LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Collaborate and Influence Decisions More Effectively

A 6-week, cohort-based leadership program designed to help you learn how to influence decisions, deal with pushback, handle disagreements, communicate clearly, provide constructive feedback in a healthy matter.

Next Cohort Dates: To Be Announced in June

AN IMMERSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Develop your collaboration skills

PROGRAM STARTS

6- week cohort

This program lasts
6 weeks and provides mentorship and workshops to enhance your skills.

Apply to join the waitlist.

TIME COMMITMENT

Flexible

We recommend to invest
2-3 hrs/week for 6 weeks.

You are welcome to put into it as much time as you can.

PROGRAM OUTCOME

Accountability & Feedback

Get matched with a mentor and 3 design peers with complementary skills & knowledge for mentorship and peer-to-peer learning.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR

ICs and Managers

Product Designers
Design Managers
Design Directors

Looking to improve their collaboration skills.

Learn from the best design leaders

Make better decisions and deal easier with your own challenges. Access applicable methods, techniques, and strategies from the most successful teams dealing with the same challenges as yours.
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Michael Chanover

VP Design

Khan Academy
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Fonz Morris

Lead Product Designer

Netflix
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Leslie Yang

Sr. Design Manager

Lyft
Yen Pham
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

WEEKLY CURRICULUM

What you will learn

The 6-week curriculum covers real tangible ways to leading tough conversations. Learn from experienced design leaders from Khan Academy, Netflix, Lyft, LinkedIn & Gusto. The content is designed to be actionable and the concepts, strategies and frameworks are meant to help you develop practical leadership skills for effective collaboration with your cross-functional teams.
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Leslie Yang

Sr. Design Manager

Lyft
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WEEK 1 - WORKSHOP

How to Provide Constructive Feedback

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Learn best practices for giving constructive feedback that has a positive impact and builds trust and stronger relationships.

Understand different communication styles and learn how to frame what you want to say and how to say it to help the other person learn or acquire a new skills.

WEEK 2 - WORKSHOP

How to Manage Conflicts

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Understand how to communicate and manage conflict effectively. Learn to identify conflict triggers quickly, and tactics to confronting them. Turn conflicts into opportunities to establish stronger relationships, or navigate managing up in an authentic way.

Learn frameworks to manage pushback, or deal with difficult people and how to communicate better by choosing appropriate words. Conflict grows our resilience, evolving from a fear of conflict to a healthy respect for challenge.

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Fonz Morris

Lead Product Designer

Netflix
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Aniruddha Kadam

Design Manager

Google
03

WEEK 3 - WORKSHOP

Self-Reflection and
Goal Setting

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Assessing yourself on your cross-functional skills is not easy. Analyze and reflect on the collaboration with your cross-functional team. What is currently working well, why? What are the bottle necks, duplications of effort, accountability gaps? This workshop will help you set goals to improve your collaboration and overcome obstacles.

WEEK 4 - WORKSHOP

Designing Effective Cross-Functional Collaboration

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

How might we build trust in order to collaborate better cross-functionally and make our projects and teams successful?

Identify warning signs for when collaboration is shaky or non-existent. Understand and apply frameworks for how to build trust in order to foster collaboration in any team or project setting.

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Michael Chanover

VP Design

Khan Academy
05

WEEK 5 - WORKSHOP

Building Trusting Relationships

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

As a leader, developing strong relationships with people on your team (above, across and below) is vital to the team's success. How do you cultivate an active network of relationships inside and outside of your organization? How do you act to preserve relationships even under difficult circumstances or in a remote, socially distanced era? 

This talk covers tactical guidance for how to build genuine relationships and cultivate a trustworthy network to exchange ideas and provide support to each other, even if you're an introvert.

WEEK 6 - WORKSHOP

Developing a
Business Mindset

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Understanding the business side as a designer is a helpful skill to talk the same language when collaborating cross-functionally and discussing new product improvements.

In this talk you will learn strategies to develop a business mindset that helps drive impact, influence and collaborate better.

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Kelly Griggs

Director of Product Design

Gusto

TESTIMONIALS

What other people say

What our community says

Connor Blacksher
Senior UX Engineer, UnitedHealth

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Sofia Papadopouloua
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Fabio Ottaviani
Creative Developer, Studio Gusto

“If you say no to the ones that can’t afford you, you’re making room for the ones that can and this helps me make the decision to be the ones that can.”

Learn from the best

Our cohort-based programs have produced some incredible results for our participants. They create higher accountability, career growth, community connection, and deeper learning.

6-weeks of mentorship to level up your collaboration skills

Get matched with a mentor and 3-4 design peers

Worksheets, templates, and resources

Be part of a private community group

Lectures and practical sessions

Networking opportunities

Lifetime access to program content

12 months access to private member-only Leadership Circle

PROGRAM DETAILS

Influence and work better with cross-functional teams

LENGTH
6 WEEKS
PERIOD
JULY 2022
INVESTMENT
$1200
Application Deadline: February 10
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

What our community say

$15M+

Revenue Achieved

102

Countries supported

390

Staff Members
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK

How will you learn?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. You'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2-4 design peers for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Learn from Experienced Design Leaders

Attend an intimate workshop-style program that will enhance your perspective on better collaboration. Join practical live sessions (one per week) for 6 weeks to solidify what you're learning and apply the frameworks and concepts in action.

Learn with a Small Peer Group

This program is designed to facilitate peer learning and interaction. Going through a program with a group of curated design peers facing similar challenges like you is the best way to ensure transformation for your career. We're keeping the cohort small to ensure you master the concepts we're teaching, learn and get support from peers.


Accountability & Personalized Feedback

Get personalized feedback from other learners in intimate design peer groups. Get matched with a mentor and a small group of 2-4 design peers with complementary skills and knowledge for mentorship and ongoing structured meetings for peer learning, to support you and keep you on track to achieve your goals.

Join a Private Community

Join our member-only community. Get 1 year access to Leadership Circle where you'll continue to be supported via ongoing events and accountability after the 6 weeks of the program.

Ask Questions

Get support on your challenges

Build your network

Learn by Doing

This program is structured as: “Learn → Practice → Get Feedback". Each week you get a worksheet to practice, actionable methods and tactics to summarize the concepts and help you immediately put them into action.

Frameworks, worksheets and resources

Lectures, homework and practice sessions

FAQs

Frequent questions

How does the program work?

Leadership Academy is a 6-week professional growth program investing in the next generation of design leaders. After you apply, your application will be reviewed and you will find out in 5-10 days if you qualify. You'll receive next steps and a link to pay for the program.

When the program starts, you'll get matched with a mentor and a group of 2-4 design peers to for mentorship, accountability and discuss challenges. You'll also join workshops and live sessions (six live sessions, one each week) to learn from experienced design leaders.

Additionally, you'll be part of our Leadership Circle for 12 months. There you'll get to connect with other design leaders, and peers for advice, guidance, accountability, and much more.

What is my time commitment per week to finish the program?

We recommend to set aside 2-3 hours a week to attend the workshops, complete the homework and meet with your mentor and your group. To make the most out of this program we recommend: 

- Meet with your group: 1 hour/ every two weeks. A total of 3 meetings.
- Attend Live Sessions: 2.5 hour/ week to attend workshops.
- Apply the Concepts: 20 - 60 minutes to reflect on materials and practice on your own.

You are welcome to put into it as much time as you can. This is an investment in your career growth.

What time are the workshops?

Most live sessions will happen on Thursdays, Fridays at 9:30am PDT. Click here to convert that time to your own time zone.

There will be 6 live sessions with one per week, for 6 weeks. Although recordings of the talks are available we highly recommend you join live for the full experience.

How much does the program cost?

Attending the program is an investment of $1,200 US which includes access to all workshops from the program and an annual membership to access all content and resources from RETHINK Leadership Circle. If your company would like to purchase 5 or more tickets, please contact us at hello@rethinkhq.com for discounts. We can provide an invoice if needed.

Will I be able to expense this to my company? 

Yes. Many of our program applicants are able to expense the program tuition to their company. The return on investment compared to a conference or other opportunities is much greater. You get structured content, hands-on learning, lasting community, and actionable strategies to help you develop practical leadership skills for effective collaboration with your cross-functional teams. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for further questions.

Do you offer certificate of completion? 

Yes. A certificate of completion is available after the program. That requires you to attend all 6 live sessions and meet with your small group 3 times over the course of 6 weeks. Contact hello@rethinkhq.com for questions.

How long will I have access to the program resources?

You’ll have lifetime access to the program materials to help you successfully lead and influence at work.

Starting with the 6-week live program, you’ll also have access to Leadership Circle, the talk recordings from the events in the program, member-only events, and our community for ongoing support for a total of 12 months.