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BGS-NYC Members are invited to participate with The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York in a two-day weekend leadership development course at Columbia, December 4 and 5. It's open to all area business school students, alumni, and peers. If you find it valuable for the NYBSC, please forward this announcement. (Please note the location has been changed to Uris Hall, Room 140, which will be updated on the page shortly. Directions here).


In just one weekend, learn how to develop your personal leadership skills, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence by utilizing the latest advances in cognitive behavioral science, evolutionary psychology, and positive psychology.

Schedule: Day One: Saturday, December 4, 2010  noon – 6:00 pm Day Two: Sunday, December 5, 2010 noon – 6:00 pm

While top business schools and corporations are increasingly focusing on personal leadership, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence as foundations for leading others, many MBAs never had the opportunity to take a formal course in personal leadership. 
Columbia Business School recently has addressed this need with courses such as Hitendra Wadhwa's Personal Leadership and Success (offered as a regular MBA/EMBA course or a three-day Executive Education program) and Srikumar Rao's Creativity and Personal Mastery.

Joshua Spodek, MBA, PhD, who studied with professors Wadhwa and Rao, has developed an independent but similar course which he is offering to MBA alumni as a two-day weekend workshop. His experiential course combines advances in cognitive behavioral science, evolutionary psychology, and positive psychology with successful business leadership practices.

Benefits of the course include improved:
Personal leadership skills, particularly self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Interpersonal skills of the core leadership class, such as decision making, negotiation, perceiving others, influence, motivating others, and teamwork
Ability to transform your greatest challenges into both professional and personal growth
Awareness of your values and what brings you meaning, purpose, importance, and happiness, both professionally and personally
Ability to focus on what is important, professionally and personally, decreasing time and resources wasted on unimportant things
Ability to experience reward from your efforts
Calmness, patience, and understanding

You will leave the course with tools to continue your development on your own as well as a network of like-minded people, both as resources and for accountability. The course also makes all other leadership resources – books, videos, seminars, etc – more valuable through better understanding their foundations.

Joshua Spodek (MBA '06 Columbia Business School, PhD '00 Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) is an executive / personal coach and entrepreneur who currently works with Columbia Business School's Program on Social Intelligence. Joshua helps clients develop effective leadership skills and optimize their professional and personal lives by helping them understand what brings them meaning and happiness and acting on it. He has been quoted and profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, CNN, and the major broadcast networks. Esquire Magazine named him "Best and Brightest" in their annual Genius issue. 

Cost: CBSAC/NY is offering this weekend seminar at a one-time discounted introductory rate: CBSAC/NY members $80;  non-members $120 for 12 hour course.

The link to the course description: http://www.cbsacny.org/article.html?aid=924
To sign up: http://www.cbsacny.org/store.html?event_id=924

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