Smart Leaders 2023: Thinking and Innovation Skills WEBCAST Presented by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

Tuesday, November 2 9:30am PDT - Thursday, November 18 12:30pm PST

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24.0 Credits

Member Price $1,570.00

Non-Member Price $1,670.00


The purpose of this one-of-a-kind executive program, which has evolved over the course of five decades of research, is to give you the techniques and insights for changing the way you think and the organization you lead.

Special Features

  • Six sessions of three-hours duration spread over three weeks (see details below)
  • Two pre-course workbooks of readings and diagnostic tasks
  • A 100+ page instructional manual and supplemental notes
  • Opportunities to solve your most troublesome problems

This is a multiple day event.  The start and end time for each day are listed below:

  • November 2, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • November 3, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • November 4, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • November 16, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • November 17, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • November 18, 2021 – 9:30am to 12:30pm


The Mind and Genius of a Smart Leader

  • What will determine how you lead
  • Old world vs. new world realities
  • Linear vs. exponential disruption
  • Big data, complexity, risk & AI
  • Five future mindsets: What will count
  • Integrative thinking: The SL thesis

Thinking Styles: As We Think So We Become

  • Perception: How the brain makes up its reality
  • Creative vs. analytical thinking: Hard truths
  • Why we have difficulty solving our problems
  • Head vs. gut: Our internal cognitive conflicts
  • The tricks our brains play and the consequences
  • A simple and better way to solve big problems

Overcoming the Barriers to our Creativity

  • The biggest impediment to our creative thinking
  • The neurobiology of fear & how to overcome it
  • Getting beyond the self-imposed ‘Box’
  • Understanding the mind’s hardware and software
  • Intuition, intelligence, imagination and insight
  • Why smart people do really dumb things
  • The origins of every brilliant business decision
  • How to speak to your brain and make it listen

Fostering Workforce Resilience and Innovation

  • Why we’re so bad at it and how to fix it
  • Rooting out the antigens: Dogma and groupthink
  • A framework for innovation: Origin to execution
  • How to design, evaluate & develop your proposal
  • The art of the pitch & how to sell “any” idea
  • Auditing and building an enduring, resilient culture
  • Reconciling the paradox of efficiency vs. creativity

Group and Individual Thinking Tools and Techniques

  • How to find new ideas: Reframing the paradigms
  • The power of groups vs. going it alone: When and how
  • Eight powerful group problem-solving techniques
  • Seven individual ideation methods for real problems
  • The pathway for analytics to become more creative

Protecting and Liberating the Power of Your Genius

  • Brain health: Five ways to prevent cognitive decline
  • Aging and dementia: Will you have enough in the tank?
  • Brain fitness: Use it or lose it (the choice is yours)
  • Investing in your professional growth and marketability
  • The recipe for your future: Releasing your genius
  • What smart leaders know that others don’t understand



Designed For

CPAs, Finance Professionals, accountants


The purpose of this proven, one-of-a-kind program, which has evolved over the course of five decades of research, is to give you the techniques and insights for changing the way you think and the organization you lead. As prior attendees say, this program has changed lives.


Pre-reading, diagnostic tasks, and participant profile and reading and diagnostic tasks during the one week break between the semesters.


The program consists of six webinars of three hours duration spread over three weeks, two pre-course workbooks and substantial supplemental notes.



Jim Murray

Dr. Jim Murray is CEO of optimal solutions international, a firm dedicated to helping people achieve their full potential. Jim has taught courses for CPABC since 1982.

He is the architect of several advanced residential programs for five provincial CPA bodies, has published four best-selling books, and provided his strategic counsel to well over 600 organizations. He has been nationally honored by the university community and formally recognized for “excellence in the design and delivery of life-long learning.

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Non-Member Price $1,670.00

Member Price $1,570.00