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Strategic Leadership & Design Classes

Strategic Leadership & Design classes are taught in intensive 7 1/2 week sessions. Classes are offered in sequence and meet one night per week from 6-9:45 p.m. The accelerated 7 1/2 week format allows you to complete two classes each semester while only taking one class at a time. Each class is three credit hours, except for the capstone course, which is six credit hours.

Knowing who you are as a leader; understanding the systems within an organization operationally; investigating strategic design as it relates to these systems; developing a plan to lead organizational design

Understanding adults and how they learn; researching adult learning and the brain; investigating the variables in adult learning; exploring adult learning and strategic leadership

Providing an environment for learning (information sharing); conducting a cultural assessment – conducive/nonconductive for effective information sharing; learning organizations and the development of a vision; learning organizations and change

Strategically managing conflict; understanding the dynamics of conflict; assessing the conflict culture; valuing positive and negative conflict; mediating conflict; recognizing potential for conflict in competent organizations

Developing human potential (capability building); determining and alleviating performance gaps; mentoring and cognitive coaching; training to increase potential; exploring the relationship between human performance and organizational systems; determining the role of the hierarchy of human needs in capability building

Determining the relationship between leadership and appraisal; examining performance appraisal models; designing a performance appraisal model; developing a competency-based training model; designing rubrics for performance appraisal; developing effective feedback models

Strategically aligning and integrating IT and the organization; examining effective IT leadership; designing an effective IT change process; investigating IT and organizational governance; planning (both short and long term) of IT within the context of the organization

Determining substantive diagnosis and analysis of problem and its potential resolution; benchmarking using quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis; conducting an environmental scan; designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating change

Designing an organization capable of generating and implementing a strategic plan; designing infrastructures that lead to substantive critical decisions; analyzing anomalies within the organization that misrepresent the organization

Evaluating the effectiveness of the organization; looking through the lens of a Chief Measurement Officer (CMO); analyzing the systems within the organization for compatibility; making measurement make a difference (transformational measurement); designing an organizational performance measurement

Engaging in lateral and parallel thinking; examining the differences between strategy and leadership; researching and developing tools for analysis and types of analysis; examining industry advantages and disadvantages; foreshadowing trends in strategic leadership