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Integrative Thinking for Leaders

Create better choices.

Make something new.

What do you do when you feel forced to choose between two options, and you wish you didn’t have to make the trade-off? Successful integrative thinkers resolve the tension between different ideas by leveraging their differences to create new options.

Based on over 10 years of research and application, this one-day workshop provides a methodology for creating great new answers to some of our toughest problems. 


Faculty & Instructors

Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in Integrative Thinking for Leaders

Jennifer Riel is Managing Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Martin Prosperity Institute and an adjunct professor at the Rotman School, teaching strategy, innovation and integrative thinking to undergraduate, MBA and executive audiences. In this capacity, Jennifer has created and led custom workshops with large public and private sector organizations around the world. She also serves as strategy and innovation advisor to senior leaders at several Fortune 100 companies.

Jennifer is the author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking (with Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business Review Publishing, 2017) She previously served as an editor and collaborator on several of Martin’s books, including The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (2007), The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the New Competitive Advantage (2009) and Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works (with A.G. Lafley, 2013).

Real decision-making tools

By limiting yourself to either-or choices you leave value and opportunity on the table, unclaimed. Integrative Thinking is a set of tools and processes that help leaders

  • Identify new or missed opportunities
  • Highlight the true value of opposing ideas or proposals
  • Address tensions in their workplace
  • Drive innovation and integrative solutions

This one day workshop introduces you to the methodology of integrative thinking and allows you to apply it to existing business problems. By the end of the day you will have concrete tools for collaborative decision-making that can make a real difference in your organization.

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Registration Process

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Payment and Fee Reduction


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the registration form. Deposits will be refunded to registrants not accepted to the program.

Fee Reduction

Rotman Executive Program graduates and Rotman alumni are eligible for a 25% discount on this program. Discounts cannot be combined but we will honour the greater discount amount towards the program fee. For more information on additional discounts, visit Discounts are not redeemable for cash.

*Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs. Participants requiring accommodation during the program are eligible for preferred Rotman rates at select hotels. For more information contact an Executive Programs representative at


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Dates and Fees

1-day program




Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
Leaders at all levels, in any industry


$1,950 CAD + HST


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Speak to our expert Learning Advisor about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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