Our economy is moving swiftly out of the industrial age into the new economy of the Internet, knowledge and innovation. Executive leaders require a new perspective on the external environment, and new tools to lead one’s internal organizational structure and way of doing business.  Discover information not available anywhere else about how the marketplace and business is changing. Then find out what executive leaders need to know about the new economy to position your organization for success moving forward.  The nationally acclaimed book,  Nine Shift: Work, life and education in the 21st Century, by William A. Draves and Julie Coates, is included in your course fee.
One-month course; William A. Draves, CAE, instructor

Unit 1
The Big Change

  • The decline of the industrial age
  • The rise of the new economy
  • Parallels to 100 years ago
  • Implications for your organization
Unit 2
How the marketplace changes
  • The decline of suburbs
  • The rise in intangible goods
  • The new Knowledge Worker class
  • Opportunities and threats for your organization
Unit 3
How your organization changes
  • The workplace of the 21st century
  • Managing from a distance
  • Gen Y values and behavior
  • Your pyramid collapses
Unit 4
New executive leadership skills
  • The vision thing
  • Managing your people
  • Leading your organization
  • Planning your moon shot
Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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February 3 - 28, 2020
April 6 - May 1, 2020

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$495.00 USD
$245 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
William A. Draves, CAE,  is a leading futurist whose predictions about the changing economy and society have been documented in such national media as The New York Times, Forbes, Advertising Age, Kiplinger’s, TEDxNASA, BBC Global Business, and more.  He has keynoted conferences for business, nonprofit and government executives all over Canada and the United States. The BBC calls Nine Shift “Fascinating reading.”  The famous management guru Peter Drucker called it “A most interesting book.”
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • To provide executives with a new perspective on the new economy of the 21st century
  • To deliver new information about the changes in demographics, society and economics
  • To address the issues executives face in a changing marketplace
  • To provide executives with new tools to position their organizations for success in the changing economy

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will:
  • Have a new perspective on the changing economics, marketplace and society of the 21st century
  • Understand the parallel for executive leaders between today and 100 years ago
  • Be better able to analyze your organization’s external and internal environment, your strengths and weaknesses in the new economy, and your opportunities and threats moving forward
  • Take back new information, skills and tools to position your organization for success in the new economy 
Completion Requirements