Driving Results in a New Way: 
Through Social Networks, Boundary Spanning and Brain Optimization

Imagine the opportunity to learn the latest research on Network Analysis, Neuroscience and Leadership, and Organizational Boundary Spanning to help you assess if you are spending your time in the right way to increase your personal effectiveness and organizational impact. The good news is that you don’t have to just imagine.  This will be the focus of our 2012 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. 

To highlight a few things you might discover:  you are rewarding the wrong people, your high performers are bottlenecks, your current networks don’t provide the best new insights, your approach can trigger chaos and rigidity in others, your brain is the key for making new connections, the quality of sleep you get impacts your performance, and your colleagues that stand at key intersections of the organization may be the most poised for innovation. 

For this enriching day and a half session, we will be joined by colleagues from the Center for Creative Leadership and their partners to hear key research findings and utilize practical tools and techniques that will be your engine for future performance. They will share their latest work that demonstrates how leaders who are attuned to the information networks in their organization, who span organizational boundaries, and who are cognizant of factors that optimize brain function (theirs and others’) are more successful over time.

Specific Objectives:

  • Learn how successful leaders are managing the center and periphery of their networks
  • Learn how successful leaders bridge organizational silos, maximize expertise and minimize insularity
  • Learn more in-depth tools for spanning intra- and inter-organizational boundaries
  • Learn how reciprocity creates energy that leads to higher productivity
  • Learn how your emotional and physiological state drives your behavior and impacts the quality of your relationships
  • Learn how to use your emotional and physiological states to create energy, change behavior, and influence others

FACILITATORS: Sara King, Adjunct Staff; Laura Santana, Senior Faculty; Carol Connolly, Senior Design & Delivery Faculty from the Center for Creative Leadership;  Rob Cross, Assistant Professor of Management, University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce

Tuesday, November 13 

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Evening Reception for BMLI alumnae and Class 26 and 27 Fellows (Salons A & B)

Wednesday, November 14 (all events in Salons 1 & 2 except where noted)

7:45 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am


Welcome and Overview: Boundary Spanning Leadership
Sara King, Adjunct Staff
Center for Creative Leadership

8:45 am - 12:00 pm


Driving Results through Social Networks
Rob Cross, Assistant Professor of Management
University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce

Most leaders have only a vague idea of the networks around them and often don't consider the possibility of managing them to boost both individual and organizational performance.  Rob's research and practice has provided tremendous knowledge about how the top 20% of successful leaders tap into networks to compensate for weaknesses in formal structures.  Rob will share that building a big network is not the emphasis.  The goal is to know how to place yourself at key points in your network, know which relationships to invest in, and how to utilize these relationships effectively.  Come learn about six common network "traps" that have undermined executive performance and behaviors that increase your performance.  See how energy, happiness, collaboration, and well-being connect to increasing your network effectiveness.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (Salon 3)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Boundary Spanning Leadership
Laura Santana, Senior Faculty
Center for Creative Leadership

This session builds on the morning session by targeting a very important leadership skill: how to effectively cross boundaries. In an increasingly complex and networked world, it is critically important to identify the forces that serve to both separate and connect us from our organizational colleagues, partners and clients. The interaction between these two basic human needs of differentiation or uniqueness and integration or belonging creates understanding of how boundaries both protect our identities and invite collaboration.  Laura will describe the five boundaries and three strategies which allow the creation of new possibilities and achievement of inspired results well beyond what we can each do on our own. Through this session we are poised to explore new frontiers through higher degrees of collaboration to increase individual and organizational effectiveness. 

Evening Class Dinners

 Thursday, November 15 (all events in Salons 1 & 2 except where noted)

7:45 am – 8:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:00 noon


Neuroscience and Leadership
Carol Connolly, Senior Design & Delivery Faculty
Center for Creative Leadership

Pioneering new work in neuroscience in recent years has fundamentally changed what we know about how our minds work.  Think of this session as the engine for being successful at employing the strategies you learned on Wednesday.  Carol will share strategies and tools that you can use "in the moment" to move into higher performing states. She will share how you can use your mind, emotions, and physiology to create optimal leader behavior for yourself and others you lead as you build more effective networks and utilize more collaborative behaviors.   Come experience biofeedback as a "real time" assessment measure and learn two new tools to strengthen your intention for applying what you learned and specific implementation strategies to counter your greatest obstacles to success.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch, RSVP requested (Rosslyn Room)