The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture at the University of Michigan

By     May 21, 2015
   

May began with a bang! We spent the first week of the month surrounded by the incredible leaders in The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Participants worked with faculty in both the Ross School of Business and the Taubman College of Architecture of Urban Planning, diving into collaboration, building negotiation skills, internal and external leadership and creating an environment for innovation.

The 48 leaders in this cohort began their journey with us last fall when we gathered at Vanderbilt University to study the continuous improvement cycle of an organization. At the University of Michigan, we turned our focus to leading change in organizations and communities.

Professor Philip D’Aneri led a community mapping exercise and brought participants to Detroit where we visited the Riverwalk Conservancy and Eastern Market to learn from these live-case studies of community revitalization partnerships.

Participants also took a lunch break at a longtime NAS favorite, Zingerman’s Deli where co-founder Ari Weinzwig led a discussion on their unique business mindset, culture and his approach to leadership.

Participants Anne Katz, Tanner Methvin, Gretchen Dietrich and Michael Bobbit with NAS Director Sunny Widmann at Zingerman's

Participants Anne Katz, Tanner Methvin,
Gretchen Dietrich and Michael Bobbit
with NAS Director Sunny Widmann at Zingerman's

Faculty director and NAS partner Paula Caproni was integral in creating such a fantastic curriculum for our participants and leading her team at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. Caproni teaches leadership and high performing teams at the University of Michigan MBA Executive Programs. She is also the Director of the Day MBA Program and is the Professional Development Coach for the Executive MBA Program. She led our cohort through an exercise to understand their social styles and how this impacts the way they lead their organizations and teams as well as how others may see them as a leader. Later in the week, Caproni addressed leading personal change and creating high performing teams. Participants also worked with University of Michigan – Ross School of Business Faculty Horst Abraham and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks.

The cohort will gather for the final time this November in Sundance, Utah where they will build on the ideas they have explored throughout the program and generate ideas for moving forward against the biggest challenges they are facing. We can’t wait to have this fantastic group of innovative leaders together again!

 

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