The streetwise mba: New York

A programme for leaders who want to be more inclusive: to lead diverse teams, serve diverse customers and work with diverse stakeholders.

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Who is it for?

Emerging leaders in New York.

They could be leaders who are:

  • about to take on a bigger role
  • leading colleagues from many different cultures
  • being challenged to operate outside their specialism
  • working with customers or stakeholders from different sectors
  • in transition and know they need to adapt fast
  • determined to succeed despite ambiguous environments
  • acting as innovators—even disruptors—of systems.

Programme Information

Every streetwise mba includes up to 50 participants: all from different backgrounds and with hugely varied experiences; all leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. Past Participants include:

Who

A diverse group of up to 50 emerging leaders on each programme from different sectors, specializations, backgrounds and beliefs.

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Leslie Perry, Chief of Staff and Operational Risk Programme Manager, UBS

I think I’m so open minded, I try to be politically correct, I’m sensitive to other people’s views and opinions, so I don’t really need to work on anything. But only because I had that experience I realized, Leslie you do sometimes have more bias than you realize. Even sometimes having the expectation of people acting like you do. One important aspect that I took away was the aspect of not assuming that you’re getting it right.

Jonathan Suffolk Technical Director, National Theatre

Experiences, like the ones we had on the course, are some of the most valuable experiences one can have. The variety of people in there, on every level, was extraordinary and it was an opportunity to be much more accepting across the board, in all sorts of nuanced ways. The walls came down – my walls, everyone walls - and we just became much more porous.

The outcomes

The streetwise mba develops leaders to become inclusive and agile, with the CQ to work more effectively with diverse colleagues, customers and stakeholders. They will:

Develop as leaders

Becoming inclusive leaders, with the skills and the understanding to inspire different people in uncertain, complex environments.

 

Make better decisions

Learning to recognize their biases and blind spots—and even move beyond them—so they can make better decisions. 

Gain broader networks

Seeing the world through other people’s eyes; and forging new relationships with a broader range of people.

 


Drive bold innovation

Learning how to lead diverse groups to create innovative solutions by seeking out difference and even discord, instead of avoiding them.

86%

of participants say they have developed their leadership skills after the programme

86%

of participants say their ability to make better decisions has improved.

90%

of participants say they now have broader, more diverse networks

86%

of participants say their ability to drive innovation has significantly improved.

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The programme

Throughout the streetwise mba, participants investigate CQ. They use the core and flex® framework to digest their learning, explore their own culture (its strengths and weaknesses) and translate this learning into changed leadership behaviours. Most of all, participants learn from each other, in possibly one of the most diverse groups they will ever be a part of. They use the core and flex language to hold difficult conversations with peers from very different backgrounds.

 

(Three days)

Our participants want maximum access to New York and leaders in New York; each day is hosted in a different venue in a different part of New York.

Masterclasses allow participants engage with leaders in New York who have learned to work in places where cultures collide. They may have had to overcome the constraints of their own culture, recover from knocks, reconcile worlds, stand up in difficult situations or adapt and flex without compromising on who they are.

Immersions place participants at New York’s cultural collision points, to learn from the successes and the failures of the people who lead there— whether that’s bankers, police, artists, activists or religious leaders.

Peer coaching allows participants to unpick leadership challenges—and reflect on their streetwise assessments—within a group of people from different backgrounds, who approach problems in completely different ways

The streetwise mba sustains the impact of the programme as participants apply their learning back to their organization. Our light but structured post-programme follow-through allows them to:

Translate (face-to-face: one evening) Participants attend with their line manager, mentor or coach, who will be helping them translate the learning back into the organization.

Exchange (online: four hours) Participants reflect on their learning and share challenges and insight through an online platform. This is a chance to reconnect with peers who approach problems in completely different ways.

Re-assess (online) Participants complete a second streetwise assessment three months later to identify where they need to place renewed energy.

Network (continuous) Participants become Common Purpose Alumni, continuing their learning in a community of over 60,000 leaders worldwide.

Working with you

We work with many organizations who see the streetwise mba as a way of delivering current strategies in Talent, Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion.

The programme’s focus on real-world experiential learning as part of a diverse group can be a highly effective way of supporting existing initiatives. We work with you to understand your objectives and offer ways to create organizational impact.

Cohorts: Our cohort model is designed to ensure that learning is embedded within the organization. Nominate a cohort of people across different departments who, together, could use their learning to promote a more inclusive culture. The streetwise mba runs multiple times a year and can support six members of the cohort in each instance.

Assessments: We compile comprehensive reports based on assessment data taken during the programme. As a result, you can track individual or cohort’s behaviour change during and after the programme, and how that change can create impact in their organizations.

Workshop: After the cohort has completed the streetwise mba, we host a post-course event for the participant and their line manager. This helps to ensure that the learning is translated back to their teams.

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The Group

Every streetwise mba includes participants: all from different backgrounds and with hugely varied experiences; all leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors.

When

Upcoming programmes:

Date 
TBC

Who
A diverse group of up to 50 emerging leaders on each programme from different sectors, specializations, backgrounds and beliefs.

Cost
£5000 +VAT (some discounts available for multiple places)

Bursaries
Please contact us if you’d like to know more.

If you are interested in this programme please contact: