Becoming A Vigilant Organization

Demonstrating Leadership Commitment to Vigilance

Vigilance is an especially critical organization capability as new digital technologies begin to converge in ways that will continue to reshape industries and business models.

This Executive Overview illustrates for senior leaders why they must:

  • Allocate the scarce resource of their attention to studying weak signals and anomalies
  • Make smart investments in foresight so that the organization is prepared to take action when the timing is right
  • Encourage the entire organization to spot and report changes in competitors, customers, market conditions and more,
  • Develop new approaches to strategy making to enable midcourse corrections when they are necessary

This course highlights why senior leaders must demonstrate curiosity, willingness to explore beyond industry boundaries, and aptitude for gaining insights through external networks. Senior leaders also must set the tone and create accountability for gathering information at the front lines and sharing it upwards and laterally across functions. Leaders will discover what it takes to build superior vigilance capabilities for anticipating potential threats, spotting latent opportunities, and acting faster when the time is right.

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Learners Will:

  • Assess four factors of your organization’s current vigilance, and its comparison with benchmarks
  • Analyze past hits and misses, and consider current and future opportunities and weaknesses
  • Achieve alignment and gain commitment on the need to be more vigilant

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Developed in partnership with:


  • Strategy


Paul Schoemaker

Former research director at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton and Founder of Decision Strategies International

George Day

Former Professor Emeritus of Marketing, the Wharton School and formerly taught at Stanford University, the University of Toronto, MIT, Harvard Business School, and the London Business School

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