“This program is more relevant than ever, because it presumes high levels of uncertainty, complexity, and velocity in every tool and technique we present. It further covers both the analytical side of coping with uncertainty (what to do) as well as the human side (how to get people to realize the challenges and respond appropriately). In this program, we insist on driving strategic decision making from the perspective of deep insight and differentiating rather than going along with the crowd.”
Rita Gunther McGrathAcademic Director in Executive Education
Rita McGrath provides an overview of what executives can expect from attending the Leading Strategic Growth and Change program.
- Why innovation and transformation are not optional in a transient advantage context
- The new strategy playbook
- How to use the real options model for investment to support innovative programs
- Creating an opportunity portfolio for growth
- Personal case sessions for application
- Customers should not be a mystery – 3 techniques for creating customer insight
- Opening night reception
“I sent my top officer (and eventual successor) to [LSGC] as part of his personal development. He loved it because his background was pure finance and he needed to feel more comfortable with ambiguity. He learned that there is a logical, structured way to deal with ambiguity before leading an entrepreneurial-minded company like ours, Blinds.com (and now part of Home Depot), he needed to change his paradigm, which he did.”
Jay SteinfeldFounder of Blinds.com
“Rita [McGrath] has a deep understanding of the challenges facing an organization’s strategic planning and growth, and provides the necessary framework for disciplined action to affect positive outcomes.”
Bill LabbeSenior Vice President, TRC Solutions
“LSGC translated into a system to manage initiatives for growth: with more discipline, more granularity, better assumptions tracking, clearer consequences, and therefore stronger internal commitment (i.e. funding via the yearly budget cycle) to pursue growth.”
Fernando ErazoDirector Strategy & Business Development, Philips Electronics Middle East & Africa
“The program exceeded my expectations and is highly related to what top management focuses on in today's changing and highly competitive market place.”
Paul Andre BoxillCEO at Bate Boligbyggelag
“Leading Strategic Growth and Change was the final course to complete my Certificate in Business Excellence at Columbia Business School. I found the course so helpful to make better choices moving forward that I hope to return next year for more programs in the strategy category at Columbia Business School Executive Education.”
Dr. Aziz (Ivan) KhanCEO at Khan's Tutorial
“Before coming to Leading Strategic Growth and Change, I thought I was well aware of the change needed in our organization. Within two hours of being in the classroom, I realized I had been looking in the wrong place all along. The tools that were provided are applicable to any organization in any industry.”
Alexandra HelferVice President of Program Development at Mountainside
“No one understands business until you run a business. As an executive, I have the experience but not the framework to tackle the issues I am facing. Columbia Executive Education provides me with that framework. This completes the whole cycle of experience and knowledge.”
Hendro TjugitoDirector / Owner at Pt.Intimas Chemindo
“This is one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking programs I have ever attended. A worthwhile program. I am happy and privileged to have participated.”
Salihu BakariDirector at Tertiary Education Trust Fund
I’m interested in the Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE), how do I get started?
At Columbia Business School Executive Education, you’ll be able to customize a unique learning experience by selecting programs that best interest you and are most suited for your needs. Any completed program, regardless of format (live online, in-person, or online), will count towards the Certificate in Business Excellence.
Which programs qualify for the CIBE?
Any completed executive education program, regardless of format (live-online, in-person, or online), will count towards the Certificate in Business Excellence. Partner programs will also count towards the certificate.
What programs are considered partner programs?
Executive education programs developed and administered with our educational partners, bring the best of our combined knowledge, thought leadership, resources, and expertise. Kindly find a list of our partners here on our partnership page.
What are the costs of the certificate?
There’s no set cost associated with the certificate path since you’re able to customize your learning journey with in-person and online programs (price will vary depending on the program type and length).
Are there any tuition assistance or scholarships?
At Columbia Business School Executive Education, we offer non-degree and non-credit-based professional development programs to the global business community. As our programs are non-degree and non-credit, they do not qualify for financial aid.
How are CIBE credits determined?
Credits for a program are determined by the program duration and total learning hours.
Where do I find information on the credit value for a program?
You will find this information on each program page. Credits range from 0.5 credits – 26 credits per program.
How do I get enrolled in the CIBE?
Your certificate journey will start with your first program, and you have 4 years to complete your CIBE. You may register for any of our executive education programs on each program page. You may enroll using the “Enroll Now” button, and the application process should take 5-10 minutes.
How do I receive credits?
You are required to fully attend a program and complete all necessary coursework in order to receive CIBE credits. Credits are only awarded after you complete a program.
How do I check the status of my Certificate completion?
Kindly reach out to a Learning Solutions representative for any questions on the status of your CIBE credit count.
Do CIBE credits expire?
Credits are only valid for four years (Please note: While we are not able to offer in-person programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration to complete the programming has been extended to five years.). If you have not completed your CIBE within four years, we will only count non-expired credits towards your CIBE credit total.
Does the Certificate in Business Excellence expire?
Your Certificate in Business Excellence does not expire. Once you become a certificate recipient, you will join the greater alumni community at Columbia Business School.
I’ve reached 18 CIBE credits, what’s next?
Congratulations! You should receive a digital copy of your certificate at the end of your program. If you do not receive a copy from your program manager, kindly contact your Learning Solutions representative or your program manager for next steps.
Will I receive a physical certificate?
Upon completion, you will receive a secure, digital certificate through Accredible. Within the platform you will have the option to print your credential, post it to your LinkedIn feed, or display it on your profile as a certification. Please contact your program manager for the status of your digital certificate.
How do I get access to my alumni benefits?
Once you complete your CIBE, we kindly ask for your patience as we process your alumni credentials. The processing time can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks long.
Can I add the Certificate in Business Excellence to LinkedIn?
Yes! We will provide you with instructions on how to add your certificate to your LinkedIn profile after you become a Certificate recipient.
Preferred Pricing and Tuition Benefits for Alumni
Are there preferred pricing options available for live online programs?
Yes, preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email email@example.com.
As a Columbia Business School alumni am I eligible for tuition benefit?When you earn a Certificate in Business Excellence you will receive a 25 percent tuition benefit for full-price Executive Education in-person programs lasting three and four days and all full-price online programs. Exclusions apply**
Which programs do not qualify for a 25 percent tuition benefit?
- Advanced Management Program
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Deal Camp
- Developing Black Leaders in Financial Services
- Digital Business Leadership Program
- Emerging Leader Development Program
- Executive Development Program
- Executive Program in Management
- Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive
- Global Banking Program: Fintech, Digital, and Analytics
- High Impact Leadership
- Leadership Essential
- Leading Strategic Growth and Change
- Strategic Wealth Manager
- Venture Capital Private Equity
Will there be any homework or assignments?
For select programs, there will be some assignments to complete after the end of select program sessions. Assignments will typically consist of readings, self-reflections, and brief assessments. This approach is designed to help you practice your learnings.
How long will assignments take?
We do not expect that homework assignments will take up a large amount of time to complete.
Will there be any examinations or grades?
There will be no examinations or grades for our live online programs.
COVID-19 Safety Plans
Please review the latest COVID-19 related protocols at Columbia Business School.
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