University of Colorado Boulder
Resilience & Leadership: Tools, Methods, & Applications
University of Colorado Boulder

Resilience & Leadership: Tools, Methods, & Applications

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

John E. Thomas

Instructor: John E. Thomas

Intermediate level

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31 hours to complete
3 weeks at 10 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Explain how system’s thinking may be applied to a disaster scenario.

  • Define the key roles and responsibilities of a Crisis Management Team and create a Crisis Management Plan.

  • Describe how business and organizational strategies may cause or influence a crisis.

  • Outline key crisis leadership and communication skills across the crisis lifecycle.

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There are 5 modules in this course

Welcome to the second course of the Resilience & Leadership series. In this course, we will get started right away by introducing you to systems theory and discussing how systems concepts may be applied to crisis management. You will be presented with systems thinking and mental models to use as tools for working with unanticipated disruptions. We’ll discuss a few example disaster events and apply some of the resilience concepts and frameworks covered so far in this specialization. Finally, you will discover a method for scanning the environment to collect and analyze relevant information using a SWOT analysis tool that can help with identifying potential crises.

What's included

9 videos8 readings1 assignment1 peer review

In this module we’ll take a closer look at systems theory and how systems concepts may apply to a scenario composed of multiple complex systems. We'll review the important content and objectives of a Crisis Management Plan (CMP) and recognize the critical characteristics of Crisis Management Team (CMT) members. Finally, we’ll explore the integration of human and technical resilience capacities and processes in complex critical infrastructure systems.

What's included

7 videos5 readings1 assignment1 peer review

In this module, we'll discuss a case that shows why organizational resilience is important in workplaces. We’ll discuss how some generic competencies are reasonable to expect, others are emergent and appear unpredictable. We’ll also take closer look at the link between corporate strategy and crisis from perspectives of industry, growth, and operations. Finally, we’ll review some of the crisis-related issues that can arise when forming the crisis management team.

What's included

7 videos8 readings1 assignment1 peer review

Crises events challenge leaders to navigate paradoxical conditions. In the context of a crisis lifecycle, leadership actions have direct impact on organizational resilience in relations to unanticipated disruptions. To handle disruptions and paradoxes, leaders must be flexible and adjust their course. In this module, you will learn more about the Resilience Analysis Grid as a tool for assessing the resilience of a system by estimating the constituent elements of the social-technical processes: sensing, anticipating, adapting, and learning.

What's included

8 videos6 readings1 assignment1 peer review

In this final module, we’ll discuss crisis communication. The critical role of current, accurate, and transparent communication with internal and external stakeholders is vital to preparation and recovery. Different styles of communication are needed in different situations to effectively deliver the intended message. We’ll also discuss how crisis events challenge leaders to navigate paradoxical conditions.

What's included

7 videos6 readings1 assignment1 peer review


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