The experience to push ideas into action.
Make a big difference in a small amount of time
The Idea Enterprise Executive Leaders have a diversity of backgrounds, yet all are well-connected and highly experienced strategic thinkers who have a track record of putting ideas on a path to action. In addition, we have invited these Executive Leaders to work with ASU because they bring real-time experience in recognizing what works in the world, a systems thinking approach to addressing challenges, and an instinct for asking key questions that lead to better outcomes. Executive Leaders offer:
Help assess and shape the big ideas so they have the best chance of succeeding.
Help focus and frame the issues on which the university is working so that the associated solutions have the best chance of making a meaningful impact.
Provide ASU faculty and researchers valuable feedback on how to make their ideas work even better.
Provide insight into the private-sector perspective and potential new avenues of inquiry.
Commitments for leaders
- Attend two, at most three, Idea Enterprise sessions per year. Each session is two half-days, the afternoon of the first day and morning of the second.
- Review 8-15 ideas per year, providing advice and feedback on their viability in the marketplace and what it would take to make them successful.
What makes an Executive Leader effective?
For each Idea we review, our goal is to bring the richest array of thinking and perspectives to the table. Therefore, we benefit from having Executive Leaders who collectively represent a diversity of backgrounds (sectors, geographies, gender, culture) and provide a breadth of viewpoints.
Executive Leaders are current or former C-Suite entrepreneurs, potentially including respected advisors (legal, financial, strategic) and heads of NGOs.
Executive Leaders are open-minded systems thinkers, rather than linear thinkers, who synthesize and handle many conflicting ideas simultaneously.
Executive Leaders must have interest in working with ideas, intellectual capital, and academics within higher education.
Executive Leaders are interesting and great people who have energy and drive. They are able to work effectively in a team.
Executive Leaders are well-networked professionals that have a strategic vision, experience recognizing what works, and excellent communication skills.