MGMT7060 Thought Leadership in Organisations and Building Communities


This course introduces learners to the principles and practices of Thought Leadership.  It draws on theories and frameworks from psychology, management, and philosophy to explore the role that leaders play in leading discussions, raising awareness and changing behaviours on issues that impact the growth and progress of our society.  Sessions will provide opportunities to develop skills and practices for effectively leading innovation, adaptation and change, for managing through uncertainty and building communities of practice.  In developing an evidence-based approach to thought leadership, you will learn essential meta-cognitive abilities, skills to inspire and engage others, gain insight into how to turn ideas into reality and how to transfer these skills to others, integrating them into organisational culture.  This course is designed for people wishing to take a courageous approach to work and leadership, who aspire to act as catalysts for new ideas, alternate practices and organisational learning and change.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1.Classify historical and contemporary approaches to leadership and expertise and distinguish the consequences of these approaches on how people work. (EBM: Ask and Understand)
2.Use appropriate theories and frameworks to address specific leadership, interpersonal and organisational challenges. (EBM: Acquire and Apply)
3.Critique the factors and events contributing to success in leadership, adaptation and innovation based on strong research literacy. (EBM: Appraise and Evaluate)
4.Summarize relevant empirical evidence regarding the contextual and organisational factors influencing the way people think and act at work. (EBM: Aggregate and Analyse)
5.Integrate evidence from diverse disciplines to find new ways of thinking and leading. (EBM: Aggregate and Create)
6.Generate a plan for leading thought with regard to solutions to the social and environmental challenges faced by today’s leaders. (EBM: Apply and Create)
7.Reflect on feedback provided during tasks and exercises to improve meta-cognitive and leadership skills. (EBM: Assess and Evaluate)
Assessment 3:
Part A.   20%.   Individual, written report documenting individual contribution to the scenario process, including your scenario story. (1500 words). Scenario thinking is a technique and process for exploring alternative futures, deepening our current understanding and assumptions in relation to the issue and engaging with other people in creative dialogue about possible futures.  
In This Part a Write 3-4 Short Scenario Stories With Catchy Title For Each Stories Of What World Would Look Like In 2050 Based On The Topic ‘Impact of Climate Change on Health in Australia by 2050’. The stories should consistently be based on these two factors- High number of extreme weather events and no green energy solutions. Please look at the example below in the table.
The main recommendations for completing your scenario stories for this final, written reports are:
1. Try to create an engaging and attention-grabbing story about what it would be like to live, work and play in your scenario. Create fictional characters, events, or challenges to illustrate the benefits or challenges of living in your scenario.
2. Include a set of steps or newspaper headlines to give some indicators of the key events that enabled or influenced the unfolding of your scenario.
3. Include a short section on the main implications for policy makers and/or business leaders to either support the development of a favorable or preferred scenario or to try to prevent the development of an undesirable scenario.
Assessment 3:
Part B.   10%   Individual, written report on personal learning from the subject and the scenario thinking experience, including progress against personal learning goals as set in Assessment 1. (1500 words)
Assessment 3 
Scenario Stories
One story
1,500 words
Write an engaging, intriguing and surprising story about the what it would be like to live in this scenario in a specific region of the world.  Use your imagination and creativity to tell an interesting and compelling story.  Give names to your characters, families or companies.  Include their personal or emotional reactions to life in this scenario.  Convey the benefits & advantages or costs and disadvantages of your scenario.  You do not need to justify or explain your scenario story.  That should have been done in the earlier sections.
For example:
Scenario 2
Cassie is feeling really pleased this morning.  She was initially concerned about having a bio-sensor chip implanted in her arm.  However, she has just received a voice flash on her ear-pod to say that she has reached platinum status with Mediwatch as a result of her further reduction in weight and cholesterol levels………
At the end of your story, provide at least 5 newspaper headlines that summarise some of the key steps that led to this scenario unfolding.
Finally, write a short paragraph on any early or possible signs that this scenario is starting to unfold.

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