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Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Culture: Keys to Competitive Advantage

This week long executive program offered at Penn State is designed for leaders charged with creating and implementing strategy. Participants will assess forces shaping their business environment, examine organizational capability and talent needed to compete, and learn how to establish a common sense of focus and purpose that drives commitment, cooperation, and performance.

Successful leaders see opportunity where others see pitfalls. Through every type of economic climate, leaders must continue to look to the future, stimulate innovation, and execute for profitable performance. Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Culture:  Keys to Competitive Advantage creates value for you and your organization in these three ways.

Program Objectives

Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Culture provides senior leaders  with the integrated strategic and management perspective to compete and grow the organization. You will learn how the forces of culture impact performance and hone communication skills to establish a common sense of purpose that drives commitment and cooperation.

    Who Should Attend

    This program is designed for those charged with creating and implementing strategy, organizational capability, and talent development. Past participants have been directors thru VP-level.  General managers will benefit also. The participant may or may not have direct reports but is in a position of strategic influence in the enterprise or business unit.

    Note to Government Professionals:  This program fulfills much of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) required for Senior Executive Service.

    Program Benefits

    Aligning Strategy, Leadership, and Culture prepares you to effectively deal with the multi-faceted complexities of leading today’s organizations. Specifically, you will improve your ability to:

    • Critically assess and respond to the changing environment and marketplace
    • Articulate your organization's core capabilities and operational focus to compete
    • Learn a "Design Think" framework for creating strategy
    • Apply critical thinking to test innovation initiatives
    • Understand how financial performance affects process and operations in an organization
    • Assess your organizational culture and the propensity for change
    • Communicate, motivate, and empower talent to lead and implement organizational change

      “Personally, the class gave me the opportunity to take a good look at my own motives and expectations in relation to "work.”  Taking the time to compare where my motives lie and recognizing how that affects my leadership style will fundamentally improve my professional development. Excellent program that I would definitely recommend.”
      – Matthew Caesar, Chief of Product Development, Digital Solutions Incorporated/Inmate Telephone Incorporated

      Program Content

      Faculty leaders will have you step back and take a global view of your organization where you will confront the broad shifts impacting the business. Then you will break down your role into components of strategic, interpersonal, and execution.

      Strategic Leadership

      Assessing the external environment

      Setting direction for your organization

      Leading innovation and Design Think-based strategy

      Managing cycles of change

      Encouraging flexibility and creativity

      Enhancing People Systems

      Leadership roles and responsibilities

      Team-building methods

      Implementing Change

      Understanding your organizational environment and propensity for change

      Translating strategic intent into action

      Enhancing leadership effectiveness through better communication

      Performance Measures

      Creating value

      Evaluating success through the numbers

      Acquiring levers for enhancing performance

      “This program helped me to start to think outside the box an learn the concept of continual product/process development (momentum); as well as leadership styles, and when and how to use them.”
      Nabeel Sarwani, M.D., - Assistant professor of radiology and Director, Body MRI, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

      Value Created for Your Company

      Research Instrument -  What's your organizational DNA? Through an exclusive tool that uses current data provided by your colleagues, you receive a candid, objective assessment of your current organizational and leadership environment.  The Strategy, Leadership, Culture Questionnaire (SLCQ) is a simple but powerful process that measures 18 critical dimensions of organizational effectiveness.

      Change Leadership Simulation - You will apply concepts discussed about the process of change through a computer-based simulation that has you determine the appropriate tactics and timing of them in order to lead a successful change initiative. This is an extremely powerful tool that provides intense learning in a short period of time.


      Faculty Leaders

      Faculty Director

      Dr. Carlo Ninassi, Associate Professor of Practice - Strategy & Innovation, Executive Programs, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Faculty Leaders

      Dr. Albert A. Vicere, Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Ms. Maria W. Taylor, Managing Director of Executive Programs, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Mr. Kenneth Pasch, Instructor in Accounting, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

      Mr. Jason Lewis, Management Consultant, ExperiencePoint


      The program fee of $7,950 includes all instructional materials, private room accommodations, meals, and access to recreational facilities

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      Program Dates
      September 21 - 26
      Executive Education Center, University Park Campus
      Value Creations Teams

      We support team participation to maximize the impact of content and drive change within your organization faster and more efficiently. Organizations that send three or more participants will receive significant savings. Teams also have access to the full resources of Penn State during and after the program.