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For Organizational Leaders

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

September 21-26, 2014

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. 

Active military personnel, PSU alumni, and teams of three or more attending this program from one company are eligible for a 20% program discount. 


Our enrollment coordinator will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online. Please call 814-865-3435.

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