Leading in Challenging Times

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Leading in Challenging Times

Leading in Challenging Times Workshop is a unique, intensive, and highly interactive experience that has catalyzed profound leadership transformations in organizations of all sizes and all industries.

Immensely practical and hands-on, Leading in Challenging Times Workshop is designed to inspire, engage, and help organizational leaders develop the skills needed to meet whatever leadership challenges lie ahead.

The Leadership Challenge model has been adopted and widely embraced by companies of all shapes and sizes, with results that have been validated the time and again over the past two decades.

Hundreds of start-ups, major corporations, hospitals, government organizations, schools, and universities have used The Leadership Challenge to make a difference to their organizations.

The Leadership Challenge Continues® Workshop is an innovative and flexible program that encourages leaders to remain focused on what they learned during their exposure to The Five Practices Model.

Participants will be asked to reflect upon the small wins they experienced since their leadership journey began, practice specific skills and behaviors that will prepare them for the next steps in their mission, and move beyond self-development by identifying ways for using the Five Practices to develop their team members and achieve broader spheres of influence within their organizations.

Emotional Intelligence (EI), team building, and creativity will be discussed as being critical elements for living the Five Practices.

More than ever before, organizations need to reinvent themselves to meet the demands of evolving business environments and to capitalize on unprecedented market trends.

This course is designed to provide participants with an insight into challenges organizations are facing today, and into how to embrace agility and resilience as key strategic competencies in this rapidly evolving ecosystem.

Are you up to the challenge?

This is official CMI Course.

You might be interested in other Leadership and Management programs as a next step.

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  • COURSE TYPE Practitioner
  • DURATION 5 Days


Organizational success depends heavily on the leadership in place.

Leadership has a say in everything that goes on in the organization. Organizational attitude and behavior, work environment, conflict management, organizational structure, power and politics, culture and many other regulatory aspects are all affected by the actions of leadership.

This course looks at leadership from that perspective and provides participants with the opportunity to acquire an understanding of how leadership shapes and affects organizational outcomes.

Workshop elaborates on what it takes to become a great manager by focusing on two distinct managerial requirements: first developing business and economic acumen without which no manager can make value-adding decisions, and second by bringing out the best in people.


Participants on this interactive course will have the opportunity to strengthen their practice of adaptive leadership no matter what role they play in their organizations. Also, this course presents tools and tactics to help participants lead and mobilize people and tackle tough problems while reaching high.

Unique Methodology

This course includes the use of ExperienceChange™ simulation software which is an expert-guided program designed to help participants execute ideas while teaching the essentials of successful change.

ExperienceChange™ simulates a year-in-the-life of a team-leading innovation and transformation in an organization that is facing increasing competition and changing product landscapes.


CMI qualifications provide a progressive framework that enables you to develop and broaden your management skills.

CMI offers qualifications from Level 2, ideal for aspiring managers, to Level 8, suited to C-level senior managers.

Levels 2 / 3

Designed for aspiring, supervisory or first line managers, Levels 2 and 3 offer a broad range of knowledge ranging from team leading to project and resource management.

Levels 4 / 5

For mid-managers, Levels 4 and 5 are more appropriate as they focus on developing core management skills such as managing resources, recruitment and information management.

Levels 6 / 7

Levels 6 and 7 are developed for Directors and Senior Managers who have the responsibility to translate organizational strategy into effective performance.

Level 8

CMI is the only organization that offers Level 8 which is suited to C-level senior managers.


Strategic Axis as an official CMI Provider eligable to conduct assessment exams to achieve CMI qualifications.



Module 1: Innovation and organizational transformation

  • The journey to impact
  • Creating a great solution
  • Realizing the full potential of the solution
  • The solution focus
  • The organization focus
  • Co-creating the future
  • Involving relevant stakeholders
  • Problem-solving methods
  • Creating something new
  • Design thinking
  • Optimizing what exists today
  • Optimizing using Lean
  • Tuning using Six Sigma

Module 2: Leading organizational transformation

  • The definition of organizational transformation
  • Organizational transformation as a discipline
  • Corporate transformation lessons
  • Assessing the situation
  • Interviewing stakeholders
  • Driving forces
  • Restraining forces
  • Force Field
  • The journey from challenge to impact
  • Feeling the dip
  • Moderating the dip
  • Realizing great solutions through a transformation
  • The organizational transformation process

Module 3: Understanding agility and resilience

Defining organizational agility and resilience

The new norms: pace, disruptions, and turbulence

Corporate comparison: agility and resiliency versus rigidity and fragility

The Adaptive Capacity Framework

The concept of resilience engineering

Critical competencies to lead in a disruptive business environment

The implications of readiness and resilience for leadership

Anticipating disruptions before the damage occurs

Establishing the leadership team

Putting the right communication system in place

Aligning people, processes, and technology

Employee engagement and team empowerment

Developing performance measures

Module 4: Leadership and organizational motivation

Organizational motivation – from theory to practice

Leading towards a motivated work environment

Motivation through job design

Motivation through goal setting

Motivation through performance appraisals

Motivation through performance incentives

Motivation success measures

Module 5: Leadership and organizational teams

The individual contributor versus the team player

High performing organizational teams

Characteristics of high-performance teams

Leading teams within an organization

Behavioral approaches to team leadership

The role of the context

Contemporary approaches to team leadership

Power within a team

Politics within a team

Performance success measures

The influence of organizational culture

Module 6: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team®

Identifying the Five Dysfunctions of a Team®:

Dysfunction #1: absence of trust

Dysfunction #2: fear of conflict

Dysfunction #3: lack of conflict

Dysfunction #4: avoidance of accountability

Dysfunction #5: inattention to results

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions

Module 7: Leading in stress and crisis

Stress and its effects on the body, mind, and spirit

Holistic response to stress

Personality styles and response to stress

Managing conflicts during times of stress

Resolving disputes constructively during times of pressure

Leading others to sudden changes

Motivating yourself and others under pressure

Creative leadership effectiveness

Stress handling techniques for you and your employees

Implementing creative problem-solving skills for your team when facing a crisis

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  • Private Team Training

  • Indiviual Private Session

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