Executive Education Curiosity Agile Leadership

Agile Leadership: Activating Curiosity in Yourself and Others

Upcoming Dates

April 13, 2021 - April 15, 2021
Program Cost
Online Live
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Join us to understand why curiosity matters for agile leadership, including healthy interpersonal dynamics and engagement, and innovative solutions. Develop an attitude of exploration and experimentation. Recognize why these vital skills will help you adapt and lead in the face of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment to maintain a growth mindset.

This course offers you the unique opportunity to access evidenced-based frameworks and practices to consciously develop this essential attribute that you can no longer overlook and must instead understand, active, and harness. Highly interactive using polling, breakout discussions, and experiential exercises, this course will help you explore the what and how of activating curiosity as integral component of your leadership imperative.

Key Takeaways / Curriculum

  • Experience the connection between core values and curiosity, and learn how this influences curiosity-related behaviors
  • Model and activate openness, exploration, experimentation, and stress tolerance
  • Identify and diffuse impediments to curiosity in yourself and in your team members
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  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. The content is appropriate for senior executives, seasoned individual contributors, and early-career managers. The techniques and practices are applicable for those who are seeking leading-edge, evidence-based ways to upshift their leadership presence, influence, and impact.

Teaching Methods

Live, Online:  This  2-day program will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, with 2 hours a day of live, synchronous modules that include small group breakout sessions and discussions, as well as experiential exercises. This course is highly interactive using polling, breakout discussions, and experiential exercises. This version allows for spontaneous questions and answers for immediate clarification.

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Alison Horstmeyer

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

Always at the forefront of emergent technology, Dr. Alison Horstmeyer built next generation businesses for multi-billion 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 associated mental, emotional, and motivational attributes. As workplace curiosity research is relatively limited, Alison is one of the emerging humanistic researchers pioneering research in this area. Her work is published in various domestic and international management and L&D publications and peer-reviewed journals and mainstream business publications including Forbes and CEOWORLD Magazine. 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 away.


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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 in order to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.

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