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Columbia Senior Executive Program
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Location: Dolce Norwalk, Connecticut and New York City.
Challenging times require outstanding executives who can lead with vision, courage, and inspiration. To do so, executives need to step back and have the opportunity to question their assumptions, gain perspective, and ultimately become the leader they aspire to be.
Welcome to The Columbia Senior Executive Program: an incomparable 26-day journey of intellectual, personal, and professional discovery, transformation and growth for senior executives. The Columbia Senior Executive Program is also offered in a 2x2 option consisting of two, two-week modules with program work between modules.
Senior executives operate in a world that is so unpredictable that reliance on traditional models is no longer the only answer. The Columbia Senior Executive Program (CSEP) is designed to provide them the knowledge and tools that will help them to lead from this higher level and make sense of complex environments.
Over the course of four weeks, CSEP provides in-depth sessions covering leadership and strategy, functional excellence, and global business issues. At the end of the program, participants emerge stronger and more focused leaders, better able to develop and communicate their vision and implement change.
Participants explore crucial issues and perspectives through faculty interaction, individual coaching, and collaboration with diverse peers, creating a new foundation for better leadership.
After graduating from CSEP, participants receive select alumni benefits from Columbia Business School and access to a vital, global community of leaders. The powerful lifelong learning process, alumni activities, and continued participation maximize the individual and organizational impact of the learning experience."The Columbia Senior Executive Program is an incomparable journey that allows executives from around the world to take a step back from their daily work and deeply focus on a strategic, leadership, or management problem. Columbia Business School's faculty members create a true collaborative learning environment and help executives bridge the latest in business theory and research with practical applications for their organizations."
–Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics For an inside look at CSEP, view "The CSEP Experience" and download the program agenda.
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North America: 33%
Africa and Middle East: 5%
50 or older: 19%
Representative Companies and Organizations
"The program brought me so much more than I expected. My objectives were not only met but were exceeded, both from a professional and personal standpoint. The way it is put together and flows (building blocks) is quite amazing. It brings so much together."
—Roselyne Renel, Managing Director/Chief Credit Officer, Deutsche Bank
"Excellent program of the highest quality. A truly “holistic” approach to learning and developing as a leader that has provided me with countless applications, professionally and personally."
—Brian Wenger, Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency—Americas
"Six months on and I'm really beginning to leverage the learning and to find ways to make it all add up to a significant step up in the way I work. It's not so much each individual piece of learning put into practice in isolation, but more how they all hold together around my values and inner self."
—Ian L. Ayres, Chief Executive Sutton and Merton PCT
"The Columbia Senior Executive Program is about leadership, and that is more important now than ever. If anything is proven in recent months, it's that our received models of macro-economics and finance don't offer us enough understanding of the economy.
"Instead of misplaced trust in complex models, in CSEP we develop leaders who can create a vision, communicate it, and motivate others, and design organizations so that information and responsibility are allocated to those who can make a difference."
–Paul Ingram, faculty director
As Paul Ingram notes, CSEP is particularly relevant for executives facing the rapidly changing environment of today's economy. In each session, CSEP faculty address issues pertinent to current conditions while providing a long-term perspective essential to effective leadership.
Over the four weeks, CSEP offers a variety of sessions that address critical issues and develop necessary skills invaluable for the challenges that you will face upon your return to your organization.
- Create and sustain competitive advantage
- Communicate authenticity
- Be aware of your strengths as a leader
- Create cohesion on a team
- Execute your vision
- Inspire the people you lead
- Learn which decisions to make and how to make them better
- Understand how to keep strategy aligned with current challenges
- Lead cross-functional areas of the organization to work together
- Champion and drive change initiatives
- Lead in a way that brings out the best new ideas
- Maximize individual and team performance
- Use data effectively to resolve problems
In addition, participants receive a Certificate in Business Excellence that offers select Columbia Business School alumni benefits including:
- Invitations to alumni events and programs around the world
- Global networking opportunities
- Lifetime Columbia Business School e-mail address
- Subscriptions to alumni publications
- Eligibility to join a Columbia Business School alumni club
Additional Program Faculty
More than 50 Columbia Business School faculty and industry experts contribute to the program, including:
Dean, Columbia Business School
Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics
|Rita Gunther McGrath
Associate Professor of Management
Faculty Director, Leading Strategic Growth and Change
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business of Management
Senior Lecturer in Business of Management
Faculty Director, Strategic Intuition
Professor of Professional Practice of Marketing
Faculty Director, Personal Leadership and Success
The Columbia Senior Executive Program expands the possibilities executives see through an integrated curriculum that combines personal leadership, strategic thinking, and execution. This integrated three-level curriculum along with a rich learning environment creates an opportunity for a transformative experience that starts changing the way they think for immediate benefit as well as lasting impact for themselves and their organizations.
Great leadership starts with true self-awareness. In order to lead well outwardly, executives must be good personal leaders. Personal leadership starts with understanding and controlling ones internal thoughts, motivations, goals, and mindsets. Executives will come to better understand their current level of awareness and learn ways to develop their personal leadership more completely in order for them to lead others. Knowing one’s core values helps better align day-to-day behaviors with one’s overall goals and priorities and leads to more effective leadership.
One of the greatest challenges leaders face is creating strategic initiatives especially during times of change. Pulling from faculty members’ research and experience, executives will better analyze the competitive market and identify opportunities, knowing more about how competitive advantage is derived. Participants will apply learning to their own organizations, balancing risk and innovation and be better prepared to address external and internal change.
Executives in CSEP are already proven leaders when they enter the program but through questioning their assumptions and reflecting on the learning, they can uncover concrete steps for themselves to lead more effectively. Much of the focus on execution revolves around how to help identify steps you need to take to create a vision and implement change.
These three key elements are incorporated through pre-program preparation, the four-week program, presented in consecutive weeks or in a 2x2 Option, and program follow-up. Learn more about CSEP 2 x 2 Option.
Program Director Bruce Craven consults with participants as part of the pre-program preparation to set the foundation as they start their learning.
- Initial contact with participants before CSEP to discuss goals and objectives.
- Participants prepare their personal cases and their 360-degree feedback assessments.
- A CSEP program consultant provides personal attention for each participant.
Throughout the program’s four weeks, faculty members and practitioners purposefully weave the three key concepts of personal leadership, strategic thinking and execution through the program.
- Faculty Director Paul Ingram leads a team of faculty members who guide participants through sessions on personal leadership, strategic thinking, and execution.
- Dynamic and engaging sessions challenge executives’ existing ideas and frameworks.
- Concepts are absorbed and internalized to create immediate and lasting change for executives and their organizations.
After the program concludes, Program Director Bruce Craven consults with participants to maintain the trajectory of their work and help them progress as leaders. Participants also have access to various learning opportunities such as webinars. Upon completion of the program participants earn select Columbia Business School alumni benefits including the opportunity to attend alumni events.
To view a detailed outline of the program and review sample session titles, please download the program agenda.
Executive Well-Being Program
The Columbia Senior Executive Program helps you find a healthy balance between your professional life and personal growth. To promote better work-life balance, participants in the program are offered the opportunity to attend Executive Well-Being sessions that address physical and mental needs and help develop positive lifestyle practices.
Attending CSEP requires a generous time commitment, and returning to "real" life is an important transition. At the close of the program, you are invited to bring your spouse/partner or a guest to CSEP. Guests attend some sessions with you, and they also engage in programming designed exclusively for them. Through presentations focusing on life after the program and the graduation ceremony, your guest becomes an integral part of your CSEP experience. For an inside look, download the program agenda.
Week in New York City
Week three of CSEP brings participants into New York City for an exciting roster of events and academic sessions. Participants experience the vibrant living laboratory that is New York and benefit from a wide array of learning opportunities. Between sessions on the Columbia University campus and at Manhattan venues, participants have the opportunity to explore the city that never sleeps. For an inside look, view the New York experience slide show and download the program agenda.
Week in New York City Session Examples:
In the Spring 2010 program an inspiring session took place at the Frick Collection, one of New York's most beloved cultural treasures. Frick Curator Colin Bailey collaborated with Professor Paul Ingram to use highlights of the collection to help senior executives think about the power of symbols in communication.
In the fall 2009 session, participants attended a performance by Jude Law in Hamlet. In tandem with Hamlet, Columbia University faculty members Andrea Haring and James Shapiro lended their talents to sessions focusing on one’s presence—physical and vocal—as a leader. Andrea Haring, director, actress, and voice teacher, is the associate director of The Linklater Center for Voice and Language and on the Columbia faculty. James Shapiro, a leading Shakespeare scholar, is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. To learn more about this unique session, view Professor James Shapiro on Leadership and Shakespeare.
An evening of live music and stimulating Q&A at a jazz club in New York City led by Columbia Business School Professor of Management Grant Ackerman, "Leadership Jazz" demonstrates the relationship of jazz to leadership and management techniques.