Smarter project-based work for a more complex world
Our Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme (ASEP), established in partnership with Duke Corporate Education, is our solution to the evolving challenges of getting work done. It focuses on developing leaders of project-based work as they navigate unanticipated market shifts and unpredictable industry disruptions. The Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme curriculum consists of eight courses, each of which is purposefully designed to extend the mindset, tool set, and skill set of the project-based work leader to thrive in increasingly complex contexts.
Upon successful completion of the Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme, students will receive a certificate from Duke Corporate Education. Out of the eight courses, two foundational courses and four electives must be completed to become a certified Strategic Execution Professional.
Aligning Work With Strategy
Aligning Work With Strategy provides participants with the necessary mindset in order to think and act strategically as they lead and execute work in their organisations. Attendees focus on the mutually supportive skills of translating the larger organisational strategy to their own work and building their own strategies for executing this work. Additionally, participants learn the importance of having a strategic frame of reference that maintains alignment of strategy within the critical domains of work and people to enable effective execution.
Influencing Without Authority
Influencing Without Authority equips participants with the skills needed to build credibility and effectively influence stakeholders - even if they lack the formal authority to make demands on resources. This course helps attendees understand the attitudes and behaviours of leaders who know how to get work done through influence and persuasion, whether managing up, down, across, or diagonally within organisations.
Making Sense of Complexity
Making Sense of Complexity focuses on the very nature of our working contexts today, arguing that the work we do is more complex than ever and that this complexity demands new approaches. Participants will learn how to recognise, diagnose and respond appropriately to complex environments and situations in a highly interactive course setting. The course serves as an introduction and touch point to the rest of the courses in the programme.
Design Thinking for Results
Design Thinking for Results engages participants in a discussion about an iterative design process which bridges imagination and implementation to help organisations rapidly and incrementally address complex challenges, create value and grow. Participants will explore the need for customer-focused thinking and learn that not all innovation involves product innovation. They will experience the value that innovating around processes and services can bring to an organisation and discover how to implement a test-and-learn mentality that captures more value for the organisation, more quickly.
Building Effective Teams
Building Effective Teams focuses on how to implement practices for leading highly effective teams in unstable and often distributed environments. Participants will learn how to build and guide diverse teams that can navigate the impact of external and internal forces as well as how to form, coach and lead teams who are resilient and responsive to complex work and volatile contexts.
Delivering Business Value
Delivering Business Value provides an overview of the financial and business acumen and analysis skills needed to ensure that project-based work results in true value for the business. Not only do participants gain the insights and skills for financial planning while leading project-based work, they also learn how to make smarter financial decisions that lead to improved business outcomes.
Driving and Influencing Change
In the complex and volatile context within which we work, most organisations must be able to respond to change on a continuous basis. Yet many are left wondering how to get work done, execute strategy and succeed when the parameters keep shifting. Through facilitated discussion, lively activities and relevant case study exercises, Driving and Influencing Change invites participants to explore how change has impacted their own lives and discover what it means to adopt an adaptive mindset. By applying change models in their own business context, examining the attributes of a successful change driver and influencer, as well as learning to help others through the change process, participants will obtain the knowledge, tools and dispositions to become true practitioners of driving and influencing change.
Managing Critical Relationships
Managing Critical Relationships provides delegates with the skills and tools necessary to master the intricacies of relationship management in the contemporary work context. It begins by understanding the implications for those teams and individuals that cooperate and those that don’t. It does so with a particular focus on identifying different types of stakeholders in critical relationships. Based on this identification, the stakeholders are analysed to determine their level of support and their most important issues, in order to create an engagement plan that is customised to each stakeholder’s needs.