“Opportunities for leadership are all around us. The capacity for leadership is deep within us. Matching the two is … the world’s hope.” — Madeleine Albright
With the aspiration of the above quote in mind, we have designed an entirely new leadership
curriculum — “Leading From Within” — focused on transforming managers into leaders who
achieve their goals through the expertise, potential and passion of others. In this highly interactive learning experience, we will explore the characteristics of great leaders to
help you establish your influential leadership presence.
We’ll provide tools to help you define missions worth achieving,lead teams through change,inspire diverse and distributed organizations, grow great talent, and learn by leaning in. We’ll also explore the unique challenges of leading in a world that has becoming increasingly volatile, unexpected, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous — a future some call the VUCA World.
Our journey together is based on a simple framework: The Seven Things Great Leaders Do.
• They Start with Why
• They Focus on Possibilities, Not Permission
• They Provide Clarity, Candor and Confidence
• They Bring the Outside In and Think from the Future Back
• They Thrive on Uncertainty, Learn by Failing, and Move Fast
• They Lift People Up, Tear Barriers Down, and Secure the Resources to Go
• They Give People Freedom to Run and Room to Grow
Oct 21-22, 2020 (8:30am-5pm)
Nov 11-12, 2020 (8:30am-5pm)
Dec 09-10, 2020 (8:30am-5pm)
Mar 31-Apr 01, 2021 (8:30am-5pm)
Apr 28-29, 2021 (8:30am-5pm)
May 19-20, 2021 (8:30am-5pm)
Click here to download a PDF program brochure including an overview, benefits, facilitator information and other program details.
Pre-Work: Your Leadership Promise
In advance of the session, we’ll share a digital workbook for personal challenge and reflection, feedback from others, and deepened self-awareness of your innate leadership strengths. This is a complement to the program assessment, Everything DiSC Work of Leaders, and additional personality or strengths assessments you may have completed previously.
Foundation: Choosing to Lead
These first sessions will focus on the mindset and presence required to lead. At the heart of our model is a belief that leadership is a choice to serve, not merely a path to promotion. We’ll talk about the responsibilities of leadership, the seven things great leaders do, the open mindset great leaders master, and the critical role of trust, which leaders must earn and give. We’ll unpack the differences between managing and leading, clarity and certainty, intention and impact. And, we’ll conclude by building a Leader’s Pyramid that will help you clarify what you have to offer as a leader by drawing on your inner strengths.
Skills: Learning to Lead
These middle sessions will focus on the insights and skills required to lead. It’s inspired by our conviction that leadership is fundamentally about vision and engagement. We’ll provide approaches and tools for defining a mission and telling a story that people want to be part of, aligning organizations and creating a culture that inspires high performance, staying the course or making course corrections in the face of change or failure, and rewarding performance and unleashing potential of the people in your care. We’ll include team-based exercises that enable you to practice these skills with a particular focus on developing a vision, translating it into a powerful story, motivating individuals and teams, and leading organizations through change.
Challenge: Leading in the Age of Disruption
These final two sessions are designed from the future back to help you anticipate, prepare for and help shape the future as a leader. There is no doubt that the decade ahead will be more challenging than any period in our lifetimes. We are living in a VUCA world — volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. These conditions demand the very best of us as leaders, and can be incredibly stressful, but we can turn them into opportunity with the mindset and skills you’ll be developing throughout this learning experience.Capstone Project:To successfully complete this certificate program and earn a badge, you will complete a capstone project that will be reviewed by program facilitators. We’ll ask you to envision a challenging future that’s specifically related to the company, organization or industry you’re in today and develop your personal leadership vision for stepping up to it confidently and effectively.
Middle-to-upper-middle level managers who are responsible for leading and inﬂuencing others to deliver organizational strategy. Three or more years of management experience suggested.
Holly O’Driscoll is an industry expert in the field of Design Thinking and human centered innovation. She has enabled the transformation of organizations through teaching the method and mindset of Design Thinking. As Global Design Thinking Leader at P&G, Holly partnered with teams across the company to lead more than 250 Design Thinking experiences, often at the request of C-suite executives. Holly’s passions include problem framing, the application of Design Thinking to organizational strategy, unleashing the diversity of people, leadership philosophy and creating conditions that allow human creativity and curiosity to thrive.
Throughout her 20+ year career, Holly has built a reputation as a master human centered innovation strategist, trainer and facilitator. She is the founder and CEO of Ampersand Innovation, LLC; a Design Thinking and human centered innovation strategy consultancy focused on unleashing the diversity and potential of people and ideas via workshops, design sprints, and capability development.
She has guest lectured on the topic of Design Thinking at The Parsons School of Design, Harvard Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Michigan State University, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, and more. In January 2018, she was named one of Michael Bloomberg’s Design Thinking Coaches for the Bloomberg Philanthropies USA Mayor’s Challenge project, and one of her cities was awarded a $1 million prize.
In addition, she has contributed to several books including Tom Wujec’s The Future of Making, David Dunne’s Design Thinking at Work, Thomas Lockwood’s Innovation by Design. She is working on her own book about Design Thinking and leadership. Holly is also a globally sought after conference keynote speaker. Holly has a BA in Chemistry and MBA from Thomas More College. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and four children.
Greg is a Xavier Leadership Center facilitator and occasional guest lecturer who is passionate about helping people use the power of their voices to have the impact they want to have in the world. He is the founder of Leader’s Voice Communications, an executive communication consulting firm. Greg’s positive and creative energy has helped leaders in a variety of sectors and roles communicate with confidence and impact. He is a communication strategist, leadership presence coach, writer, and trainer who draws on more than 25 years of Fortune 50 experience at Procter & Gamble, one of the world's most-admired companies. Greg was one of just 25 people in company history to be inducted into The P&G Brand Mastery Society – P&G’s highest distinction for brand building and communication expertise. Greg worked closely as a communication advisor and speechwriter for six P&G CEOs, multiple corporate officers and business unit presidents, and some of the world’s most-respected branding, innovation, sales, communication, and leadership experts. As an advisor and creative partner, Greg has worked with a diverse mix of clients across a range of industries and sectors, including consumer products, venture-backed startups, food & beverage, data analytics, energy, manufacturing, education, economic development, urban renewal, and fine arts.Show More