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MIT/ILP Calendar Event

Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making

October 2-4, 2017

Overview

A few days spent away is precious little time to make a difference in your leadership capability, but Leadership and the Lens makes the most of that time by immersing participants into a different world of dynamic possibilities. Co-taught by MIT?s Hal Gregersen (The Innovator?s DNA) and Sam Abell (The Life of a Photograph), this workshop uses a familiar tool?the camera?to explore how unseen opportunities reveal themselves?and how the most effective leaders spot them, before it?s too late.


Gregersen and Abell discovered for themselves the deep resonance of their work when they met at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Expecting Abell?s mentorship to make him a better photographer, Gregersen was surprised to find it also enriched his own research on leadership. His interviews with 200+ senior executives of the world?s most innovative companies?people like Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre?had led him to see that groundbreaking solutions start with catalytic questions. Now he saw that his core advice on how to reimagine organizational strategies and cultures mapped directly onto what Abell has taught for decades about creating photographs worthy of National Geographic.


To frame better questions, most leaders need to check habits and beliefs they have gained over life-long careers?for example, that they must always be confidently right and quick to call others to action. Seeing new possibilities for an organization often demands the opposite: an eagerness to find what one is dead wrong about, a willingness to step back and quietly listen, and a patience to take in the dynamics of a situation, especially an uncomfortable one. By putting themselves in contexts that compel them to adopt these new attitudes, leaders raise their odds of surfacing questions that can unlock entirely new avenues of value creation. In the same way, the best photographers commit themselves to daily habits that develop deep seeing skills. They patiently ?compose and wait? out in the field, where vulnerability often leads to inevitable, powerful images. They learn to study their settings as deeply as their subjects, and as they do, images (and life itself) light up.


Gregersen and Abell lead this workshop with all the enthusiasm that comes from their discovery of a novel, hybrid method of learning. Past participants have called it a transformative experience. To approach the world with eyes wide open and a camera in hand is to be inquisitive. It provokes questions like: What surprises will I encounter? How will I capture them? What message am I trying to share?and what will the images I produce say about me and my values as a leader? Spend these few days in Cambridge, and discover what new capabilities might develop in you.


This program is offered in association with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and is limited to 15 participants. Registered participants will be asked to submit 10-15 photographs they have taken, as valuable input to the instruction.


Please note: The program was formerly known as "Innovation and Images: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership and Photography."

Expect to leave this program with new insights regarding:

  • How leaders of the world?s most innovative organizations approach their work differently.
  • Why some questions prove especially ?catalytic?? capable of breaking down barriers and accelerating progress in new directions.
  • How exploring the intersection of two disciplines that combine art and science?leadership and photography?enhances creativity in both.
  • How simple changes in behavior and perspective increase your chances of encountering assumption-challenging input and exploring its implications.
  • Why the quest to uncover ?what you don?t know you don?t know? is central to both game-changing innovation and great image-making.
  • What prevailing conditions, deliberately sought or constructed by the leader, cause fresh questions to arise continually and productively?

Location

Cambridge, MA

MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus, situated in close proximity to Boston’s Logan International Airport, profits from Boston’s excellent public transportation system and the on-campus Tech Shuttle. The closest subway station is Kendall Square, which acts as a commercial center for MIT and the local community.

Registration

ILP members receive a 15% discount on all MIT Sloan Executive Education open enrollment programs held in Massachusetts. ILP members receive a 15% discount on all MIT Professional Education courses. To obtain the discount code, click here (you must be signed in to this website as an ILP member to access the code).