Listen, Collaborate, Innovate,
and the Jazz of Leadership

We cover a wide range of topics in this issue of Developing Leaders, but the tone is nicely set by the opening article with Bruce Wiesner of UBC Sauder. Wiesner is a champion of the balanced, hubris-free, diversity-led management approaches he sees his native Canada as being so strong in promoting – and the enduring stability and progress that can come from that.

This awareness of balance is echoed in our short second article from Grant Ackerman of Columbia Business School who riffs on the experiential activities with Jazz musicians that have long had a role to play in Columbia executive education programs – forcing participants to listen, collaborate, and lead in unfamiliar situations.

Key Articles

4 Leadership Lessons from Jazz
Power your leadership like a jazz ensemble, using shared leadership, collaboration, and improvisation

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Playing the Digital Transformation Game
Leading digital innovation with design to transform your organization

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Encouraging Better Teamwork at Total
emlyon business school’s innovative, 100% online, Smarter Teamwork program for Total

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5 Looking Over the Crest of the Hill A Conversation with Bruce Wiesner, Associate Dean for Executive Education, UBC Sauder School of Business

10 4 Leadership Lessons from Jazz

12 The Changing Workplace

17 Making Connections at the Center of Business A Conversation with Dil Sidhu, Associate Dean for Executive Education at Columbia Business School

Executive Education

24 Playing the Digital Transformation Game

30 Accidental Leaders

35 Leadership Journeys – Reed Hastings

38 Leadership Research Data Focus

Corporate Practice

40 Encouraging Better Teamwork emlyon business school and Total S.A.

46 Creative Leadership at Bertelsmann

Practitioner Insights

51 Creating a Shared Corporate Culture IESE Business School and Swire

59 Disruptive Learning and the Changing Face of Fintech An Interview with Nir Vulkan and David Shrier at Saïd Business School, Oxford University

65 Positioning for the New Season An interview with Terry Hodgetts, Director, Centre for Executive Development, Aston Business School

Exec Ed Up Date

71 Book Reviews

73 Directory

78 What’s New on IEDP.Com