Leading a Business Course

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Overview

In our Leading a Business Course, we guide you through a hands-on process for evaluating funding alternatives, presenting to potential funders and navigating a funding process. This course is 12-weeks long and is well suited for entrepreneurs looking to raise funding for a business with social impact.

What You Will Learn

Unit

Topics Covered
Introduction
  • Discuss how leadership impacts alignment with mission, vision, and values
  • Reconnect with your mission, vision, and values
  • Gain an understanding of yourself as a leader
Starting with You
  • Look different types of leadership philosophies and what works and what doesn’t work
  • Discuss how you want to show up as the leader of your business
  • Define your personal leadership philosophy
Defining the Culture
  • Gain an understanding of what comprises company culture
  • Discuss how to design and maintain a company culture that aligns with your business’ purpose and values
  • Use a culture design canvas to describe the company culture you want to create
Organizational Structures
  • Review different ways teams can be organized and how that impacts decision-making and collaboration
  • Discuss how to align your business’ organizational structure with its purpose, values, and culture
  • Describe how the team will be organized, make decisions, and collaborate
Inspiring a Team
  • Learn how to enroll potential team members in your business
  • Learn how to use an employee value proposition to attract and retain team members
  • Develop your business’ employee value proposition
Setting Expectations
  • Gain an understanding on why it’s important to set clear expectations to ensure alignment across the business
  • Learn how to set clear expectations for the team and each individual team member
  • Develop a set of expectations as a team and with each individual team member
Building Trust
  • Learn why trust is a key factor driving business performance
  • Learn how to build trust and repair trust when it’s been broken
  • Reflect on how you are building trust among team members
Facilitating Team Meetings
  • Learn how to initiate, plan, and define a meeting’s purpose
  • Gain insight into how to facilitate productive meetings and ensure follow-up on meeting actions
  • Design and get feedback on your regular team meetings
Maintaining Accountability
  • Discuss what accountability means in your business
  • Learn about processes and tools to track and deliver on business goals
  • Set up project management processes and tools to support accountability across the team
Receiving & Delivering Feedback
  • Learn about the importance of feedback loops in social impact businesses
  • Learn how team members can effectively receive and deliver feedback
  • Develop processes for receiving and delivering feedback across the team
Having Difficult Conversations
  • Discuss what conversations are difficult to have and what makes them difficult
  • Explore how to have difficult conversations
  • Create a framework for yourself to handle difficult conversations when they arise
Final Presentations
  • Present your leadership development plan to your peers and mentors
  • Receive feedback from your peers and mentors to refine your leadership development plan

Prerequisites

Must be making sales to customers or have letters of intent for sales to potential customers, have a basic website and social media for your business, and have an up-to-date business plan and financial forecast.

Commit to Building Your Business

Average time commitment for our Leading a Business Course is 10 hours / week dedicated to building your business, and includes the following weekly activities:

Title

Weekly Activity Weekly Commitment
Background Materials
  • Series of required background readings and videos on each unit to be completed online prior to the weekly workshop sessions
  • Describes concepts and their applications in developing a business

1-2 hours / week

Workshops
  • Weekly workshop sessions led by an expert instructor
  • Lecture and discussion on background materials, group activities, and reflection

3 hours / week

Business Development Activities
  • Weekly activities focused on your business development
  • Apply concepts learned in background materials and workshops

2-10 hours / week

Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference with small peer group of other entrepreneurs in your course
  • Present weekly business development activities and receive constructive feedback from peers

1 hour / week

One-on-One Mentoring
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with your mentor
  • Discuss business progress, review weekly business development activity, and connect with resources to meet business needs

30 minutes / week

Meet Your Mentors

Course Dates

Our Leading a Business Course is offered during the following times.

Boston

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Fall, 2021 September 20 - December 13, 2021 September 4, 2020

Oakland

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 7 - August 30, 2021 May 15, 2020
Fall, 2021 September 20 - December 13, 2021 September 4, 2020

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