Duke CE Leadership Series

Today, in a world of exponential change and complexity, our organization and leadership models, tools and practices are being stretched to their breaking points. Problems are more complex and change faster, leaders are more important than ever, but only if they are ready for what’s next. Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) has designed this Leadership Series as a complimentary opportunity for you to explore these challenges and new solutions with experts from Duke CE and our global educator network. Episodes are 45 minutes with time for Q&A. 

In 2021, the Leadership Series will explore what rehumanizing leadership means and how to make the shift through discussions with experts across multiple disciplines.

Upcoming Episodes

Stay tuned for announcements for our next Leadership Series webinar by subscribing to Duke CE’s Leadership Insights newsletter. In the meantime, view recordings of our past Leadership Series episodes. 

On-Demand Leadership Series Episodes

Sanyin Siang

Team Coaching: The Leader’s Playbook for High-Performing Teams

Sanyin Siang, CEO coach, author, and Executive Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at Duke University

In today’s environment, it isn’t enough for leaders to act like captains. Leaders must think and act like great coaches for their teams. In this webinar, learn the four components of team success and what it means to think and act like a team coach who can draw out the best in their people and deliver exceptional results.

Dr. Srini Pillay

Rehumanizing Leadership: The Time is Now

Dr. Srini Pillay, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and brain researcher, entrepreneur, CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, and co-founder of Reulay for Leadership technology

We continue to update our concepts of organization and leadership, but what’s needed is a more fundamental paradigm shift. In this session with Dr. Srini Pillay, we will explore what rehumanizing leadership means from a brain science perspective, and how to create and lead environments where people are encouraged to bring their whole, integrative selves to work, thereby elevating collective creativity, productivity and collaboration.

Ryan McManus

Digital Leadership for Digital Transformation

Ryan McManus, Co-Founder and CEO of Techtonic

Companies can’t win in the digital economy with analog tools and frameworks, but many discussions around digital start focused on the technology. Successful organizations demystify digital and identify the strategic and organizational changes required to win. Leaders are looking to develop new digital mindsets and deploy new toolsets and approaches to strategy and transformation to lead their organizations through this generational change, and to build their confidence to move forward and enable transformation at speed and scale.

Learn how you can transform yourself, your team and your organization by re-orienting for the digital future.

Michael Chavez

Putting Purpose Back into Business

Michael Chavez, Global Managing Director, Duke Corporate Education

Amidst a global pandemic and widespread social unrest, our world is becoming increasingly volatile and uncertain. In this environment, where strategy is transient, companies need to look to organizational purpose to provide a more enduring sense of direction. A clear and inspiring purpose can help employees navigate ambiguity and make decisions. It can also be a source of inspiration, answering the larger “Why?” question, which has become increasingly important in a world where employees value meaning as much as money.

Dr. Srini Pillay

Managing through a Pandemic:
Leading & Learning with the Brain in Mind

Dr. Srini Pillay, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and brain researcher, entrepreneur and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group

The most recent pandemic has materially changed the way we think, feel and live. Many leaders are in “survival” mode, preoccupied with defending their companies and employees from disruption and potentially damaging financial consequences. In this new psychological, social and financial environment, how can leaders distinguish themselves and inspire their teams to succeed and thrive?

Ryan McManus

Strategy in the Digital Revolution

Ryan McManus, Co-Founder and CEO of techtonic.io

Today, every business is focused on digital transformation, yet most organizations are struggling to realize value from their efforts and investments. Less than 20% of business leaders believe their digital transformation efforts have been successful. With unprecedented access to data and technology, how is it that firms and their leaders are experiencing such disappointing results? At the root of the problem is the disconnect between how leaders understand strategy and the new rules of the digital revolution.

The Agile Dashboard

Joe Perfetti, Duke CE Innovation Fellow & Leading Expert in Corporate Finance and Strategy

In the age of disruption, we need different, more forward-looking metrics to indicate if our business is agile enough to win the marketplace tomorrow. The Agile Dashboard was developed to help organizations address this gap by creating a set of more forward-looking, predictive metrics centered on Speed, Interactivity, and Pivot.

Rita McGrath

Seeing Around Corners: Spotting Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen

Rita McGrath, Globally-Recognized Expert on Strategy and Innovation

What is strategy in an age of exponential change? And, how do we ensure our organizations are agile enough to see and seize the next wave of value? During this webinar, you will learn why businesses must become strategically agile, constantly adapting to catch the next value wave and how leaders can develop the skill to see early signals of change and prepare their organizations to act quickly.

Hari Nair

Hari Nair


N Venkat Venkatraman

Futureproofing Organizations for Digital Disruption

Hari Nair, Advanced Leadership Fellow, Harvard University

N Venkat Venkatraman, Author of The Digital Matrix

Every industry faces new realities in the digital future. Business models and practices that have been tried-and-tested in the industrial age may not work going forward. Your competitors in the future are not only those companies that you have competed against in the past.

Companies that are “digitally-born” bring new competencies rooted in digital technologies. Futureproofing is about preparing your next-generation leaders to recognize and respond to these shifts and prepare for a digital future. This webinar will help you understand key futureproofing concepts and ways to put them into action.

Heather McGowan

Heather McGowan

Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley

The Future of Learning: Learn to Work

Heather McGowan, Future-of-work strategist, author

Chris Shipley, technology analyst, author, entrepreneur, convener and photographer

We must move from learning in order to work to working in order to learn continuously and prepare ourselves for the unknowns of continuous change. The fourth industrial revolution liberates us from the work of processing and executing routine tasks best done by machines.

This shift in work places pressure on us to rethink our systems of work and learning, and even how we describe work itself. We should now think of work as learning or capacity building. In this view, the creation of products and services provides evidence that learning and capacity-building are taking place. On the webinar, Heather and Chris discuss how to re-imagine the career arc, and re-think and re-tool our organizations for a very different future of work and learning.

Sanyin Siang

Get Ready to Launch Your Next Innovation

Sanyin Siang, Executive Director at the Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics

Learn how to tackle your own launch – whether it is launching a new idea, project, business or career. Launching anything successfully means changing the status quo and overcoming uncertainty. Successfully navigating the challenges associated with launching something new requires clarity of purpose and intentionality. Hear examples and lessons from industry leaders and the sports world including, Apple, HP, and the NFL.

Rob Cross

How Successful Leaders Manage Collaborative Overload

Rob Cross, Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College and faculty in Duke CE’s Global Educator Network

The collaborative intensity of work has exploded over the past decade. Most knowledge workers or leaders spend 85% or more time in a given week on email, in meetings and on the phone. Learn how high performing organizations and professionals harness the power of networks to innovate, execute AND gain 20% of their time back by avoiding the pitfalls of collaborative overload.

Justin Ferrell

Designing Organizations for Digital Disruption

Justin Ferrell, creator, collaborator and educator

Technology is rapidly disrupting how we interact and work. As a result, our organizational structures are becoming outdated and need to be more agile to respond to these shifts. In a human-centered approach, learn from digital user behavior to design creative and agile teams that enable organizations and build organizational and team change.

Michael Chavez

Leading in Crisis: Building Resilience in Challenging Times

Michael Chavez, Global Managing Director, Duke Corporate Education

Leaders today find themselves in uncharted territory, never before seen in their lifetimes. The difficulty of leading in disorder comes not just from the nature of the crisis at hand, but also from the challenge of working with organizational models that were built for scale, efficiency and stability. Worse, our brain wiring constrains us from the creativity we need to improvise in a totally new set of circumstances. Learn why a human approach based upon understanding reality, anchoring in meaning and empowering improvisation is more important than ever.