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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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Meet the Author

James F. Bolt is chairman and founder of Executive Development Associates, Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in the strategic use of executive development. He was selected by the Financial Times as one of the top experts in executive and leadership development; Linkage, Inc., named him one of the top fifty executive coaches in the world. Bolt is an online columnist for Fast Company. His previous books include Executive Development: A Strategy for Corporate Competitiveness and The Future of Executive Development.

Michael Dulworth is the managing director of Executive Development Associates, Inc.

Michael McGrath, PhD., is vice president ofExecutive Development Associates, Inc.

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Table of Contents


1. Critical Trends in Executive Development: What Lies Ahead?

2. Creating Executive Development Strategies and Programs That Support Your Business Objectives.

3. The Five High-Impact Uses of Executive Development.

4. Creating Strategic Unity and Alignment.

5. Ensuring the Successful Transition of New Executives.

6. Accelerating the Development of Emerging Leaders.

7. Transforming Organizations.

8. Identifying and Addressing Critical Business Challenges.

9. The Business Impact of Corporate Executive Development.

Appendix A: EDA 2004 Trends Survey Advisory Board.

Appendix B: EDA 2004 Trends Survey Respondent Demographics.

Appendix C: Definitions of Twelve Best Practices from the EDA 2004 Trends Survey.

Appendix D: Comparing 2000 and 2004 Trends Survey Results.

Appendix E: Research and Analysis: Examples of Documents to Gather and Review.

Appendix F: Design: Typical Action-Oriented Learning Activities.

Appendix G: Pilot Program: Typical Facilitator Activities.

Appendix H: EDA’s Rapid-Cycle Design® Process.

Appendix I: Web-Based Survey: Typical Question Themes.

Appendix J: Different Ways of Measuring Executive Development.


About the Authors.

About Pfeiffer.

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