Leadership Skills for Resilience, Change, and Reinvention

Learn directly from David J Anderson how to lead and create purpose within an organization. Leverage theories from sociology, social psychology, social entropy, and tribal leadership together with an understanding of the human condition, the architecture and function of the brain, and an explanation of how people experience change.

  • Description

     As Lou Gerstner, the turnaround leader at IBM, says “I came to realize that … culture is the job”. As Peter Senge, the author of The Fifth Discipline, says ”People do not resist change, they resist being changed “. And as Peter Drucker says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Leading a turnaround requires deep empathy, an understanding of identity, purpose, and culture. It goes beyond strategy, vision, and organizational design. To lead a transition, a leader needs a deep understanding of people and how they respond to change as well as an understanding of under which circumstances and why they will resist.

    Change leadership requires skills in culture hacking, and identity management as well as defining and communicating purpose. Change leaders have a strong tribal intuition – an ability to form empathy, move people emotionally, and inspire with a powerful vision and a worthy cause. Leveraging theories from sociology, social psychology, social entropy, and tribal leadership together with an understanding of the human condition, the architecture, and function of the brain, and an explanation of how people experience change, this class will give leaders a new way to see. Experience fresh insights and understanding to move people to action and embrace the changes necessary for the long-term survival of the business. 



    • Understanding the 3 dimensions of culture: social capital, social cohesion, and social innovation. Discover the desirable cultural conditions for change. 

    •  Learning the basics of social psychology: stability, inertia, incremental change, dramatic social change, and the difference between normative and structural social change. 

    • Learning the 4 aspects of the human psyche: logic, desire, spirit, and purpose. 

    •  Develop skills for understanding the identity of a person or a group of people: what defines them, their narrative, their values, their sense of purpose, what drives and motivates them, and what enables affinity and social cohesion.  

    • Culture Hacking – a full set of pragmatic, actionable tools for improving trust, improving social cohesion, and encouraging a culture of innovation and risktaking 

    • Learn the relationship between Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Immelman's model for effective tribal leadership. Specifically learn how to create the cultural conditions to move people to change without panicking them into departure. 



    Who Should Attend: 

    • Executives with responsibility for a business turnaround, transition, transformation, or similar punctuation points such as a merger, acquisition, or divestiture.
    • Senior leaders in large and small businesses looking to reinvent their organizations. Those who want to learn the leadership skills vital for navigating the business world of this decade

  • Course Includes

    Training with David J Anderson
    Interactive group sessions with your peers
    Daily breaks including snacks, beverages, and lunch
    Disinfected facilities, face masks, and other safety measures

  • The Venue

    Training Center: Bilbao, Spain

    If you are looking for a non-overcrowded city with hospitable people, a warm climate and delicious food - you have to visit Bilbao. This is a great place to combine an intensive training course with an opportunity to experience the Basque Country culture in your free time or at the end of your course. Our own high-quality physical training center is located in the heart of the city and is equipped with everything you need to get the most out of your studies.

    Bilbao has its own international airport located t by direct flight from London (2 hours), Paris (1½ hours), Lisbon (2¼ hours), Frankfurt (2 hours) and Amsterdam (2 hours), as well as Barcelona (1¼ hours), Madrid (1 hour) and other major Spanish cities. You can also arrive by train from other parts of Spain such as Madrid (5 hours) and Barcelona (7 hours) or by car for those living in Western and Central Europe.

    At your leisure, you can learn more about the culture and gastronomy of the city. The cozy local bars are a pleasure to visit for a coffee, a glass of beer or wine with their traditional pintxo snacks. Local restaurants are happy to offer a wide variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes for lunch or dinner. You can also visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, see Europe’s largest indoor market and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the old city. If possible, we recommend that you also visit the outskirts of the city - see the hanging bridge, walk along the Bay of Biscay and even drive to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, one of the most famous filming locations of Game of Thrones.

  • Safety Measures

    We care about your health and safety. That is why we worked out a list of important measures to ensure you can enjoy your trip to the fullest while keeping you safe during all your period of stay. Our safety measures will include:

    • Sufficient distancing between students during the working sessions with a requirement to wear face masks.

    • Clean and disinfected facilities.

     • Our support and coordination of our team: FPP2 masks and disinfection supplies and, if needed, ensuring and organizing PCR test before leaving the country.

  • Certification

    Participants will receive a certificate from the David J Anderson School of Management upon completion.