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Strategic Executive Development

What are the executive development practices that make a critical difference to organizational prosperity and deliver superior bottom-line performance?

Strategic Executive Development—written by three leaders in the field of executive development, James F. Bolt, Michael Dulworth and Michael McGrath—shows how world-class companies use executive development to drive business strategy and affect growth. This important resource presents five strategic uses of executive development that produce demonstrable business impact. Based on empirical data gathered from their extensive research and consulting, and a comprehensive survey of executive development in leading organizations, this book answers the key question: What are the investments in executive development that have the biggest impact?

Using illustrative case studies, the authors clearly demonstrate how executive development is being successfully implemented at some of the world's most recognizable and enduring companies. These cases describe what is working and why, offer insights into the key process steps, and show how companies have measured and validated the effects of executive development. Strategic Executive Development offers the framework needed to create an executive development strategy and program that will help your organization achieve measurable business results and develop the executive capabilities needed to win in the marketplace.

Strategic Executive Development is filled with cutting-edge advice and support for program design and development, as well as multiple tools—guidelines, checklists, and templates—for creating high-impact executive development programs and processes, and for measuring the results.

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Praise for Strategic Executive Development

"This book illustrates what we firmly believe at UBS, namely that leadership development is a key means for driving and aligning corporate strategy and culture, thus going far beyond the traditional concept of management education and training. Positioned this way, it is a powerful and not easily replicated competitive advantage."
—Peter Wuffli, president and CEO, UBS AG

"In this day and age, nothing is more important than strategic executive development. Jim Bolt has done a great job in creating a book that is rich in texture with practical, realistic case histories."
—Ram Charan, coauthor, Execution and Confronting Reality

"Jim Bolt continues to support practitioners in designing and developing executive development strategies that accelerate business success. He provides practical advice for addressing business challenges and executive development methods for creating the organizational capability and alignment needed for business success. I have personally been guided by the five high impact uses of executive development."
—Susan Burnett, senior vice president, People and Organization Effectiveness, Gap Inc.

"Brimming with sage guidance and detailed case studies, Strategic Executive Development contains the cumulative wisdom of three master practitioners of executive development."
—Jay A. Conger, coauthor, Growing Your Company's Leaders and professor, Claremont McKenna College

"A great step-by-step guide for creating executive development programs. Real world cases and a good overview of how executive development can be used to impact the organization."
—Val H. Markos, executive director, Leadership Development, BellSouth Corporation

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  • File Size: 3216 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014XTSVO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvette Borcia and Gerry Stern on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Through case studies from major organizations, the book provides: a framework for developing executive develop strategies, systems and programs; highlights of the state-of-the-art in terms of what approaches are proving most effective and promising for the future; insights on maximizing the yield on investment in development; and evidence of the business impact of executive development and examples of ways companies have measured and validated impact.

The book's nine chapters cover:
trends and forecasts; aligning development strategies and programs with business objectives;
the 5 high-impact uses of executive development;
creating strategic unity and alignment;
successful transition of new executives;
accelerating executive development of emerging leaders;
transforming organizations;
addressing business challenges; and
the business impact of executive development.

Information is provided from a 2004 survey of executive development practices.

Other value-added features include:
design of typical action-oriented learning activities; web-based survey: typical question themes; and
different ways to measure executive development.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book seeks to investigate and explain the"investments in executive development that have the biggest impact." The authors are all executives with Executive Development Associates (, a leading consulting firm specializing in the strategic use of executive development.

In 2004 EDA cunducted an in depth survey with senior management of nine major companies. This book is largely the result of what these executives had to say combined with the years of experience that EDA has had in preparing specialized training classes for executives.

As people have worked their way up the organization, they have had to develop leadership and numerous other skills. At the executive level they are now faced with new challenges. These particularly involve strategic decisions for which they have not been previously responsible.

Without going into the details of the book, the problems these new executives face include directing the corporation into new organizational forms, bringing new leaders up the chain, and preparing to meet the big changes that are coming in their corporate world. For change is always coming, and to ignore it is to effectively kill the company. What will happen to your company with dramatic jumps in the price of energy? What effect will the Kyoto protocol have? These are the known challenges. You can be sure that the future has a bunch of surprises that executives will have to meet if their companies are to survive.

This book contains not the answers to these problems, but how to prepare executives to effectively face them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J. Giber on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great companion to Jim Bolt's other recent book, The Future of Executive Development, this latest book provides a detailed look at all the essential pieces of leadership development that is high impact and strategic to an organization's business. Whatever the specific focus of your leadership effort is--whether the driver for you is high potential development or transformation, this book offers detailed, practical help and examples which will guide your efforts. Clearly written and documented, this is an invaluable guide for leadership development practitioners within organizations as well as consultants like myself.
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