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Disruptive Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Game-Changing Innovation

October 26 - 27, 2017
NYU Washington Square Campus, New York City
$3,800 (travel and accommodation not included)

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 Video on Disruptive Thinking:

Luke Williams Video

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.

All short courses are subject to cancellation due to unforeseeable circumstances. Please visit our FAQ page for more information regarding cancellations.

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anatAnat Lechner

Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

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

lwiLuke Williams

Executive Director, W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab
Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Luke Williams is the Executive Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship. He is also a Fellow at Frog Design. He 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. Read his full bio.

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Who Should Attend:

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, NYU Stern Executive Education Short Courses are designed for executives with at least five years of work experience. On average, short course participants have 17 years of work experience.

Our participants hail from over 40 countries. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

This program is for:
  • Individuals with high potential for leadership
  • Individuals who are managing other people or teams
  • Individuals with significant leadership responsibilities

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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

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