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Executive Development Courses Launching at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business

October 20, 2011 14:00 by Ann Pace

Executive Development courses designed to enhance specific business skills of executives across industries will be offered for the first time by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business this fall. These sessions will provide an in-depth analysis of specific business topics and challenges relevant to today’s managers and senior executives.

“As business globalizes and changes, executives who are able to adapt and grow their organizations will find success – this is why we design courses to help executives meet both today’s and tomorrow’s business challenges,” said Paul Almeida, senior associate dean for executive education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “From finance to strategy to leadership, our Executive Development courses offer participants context, guide them through new concepts, provide them with the necessary tools and techniques, and help them achieve the mindset and approach needed to tackle an increasingly complex business world.”

These intensive, three-day courses are structured for individuals working executives to advance their careers, as well as their performance and impact for their organizations in a format that is compatible with their challenging schedules. Participants will hear classroom lectures, study and discuss relevant material and issues, discuss case studies, and focus on practical solutions.

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World-Class CEOs Are Made, Not Born

May 5, 2011 12:45 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Experts devoted to the study of leadership point to character and competence cultivated over decades as precursors to success. RHR International, a leader in the field of senior executive performance, believes it is possible to accelerate this cultivation timeline as well as the development results.

In part one (“Defining World-Class Performance Dimensions”) of a 2-part edition of its publication, Executive Insight, RHR International outlined the criteria that define world-class leadership performance in the Chief Executive position:

  • Ensure the right company strategy and direction
  • Make the right investment of company resources
  • Maintain unwavering focus on talent
  • Create customer and stakeholder value
  • Manage “moments of truth” with wisdom and skill

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WSJ: Why CIOs Are Last Among Equals

May 24, 2010 17:29 by jllorens

Are CIOs doomed to forever be second-class citizens among top executives?

We don't think so, but they've got a lot of work to do to avoid that fate.

Chief information officers are more important than ever to the success of their companies, given the crucial role information technology has come to play in every aspect of business. But in most companies, the CIO still isn't viewed as a peer by other senior executives, who tend to see CIOs as specialists lacking the full set of broad management skills. Very few CIOs have become CEOs, especially outside the high-tech industry.

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Executive Development - "Playing with the Big Kids"

October 9, 2009 17:23 by ASTD Research

Does your organization have an executive development program? If not, they are representative of the 34% of organizations recently sampled in the Executive Development: Strategic and Tactical Approaches report that have no active executive development program. Only 38% of participating companies have an active executive development program, while 23% have a program that is activated as necessary.

The executive development “playground” is dominated by “the big kids” – large organizations with substantial revenues. As annual revenue increases, so does the likelihood of having an executive development program. Executive development is a costly investment, with the average amount spent on each employee participating in a program reaching $12,370. More...


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What Types of Organizations are Active in Executive Development?

April 24, 2009 17:10 by ASTD Research

Executive development is a multi-billion dollar business endeavor and a critical component to an organization’s long term growth and survival. Organizations invest significant resources to develop today’s leaders into tomorrow’s executives, often with little information on what other organizations have found to be successful (or unsuccessful). A new study by ASTD, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, examined how organizations handle executive development, how much they spend on the programs, who is involved, how are the participants selected, what makes these programs most effective, success stories and lessons learned. 

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Hiring The Right Type Of Executive For The Future

March 5, 2009 19:19 by jllorens

(LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., BUSINESS WIRE)As these turbulent economic times unfold, companies are looking to experts, inside and out, to help them rein in costs and keep overhead and labor expenses in line with revenue. Cost containment is the mantra -- and while it will continue as such until organizational revenue and profitability projections stabilize, the future is with another type of executive.

According to Michael D. Zinn, president of Michael D. Zinn & Associates, an executive search firm, "Companies soon will want executives who embrace change. They will want executives who can literally see around the corner – individuals who can change or transform an organization by making decisions based upon their ability to extrapolate and integrate incomplete and often seemingly random data. This is what differentiates some truly stand out executives from the pack."

These executives know what is happening in the marketplace and in their industry. They know what is happening inside their own company as well as others, and they have a global network of business friends and associates who continuously feed them information, data and ideas.

They can come from outside the organization, or within. "This type of executive knows which way the marketplace and industry are going, and, as a result, will make better decisions that will change or enhance an organization's direction," Zinn adds. "The vision this executive brings will be quite different from what has worked in the past."

But how do you find these people? Where are they? What kind of experience do they have and what do you look for in order to identify their talent?

"Being bright is a given," emphasizes Zinn. "However these people bring so much more with them than mere intelligence. They have a history of quantifiable results and accomplishments. They relate well to others, both inside and outside of the organization. And, their careers reflect a steady progression with the right companies – the leaders in their respective fields.

"They have made a career out of making hard decisions both for the companies they have joined and the business models they have made work. They are relatively easy to spot. The trick is to get them to consider your organization," concludes Zinn.

Founded in 1988, Michael D. Zinn & Associates conducts specialized searches for senior executives, including: chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief marketing officers, chief technology officers, and chief financial officers, as well as their direct reports and staff. The organization's clientele comes from Global 2000 companies, as well as mid-cap, small cap, and the portfolio companies funded by private equity and venture capital organizations.

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