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We don’t often talk about mistakes and failures, but there’s so much to learn from what goes wrong. In this course, Professor Sydney Finkelstein will teach you why leaders make mistakes, and what you can do to avoid making those same mistakes yourself. Using real-life examples of smart executives who failed, Professor Finkelstein will walk you through scenarios that prepare you to understand, manage, and even take advantage of the continuous change that is inevitable in organizations and in life....

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The instructor, Sydney, is EXCELLENT. Enjoyable course for Individual Contributors, Managers, and Leaders alike for sure.


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So helpful and practical! Eye opening cases to reveal common pitfalls we are all prone to make. Excellent videos presentations and case studeies.

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By Christopher J

Aug 18, 2022

Pretty strong virtual offering with an engaging instructor. Only criticism is the focus on Elizabeth Holmes in Week 4 exercise. If she is to be focal point, the Theranos reading should be easily accessible - and I question whether it's proper to focus solely on her, given the other examples. I'd like to see her as focus for 1/2 of exercises and maybe another CEO (Enron or other company) for the other 1/2. Also, because focus is marketplace-driven decisions, it does not directly apply to USG executive training, but can be stretched there in terms of managing organizational change - it does also offer insight into how companies can fail, and I often deal with executives at companies with whom the USG does business. So looking for traps in vendor corporate cultures is a useful tool.

By Abhay S

Mar 28, 2024

While i was doing this course i get to know many things and it really help me in my future scope and goal and i found it really nice