Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making


Breakthrough solutions start with assumption-challenging questions and it’s a leader’s obligation to surface them. This unique course uses photography as a powerful mode of learning the key skills required when asking and answering the right questions. Participants increase their capacity to frame new possibilities for their organizations, even as they learn to craft more compelling images.

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  • Rok U: Today we are faced with problems that are so complex that they are not any more only science and technological problems. Hal and Sam challenged us, as leaders and managers, to change our "lens" and look for human dimension in our everyday life.

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  • Pedro L: This was an excellent and very different program. I encourage every leader to take this program in order to have a different mindset and perspective of how leadership can be addressed in a different way.

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Hal Gregersen on Leadership and the Lens

Breakthrough solutions start with assumption-challenging questions—and it’s a leader’s obligation to surface them. In this video, Hal Gregersen discusses how photography has impacted his work as a leader and the questions he asks and lives. The intersection between inquiry and images is the foundation of Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making.

Examining leadership through a different lens—literally

“Leadership and the Lens was a great experience, an intimate class, a very diverse crowd, and a trusting environment in which you could express yourself,” says Ed Higgins. “Everyone brought something different to the table … and everyone felt heard. Hal and Sam were extremely flexible and took the class in the direction that we individually and as a group needed to go.”

Participant Testimonials

"A daring, engaging and intense workshop, taught by two world-class experts in their respective fields. Hal and Sam are both experts and great teachers. They worked together seamlessly to both challenge and encourage us, no matter our level of expertise in either discipline. Your passion for these two topics will be greatly rewarded.  Highly recommended!"
Stan Baginskis, Senior Director, Architecture and Growth Strategy, Chief Technology and Architecture Office at Cisco

“Innovative Leadership and Photography has been the most powerful and inspirational course I attended in my life, giving me the right tips for my job. Photography is used not just as a metaphor for leadership but as way to improve leadership: observing reality, thinking solutions, making decisions, having vision, stepping back to see and reflect, choosing the right moment, learning from mistakes, going deeper into the meaning of what we are doing. Thanks to two great masters the workshop has been every day both surprising and effective."
Enrico Rimoldi, Communication Director, YBP, Milan, Italy