Strategic Capabilities for Emerging Business Leaders

Building a Foundation for Growth

As business models evolve, leaders are required to build a set of fundamental capabilities to positively impact the organization and advance their careers. With a strategic view of the business, leaders are able to make better-informed decisions and position their business or function for success.

This highly interactive live virtual program positions the high-performing emerging leader to make bold career moves by laying the foundation for general management and leadership of the broader business. Through an exploration of strategic business functions with some of Kellogg's leading faculty, you will immerse yourself in how to lead in a complex, competitive, global market – identifying opportunities and making strategic decisions and necessary trade-offs. You will learn foundational financial concepts to inform financial decisions as well as assess operational excellence by linking strategy and execution. Also, you will explore how to unleash creativity and innovation within your teams.

This is an opportunity to engage with faculty and peers through live Q&A, discussion boards, breakout groups and interactive exercises. Access to course materials is via a dedicated learning management system. Kellogg offers you an intimate experience with small class sizes to support engagement with faculty and peers.


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Who Should Attend

  • Mid-level or emerging senior leaders who are preparing to move into a business leadership position
  • Functional leaders with aspirations for general management and a desire to build strategic skills across functional areas
  • Senior leaders in small- to medium-sized organizations who want to understand the broader strategic capabilities required to manage the business

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Key Benefits

  • Broaden understanding of the strategic business to recognize complexity and trade-offs between competing functional areas
  • Create a strategic view of the business from financial analysis and operational planning to the execution required to drive business results
  • Reimagine and reinvent your business through a strategic marketing lens
  • Identify the levers required to build an effective team and culture

Program Content

Leadership Lessons in a VUCA World

  • Understand what attributes firms must develop in their leaders to contend with complexity
  • Examine several frameworks to enhance leader’s ability to successfully navigate Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous environments
  • Discuss how leaders shape culture and how culture can help or hinder the pace of learning

The Wisdom of Less

  • Analyze the concept of focused growth
  • Evaluate the increasing complexity and the careful selection and deployment of resources required to achieve growth
  • Work with a proven seven-step framework for developing a profitable growth strategy

Valuing Business Strategy

  • Learn to value an entire firm prior to its initial public offering
  • Examine how the market defines and correctly or incorrectly values a firm
  • Learn to use a multiples approach as an alternative to discounted cash flow

Strategic Decisions in Operations

  • Assess how operations strategy can add value by tailoring a set of core principles to a specific business setting
  • Explore a framework to formulate an operations strategy
  • Analyze, value and optimize the key decisions involved in operations strategy

Creativity & Innovation in Teams

  • Focus on how to build and lead a culture of creative collaboration
  • Discuss the conditions that need to be in place for teams to create and innovate and how managers can set the stage for optimal performance
  • Analyze the science of creativity, illustrated with demos, video clips and company applications through the management lens
  • Explore how leaders, teams and organizations can apply tools to improve their creative thinking and innovative capacity

Resurgence: Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention

  • Distinguish between organizations which continue to struggle through a change and others that reinvent themselves
  • Build on the lessons from an organization’s reinvention to understand what separates it from others
  • Learn how to adapt the corporate culture to thrive

Project: Design Your Own Disruptor

  • Use design principles to solve complex problems that used to be the domain of traditional business consultants
  • Identify market opportunities and assess market fit
  • Think beyond the traditional models and practice how to find unconventional solutions


Bernie Banks - Associate Dean for Leadership Development; Clinical Professor of Management

Kelly Cutler - - Lecturer and Director of IMC Professional Program, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Gina Fong - Adjunct Lecturer of Marketing; Principal of Fong Insight

Richard Jolly - Clinical Associate Professor of Executive Education

Nour Kteily - Professor of Management & Operations

Mitchell A. Petersen - Glen Vasel Professor of Finance; Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Brooke Vuckovic - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2023 Session

November 27 - December 8, 2023

Live virtual orientation session:
Monday, November 20th from 8:00 – 10:30 AM CT (required)

Start: November 27 at 7:30 AM

End: December 8 at 12:30 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program

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2024 Session

December 2-13, 2024

Start: December 2 at 7:30 AM

End: December 13 at 12:30 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program

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