Silicon Valley Leadership Programs 2016

April and May 2016 | Palo Alto, California

We design and deliver leadership training programs, innovation journeys, and short courses focused on innovation.
Our learning programs include follow-on coaching and long-term cultural transformation.

Learning Philosophy
Our approach is hands-on, immersive, and applied in the spirit of Stanford University’s design community and Silicon Valley’s best practices. The emphasis is on learning by doing and through asking smarter questions. All programs are structured in multiple learning modes to accommodate different learning styles and job roles for an optimal learning experience.

Methodology & Tools
Our learning programs are built on the Foresight Framework, a proven methodology to find future innovation opportunities and also to create innovative organizations. It is a holistic and comprehensive approach developed by working with multiple organizations—such as the U.S. Army, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, SAP, and others in a range of industries—around the world. The tools have been taught at Stanford University for the last 10 years at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

Interactive Format
Participants work in small groups to practice and apply various tools, and where possible, we encourage groups to work on innovation opportunities that they can address directly in their own work and context. All participants are expected to attend the full program. As part of the learning process, participants deliver lightning demos to the entire group in order to learn from one another, facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, and increase the diversity of perspectives heard.

Expert Instructors
Our instructors are exceptionally qualified and trained at Stanford University in designing and delivering programs to prepare innovative leaders. They have taught around the world across different organizations, regions, cultures, and industries.

Sample Agenda
We tailor programs to each group’s objectives for innovation and learning.
Many of our clients choose to start with a 2-or 3-day full immersive program.

A sample agenda:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
9:00 Welcome & coffee 9:00 Group discussion 9:00 Group discussion
9:30 Stanford Univ. tour 9:30 Why prototype? 9:30 Vision & networks
10:30 Design Innovation 10:00 Team exercises 10:30 Team exercises
12:00 Lunch 11:00 Lightning demos 12:00 Lunch
13:00 Silicon Valley intro 12:00 Lunch 13:00 Personal planning
14:00 Team exercises 13:30 Startup lessons 14:00 Team exercise
15:30 Company visit 15:00 Incubator visit 15:15 Group reflections
16:30 Group reflections 16:00 Group reflections 16:00 Final reflections
17:00 End 17:00 End 17:00 Farewell
18:00 Group dinner

Meeting the Locals
For programs organized in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, we will introduce your team to local companies and experts, such as: