offer customized executive education because it's what
works best for all but the most introductory topics.
Given the widely-differing needs of each organization, there is
no “one size fits all” development curriculum, architecture
or program that can be ported from one organization to another.
While it's easy to cut and paste or “global replace”
educational materials, it simply doesn’t work in the real
world. The businesses, their cultures and their problems are too
An Approach Based on Practical Experience
We take a practical approach in both the design and the delivery
of executive development activities. Before we started teaching
in top-tier university programs, we spent a few decades in actual
business roles across such industries as financial services, advertising
and marketing, real estate investment and the like. We know first-hand
that too much time spent in listening mode in a classroom setting
can be deadly. So we make our sessions lively, often case-based,
highly interactive, and spectacularly well-delivered.
A Program Designed for Your Needs
The design and delivery of our management development programs
are tailored to accomplishing your specific, identified objectives.
A helpful question we often ask our clients is how much they need
to focus on:
1. Increasing knowledge;
2. Developing and honing skillsets;
3. Changing or embracing attitudes, and/or
4. Adapting new behaviors.
If it is a combination of the above, what should that allocation
be? It helps us, as we design sessions and programs with and for
you, to add or flavor the mix with academic colleagues, guest speakers,
live cases, simulations, or action-learning elements.
While we are proud of our own thought leadership and intellectual
capital as published in The Trusted Advisor, The Trusted
Leader, Your Leadership Legacy and elsewhere, we find
that this tailored approach works best.
Executive Education and Development Examples
Here are some examples of executive education and development efforts
in which we have been involved:
- Designing, developing and teaching strategic leadership programs
for the finance and infrastructure groups of one of the world’s
largest financial services entities. The four-day program included
guest professors, simulations and custom cases, and was delivered
in North America, Europe and Asia.
- Creating a session on Building Client Relationships for account
executives at a major investment management firm. The two days
include custom cases, senior firm executives taking on client
roles, and self-assessments.
- Teaching numerous half-day sessions to partners at a major law
firm in three cities, focusing on direction-setting, feedback
and coaching their attorneys.
- A two-day session for high-potential vice-presidents in the
finance area, covering corporate, business, and operating strategies.
The session included Harvard-style cases and lots of application