This Executive Program is offered in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education. You will receive a Certificate of Completion by IPL & Columbia. You will also earn one day of credit towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School.  Learn more.

Driving Strategic Impact

domain: science of strategy


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Spring: Jan. 30, 2017 to Apr. 23, 2017
Summer: May 22, 2017 to Aug. 13, 2017
Fall: Sept. 11, 2017 to Dec. 3, 2017


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Tackle strategic problemS IN A STRUCTURED, FACT-BASED MANNER that leads to high-impact recommendations.  

Over the last few decades, top-tier strategy consulting firms have cultivated a unique set of skills that consistently help them deliver high-impact solutions to complex strategic issues. Driving Strategic Impact trains participants in how to drive strategic impact for their organizations and their clients, through a combination of tools, frameworks, role-plays and case studies. It is organized along the four phases of strategic problem solving:  (i) Developing a Clear Understanding of Your Problem, (ii) Creating a Strategy Development Roadmap, (iii) Analyzing Data to Draw Strategic Conclusions, and (iv) Developing High-Impact Recommendations.

This program is based on the popular Driving Strategic Impact class taught by Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa at Columbia Business School, offered additionally as a 3-day Executive Education program at the Columbia University campus in New York City. See here for more details.  

Join us for Driving Strategic Impact if you want to improve your effectiveness in solving strategy problems and in becoming a trusted advisor for colleagues and clients.  

Participant Profile
The Driving Strategic Impact program is designed for executives of all levels who are looking to improve your effectiveness in solving strategy problems and in becoming a trusted advisor for colleagues and clients.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Get client / organizational support for strategic initiatives
  • Concretely define the scope of a strategy project
  • Develop a well-structured strategic problem-solving roadmap
  • Align with key stakeholders
  • Rapidly move to the core issues to focus your problem-solving effort
  • Efficiently gather the right information to build a relevant fact base
  • Extract information from internal and external sources
  • Synthesize data to drive key conclusions
  • Develop high-impact recommendations
  • Put your new learnings into practice on real-life strategy cases
  • Manage strategy projects for maximum impact

Course Structure 
This IPL-Columbia Executive Program allows you, over a 12 week timeframe, to build a broader personal leadership competency. 

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Time Required: 3 hours per week
  • Self-paced, high-quality video lectures
  • Online reflections and discussion
  • Opportunity to interact with a global community of executive participants
  • IPL’s proprietary myPL mobile learning platform for convenient on-the-go access
  • Certificate of Completion (Executive Program) from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education.
  • One day of credit toward a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School.
  • Access to the IPL toolbox – tools, templates, and frameworks

Driving Strategic Impact is based on Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa's research and teaching, drawn from best practices in the management consulting industry.  

This online course is taught by Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership. You can read his bio on the Columbia website or here on the IPL Founder’s page.  

Chinshu Huang

Chinshu Huang

I consider myself an experienced business development professional, having done several large scale projects in my tenure with Hewlett Packard (HP). But I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have joined Driving Strategic Impact (Online). The teaching is masterful and the materials covered have a systematic way of approaching problems. It puts a smile on my face everyday to have been inspired by the course material!
— Chinshu Huang, Principal Consultant, Green Wei International

This course exceeded my expectations and I look forward to joining others. It is helping me work through laying out our long term plans within the company as well as becoming better partners with our customers.
— Gregory Collins, Senior Account Manager, ABB
Gregory Collins

Gregory Collins

Rogier Senn Van Basel

Rogier Senn Van Basel

This [Executive Program] has not only made sure I can get more out of myself professionally, but has also made me a better human being. It has helped me become a better listener, better partner, better adversary
— Rogier Senn Van Basel, Founder & Advisor, Firstrate Venture

This is an excellent course. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and benefitted from it. Superb content and very well thought out organization of the course! The effort and energy that has gone into this is very visible, and I really appreciate it.
— Gireendra Kasmalkar, Chief Executive Officer, SQS India Infosystems
Gireendra Kasmalkar

Gireendra Kasmalkar

Sandise Sibanda

Sandise Sibanda

This course has improved the way I approach business challenges. It has taught me to work smarter and not just harder, and to create incredible impact. It is the best anyone can do for themselves as the skills from this course will improve their own effectiveness in their work lives.
— Sandise Sibanda, Group Marketing Services Manager, Sun International

You will come away with a whole new appreciation for learning remotely – vivid, colorful, insightful and information-packed presentations that have somehow retained a very personal touch despite being delivered online. A must for anyone aspiring to be a consultant or getting better at solving complex problems!
— Raja R Iyengar, President, Ebiz Labs
Raja R Iyengar

Raja R Iyengar

Ernie Bray

Ernie Bray

I really enjoyed Prof. Wadhwa’s style and presentation. He made the course very interesting and made it feel as though I was right there. The real-world scenarios he offered really helped the content hit home. The issue trees, the pyramid principle and other such methods that he taught will help me refine my presentations and the way I relate to clients.
— Ernie Bray, CEO and Founder, AutoClaims Direct Inc.