Grow yourself and your business to survive and thrive in an era of constant change. With this learning path, you'll learn how to work towards the bigger strategic picture of your business, while keeping your day to day objectives at the forefront.
Develop executive leadership skills.
Create a culture of execution, even in times of change and uncertainty.
Learn the executive leadership qualities that set the best apart from the rest.
1h 42m • COURSE
Leadership Blind Spots with Sara Canaday
Accelerate your leadership potential and career success by identifying the hidden roadblocks that are holding you back.
40m 59s • COURSE
Strategic Planning Foundations with Mike Figliuolo
Learn how to conduct an effective strategic planning process that results in a clear, compelling strategic plan for your organization.
1h 26m • COURSE
Setting Business Unit Goals with Mike Figliuolo
Learn how to set business goals for teams and individual employees, and link goals to strategy, financial results, and incentives.
48m 35s • COURSE
Talent Management with Kathrine Sharon
Adopt a top-notch talent management strategy that helps you recruit and retain employees who add value to your company.
40m 4s • COURSE
The Future of Performance Management with Gary Bolles
Learn why organizations need to re-think what performance means and how they can measure performance differently.
1h 8m • COURSE
Change Management Foundations with Bob McGannon
Learn the principles and process of change management to drive change at the project level, in a certain business area, or throughout an entire organization.
1h 40m • COURSE
Communicating in Times of Change with Tatiana Kolovou
Get the tools you need to be an effective messenger of a change initiative. Learn how to strategize your communication efforts, craft the change communication message, manage difficult questions, overcome resistance, and more.
51m 58s • COURSE
Creating a Culture of Strategy Execution with Mike Figliuolo
Discover how to build a culture of strategy execution. Learn leadership behaviors that foster action, and how to create and manage a culture in which employees are driven to get things done.
47m 42s • COURSE
Strategic Agility with Gary Bolles
Explore agile strategies that can help your organization thrive in an ever-changing business environment.
1h • COURSE
You'll learn leadership and management skills with these experts
Dr. John Ullmen is an executive coach and professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
John Ullmen, PhD, is an internationally acclaimed executive coach who oversees MotivationRules.com and is on faculty at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where his course on interpersonal communication was voted by students as one of the "top 10" experiences in their graduate program.
Dr. Ullmen is a frequent keynote speaker on how to influence for results without resorting to authority or relying on rewards and penalties. His most recent book, Real Influence: Persuade without Pushing and Gain without Giving In (Amacom, 2013), coauthored with Mark Goulston, is in print in many languages, and was chosen as one of the 30 Best Books in Business for 2013 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries.
Spanning a wide range of industries, his clients include industry leaders such as Apple, Bain & Co., Cisco, Deloitte, Disney, Genentech, Frito-Lay, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, NASA, Nike, Oreck, Raytheon, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, UBS, Verizon, Yamaha, and many others.
Dr. Ullmen also works with senior leadership teams, and one of the programs he created for a leading global firm was featured in a Harvard Business School case study on successful strategic and human capital change.
He received a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a PhD in organizational behavior from UCLA. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in a global top-secret intelligence program and later at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development.
Sara Canaday is a leadership development expert, speaker, and author.
In her work, Sara helps companies maximize the contributions of their leaders for bottom-line impact. Drawing on her 15 years of corporate experience, Sara has a unique gift for connecting with audiences and ensuring they walk away with actionable strategies for positive change—strengthening leadership skills, improving business relationships, and enhancing performance.
Sara's career spans more than 20 years, including senior executive positions in sales, operations, and organizational development with USAA and Texas Mutual. After forming her own company, Sara began sharing her expertise in leadership development, executive presence, branding, and emotional intelligence. Her insights have led hundreds of teams and individuals nationwide to make strategic changes with impressive results.
Sara is a member of both the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation, and is an adjunct executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She is certified in the CCL suite of 360-degree multi-rater feedback instruments, and she is accredited through Multi-Health Systems to administer the EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessments.
Sara has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, CNBC, and the American Management Association's Leadership-Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You—According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career.
Mike Figliuolo is founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, a professional services training firm.
He is a nationally recognized speaker and blogger on the topics of leadership, communications, decision-making, problem solving, and other critical business skills. An honor graduate from West Point, Mike served in the US Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding his own company, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is the author of One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership (www.onepieceofpaper.com), Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (www.leadinsidethebox.com), and The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved (www.elegantpitch.com). Mike's blog and the programs he teaches can be found at www.thoughtleadersllc.com.
Katy Sharon is a leadership and organization development professional.
Katy has 20+ years of experience in a range of industries, serving clients from 50 to 150,000 employees. She is currently a consultant working primarily with technology companies to help them increase the effectiveness of their leaders and managers. Katy has held senior positions in human resources and talent management at Gap Inc., Levi Strauss, and Interactive Media. She has had consulting roles at Accenture, PDI Ninth House, and Alliance Leadership. Katy designs, develops, and facilitates management and leadership programs on a variety of topics, including management and leadership fundamentals, coaching and feedback, difficult conversations, developing others, and leading change. She has been a certified facilitator for situational leadership. She brings her certification as an executive coach to her facilitation, helping her to engage participants in a unique way. Katy's clients include Workday, New Relic, NetApp, Chegg, Pandora, ClearSlide, Electronic Arts, Informatica, Ubisoft, and Vanity Fair Outdoor. Katy has also facilitated management programs and has provided executive coaching services at Google, Salesforce, AOL, and Twitter. Katy has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in international studies from Duke University. Katy was a Fulbright scholar in Paris.
Gary A. Bolles is a lecturer and the cofounder of eParachute.
Inspired by the best-selling career book What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, eParachute provides online and in-person programs to help job hunters and career changers. As a partner in Charrette LLC, Gary helps clients identify and understand disruptive trends, often through strategic conferences, innovation consulting, and collaborative initiatives. He has served as a strategic consultant and consulting producer for clients such as Google, Singularity University, Yahoo!, TED, the United Nations, the New Zealand government, the Guggenheim Museum, L'Oréal, Red Bull, National Australia Bank, and the London Business School.
Gary lectures regularly on the future of work and learning, and publishes his writings and presentations on LinkedIn and SlideShare. He has also cofounded a variety of conferences and strategic events, such as DGREE, a 2010 conference focused on the future of higher education, and SOCAP, a gathering for impact entrepreneurs and investors. Formerly, he was the editorial director of technology publications such as Yahoo! Internet Life, as well as the on-screen host of TechTV's Working the Web.
Bob McGannon is a PMP and a PRINCE2 certified consultant, coach, author, and keynote speaker.Bob has set up project management and leadership programs on three continents. He currently serves as the director of Intelligent Disobedience Leadership Pty Ltd in Australia. His company focuses on improving the quality and quantity of business outcomes by sharing novel leadership techniques—using approaches deployed to train dogs! He regularly leverages his capabilities in the portfolio, program, and project management space, and provides leadership consulting, workshops, keynotes, and coaching.Bob specializes in organizational leadership using "intelligent disobedience." He also has extensive experience in strategic program and portfolio management. He has over 30 years of IT, project management, and project analysis experience, 18 of those years with IBM. His management experience includes technology outsourcing, IT delivery measurement and quality, business analysis, and general project management. Bob has worked internationally while playing a major role in the development of international trade applications in use in the United States and Europe. He resides in Australia, where he has worked on government and international private enterprise improvement projects. He has managed project teams as large as 460 individuals, once serving as the IT delivery manager for IBM, supporting American Express.Bob is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, an Executive Project Manager with IBM, and a Project Management Coach for the Boeing Corporation. He also holds a practitioner certificate in the PRINCE2 project management methodology. Bob's book, Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good and Great Leaders is available from Amazon outlets or from the publisher (Routledge in Oxford, UK).
Tatiana Kolovou is faculty member at the top-ranked Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
She came to the United States as an "academic immigrant" from Athens, Greece. Now she teaches business communication and cross-cultural effectiveness. Tatiana consults with executives and teams at large companies to develop effective communication skills for the global enterprise.