Course curriculum

Pre Course Introduction & Preparation. How to become an ambidextrous future ready leader for more sustainable innovation and growth using the innovative change leader profile measure (iCLi) by Dr Gaia Grant (PhD) / Andrew Grant

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    • 1. CONSIDER: Why is innovation important in preparing for the future?

    • 2. LEARN: Becoming a future-ready leader

    • 3. IDENTIFY: The Innovation Paradox (video interview with Alex Osterwalder)

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    • IDENTIFY: What are the 'Faces' & 'Places' that will be impacted by a future-ready approach? (PDF download fillable note-sheet)

    • SURVEY: Check of prior knowledge

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    EXPLORE (more)

    • 1. DOWNLOAD: White Paper on 'What it means to be an Ambidextrous Innovation Leader' (optional academic article)

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    EXTEND - Special preparation for participating in a coaching session and for those interested in finding out more

    • IDENTIFY: The value of the iCLi profile measure approach

    • LEARN: What are the core mindsets and behaviours in ambidextrous leadership?

    • SURVEY: What tensions do you experience?

    • INTERPRET: Interpreting your iCLi graph

    • ASSIGNMENT: Upload your graph here (coachees only)

About this Intro Pre course with Essentials Pack

To ensure the best use of time is achieved, we have flipped the classroom. The optional independent self-paced (PRE & POST) online sessions we have designed, blend any core workshops (face to face or digital) to ensure participants can upskill themselves and dive deeper into the topic. This ensures that any face-to-face / digital workshop time is effectively used for active facilitation & collaborative activities, allowing the clarification of concepts and contextualization of knowledge through application, analysis, planning, testing and problem-solving.

ABOUT: The Future Ready Leadership Courses


Change (and particularly unknown/unexpected change) creates tension. This tension can either fuel or frustrate innovation and growth. Leaders need to manage this tension to ensure the organisation/team can transition to sustainable new ways of working.

Once organisations are over an initial crisis or start-up phase, leaders will know that it’s going to be a case of ‘adapt or die’. But the process will inevitably lead to significant tension. There has never been a more important time to facilitate this tension to ensure it is channelled into productive growth. Some will be itching to explore new options, while others will bunker down and want to maintain current systems. The reality is that we need both approaches. Our Future-Ready, iCLI and innovation suites contents identify how to utilise this tension for leadership and organisation success. 


How to move forward to embrace change, and how a leader can manage this using the paradox theory of understanding ‘exploration’ and ‘preservation’ biases.  

 How to manage competing demands common in complex rapid change contexts

 How to work with others with different profiles through a shared core purpose

 How to develop the flexibility to adapt to change as an individual and in teams


The iCLI tool focuses on providing feedback to assist your understanding of what areas can be developed to be ready to face a future that is:


•Rapid change

•Requires sustainable innovation 

The profile measure is based on research into how to lead to survive and thrive in this context. The research comes from the University of Sydney Business School, and involved interviewing, observing and surveying hundreds of leaders globally to identify the skills and behaviours most needed for this future context.

Designed by Dr Gaia Grant (PhD) 
Associate Adjunct Faculty, Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | University of Sydney Business School.

Contributing Researchers :

Prof Eric Professor Eric Knight: Executive Dean and Professor of Strategic Management at Macquarie University Business School .

Prof Suresh Cuganesan: Associate Dean (Student Success & Mobility) and Professor in the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School. 

Prof Martin Dowson: Program director of academic development at Excelsia College Sydney.