Leadership Development Seminars and ecq-based Readings

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Brookings Institution

Brookings Executive Education: A Partnership of the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis
The Brookings Institution—founded in 1916—is a nonprofit, public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

  • Strengthen American democracy

  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans

  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system

A world leader in management education and scholarly research, Olin Business School has flourished since 1917 at Washington University in St. Louis. Olin’s portfolio of degree and nondegree programs emphasizes critical thinking and strategic problem-solving, creativity and innovation, a global perspective, and the collaborative, applied learning needed to tackle the most complex, cross-functional issues. In addition to Brookings, Olin partners with more than 20 international universities, including Fudan University in Shanghai, China; the Cass Business School in London; Fundação Dom Cabral in Nova Lima, Brazil; and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.

Olin’s award winning curriculum on critical thinking serves as the bedrock of Brookings Executive Education. The MBA Roundtable, a collaborative organization comprised of 150 business schools worldwide, bestowed its first Innovator Award in 2011 to the Olin Business School for its unique curriculum Critical Thinking@Olin. Brookings Executive Education has modified this content for government managers and executives to provide them with the same important knowledge and know-how that is being recognized as essential for business success, particularly in times of economic stress and uncertainty.
This catalog identifies specific courses offered at the Brookings Institution that will help federal managers and leaders meet their developmental needs in the five ECQs. However, the Brookings Institution offers several other leadership courses, which are not included in this catalog that managers and leaders may find beneficial and rewarding. Following is a link to its course catalog for 2012-2013: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Exec%20Ed/20122013%20BEE%20Course%20Catalog.pdf. This link will provide you with a full listing of courses offered.

Executive Leadership for America


Leading change takes experience, courage, and a great deal of energy and imagination.

In this course, you will work with stimulating thinkers and strategic development experts to build on your tried-and-true leadership qualities, and push yourself to develop fresh insights and approaches. Learn to confront the challenges that come with your high-level responsibilities and find time to reflect on what it takes to make a difference at the top of public service organizations. Taking place at The Boar's Head Inn, in Charlottesville, Va., this course explores the governmental framework created by the founders in a setting favored by Thomas Jefferson.

This program will help you:

  • Understand the historical framework for constitutional government and the legacy bestowed by the Founders

  • Gain a fresh perspective on persistent challenges

  • Establish energizing and enduring relationships with expert peers

  • Adopt a range of leadership styles

  • Increase appreciation for the importance of federal service and provide a clearer understanding of the diverse roles of the government executive

  • Gain greater appreciation of the philosophical underpinnings of public service

  • Learn how to create an organizational environment that is responsive to change, but also true to its purpose and tradition

Dates: April 14-19, 2013; September 22-27, 2013

Location: Boar’s Head in Charlottesville, VA

Cost: $5,750
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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Innovative Business Practices for the Public Sector


Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from the top leaders in the business world through visits to the headquarters of today’s most innovative companies. Designed for Senior Executive Service (SES) members and candidates, this course will help you tap into some of the best minds in the private sector. Learn how corporate leaders deal with the same challenges facing federal agencies, including human capital issues, organizational turnaround, technological advances, change management and effective communication.

This program will help you:

  • Develop new ideas to increase efficiency and effectiveness

  • Learn private-sector best practices that could improve your federal agency

  • Brainstorm new ideas in a group setting

Dates: October 21-25, 2013

Location: Brookings Institution (Washington DC)

Cost: $3,735
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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Inspiring Creativity in Organizations

In a rapidly changing world, the ability to constantly refresh existing approaches through new ideas and continuously improve processes and practices are indispensable leadership qualities. Leaders who have mastered the skills of creative thinking—and who can foster those skills in others—are in a position to add tremendous value to their organizations.
Through this course you will learn how to enhance creative thinking and overcome barriers to such thinking. By learning how to build creative habits into your work routines, you will learn to lead in ways that foster creativity.

  • This program will help you:

  • Understand the factors that allow individuals and groups to develop new insights, question conventional approaches, and encourage new ideas

  • Design and lead teams that can implement new or cutting-edge programs and processes

Dates: September 17-18, 2013

Location: Brookings Institution (Washington DC)

Cost: $1,895
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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Resilience in Leadership


More than 30 years of research shows that our thinking styles—habits of thinking we develop about ourselves, our world and our future—directly affect how we respond to challenges and

opportunities. These thinking styles often can lead us away from the success we work so hard to achieve, sapping our resilience at work and home.

In this highly interactive, skills-based program, you will learn how to capitalize on your existing resilience and bolster any areas of weakness. You will identify your own thinking styles and how they may be helping or hurting your performance. And you will learn a series of practical skills that will help you think more flexibly and accurately, for improved resilience and success.

This program will help you:

  • Harness positive thinking and inspire excellence in others

  • Feel a renewed connection to your job and organization

  • Find new ways to solve seemingly intractable problems

Dates: October 16-17, 2013

Location: Brookings Institution (Washington DC)

Cost: $1,895
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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Strategic Thinking: Driving Long-Term Success

Every organization must formulate its objectives and priorities and then determine how to achieve them. Doing so requires not only investments in people, processes, and organizational structure, but also in the analysis of trade-offs because resources are limited. Strategic thinking requires leadership to look for external and internal changes and trends that may call for adjusting the strategy.
This course on strategic thinking introduces the topic and helps you proactively manage your organization for long-term success. The program establishes a framework for strategic thinking and provides you with an opportunity to practice new strategies not only with respect to various case scenarios, but also with respect to your own agency. By the end of the two-day program, participants will possess fundamental tools and frameworks and will practice using them so they can be applied immediately in their workplaces.
This program will help you:

  • Learn the eight elements of strategic thinking and gain practice applying them to your present position as well as novel situations

  • Understand strategy for an organization and how it applies to government agencies

  • Identify and overcome common pitfalls in implementing strategy

Dates: May 21-22, 2013; October 22-23, 2013

Location: Brookings Institution (Washington DC)

Cost: $1,895
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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Vision and Leading Change

The development and communication of a vision statement is central to creating a sense of purpose within an organization and is a key element in leading organizational change.

This course will explore two objectives. First, it investigates how leaders can develop a vision and communicate it to create and sustain a positive workplace. Developing a vision statement requires it to fit within the mission and values of the organization as well as lead to a tangible strategy and set of strategic initiatives. The vision statement is a bridge between an organization's mission and its strategy.

Second, the course examines specific methodologies and provides practical tools for leading change in complex organizations. Developing a vision statement, strategy, and set of strategic initiatives is a social enterprise. Vision and Leading Change will explore how you can lead such a social enterprise with special attention paid to using current information technologies.
This program will help you:

  • Lead a process to refine or develop an implementable vision for your agency

  • Develop and lead organizational change within and across organizations

Dates: January 29-30, 2013

Location: Brookings Institution (Washington DC)

Cost: $1,895
For more information on this program or for additional dates please contact: (800) 925-5730
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