Leaders and the Power of Their Questions
Type of Degree
- October 14-16, 2020
Each day the course runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, and class materials. It does not include housing.
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” – Albert Einstein
Leaders in the 21st centuries must be highly skilled at formulating and framing questions that organize people and what they do. Yet, often times this question making activity is overlooked by focusing on finding quick answers and solutions. The right kinds of questions can transform people, organizations and countries.
In this interactive workshop students we will explore, how every action is an answer to a question. What is that question and how was it created are in themselves helpful questions to lead us in the exploration in this class. Students will get a chance to understand their question making pattern, identify new ones, and practice formulating powerful questions. We will draw on resources from Hal Gregersen, Marilee Adams, and Warren Berger among others.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Recognize the importance of asking the right questions;
- Identify our question-making framework; and
- Practice new ways of asking powerful questions.
This course is for leaders in any public or private institution that feel stuck and know there are more efficient ways to achieve results with their teams. This could be:
- Government employees doing herculean efforts navigating the bureaucracy of the system;
- Managers at companies interested improving their bottom line while keeping employee morale high;
- Professionals at non-profit wanting to channel their organization’s sense of purpose into new initiatives that generate high impact and revenue.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Building Coalitions.
Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage collaboration, trust, and communication to create sustainable solutions to today’s complex challenges. Professor Marquez-Lara is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University, Faculty at the Executive Master in Policy Leadership at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Transformative Leadership at Georgetown University. He has collaborated with multiple national and international organizations to include the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the US Office of Personnel Management, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DC Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Professor Marquez-Lara was named one of the emerging social innovators in North America by Ashoka/American Express; in 2011, he received the George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers for his team’s exceptional curriculum development. Professor Marquez-Lara earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, and a graduate degree in clinical community psychology from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.
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