Advanced IT Leader Program

Advanced IT Leader Program
Prepares senior IT managers and directors for a move to the next level of leadership.
Taking the proven and highly regarded Executive Leader Program to a new level, this newly designed course has been enhanced with brand new material and broadened perspectives from an exceptional faculty of experienced and accomplished organizational leaders. This uniquely practical 5-day program (delivered in two modules approximately one month apart) is designed to help existing IT leaders elevate their capability and advance their careers.
  • Learn how to establish your role as a corporate leader and innovator in the organization’s executive team, and become integral to successful business outcomes
  • Gain insight into key business drivers and metrics that yield successful results
  • Learn how to succeed within the politics of the senior executive team
  • Learn techniques to lead IT staff to engage and collaborate with business stakeholders.
  • Develop techniques for effective decision-making and risk mitigation at the executive level of the business
Program Format
  • 5-day program delivered over two modules (2 days and 3 days), approximately one month apart
  • Graduates complete a final exam to receive a Certificate of Completion
Who Should Attend
  • Experienced IT leaders and CIOs who wish to upgrade their skills and increase their ability to drive organizational results
  • New IT Leaders or those being groomed for a CIO role who wish to accelerate their leadership development
  • Graduates of our IT Executive Leader Program who wish to continue to enhance their skills and effectiveness
Curriculum Overview
Session 1: The Strategic Executive: An Insider View
What are the critical and achievable strategic, organizational and governance drivers that executive team members must respond to?  How do you motivate and empower your organization to success? How are the key focal points created and who really creates them?  What can be done to resolve differences and implementation gaps?
  • How corporate and personal objectives drive performance at various levels within an organization
  • How to identify and resolve the factors that cause conflict between corporate goals (e.g. growth vs. expense)
  • How successful executives build and strengthen a diversity of internal and external relationships: customers, the board, functional areas (Finance, Operations, Production, Sales/Marketing) and IT staff
  • How to adapt leadership style to changing circumstances
Session 3: Excellence from Others: Creating and Leveraging a Strong Organizational Structure
Many leaders surround themselves with people of like skills and abilities – in other words, “yes-people”.  Others find themselves in a constant state of conflict and disagreement with their team members, often requiring drastic action.  Both states are potential career-busters and create a dysfunctional team structure.
  • How to create an effective organization by understanding the key components of high performing teams and how their structures vary at senior levels
  • How to examine the way your business is organized and identify new ways to build cooperation
  • Understand your specific strengths and skill gaps in building a high performance team or culture and produce a solution approach and action plan
Session 5: Inside the Board Room: Building Powerful Allies
Understanding the goals of boards and oversight groups and mastering the art of influencing them are critical executive skills that few people really have a chance to learn before they enter the room.  This session will help build these skills, avoid surprises and make sure desired outcomes are achieved.
  • What is the ‘Board Mandate’, what are the opportunities to build power and influence, and how do they help or hinder your success?
  • Why it is critical to speak to the organizational leadership in a certain tone and manner; how to develop specific language, impact and influence techniques
  • How committee work can enhance your profile and get you on the inside track
  • How to build specific plans and approaches for presenting to boards and investment teams to get desired results
Session 7: Execution and Delivery: All that Really Counts in the End
What actions can you or should you take to make a difference? How and where do you start? What choices do you have (or not have) and how do you prioritize?
  • Assess your own career path and what education or skills you need to become a more effective executive
  • Build a step by step transition plan for personal success that is realistic and can be truly put into practice
  • Preparation for final case work
Session 2: Successful Innovation and Implementation: Managing the Risk vs. Reward Challenge
Sometimes a good decision well communicated and enacted is better than a perfect decision that no one understands or can get behind. This session builds skills and confidence in how to deliver a great outcome and employee confidence.
  • How effective risk assessment leads to providing decisive direction
  • How to identify specific actions you can take to clarify risk and confidently drive organizational outcomes
  • How to make tough choices and trade-offs while strengthening staff support and relationships
  • The innovation agenda: Building better outcomes through technology
  • How to prioritize for greatest impact and optimal outcomes
Session 4: Creating and Sustaining Value: Business Excellence and the Bottom Line
One of the most critical challenges for any executive is to have a complete and well-informed knowledge of the business value equation and the financial processes to support it.  This means knowing when and how to assess and decide what is important, how to value it and how to generate results.
  • How to identify specific actions you can take to clarify risk and confidently drive organizational outcomes
  • How to make tough choices and trade-offs while strengthening staff support and relationships
Session 6: The New IT Leadership: IT Leadership in the 21st. Century
The expectations for IT leadership have changed dramatically  in recent years.  What is expected of IT leadership in your organization?  What skills and techniques will position you for success?
  • How to balance IT as a utility and as an innovator
  • Differentiate between IT Organizational models : centralized, decentralized and hybrid
  • Understanding today’s IT leadership roles : CIO, CTO, CDO, VP of Innovation
  • What essential skills and characteristics produce a successful IT Leader?
  • IT Governance and Strategy, aligning IT with the business and how decisions are made
  • How the IT environment is changing with outsourcing, cloud, big data – everything old is new again
  • How to measure success based on IT performance
Session 8: Role Play: Team Presentations to the Board
Over the course of the program participants have worked in pre-assigned teams on a case study. After each session, teams were given time to incorporate the learning into their case work. Now the teams will have the challenge to present to a board of senior and highly experienced executives
  • Each team will be given time to prepare their final presentation to the Board. They will each be using the same case and given similar guidance
  • How to identify specific actions you can take to clarify risk and confidently drive organizational outcomes
  • As in real life, circumstances may change so teams need to adapt as situations demand
  • They will be evaluated on the quality of their content and their flexibility in accommodating profound situational change

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