Smarter project-based work for a more complex world
Our Adaptive Strategic Execution Program (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 Program 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 Program, 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 sensitizes participants to the mindset necessary to think and act strategically as they lead and execute work in their organizations. Attendees focus on the mutually supportive skills of translating the larger organizational strategy to their own work and architecting their own strategies for executing this work. Additionally, participants learn the importance of having a strategic frame of reference that maintains alignment of strategy with 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 behaviors of leaders who know how to get work done through influence and persuasion whether managing up, down, across, or diagonally within organizations.
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 recognize, 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 program.
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 organizations 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 organization and discover how to implement a test-and-learn mentality that captures more value for the organization 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 impacts of external and internal forces and how to form, coach, and lead teams that 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 insight and skill in financial planning while leading project-based work, but also, they learn how to make smarter financial decisions that lead to improved business outcomes.
Driving and Influencing Change
In this complex and volatile context in which we work, most organizations are faced with -- and must respond to ---change on a continuous basis. Many are left wondering -- how do we get work done, execute our 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 to 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, and 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 the learner with the skills and tools necessary to master the intricacies of relationship management in the contemporary work context. It begins with 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. Then, based on that identification, the learner can analyze their stakeholders to determine their level of support and their most important issues with an eye toward creating an engagement plan customized to each stakeholder’s needs.