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Creative Leadership: How to Innovate in a Complex World
with Dr. Michael Brenner

Date: July 26, 2018
Session Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location Information:
Music Box Supper Club
1148 Main Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 242-1250
Session Description
Today's complex problems call for Creative Leadership - the ability and willingness to look at problems from new angles, explore unfamiliar paths, and accept ambiguity and unpredictability rather than resist them.  In this session, you will immerse yourself in 4 distinct but interrelated dimensions of Creative Leadership - Spontaneity, Vision, Curiosity, and Simplicity.  We will discuss how to harness these 4 essential skills in your own workplace, drawing from the work of artists, scientists, and philosophers.  But this is no abstract topic - you will learn powerful strategies for unleashing your ability to lead with courage, change with confidence, and face an uncertain future with your creative and critical thinking skills fully engaged.

Dr. Michael Brenner, president of Right Chord Leadership LLC, is an international leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, author, and professional musician. He has taught courses at Immaculata University, Temple University, and La Salle University in organizational behavior, negotiations, systems dynamics, interpersonal communication, and the sociology of work. Dr. Brenner earned a doctorate in adult learning and leadership from Columbia University and a masters degree in adult and organizational development from Temple University. He has worked with a variety of well-known organizations including SAP, QVC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Godiva, Boeing, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Sri Lankan manufacturer Maliban. He is Past President of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences. Dr. Brenner has published several articles and is currently writing a book on high performance teams. An accomplished saxophone player, Dr. Brenner has performed on stages around the world and frequently utilizes music and improvisation in his workshops to demonstrate principles of leadership and teamwork.
Time Allocation - Topics
10%        What is Creative Leadership?
  • Defining the terrain: Why does creative leadership matter?
  • Why creative leadership is the most critical leadership competency 
  • 4 essential skills for creative leadership 
20%         1 - The Power of Spontaneity
  • Exploring the art of possibility 
  • Turning “mistakes” into opportunities 
20%         2 – The Power of Vision
  • Clarifying your personal leadership vision 
  • Using metaphors to galvanize your team 
20%        3 – The Power of Curiosity
  • `Accepting the offer’: Embracing “what if” thinking 
  • How to mitigate the risk of the unknown 
20%         4 – The Power of Simplicity
  • How the world’s greatest innovators simplify the complex 
  • Communicating for impact
10% Creating a Bold Future Together
  • Creative Leadership in the Age of Anxiety 
  • The courage to lead artfully
Guide to Participant Selection
1 indicates primary target audience.
2 indicates a good fit if the level of material is appropriate.
3 indicates (in the opinion of the institute and the faculty) very limited applicability.
Senior Executive
(Pres, Exec & Sr VP)
(VP & Gen'l Mgr)
Senior Managers
(Div & Reg. Mgrs)
Middle Managers
& Superintendents
Accelerating Performance Improvement, Adaptability, Creativeness, Decisiveness, Initiative, Leading Change
Leveraging Continuous Improvement Processes, Building Teamwork, Problem Identification, Evaluating Alternative Solutions, Developing Specific Plans, Determining Required Resources
Executing Performance Improvement Initiatives, Decision Making, Delegation, Coordination

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