams with the potential for great impact and influence
  • Pitch disruptive ideas that create traction in the organization with stakeholders

This program is eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE).  Please contact the NYU Stern Executive Education office for more information.

*Please note that the program is subject to be cancelled under unforeseeable circumstances.


Program Faculty

Luke Williams

Luke Williams joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2012 as Executive Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He was previously an adjunct professor. Professor Williams is also a Fellow at frog design.

Professor Williams is a leading consultant, educator and speaker specializing in disruptive innovation. He is the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders such as American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney and Hewlett-Packard to develop new products, services and brands.

Professor Williams has been invited to speak worldwide, and his views have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company and on National Public Radio (NPR).

Anat Lechner

Anat Lechner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern School of Business. Professor Lechner's research focuses on how organizations can best structure to develop innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her current work looks at the complexities of managing high performance cross-functional teams, and the ways by which physical workplace environments enable organization members to cope with uncertainty, change and the demand for increased innovativeness. Read her full bio

Program Participants

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals with high potential for leadership
  • Individuals who are managing other people or teams
  • Individuals with significant leadership responsibilities
Program Agenda
Day One Day Two

Session 1

Ideas as Recipes for Generating
New Value and Wealth

Session 2

Provoking Organizational Processes and
Behaviors with Disruptive Hypotheses

Networking Reception

Session 3

Building and Leading
Disruptive Teams

Session 4

Pitching Disruptive Ideas to the Organization and External Stakeholders

Program Conclusion and Evaluation


Program Session Details

Day 1

Session 1

Ideas as Recipes for Generating New Value and Wealth

  • Introduction to understanding the value of ideas and innovation
  • Applying disruptive leadership to innovation challenges

Session 2
Provoking Organizational Processes and Behaviors with Disruptive Hypotheses

  • Identifying the assumptions and conventions that influence the way producers and consumers think about your business
  • How to break through the boundaries of your industry situation
  • Generating deliberately unreasonable "what if" questions

Networking Reception

Day 2

Session 3

Building and Leading Disruptive Teams

  • From command and control to connect and collaborate
  • The importance of innovation leadership
  • Building and leading disruptive teams

Session 4
Pitching Disruptive Ideas to the Organization and External Stakeholders

  • Establishing the inadequacy of the status quo
  • Delivering unexpected insights and opportunities to foster curiosity
  • Building belief in the value an idea delivers

Program Conclusion and Evaluation