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Integrative Thinking for Leaders

Create better choices.


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? That is the question we will address in this session. We will introduce the ways in which successful integrative thinkers have resolved this tension and then explore the process of integrative thinking for ourselves.

Over the course of an integrative thinking session, we ask how we can use the tension between opposing models—different views of the world—to create better answers. When faced with clear either-or alternatives—between ideas, perspectives or people—how might we do something other than to simply evaluate and choose?

Based on over 10 years of research and application, this one-day workshop provides a methodology for creating great new answers to some of toughest problems. Blending lecture, discussion and application, the workshop will connect stories and case studies with your context and choices.

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Key Benefits

This session is a balanced blend of the hands-on experience of the process, reflection and group discussions.
By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Explore the theory of integrative thinking, using stories and examples from highly successful leaders
  • Articulate and discuss some of the key tensions they face in their work
  • Apply integrative thinking to a real-world challenge
  • Reflect on the tools and processes of integrative thinking, as well as the mindset that helps spur integrative solutions

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Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for leaders at all levels, in any industry. Senior leaders, in particular, will find the day useful, as it provides an approach to problem solving that aims at adding to your existing toolkit. The goal is to provide concrete tips and a process for collaborative decision-making.

*Lunch and breaks may vary slightly from schedule


  • Integrative Thinking
  • Case Study


  • Workshop on Live Problems
  • Discussion

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 RielJennifer 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).

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Fee: $1,950 CAD + HST

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A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first.

Registration Process

Before beginning the registration process, please review the application policies. To register, complete the online registration form.

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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 or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the program tuition. In addition, partner discounts are also offered for some programs. Where program applicants are eligible for more than one discount, only the greater discount will be applied towards the tuition fee. 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

Bundle these Programs for $3,120 CAD and Save

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How do the programs work together? All of the programs are stand-alone programs, but they complement each other.


Dates and FeesMark your calendar

1-day program


October 5, 2018


Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
Leaders at all levels, in any industry


$1,950 CAD + HST


Questions? We're here to help!
Speak to our expert Learning Advisor about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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