About the Program
The Carlson General Management Program is our flagship program for senior-level leaders who are assuming enterprise-wide responsibilities. In this 6-day program (across 6 months), participants will immerse themselves in far-reaching leadership topics, polish their understanding of business strategy, and acquire the soft skills required to lead in today’s environment of continuous disruption.
The program utilizes a holistic approach to leadership with a focus on:
- Leading the Business: Digital transformation and AI, business strategy, financial accountability, and customer centricity
- Leading and Influencing Others: Leading change, leading peak performance, enterprise/global collaboration, and working with emotional intelligence
- Leading Self: Inclusive leadership, executive presence, leadership agility, and business ethics for leaders
The program is designed to fit the needs of busy professionals. Participants join their cohort for three immersive modules as well as two live-online sessions alongside faculty and their peers. Surrounded by a close group of colleagues, participants will build relationships and expand their networks as they prepare to lead.
At the end of this prestigious program, participants will have enhanced their capacity to lead by acquiring a well-rounded understanding of business strategy and leadership skills. Course work covers navigating a digital-first world, building sound business strategy, providing financial accountability, creating customer-centric programs, leading change, ethical decision-making, enterprise-level collaboration, as well as leading inclusively, cultivating executive presence, and working with emotional intelligence.
- Senior leaders aspiring to enterprise-wide responsibilities
- Vice Presidents
- General Managers
- Elevate leadership capabilities to drive organizational growth
- Develop a global, enterprise mindset to lead across complex organizations
- Explore vital topics including digital transformation, strategy, and inclusive leadership
- Connect with other influential leaders and gain valuable insights from other industries and perspectives
- Apply new knowledge immediately and drive business impact
Executive Presence: Receive executive-level, strategic coaching to further develop communication abilities. Fine-tune persuasion and influence tactics for both internal and external audiences.
Working with Emotional Intelligence: Consider the business case for emotional intelligence (EQ). Learn the importance of EQ for effective leadership, the difference between IQ and EQ, and plan personal strategies for success.
Business Strategy: Learn to align strategy to changes in the business environment. Discuss the role of company culture in implementing strategic changes.
Leadership Success Circle: Participate in a facilitated session to reflect and share personal leadership successes and challenges. Form connections within the cohort and plan follow-up networking opportunities.
Enterprise/Global Collaboration: Move beyond silos to an enterprise-enhancing mindset. Learn specific actions that build trust and shift mindsets to meet enterprise-level goals.
Business Ethics for Leaders: Managing an ethical organization requires reflection. Apply a decision-making framework to help with ethical analysis.
Executive Panel: Hear from executives as they discuss the path to leadership.
Leading Change: Learn how to plan for, lead, and manage a successful change effort. The session will utilize interactive class discussions and a change simulation.
Leading Peak Performance: Learn tactics for fostering a supportive, productive environment for teams and self.
Inclusive Leadership: Get the most out of diverse teams through self-exploration and drawing connections to others. Examine bias as well as power and privilege in the workplace. Take away concrete communication tools to create inclusive teams and workplaces.
Professor Ravi Bapna's expertise lies in helping companies reframe their understanding of analytics, AI, and machine learning, and then leverage that understanding for competitive advantage.
Louellen Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building, and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied leadership, psychology, and communication.
Theresa M. Glomb is the Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD and AM in Social, Organizational, and Individual Differences Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1998 and her BA in Psychology from DePaul University in 1993.
Miquel Lladó is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Management at IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He holds an Advanced Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona.
Hari Nair is Vice President, Corporate R&D, Fabric & Home Care Learning Lab at Procter & Gamble. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Rand Park is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Prior to his faculty appointment at the Carlson School in Fall 2013, he was the Vice President of Development for the Minnesota Private College Council.
Amy S. Tolbert, PhD, CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams.
Connie Wanberg teaches classes involving human resources management, leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, and organizational behavior. In her role as a researcher, she is internationally known for her work on unemployment, job search, and careers.
Aks Zaheer is Professor and Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He earned his PhD in Strategic Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, and his undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.