Using the case method pioneered at Harvard, participants in Senior Executives in State and Local Government will analyze and discuss real-life situations selected to provoke insight into a wide array of strategic management and leadership issues. The objective is to get you to think through problem-solving methods and possible solutions.
In the last two weeks of the program, you and fellow participants will discuss actual challenges in your own organizations. This activity serves to bridge the gap between conceptual learning and actual experiences.
Key topics covered during Senior Executives in State and Local Government include:
- Leadership: Exercise leadership without authority as well as analyze and manage dynamics that impede progress.
- Negotiations: Move beyond positional bargaining to build strong, resilient relationships with key partners.
- Public/Private Partnerships: Create new and non-traditional alliances among the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build support for effective solutions.
- Cooperative Governance: Develop new operational methods and governance arrangements that can increase capacity and reduce costs.
- Behavioral Decision-Making: Reduce decision biases in your organization and design smart accountability systems for decision-making.
Experiential Exercise — Outward Bound, Thompson Island
At the end of the first week, participants will participate in a one-day experiential program at Outward Bound on scenic Thompson Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The tailored program is an extension of the previous week's classroom work and addresses the theory and practice of leadership, communication style and personal, professional and team dynamics. It is an essential (and required) element of the curriculum.
The Outward Bound process encourages you to examine and challenge your assumptions and reflect on personal practices and learning—all while in a supportive environment. The experience also serves as a learning laboratory to investigate and compare perspectives. By the end of the day, you'll recognize relevance to your own work environment, offering the opportunity to keep the aspects that are functioning well and to consider changing those less optimal.