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What is Take The Lead?

Take the Lead is a learning journey on digital transformation leadership organised by De Tijd & L’Echo and Vlerick Business School. The programme consists of 3 live events and 12 weeks of online learning. The learning journey is completely designed and delivered by Vlerick Business School. Upon successful completion of the programme, the participants will be granted the official Vlerick Business School certificate ‘Digital transformation leadership’.

Who can participate?

Every professional, consultant or entrepreneur with at least 3 years of working experience in any business function (e.g. marketing, operations, ICT, financial management, strategy, …), across any business sector, and eager to learn more, share more, and have more impact, can apply. As the course will be offered in English, the participants are expected to have a proficient level of English.

What will I learn?

After successfully completing this learning journey, you will be able to effectively address the challenge
of digital transformation in a professional context and:

  • Articulate and frame the digital transformation challenge of creating organisational agility
  • Categorise and evaluate key leadership responsibilities in creating organisational agility required
    to succeed in the digital age
  • Introduce and evaluate a number of practices for creating digital-age organisational agility
  • Stimulate and support others to contribute to the organisation’s digital transformation
  • Understand the impact that disruptive technologies have on the leadership in your company
What kind of courses will there be?

In the 12 weeks of your online learning journey, a mix of different didactical formats will be used. There will be webinars, short videos, testimonials, readings, individual assignments and reflection, team assignments and other ways of interaction and knowledge sharing between participants. There will be a variety in read/listen/watch/test/do assignments.

What is the course language?

Take the Lead will be entirely conducted in English. Participants are expected to have a proficient level of English.

When are the classes and live events?

The programme consists of 3 live events: a Kick-Off on 21 March 2019, an AI Inspiration session in April or May (TBA) and a Graduation Event in June (TBA). These events will mainly be planned around Brussels, outside regular working hours. In between, there are 12 weeks of online learning sessions (starting at 21/03/2019) with an expected time investment of 3-4 hours per week.

How much time should I invest in the course?

The expected time investment in the online learning programme is 3-4 hours per week (including videos, readings, webinars and assignments). It’s designed to allow for self-paced learning during each of the 6 online modules. However, the programme has strict timings on module start and end dates to allow you to benefit maximally from peer feedback and group learning as you progress through the journey.

For team assignments, sufficient time will be foreseen, so every team member can contribute when it suits him/her. We will make sure you get a planning of assignments in advance, so you can plan your time carefully. Even though the course will not be interrupted by a break, we will also take into account the holiday periods such as Easter. Please keep in mind that you can only obtain your certificate if you attend at least 90 percent of the course.

Can I combine this course with my job?

Yes, we always keep in mind the impact on the workplace of the participants. That’s why the programme will be, apart from the 3 live events, fully delivered online. This allows you to fit Take the Lead into your busy (professional) schedule. Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that Take the Lead is an intensive course in which you will need to spend at least 3 hours per week.

Who will be mentoring during the programme?

Vlerick Business School professors Dirk Buyens, Miguel Meuleman, Carine Peeters, Walter Van Dyck, and programme director Stijn Viaene will curate the online content and will interact in the learning journey.

Throughout the whole learning journey, you will be guided by a Vlerick learning facilitator/tutor, who will be your first point of contact throughout the learning journey. He/she will assist you with any questions you might have regarding the platform, the content, the learning journey, the assignments, the events …

What is the registration fee?

Thanks to our partners Barco & Microsoft, Take the Lead can be offered at a reduced price to a maximum number of participants. The registration fee for Take the Lead 2019 edition is 950 EUR incl. VAT (785 excl. VAT). This includes:

    • All learning content on the digital learning platform, including active tutoring by a Vlerick
      Business School tutor
    • 4-month access to LinkedIn Learning Content on technological topics
    • Participation in 3 live events, including catering
    • 3-month digital subscription to De Tijd or L’Echo (106,5 EUR value)

Invoices possible on request.

Why isn't Take the Lead free anymore?

Unlike the first editions, Take the Lead won’t be offered free of charge to 200 professionals anymore. Both De Tijd/L’Echo and Vlerick Business School looked for ways to enhance our impact on society and to be able to educate more professionals. We decided to lift the limitation of 200 participants to 450 participants, but to ensure the quality of the programme, a registration fee is needed. Thanks to our partners Barco & Microsoft, Take the Lead 2019 edition can be offered at the reduced price of 950 EUR to a maximum number of participants.

Can I participate if I joined one of the first editions of Take the Lead?

Yes, you can! This year’s edition is completely redesigned to tackle today’s business questions. The challenge of digital transformation is the same, but the focus is different. While the first editions were an answer to the “Why?” of Digital Transformation, this edition we address the “How?”, with a strong focus on organisational agility.

What if I can’t attend one of the live events?

The live events are part of the curriculum, and a great opportunity to meet and connect with your fellow participants. We count on your attendance. However, if you’re not able to attend one of the events but you have actively joined the rest of the course, it won’t prevent you from obtaining your certificate.

What if something is unclear to me during the learning journey?

Of course, you are not in this alone. We provide constant support in the learning journey. You will be guided by a Vlerick learning facilitator, who will be your first point of contact throughout the learning journey. He/she will assist you with any questions you might have regarding the platform, the content, the learning journey, the assignments, the events …

What will happen with my data?

If you enrol on Take the Lead, we need to be able to contact you about this learning journey. Therefore, your personal data will be stored in the database of Vlerick Business School which is the controller of the processing of your personal data. Your name, function, employer and e-mail address will also be shared with Mediafin NV, publisher of De Tijd and L’Echo, for the organisation of Take the Lead (events). You can voluntary opt-in to receive future communications of each organising party. In such case you can – at any time – withdraw your consent of your personal data being used for the purpose you agreed to by sending an e-mail to database@vlerick.com”. Learn more about your rights and the use of your personal data in our privacy policy.


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