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CPABC Executive Programs

2022 Dates:

November 1-3, 15-17 (CANCELLED)
(Online – Special Discounted Fee Applies)

CPD Hours: 24
Program Fee:
$2,000 (Online Version - Special discounted pricing)


The purpose of this one-of-a-kind executive program, which has evolved over the course of five decades of research, is to give you the techniques and insights for changing the way you think and the organization you lead.

The most significant competitive advantage you’ll ever possess is the ability to think on all cylinders.

To lead in an uncertain, disruptive and error-prone world, we must strengthen and rely on our capabilities as decision makers, risk-takers and innovators. Extraordinary leaders are just ordinary people who can think differently under pressure. Your destiny lies not in what you know, but in what you do with what you know.

Special Features

  • Six sessions of three-hours duration spread over three weeks
  • Two pre-course workbooks of readings & diagnostic tasks
  • A 100+ page instructional manual and supplemental notes
  • Opportunities to solve your most troublesome problems

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The Mind and Genius of a Smart Leader

  • The premise, objectives, caveats & roles
  • What will determine how you actually lead 
  • VUCA: Old vs. new & future world realities 
  • Linear growth vs. exponential disruption
  • Managing big data, connectivity & AI
  • Five minds for the future: Which ones count
  • Integrative thinking: The Smart Leader thesis

Thinking Styles: As We Think So We Become

  • Perception: How the brain makes up your reality 
  • Hard truths about creative & analytical thinking 
  • Head vs. gut: Understanding our internal conflict
  • How we became so analytical & why it now matters 
  • A simple, effective & better way to solve any problem 
  • Cognitive tendencies that lead to really bad decisions
  • Tricks our brains play on us: Consequences & antidotes

Overcoming the Barriers and Constraints to Creativity

  • Getting beyond The Box: Self-imposed constraints 
  • The biggest impediment to creative thinking
  • Can you overwrite counterproductive habits 
  • The neurobiology of fear: How to overcome it 
  • Neurology 101: Understanding the hardware 
  • Imagination & intelligence: Does IQ matter? 
  • Why educated people do really dumb things
  • The origins of every brilliant business decision
  • How to speak to your brain & make it listen

Fostering Workforce Resilience and Innovation

  • Why we’re so bad at it: Consequences & solutions
  • Building the culture: Dogma, groupthink & you
  • Auditing DNA, the options & the paradoxes
  • The innovation framework: Origin to execution
  • How to design, evaluate & develop the proposal
  • The art & magic of the pitch: How to sell “any” idea
  • Leave behinds: The secret sauce of proposal writing

Group and Individual Thinking Tools and Techniques

  • Why we need tools: The essence of creative thinking 
  • Finding new ideas: Reframing existing paradigms
  • The power of groups vs. going it alone: When & how 
  • Eight alternative group problem-solving techniques 
  • Seven individual ideation methods for real problems 
  • The pathway for analyticals to become more creative

Protecting and Liberating the Power of Your Genius

  • Brain health: Five ways to prevent cognitive decline 
  • Aging & dementia: Will you have enough in the tank? 
  • Brain fitness: Use it or lose it & why there’s no choice
  • How to invest in your continued growth & marketability 
  • A map for your future: Destinations worth considering 
  • Defining your inner genius: What smart leaders know

DR. JIM MURRAY is CEO of optimal solutions international, a firm dedicated to helping people achieve their full potential. Jim has taught courses for CPABC since 1982.

He is the architect of several advanced residential programs for five provincial CPA bodies, has published four best-selling books, and provided his strategic counsel to well over 600 organizations. He has been nationally honoured by the university community and formally recognized for “excellence in the design and delivery of life-long learning”. His full bio is on