Strategic Leadership in Times of Exponential Change


Harnessing the "Dreams and Details" model to inspire people and drive reinvention

Strategic Leadership in Times of Exponential Change is a deep dive into "Dreams and Details," the dynamic new model that's helping leaders develop and unleash human potential to achieve exceptional performance. In their critically acclaimed book, seasoned executives Jim Hagemann Snabe and Mikael Trolle plumb the power of dreams to inspire people to be part of something meaningful and exciting and the attention to detail needed to develop new capabilities and accelerate organizational transformation.

In four exciting two-day sessions, you'll learn and interact directly with Snabe and Trolle, SMU Cox Professor and Program Director, Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, and a dynamic roster of international business leaders sharing their experiences from the front line.

By the end of this unique leadership journey, you'll:

  • Know how to address the opportunities and challenges of a "season change" from a position of strength
  • Have in-depth perspectives on how established and emerging firms compete through exponential change
  • Understand the key strategic drivers of value creation and appropriation in business ecosystems
  • Be confident in applying the "Dreams and Details" model to solve real problems
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  • Format

    A hybrid in-person/online design with four two-day sessions
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location

    The opening and closing sessions will be held in the Collins Center on the SMU campus.

    The second and third sessions will be virtual.

  • Price

    $12,000, which includes opening reception, breakfasts, lunches and dinners for in-person sessions.

    Group discounts available when multiple attendees from the same organization register together.

    CPE hours: 48



  • Topics

    • Company case studies on Eataly/Degrofa, Siemens IT and Tesla
    • Live discussions with executives from leading companies, including A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, and Energinet
    • Deep dive into the application of the model to energy distribution and transmission
    • Guided group discussions on applying the model to participants’ companies

  • Who Should Attend?

    Senior leaders responsible for creating and driving corporate strategy; executives focused on talent acquisition, retention and development. Especially valuable for leaders in the IT industry and companies with a global focus.



    Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, Program Director
    Professor of Practice in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, SMU Cox
    Chair of the Boards of Directors of

    • Circor International, Ltd, MA
     Humanetics Group, MI

    Member of the Board of Directors Hitachi Ltd, Japan

    Peter Trolle Bonnesen,
    Director of Clients and Partners, Idonea

    Signe Dunne,
    Management Consultant and Change Lead, Energinet

    Soeren Dupont,
    CEO, Energine

    Lars Korby,
    Senior Consultant, Idoena

    Jesper Lok,
    Vice-Chair, Idonea; Board Chair, Dagrofa, Vestergaard Company A/S and UNICE

    Mikael Trolle, Founder and CEO of Idonea and former CEO of Volleyball Denmark with decades of experience as head coach of high-performance sports teams.
    Co-author of "Dreams and Details"

    Jim Hagemann Snabe,
    Chairperson of Siemens AG. Member of the Board of Directors of c3.AI as well as the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. Former Co-CEO of SAP.  Co-author of "Dreams and Details”