Dr. Cheng Zhu is an expert in leadership development, innovation, negotiation, and strategic management. She delivers speeches and programs on organizational innovation, change management, CEO strategy, negotiation, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, improvisation, women leadership, and global leadership.
She has consulted, designed and facilitated executive education programs for thousands of middle to senior level leaders from more than 50 countries. Program participants include government officials, generals, judges, award-winning entrepreneurs, academics, scientists, and managers and executives of multinational companies. Her publications have appeared in Forbes, The ASTD Leadership Handbook, and The Leadership Quarterly Journal, and have been translated into multiple languages.
She has multidisciplinary training in psychology, education, business, government, linguistics, and the performing arts. Her previous professional appointments include: Research Associate at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership, Faculty at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. She was the first Asian to be elected President of the Harvard Graduate Student Government, and received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching and the Harvard Provost’s Outstanding Service Award.
Dr. Zhu is a Fellow of the Disruptor Foundation, co-founded by the late HBS Professor Clayton Christensen, the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation. Fluent in experimental learning and case study methodologies, She is certified in a number of 360-degree/psychological assessments and simulations for executive leadership and organizational development. She also earned an Improv Certificate from NYC's top comedy school The Upright Citizens Brigade and recently guest-starred in the truTV's hit comedy series "Impractical Jokers," in which she explored the nuances of communication across cultures, genders, ethnicities, and personality types.
She lives in Manhattan, New York, and holds a B.A. from Beijing University and a Masters and Doctorate from Harvard University.
Overview of Innovation Leadership Development
Highly tailored to your unique leadership needs and innovation challenges, we design and deliver evidence-based learning solutions that can accelerate your personal and professional transformation. Whether you are taking on new leadership responsibilities or striving to get unstuck in personal or professional lives, you will:
clarify your values and gain insights into personal leadership power and organizational dynamics
create an innovative vision that capitalizes on your strengths
develop effective leadership skills for tackling individual and organizational challenges
1. Transdisciplinary Approaches Based on Cutting-Edge Research
We apply transdisciplinary approaches from the fields of human development, cognitive psychology, behavioral science, neuroscience, health education, and the performing arts to help you identify your best growth strategies. You will discover your new strengths and implement innovative solutions for transformational growth.
2. Focus on Emerging Leadership Needs
We focus on emerging needs in leadership such as women leadership, millennial leadership, global leadership, and diversity, inclusion, and multicultural leadership. Our learning solutions and experiential activities are constantly updated to address the most pressing challenges facing our clients.
3. Integrate the Arts into Leadership and Innovation Initiatives
Leveraging the tenets of theater and improv comedy training, we incorporate arts-based exercises to develop critical leadership and innovation competencies. You will hone important social-emotional skills for greater leadership effectiveness.
Leading Change: Accelerating Personal and Organizational Transformation
CEO Leadership: Strategic Decision Making and Leadership Legacy
Negotiation Strategies and Conflict Resolution: Mastering the Art and Science of Negotiation for Leaders and Teams (Example: Talk on "The Psychology of Negotiation" at New York City Bar Association)
Global Leadership: Best Practices and Future Trends in Leading Across Cultures
Improv for Leadership Presence and Organizational Ambidexterity: Getting Team Members to "Yes, and"
Women Leadership: Leading Differently with Courage and Strategy
Innovation Leadership: Design Thinking as a Strategy for Adaptive Leadership
Leading Effectively in China and the U.S.: Ideals and Practice
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Inclusive Leadership Development
Leading Multicultural / Cross-Functional Teams: Challenges and Opportunities
Managing Stress and Renewing Energy at Workplace and in Life
Effective Leadership Communication: The Art and Science of Giving and Receiving Feedback
Millennial Leadership: Generational Differences in Leadership Styles
Youth Leadership: Clarifying Identity and Purpose
Dr Cheng Zhu on Global Leadership
Dr Cheng Zhu-Women Leaders Activity
Dr Cheng Zhu on Leadership Styles
Dr Cheng Zhu on Leadership Vision
Dr Cheng Zhu's Leadership Exercises
Dr. Cheng Zhu on Team Innovation
Dr Cheng Zhu on Team Leadership
Dr Cheng Zhu's Leadership Seminar
Dr Cheng Zhu's Coaching Exercises
Dr Cheng Zhu on Leaders' Negotiation
1. Executive one-on-one coaching
Helps you clarify your leadership vision and create an action plan to build resiliency and enhance leadership effectiveness.
It is designed for professionals at various leadership levels:
Managers of managers
Heads of divisions
CEOs / C-level executives
2. Customized programs for corporations and government agencies
Help you understand your organizational challenges and priorities and address the specific leadership needs of your teams and organizations.
They are designed for corporate teams from various industries. Program length can vary from two hours, half day, one day, two days, three days, to one week or longer.
Helps you design and implement strategic change initiatives, build adaptive capacities, and create an organizational culture that sustains lasting changes.
1. Strategic Planning and Consulting for Executive Teams
Engage in discovery conversations to identify challenges and potential areas for growth and development
Diagnose contextual and organizational dynamics
Facilitate strategy sessions for executive teams to clarify organizational vision
Conduct in-depth policy and practice analysis in your industry
Develop strategic initiatives and engage stakeholders to support organizational transformation and growth effectively
Measure the progress of strategic execution and conduct impact assessments
2. Innovation Consulting for Organizations
Identify and build adaptive capacities for organizations, by leveraging a variety of methodologies in change management
Develop and execute organization-wide innovation projects to scale and profit
Create an innovative and inclusive organizational culture that enables people to thrive and bring their most creative selves to work
General Colin Powell & Dr. Cheng Zhu @ Eisenhower Fellowships Global Leadership Development Programs
Eisenhower Fellowships Testimonial on Women's Leadership Program led by Dr. Cheng Zhu
Eisenhower Fellowships President's Letter - Testimonial on Multi Nation Program led by Dr. Cheng Zhu
Eisenhower Fellowships Testimonial on Dr. Cheng Zhu's Women's Leadership Programs