DAU introduced Optimizing Possibilities (EXE 4050) in August to provide mid- and senior-Defense leaders with tools to expand their decision-making capabilities and encourage critical thinking when developing solutions.
Fifteen students from across the Services, Federal workforce and Industry attended the first virtual offering in August, engaging with instructors and peers on the various digital tools taught in the class, as well as the robust digital workbook that included videos, articles and personal reflections. Key components of the course include identifying a variety of methods leaders can use to develop solutions, including non-traditional ones; tools for maintaining working relationships in challenging situations; and ways to establish effective communication through consistent messaging. Instructors teach students these lessons through a variety of topics - Innovation Culture, A Tour of Organization Change Management, Functional Innovation, Leading Our Future and Innovation to Creative Destruction. By using these topics as a framework, students are able to take their lessons and, as leaders, think outside the usual style of leadership to challenge traditional processes and execute a plan that includes fostering growth in the workforce. These skills were reinforced daily during small group get-togethers that enabled them to discuss the lessons they learned and how they apply to their programs.
After completing the week-long training and armed with their new skills, these leaders return to their organizations with the ability to view challenges from a different perspective, apply critical thinking and develop solutions - traditional or otherwise - that best works for the situation and their program. Mid- and senior Defense leaders interested in expanding their critical thinking toolbox can register for the next virtual offering of EXE 4050, which is scheduled for November 2-6, 2020.
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