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CPABC Executive Programs

2022 Dates:

June 6-9, 21-23
 (Online – Special Discounted Fee Applies)

CPD Hours: 26
Program Fee:
$2,000 (Online Version - Special discounted pricing)


The CEO Program is a practical and provocative advanced program for current and aspiring leaders seeking to excel with confidence in the upper echelons of executive responsibility.

Do you possess the emotional and mental qualities, interpersonal skills, street-smart insights, decision-making savvy and executive presence to lead?

Leading with purpose requires the ability to build and apply one’s strategic intelligence, prick the bubble of ignorance and anticipate career derailers, select talent and develop a cohesive executive team, respond courageously to unexpected high-impact surprises, devise workable strategies that inform and inspire, and foster a culture of resilience that competes for the future.

Special Features

  • Seven sessions of three-hours duration spread over three weeks
  • Two pre-course workbooks and a 100+ page instructional manual
  • Seven relevant case studies to strengthen decision-making skills
  • Organizational and personalized diagnostic tools and templates

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The Opportunity and Realities of CEOdom

  • The premise, objectives, caveats and roles
  • The skills and stylistic nuances of leadership
  • Lesson #1: Avoid the fatal flaws or get the axe
  • How to survive and thrive in the zone of complexity
  • Finding, defining and shaping your leadership identity
  • The difference between the good and the best
  • The gritty truths and diseases of being the top dog

The Challenges of Leadership in the C-suite Today

  • The elusive, fragile, essential imperative of leading
  • Smarts that separate leaders from pretenders
  • Achieving clarity, focus and results: The CEO Mantra
  • Organizational DNA: Manipulating the critical genes
  • Rethinking strategy: Reality and faulty assumptions
  • If you’re new: What to do from day one to day 100
  • Diagnosing the health and savvy of your enterprise
  • Assessing the key players on your executive team

The Elements of Extraordinary Leadership

  • The CEO Entrance Exam: Questions you must answer
  • Making good choices: Time, priorities and energy audits
  • Self-assessment: Do you really have what it will take?
  • Mapping your future advancement in broad strokes
  • Setting your compass: The non-negotiable rules
  • Getting the best advice and building reliable networks
  • Executive presence: Brand building and self-promotion
  • Power & politics in the C-Suite: How to play the game
  • Reconciling the five paradoxes of being a leader
  • Sustaining the drive: Fueling your productivity and willpower

Overcoming Obstacles to Higher Performance

  • Building a cohesive and focused executive team
  • Inner circles, EAs or a CoS?: How to choose them
  • Vision, purpose, values and rules: Misguided tools
  • Operationalizing a paradigm shift in your culture
  • Leading knowledge workers smarter than you are
  • Developing a symbiotic relationship with the Board
  • What your Board needs to know and do about risk

The CEO as the Chief Decision Maker

  • The three decision domains that make or break you
  • The CEO effect: Why good leaders deserve their pay
  • The bubble of ignorance: What, why and how to escape
  • How to avoid really bad decisions: The new tool box
  • Overcoming the echo chamber: Changing the culture
  • Finding the best experts: The traps you need to avoid
  • Enriching decision making and knowing when you’re right
  • Risk intelligence: Awareness, analysis, tolerance and framing
  • Nurturing beneficial and credible two-way feedback

Building Resilience and Fostering Innovation

  • Leading in a crisis: Dos, don’t’s and prevention antidotes
  • From the trenches: Jim’s crisis intervention playbook
  • The lessons of COVID: What have leaders learned?
  • What ultimately constrains extraordinary performance
  • Forecasting high-impact surprises, unknowns and luck
  • The elements and architecture of a smart enterprise
  • Fostering workforce innovation: Problems and solutions
  • Intelligent failure: A paradigm for symbiotic growth
  • Execution: Required elements, constraints and skills
  • Making innovation a competency rather than a slogan
  • Business model transformation: Different approaches 
  • Strategies for growing your business in a VUCA world
  • Partnerships, alliances and IPOs: Upsides and downsides

The Ultimate Responsibilities of Leadership

  • Navigating ethical dilemmas: The tricky slippery slope
  • Embrace the highest calling of exemplary leadership
  • Developing the bench strength needed to survive
  • Succession planning: How to find your next CEO
  • Overcoming the challenges internal candidates face
  • Acquiring the mindset: Destinations worth considering
  • What you can’t be taught but must learn for yourself
  • Dr. Jim’s Top 10 List: What Smart Leaders must know
  • Leading with purpose: The six unavoidable questions
  • Going forward: Achieving your destiny as a great CEO

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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