Mastery sessions are a unique and innovative concept in the Smith EMBA program. Mastery sessions are seminars woven throughout the eighteen month experience and are designed to 1.) integrate your learning from the key business discipline areas and 2.) accelerate your leadership development.
Integration of learning is a key concept of systems thinking and it involves understanding the purpose of an organization in the larger context of society – why it exists – as well as how the parts of an organization interact to achieve outstanding performance. Thus, sessions address the role of business in society, the challenges and problem-solving from different discipline perspectives.
In order to accelerate your growth as a leader, mastery sessions focus on developing certain skills executives need to be successful leaders. Examples include developing high-performance teams, improving communication skills, managing conflict, solving ethical dilemmas, thinking creatively and managing cross-cultural teams.