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The EPIC course faculty will lead participants through a range of modules in highly interactive sessions

same time. Participants will learn how to implement this strategy, the principles that need to be followed, and about the kind of leadership it takes to drive your business through this change.

Nurturing innovation Like Loizos, the rest of the teaching will be led by other world-class business faculty from Saïd Business School who will draw on a wide range of case studies from many industries. One such expert is former Oxford Associate Fellow, IDEO director and innovation expert Alan South, who will guide participants through a structured and highly practical discussion of what they can do to foster innovation in their business. Alan South is an innovation practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience of creating business and developing thinking. As well as lecturing, he has worked as an advisor to senior executives.

Discovering new solutions Richard Pascale’s work focuses on how organisations develop a differentiated strategy and then mobilise the ranks below to execute it. Richard is Associate Fellow and author of ‘Managing on the Edge’ and ‘Surfing the Edge of Chaos’, he will explore with participants what they can do to tackle their individual adaptive challenges – problems that are difficult to pin down and for which there are no easy solutions. Adaptive work isn’t easy – but the reward is more than worth the effort.

Effective leadership Having a clear strategy is one thing, but leading a team to deliver this strategy is another. The ability to lead effectively is based on a number of key skills. These skills are highly sought after by employers as they involve dealing

EPIC COURSE CONTENT EPIC is divided into five core areas, each led by experts in highly interactive sessions:

Accepting the challenges of a disrupted industry Explore the key trends that shape the 21st century across disciplines – from changes in demography, economic development and technology, to the opportunities and risks that we see, to the increasing fragility of the financial system. Find out which innovative trends in the industry will last and are likely to prove successful.

Understanding quantum strategy Conventional wisdom holds that successful firms opt for a single, clearly defined strategy – either going for uniqueness, focusing on intense efficiency, or selecting a market niche. Others argue that it is possible to balance strategic features that are normally considered contradictory or distinct, such as ground-breaking innovation and quality, as well as highly competitive cost. Discover ways to implement this into your business.

Leading innovation Everyone can innovate. Innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success of your business, and help you adapt and grow in the marketplace. Being innovative does not mean inventing; innovation can mean changing your business model and adapting to changes in your environment to deliver better products or services. Successful innovation should be an in-built part of your business strategy and the strategic vision, where you create an environment and lead in innovative thinking and creative problem solving.

Discovering (and improving) your leadership style and qualities Before starting the course, all executives will complete a psychometric questionnaire. The internationally recognised instrument will look at personal characteristics that have far reaching implications for work behaviour including leadership style, team style, decision-making and stress management. You will appreciate the unique characteristics of yourself as a leader; reflect on how you might build on your strengths, and how you can identify areas in which specific techniques can help you become even more effective.

Leading through change EPIC will equip you with the mind-set and skills to frame and address your personal adaptive challenge, and to create a culture in which ‘positive deviance’ is explicitly welcomed and new talent can be attracted and integrated to facilitate the strategic renewal of organisations, without risking conflict of a destructive nature.


FIPP member: £10,945 Non-member: £14,225

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS*: Oxford faculty expertise (£8,925) On-site accommodation (six nights £1,320)

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and planned social activities (Sunday evening to Friday lunchtime £700)

* Based on an FIPP member rates and do not include VAT – so please add 20 per cent.

with people in such a way as to motivate, enthuse and build respect. Time will be dedicated to refine participant’s leadership skills and give them the tools and mind-set to take their team though unchartered waters. EPIC is a unique course, that will enable participants to transform and future- proof the organisation, create and align strategies and manage growth. EPIC is open only to a selected number of high- level participants to ensure they benefit not only from the formal programme, but also through the engagement in “neutral” territory with executives of their ilk.

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