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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.

Aniruddha Kadam

UX Design Manager at Google

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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.

Trainer: 

Julie Stanescu

Founder

,

RETHINK

$
1200

Limited spots available. Save yours now!

AN IMMERSIVE ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Develop your collaboration skills

PROGRAM DATES

Dates:

A 6-weeks cohort based program.

Dates to be announced.

Apply to see if you qualify.

PROGRAM DATES

Dates:

A 6-weeks cohort based program.

Dates to be announced.

Apply to see if you qualify.

SCHEDULE

Schedule

Flexible; We recommend to invest
2-3 hrs per 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 2-3 design peers with complementary skills & knowledge for mentorship and peer-to-peer learning.

AUDIENCE

ICs and Managers

Product Designers
Design Managers
Design Directors

Looking to improve their collaboration skills.

Why this program?

Meet your workshop trainer

Aniruddha Kadam
UX Design Manager at Google

Design Manager

PROGRAM DETAILS

What will you learn?

MODULE 
1
:

How to Provide Constructive Feedback

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.

MODULE 
2
:

Methods for Managing Conflict

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.

MODULE 
3
:

Self-Reflection and Goal Setting

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.

MODULE 
4
:

Designing Effective Cross-Functional Collaboration

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.

MODULE 
5
:

Building Trusting Relationships

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.

MODULE 
6
:

Developing a Business Mindset

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.

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.

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.

0
1
Leslie Yang

Sr. Design Manager

Lyft

WEEK

2

- WORKSHOP

Methods for Managing Conflict

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.

0
2
Fonz Morris

Lead Product Designer

Netflix

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.

0
3
Aniruddha Kadam

Design Manager

Google

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.

0
4
Michael Chanover

VP Design

Khan Academy

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.

0
5
Julie Stanescu

Founder

RETHINK

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.

0
6
Kelly Griggs

Director of Product Design

Gusto
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

Influence and work better with cross-functional teams

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 2-3 design peers
  • Worksheets, templates, and resources
  • Be part of a curated community group  of design leaders
  • 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
INVESTMENT
$
1200
Application Deadline:
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

What attendees say about the program

What our community say

Sofia Papadopouloua
Independent Visual Designer & Art Director

“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.”

$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--3 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 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, you will be matched 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

an inclusive and equitable PROGRAM:
2% of the profits from this program will be donated to the non-profit Inneract Project to empower underrepresented youth through design education and link them to opportunities to explore design in career and life.

Inneract Project (IP) is a cause we believe in that serves primarily middle and high school youth who identify as Black, Latinx and/or of low-income backgrounds.

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--3 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?

To make the most out of this program recommend to set aside 3 hours a week to attend the workshops, complete the homework. Once every two weeks you'll meet with your mentor and your group.

- Meet with your group: 1 hour/ every two weeks. A total of 3 meetings.
- Attend Live Workshops: 2.5 hour/ week.
- Apply the Concepts: 20 - 30 minutes / week 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 8 or more tickets, please contact us at hello@rethinkhq.com. 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.

Do you offer scholarships?

We offer scholarships for underrepresented groups or people who need financial support to attend. This is possible because of partnership with Pinterest and also kind people who donated to the scholarship fund: Aniruddha Kadam, Al Hertz, Liz Heidner, Shara Rosenbalm. If you need financial support to attend this program please reach out to hello@rethinkhq.com.

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.

WELCOME TO

Collaborate and Influence Decisions More Effectively

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Program Curriculum

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Module
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How to Provide Constructive Feedback

Leslie Yang
Sr. Design Manager, Lyft
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Methods for Managing Conflict

Fonz Morris
Lead Product Designer, NETFLIX
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Self-Reflection and Goal Setting

Aniruddha Kadam
UX Design Manager at Google
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Designing Effective Cross-Functional Collaboration

Michael Chanover
VP Design, Khan Academy
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Building Trusting Relationships

Julie Stanescu
Founder, RETHINK
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Developing a Business Mindset

Kelly Griggs
Director of Product Design, Gusto
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Mentorship

Here you will find resources and templates for the mentorship program.
Article
How to Be a Career-Changing Mentor
How do you know when to share your own perspective and when to listen? How do you plant the seed of trust, then tend that relationship over time?
Guidelines
Mentorship Guidelines
Pre-checklist before the First Meeting. What are the Mentor/Mentees' responsibilities? How to prepare for the first meeting? ​How does the RETHINK mentorship program work?
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Meeting Agenda Template
You can use this guiding document to prepare for each meeting. Share with your Mentees to fill it in.