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Leadership in the New World of Work (Stanford)

Instructors: JeanAnn Nichols and Lisen Stromberg

Dates: October 1 – November 19 (8 sessions)

Time: Thursdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm  Live via Zoom videoconference

Course Summary:

In the wake of #MeToo, COVID-19, and the rise of a more diverse and multigenerational workforce, a new kind of leadership is required for success. Today’s leaders must shift from fostering hierarchical, product-focused, profit-driven, office-based cultures to creating democratic, people-focused, people-driven cultures that empower teams across a myriad of locations. Those who master modern leadership skills will thrive in the new environment and draw the best talent to their teams. This course is designed for leaders who are eager to step up and increase their impact. We will focus on the six core facets of Modern Leadership: humility, empathy, accountability, resiliency, transparency and inclusivity. First, you will learn the foundations of today’s best-in-class workplaces, such as Patagonia, Salesforce, and Unilever, including what has changed and why. Next, we’ll explore the skills needed—including agility, collaboration, transparency, and empathy—to succeed in the new world of work and help you develop Modern Leadership core competencies. Through weekly reflections and practical activities, you will build your unique Modern Leader action plan to evolve your leadership style. Each session will consist of a lecture, discussion, and an exercise on one of the elements. Classes will also include in-depth interviews with industry leaders who embody Modern Leadership. Come prepared to share your challenges and experiences, and learn from one another, as you increase your leadership impact.

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Fundamentals of High Performance Leadership (Online)

Tracy Wilk and I are pleased offer the leadership topics we developed for Stanford Continuing Studies in an interactive on-line experience. The course consists of several powerful components:

6 information-packed video lectures – For leaders who want to learn on their own schedule, each recorded lecture tackles a different topic of critical interest to leaders. Curriculum can be found below. Lectures are generally 45 mins to 1 hour. These lessons can be consumed at your own pace.


6 live, interactive lectures + video recordings – The same curriculum of critical topics for leaders offered via live instruction on Zoom. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with the instructors and peer leaders as we explore best practices of modern leaders. Students will have access to the recorded lectures. Each live session lasts one hour.

3 live Leadership Labs – Leadership labs are an opportunity to connect directly with the class instructors and other leaders. Participants gain a greater understanding of the course concepts through creative exercises, practice and discussion. Leadership labs are held after the 2nd, 4th and 6th lectures. Leadership Labs are optional.

6 personalized leadership coaching sessions – Students interested in individualized attention to maximize their leadership capabilities can combine the course lectures and Leadership Labs with personalized executive coaching. Coaching is provided by the course instructors, each of whom is a recognized industry leader and a trained, experienced, certified Executive Coach.

Leadership skills covered include:

  • Developing your executive presence
  • Delegating and coaching for performance
  • Receiving and giving difficult feedback
  • Managing conflict
  • Multiplying team effectiveness
  • Managing through change

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We look forward to seeing you in class!

Be a Great Mentor: A Practical Guide to Mentorship

Do you want to accelerate your career growth? Get a raise or promotion? Consider becoming a mentor. Research shows mentors receive promotions and are more likely to earn raises. A study by the Association of Talent Development (2017) found that 75% of executives believe mentoring was key to their success, and 75% of millennial employees surveyed expected their manager to mentor them. Being a mentor gives you additional opportunities to practice your leadership, grow your communication skills and hone your emotional intelligence. If you're at the peak of your career, mentoring is a great way to continue to expand your network and build a legacy. Becoming a great mentor is good for you, your mentee, and your organization.

This course will help you prepare to be a Great Mentor. You will learn how to:

  • Get clarity on the value you bring as a mentor
  • Identify and select your ideal mentee
  • Build your mentoring skills
  • Overcome common obstacles to mentoring relationships

Mentors provided key insight at critical turning points in my 30 year career in the technology industry. In this course, I share my personal experiences and stories of great mentors, along with some cautionary tales. I’ve included many resources to help you build your skills: worksheet exercises to download and complete, interactive assignments, and checklist tools you can download and share with your mentee. You’ll have unlimited access to the material – watch as many times as you like.