Executive Education Curiosity Agile Leadership

Agile Leadership: Activating Curiosity in Yourself and Others

Upcoming Dates

October 19, 2021 - October 22, 2021
Time Requirement
6 hours total
Program Cost
Online Live
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Study with a pioneering humanistic researcher and former Fortune 500 executive to activate your curiosity and model agile leadership 

Did you know agile executives — those who can think creatively and respond quickly — deliver 25% higher profit margins than their non-agile peers? Organizations need to purposefully foster curiosity and dismantle conformist thinking in their leaders and teams to succeed in this complex and dynamic business world. Curiosity is not only about having an attitude of exploration and experimentation. It is also about being able to manage the anxiety, doubt and discomfort that can arise when exploring new ideas and navigating through uncertainty. 

In just two 3-hour sessions, this course offers insight into evidenced-based frameworks and practices to consciously develop this essential attribute, one that successful leaders can no longer overlook and must instead understand, activate and harness. This course will help you explore the “what” and “how” of activating curiosity as an integral component of your leadership skills.

Why is Curiosity such an important meta-skill? 

What should I expect in this course? 

In this interactive course, you will learn:
•    What curiosity is and why it is the must-have meta-skill for agility in our accelerating digital world
•    Why values matter and the connection between your core values and your curiosity-led behaviors
•    Curiosity-led frameworks that are practical and evidence-based and will enable you to activate and model the elemental components of agile leadership
•    The role of anxiety in curiosity-led behaviors and how to build stress tolerance to remain agile 
•    How to identify and diffuse common curiosity blockers in yourself and in your team members to enable continuous innovation

We understand that an important aspect of our programs is the ability to share your accomplishment with important stakeholders. Upon completing Activating Curiosity, you will earn a digital badge recognizing your new proficiency. Share and showcase your achievements by posting your digital badge on online resumes and social networks such as Linkedin.com.  

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Anyone who has responsibility for or aspires to align, motivate and organize people and teams to get unstuck and transform the seemingly impossible into the possible. This program is ideal for seasoned individual contributors and those who are either leading a team or a business unit.

Humanistic Leadership Series

Curiosity is a vital part of Humanistic Leadership, providing uniquely human insights, tools and capabilities necessitated by workplace displacements brought about by advances in technology. USC Marshall Executive Education launched a provocative series that includes courses on activating curiosity, mindfulness, inclusive leadership and purpose-driven leadership. For more information, click this Humanistic Leadership Series  link

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Teaching Methods

Live, Online:  This program will take place on Tuesday and Friday, with two 3-hour live, synchronous sessions that include small group breakout sessions and discussions, as well as experiential exercises. This version allows for spontaneous questions and answers for immediate clarification, real-time coaching and real-world practice.

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Alison Horstmeyer

Alison Horstmeyer, PhD, MS, MBA, Adjunct Faculty, USC Marshall School of Business

Always at the forefront of emergent technology, Dr. Alison Horstmeyer built next-generation businesses for multibillion-dollar entities such as Walmart, Dolby Laboratories, NBC Universal, Liberty Media and Omnicom. Alison then transitioned from Fortune 500 executive to executive coach, talent development practitioner and humanistic researcher.

Her research focuses on curiosity and the associated mental, emotional and motivational attributes of agile leadership. Alison is one of the emerging humanistic researchers pioneering research and application of workplace curiosity. Her work is published in various peer-reviewed journals and business publications, including Forbes, CEOWORLD Magazine and Chief Learning Officer.

Alison serves as the director of client development and adjunct faculty for USC Marshall Executive Education and as the inaugural research fellow appointed to the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking in which she contributes empirical rigor and thought leadership to soft skills development. Alison regularly works with clients on leadership development, team performance and cohesion, and agile experimentation. She believes curiosity is innate in each one of us; we just tend to stifle it.

See Articles & Research for her published work and podcast links.


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Articles & Research

Why we must deliberately embed curiosity instead of conformity
Alison Horstmeyer, PhD
Chief Learning Officer, January 31, 2021

Curiosity in the Workplace
Alison Horstmeyer, PhD
Choose to be Curious Podcast, January 20, 2021

Curiosity: A Key to Compassionate Leadership
Laurel Donnellan, Contributor, and Alison Horstmeyer, PhD
Forbes, July 8, 2020

Leadership with Dr Alison Horstmeyer
HR Partners, September 12, 2020

The Generative Role of Curiosity in Soft Skills Development for Contemporary VUCA Environments   
Alison Horstmeyer, PhD
Journal of Organizational Change Management, April 28, 2020

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Course Disclaimer

Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this web page. Please note that course dates and professors are subject to change. You will be notified by email in advance if there is a date or professor change. Additionally, this course also requires a minimum number of registrants to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.

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