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i4cp Flash Call: Building an Executive Development Program from the Ground Up

The corporate world is continuously evolving, and many HR professionals are understanding the importance of developing leaders who are tightly aligned with organization goals to maintain company performance.

Peers joined for a member-led discussion on structuring a comprehensive Executive Development program from its early stages and ensuring alignment to business goals and values.

Top 4 things we explored:

The Executive Development Program Journey – Most call participants are in the planning stages of their journey, actively looking for new insights on key content and delivery.

What is included? – A majority of members use coaches, instructor-led trainings, and sponsors when developing their executives. The consideration of case studies, experience simulations, and cohorts are also explored, but the overall goal for members is to develop a drive for purpose in their leaders. 

Experience, Education, and Exposure – Members found that meaningful development comes from prioritizing experience and exposure over education with a 70-20-10 approach. Building the foundation for executive presence with development programs and presentation skills are optimal for leadership readiness.

Leadership Wellbeing – The state of leadership teams easily cascades down throughout an organization. Members explored the importance of increasing the awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing amongst leaders and making it a critical component in their programs.

Great comments we heard: 
“We are focused on individualized experiences, but we still emphasize the importance of the cohort because we’ve found the biggest value to our participants and the business, especially from a post development experience standpoint, are those connections and the ability to talk with somebody who maybe works in a different function or a different area of the business.”

“In an effort to facilitate those connections, we recently encouraged each member of our cohort of 40 (VP+) to submit a current business challenge they were experiencing as pre-work for a development session. We reviewed that data, themed it out, and then shared it back out to the cohort asking, "Hey, are you experienced something similar, or could you help with this issue?". Using that response data, we slotted participants into discussion groups focused on those themes of similar challenges and areas of expertise.”  

-Alexis Carroll, Director, Accelerated Development, Comcast

“We have three global leader meetings a year with our top 80 global leaders (they’ve been virtual the past couple years and we met in-person/hybrid in July).  One of the days is dedicated to executive development.  Between these full group meetings, we organize into smaller “peer learning circles” and each of our 9 executive team leaders is a captain of a peer circle, so it really gets that cross functional peer to peer interaction.  Each circle is designed to be about 90 minutes go deeper on content, talk about application, give/receive feedback and identify actions.  We’ve developed a nice cadence of continuous executive development with our senior most leaders and building more interaction and development across our global network.”  

- Steve King, Vice President, Rich Talent Center, Rich Products Corporation

Resources:

Vendor & Partner Highlight: 

Members vouched for their favorite vendors and partners used in their executive development programs. Here is a compiled list of the many we heard:

Type

Name

Description

Recommending Organization

Speaker

Rob Cross

Micro Stressors and Resilience

EW Scripps

Speaker

Beverly Kaye

Leadership Development

Cross River Bank

Assessment

Pinsight

Assessment Tool

Aldi

Curriculum

Abilitie

Higher Level Leader Development

Charter Communications

Consultancy

Cook Ross

Inclusive Leadership

Ally Financial

Partnership

INSEAD

Leadership Development

The World Bank

Academic Partner

UNC - Chapel Hill

Business School

Ally Financial

Academic Partner

IMD

Business School

CPP Investments

Academic Partner

Wharton

Business School

Cross River Bank

Education  

Acumen Learning

Business Acumen Training

 

i4cp

Education

Center for Creative Leadership

Looking Glass Simulation

i4cp

Assessment

Hogan

Personality Assessment Tool

i4cp

Assessment 

Myers Briggs

Personality Assessment Tool

i4cp

Leader Community

World 50

Community for Senior Executives

Comcast

Consultancy

Lee Hecht Harrison

Management consultancy

EW Scripps

Consultancy

Deloitte

Leadership Development

Charter Communications

Curriculum

Core Leader

Leading from purpose

VNS Health

Curriculum

Impact International

Experiential Learning

CPP Investments

Curriculum

Interact Studio

Executive Presence and Presentation

Ally Financial

Research Partner

Korn Ferry

 Purpose-Driven Leadership

 Rich Products

Research Partner

NeuroLeadership Institute

Bias Mitigation

VNS Health

 

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