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Become an adaptable leader, ready to face the challenges of the disrupted workplace. This specialisation will equip you with the skills to lead and navigate the ever-changing global environment we now work in.

Through four themed courses you will: learn how to motivate staff with meaningful work (Become a Meaning Maker); better enable your organisation to deliver on its strategic objectives (Know Your Organisation); harness your team’s diversity and use teamwork to innovate and increase your organisation’s output (Know Your People); and strengthen your personal leadership skills (Adapt Your Leadership Style).

Courses


Course description

Organisations have changed and now, more than ever, personnel management is crucial to organisational success. In this course you’ll explore a range of concepts, theories and methodologies that will help you navigate and optimise your work environment.

Via structured learning activities (video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts and written assessments) you will be exposed to the latest best-practice leadership strategies to enable your employees to achieve more at work. You’ll examine case studies on advanced leadership strategies and be challenged to consider how these might apply to your own workplace. And you’ll discover that your ability to manage and lead people in a flatter, more team-driven context is now the key to organisational success.

As the world continues to undergo dynamic change, this course will prepare you to be the one to lead your team and your organisation into the dynamic work environments of tomorrow.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience you can access the foundational Know your people course today!

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Dr Rebecca Mitchell

Professor of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Rebecca Mitchell is Professor of Management at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of organisational behaviour and healthcare management, including team dynamics and leadership.

In addition to her academic experience, Dr Mitchell has worked as a clinician and senior policy advisor, has developed health, community and social services policy at a state and national level, and has worked as state representative on several Council of Australian Government (COAG) working parties.

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Course description

How do you lead your organisation when today’s work environment is so competitive and complex? When you become responsible for leading an organisation, your most important leadership challenge will be enabling your organisation to deliver on its strategy while ensuring it remains sufficiently agile.

This course will prepare you to tackle this challenge. You will examine what organisational culture is, the primary organisational structures, and what we mean by ‘systems’, before building on your foundational knowledge and taking a more strategic perspective. The structured learning activities that complement this course (video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts and written assessments) will not only prepare you to take your organisation forward in a more strategic direction, but to make better decisions along the way.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience you can access the foundational Know your organisation course today!

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Prof Jaco Lok

Dr Jaco Lok

Professor of Strategy, Macquarie University

Jaco Lok is Professor of Strategy at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has over 12 years teaching experience in strategy and leadership.

After obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008, Jaco has developed a strong international reputation for cutting edge qualitative research in the area of Organization and Management Theory. Jaco combines his theoretical interests with an empirical focus on addressing grand societal challenges such as poverty alleviation and PTSD in war veterans.

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Adapt your leadership style

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Course description

Why are organisational misbehaviours such as cynicism, apathy, bullying and disengagement increasingly prevalent in the workplace? This course examines these tensions and how transformational, authentic and inclusive leadership styles offer an alternative to the more autocratic, job-centred and controlling leadership styles of the past.

You’ll learn how the digital revolution, along with an increased focus on projects and teamwork, has dramatically altered the perception of leadership in a way that now demands all organisational members take on some form of self-leadership. And you’ll learn how this change is causing tensions between traditional leaders and the contemporary practices vital to maintain agility in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.

This learning will be complemented by structured activities such as video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts and written assessments.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience you can access the foundational Adapt your leadership style course today!

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Dr Richard Claydon

Dr Richard Claydon

Course instructor, MGSM Global MBA
CEO - Organisational Misbehaviourists; Co-Founder - The Ironic Manager; Director | People - Culture - Change - CSC Asia-Pacific

Richard’s work examines how people handle the complexity and ambiguity of modern organisational life and how original thought emerges in fast-changing, highly uncertain, often toxic environments via resilient coping methods, such as irony and black humour.

He has spent over twenty years working in management  academia and business as a consultant, manager, coach, speaker, lecturer and researcher.

Based in Hong Kong, he helps organisations prepare for post-industrial and digital work by addressing organisational misbehaviours, decision-making in complex environments, people and culture as strategy, psychological safety and collective intelligence.

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Course description

When faced with a complex and ambiguous work environment, how do you, as a potential leader, envision the future? How can you deliver on your vision in a way that conveys meaning and drives positive change within your organisation?

In this course you will explore how leaders can create a compelling vision and communicate it, and how they create meaning and make work more meaningful. You will look at the role the brain and the body play in processing meaning, and how this can inspire your employees to follow you and your vision. This course will also teach you how to develop meaningful brand identity and the role it can play in clarifying and reinforcing your leadership vision within your organisation, for your partners and for your customers. You will discover that meaning crosses into almost every aspect of management.

Finally, you will better understand how social and cultural factors can influence what you can achieve and your limitations when seeking to create meaning.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience you can access the foundational Become a meaning maker course today!

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Prof Rebecca Mitchell

Dr Rebecca Mitchell

Professor of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Rebecca Mitchell is Professor of Management at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of organisational behaviour and healthcare management, including team dynamics, leadership.

In addition to her academic experience, Dr Mitchell has worked as a clinician and senior policy advisor, has developed health, community and social services policy at a state and national level, and has worked as State representative on several Council of Australian Government (COAG) working parties.

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Abas Mirzae

Dr Abas Mirzaei

Lecturer, Department of Marketing

Abas is a lecturer in Marketing at Macquarie University. His area of expertise is branding and his work has been published in journals such as Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Brand Management, and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.

He has introduced a long-term oriented brand performance metric, Brand Health Index (BHI), and Behavioral Brand Evaluation Typology, and also Advertising Spending Diets. Abas is a recipient of the best paper award from the ANZMAC Conference.

Abas' major research interests include brand management, brand health, customer equity, marketing accountability, and branding communications.

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Edward Wray-Bliss

Dr Edward Wray-Bliss

Associate Professor Management, Macquarie University

Edward has been researching and teaching the ethics of business, leadership, and work for over 20 years, at a number of universities both in the UK and Australia.

He has published over 30 academic journal articles and book chapters, spanning a breadth of topics and issues that range from the ethics of workforce drug testing, to discrimination at work, to research ethics, to the ethics of leadership.

His most recent work is the book Neoliberalism, Management and Religion: Reexamining the Spirits of Capitalism (2019) published in the Routledge Studies in Business Ethics series.

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Arabella MacPherson

Arabella MacPherson

Director at Resonate Communications

Arabella has 15 years of international performance training and more than 10 years as a corporate communications coach.

She coaches CEOs, executives and senior leadership teams in a range of programs from pitching and presenting to media training, emotional intelligence, influential conversations, advanced communication, conflict resolution and expert negotiation skills.

Her clients include individuals and groups from American Express, eBay, PwC, News Corp, Deloitte, NAB, Macquarie Bank, Commbank, CBRE, Australian Government and Media Federation of Australia (NGEN).

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