Course Catalog and Schedule

Leadership: Power, Politics and Talk (KACI-469-5)
0.50 Credit
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**This course was formerly known as MORS-942-B**

This course requires a weekly discussion section in addition to the weekly lecture. Registration for a discussion section will happen separately (after bidding and registration)

Please read the course information below in its entirety so that you have a complete understanding of the course's structure and requirements prior to bidding.

Fall 2015, 2nd 5 weeks
Plenary/Lecture: Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. plus a required one-hour weekly discussion section

Discussion Section Options
Faculty overseeing discussion sections: Prof. Shana Carroll, Prof. Diana Cordova, Prof. Eli Finkel, Prof. Jon Maner. IMPORTANT: Students will preference these discussion sections after the bidding/registration process for the plenary session
Options for FT students only:
  • T, 3:15-4:15 pm (Prof. Maner)
  • T, 4:30-5:30 pm (Prof. Maner)
  • W, 2:30-3:30 pm (Prof. Cordova)
  • W, 4-5 pm (Prof. Cordova)
  • R, 11am-12pm (Prof. Carroll)
  • F, 1:30-2:30 pm (Prof. Finkel)
  • F, 3:15-4:15 pm (Prof. Finkel)
Options for PT students only:
  • M, 5-6 pm (in Evanston, prior to plenary/lecture) (Prof. Cordova)
  • Th, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (in Chicago at Wieboldt) (Prof. Carroll)

Plenary sessions: Allen Center, Evanston campus
Discussion sections: Jacobs Center, Evanston campus. Thursday morning discussion section for PT students held at Wieboldt Hall, Chicago campus

Building on MORS-430 (Leadership in Organizations), this 5-week course moves the focus from mid-level leadership to the senior executive level of the organization. The goal is to provide insight into leading at "height and scale" - that is, what management and leadership look and feel like when you oversee 1,000 to 100,000 people and $500M to billions in revenue. How do you lead when you are only one person and you can't "do" the work of the organization yourself, you can only steer those who do?

To make this perspective as concrete as possible, we will focus on four key behavioral levers/activities that leaders have available to them to shape and have impact within large, complex organizations.

Four Key Behavioral Levers/Activities:
- Establishing a power base ("power")
- Navigating the organizational dynamics of change ("politics")
- Honing and leveraging your communications skills ("talk")
- Building your senior leadership team

In the first week, we begin by building an integrative framework that combines different leadership models to ground the course. The next four classes will explore each of the core topics listed above.

Learning goals include:
- Gaining insight into the senior executive's role and perspective
- Identifying the key behavioral levers that senior leaders can use to shape and have impact within their organizations
- Applying these insights to understand how you can best partner with and support senior leaders during the mid-level management phase of your career
- Developing a plan for building your own senior executive capabilities over the next 10 years as you prepare for a senior executive role

The 1/2 credit course will include 5 plenary sessions (2 hours/session) and 5 small-group discussion sections (1 hour/session). Each plenary session will combine lecture and senior executive guest speakers who will build on that week's topic by sharing their own insights and experiences. Discussion groups will follow each plenary as forums for reacting and engaging in dialogue wit

Full-Time: (MORS-430-0 OR MORSM-430-0)
Part-Time: MORS-430-0
Negative Prerequisite:
All Students: MORS-942-B

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Academic Year Term   Session Course ID Title Sec ID   Credits Syl Instructor Times Campus Location Mand 1st Exam
2015-2016 Fall 2015 2nd Five Weeks KACI-469-5 Leadership: Power, Politics and Talk 81 0.50
Blount, Sally E
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Cordova, Diana Isabel
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Finkel, Eli J
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Blount, Sally E; Carroll, Shana; Cordova, Diana Isabel; Finkel, Eli J; Maner, Jon Mon 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Evanston Allen Center (Tribune Auditorium) N Confirm final deliverable with professor and syllabus.
2015-2016 Spring 2016 1st Five Weeks KACI-469-5 Leadership: Power, Politics and Talk 81 0.50
Blount, Sally E
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Blount, Sally E Mon 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Evanston TBD (Room TBA) N