Seizing Breakthrough Opportunities

Featuring award-winning management thinker and best-selling author Rita McGrath

Time Commitment

2 Hours


Columbia School of Business Executive Education Certificate of Completion

From major missteps to misjudging the intended market, the business world is familiar with oncepromising ideas that failed to achieve longterm success. So how can leaders avoid a similar fate for their idea in a world of intense uncertainty?

Rita McGrath, Thinkers50-ranked management expert, Columbia Business School faculty member, and author of “Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen,” demonstrates how to validate new ventures early and often through an iterative approach called “Discovery Driven Planning.

Participants of this on-demand experience will learn to define success criteria, design checkpoints to test your assumptions, and identify the deliverables needed to succeed. By the end of the program, leaders will be able to structure projects in a manner that enables flexibility and agility, scales investment as they go, and avoids the dangers of a “Big Bang” approach to idea development.

Program Overview

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  • Rita McGrath

    Faculty Member of Executive Education at Columbia Business School

    Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime faculty member at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from th…

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