2nd Annual Leadership Spring Series: How to Map and Execute a Strategy ***April 9th!!!***

Back by popular demand, The Wharton Club of Philadelphia, along with the Philadelphia Alumni Club Partners; Harvard, HBS and Princeton, invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Leadership Spring Seminar Series!!! 


The Wharton Club of Philadelphia invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Leadership Spring Seminar Series.  
We are continuing our commitment of providing leading edge insights, by inviting respected business leaders to share their perspectives and recommendations to develop . . .

The Art of LEADERSHIP into a Strategic Plan for Success.

Dates: January 9th, February 20th, March 12th and April 9th - 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $35 for each session, all 4 for $125

Location: The Union League of Philadelphia – Ranked the #1 City Club in the Country

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 Featured Speakers: 

  April 9th

Thomas Kaney and Richard McKnight: How to Map and Execute a Strategy

Thousands of books have been written about strategic planning and for good reason: most executives find the subject mysterious, difficult, even baffling. In this session, the presenters will demystify strategy and will introduce participants to the most useful planning tool for strategists to come along in decades: strategy maps. Developed originally by the originators of The Balanced Scorecard, the presenters have taken this tool farther and will equip you to use it to achieve your own strategic objectives. This session will be 20% lecture, 80% workshop. Learn what an “executable” strategy is and begin creating one in this highly interactive session.

As Senior Vice President, Human Resources for GlaxoSmithKline, Thomas was the primary architect of post-merger integration of four mega-mergers including Smith Kline and French and Beecham PLC which has been hailed as a benchmark for merger success through culture renewal, leadership development, and HR and business process transformation.   His expertise includes strategy formulation and execution; organization design; alignment of workforce and business strategies, HR best practices to support and drive business strategy, talent management/ succession, and leadership development/coaching.  Tom is the co-author of “Leading Strategy Execution” and is an alum of Antioch and Pennsylvania State Universities. 

Richard brings 30 years as an organization development professional, specializing in organization design and deep employee engagement.  Bringing a balance to their professional partnership. Richard writes a monthly column for the Philadelphia Business Journal called "Perspective on People."  He is also an artist and author (www.richardmcknight.com).   Specialties: strategy development, coaching, senior team development, employee surveys, employee engagement, and competency model development.  Richard has his PhD from Temple University and a MSW from the University of Washington.

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Previous Speakers:

January 9th: 

Barbara Eiser - Strategic Imperative: Maximizing Effectiveness of Cross-Functional and Cross-Cultural Teams

In today’s global, highly matrixed organizations, teamwork is essential to successfully executing strategies. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn to think strategically about, and apply proven techniques to, maximizing the productivity of teams.  Topics will include: 1) How to analyze team dynamics and causes of conflict; 2) Best practices for maximizing team effectiveness and productivity; 3) Characteristics of effective team leadership; 4) Special cases:  cross-functional, cross-cultural, and executive teams.   Workshop attendees will participate in assessments and exercises that increase their self-awareness of conflict behaviors, as well as team leader and member actions.  There will also be examples of successful interventions that have helped executive and cross-functional teams resolve conflict and become more effective.  

Barbara is president of Leading Impact, a firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and team transformation.  She has over 25 years of business, management, and global executive coaching experience.  Prior to founding Leading Impact, she was a Vice President in major New York and Chicago companies where she led strategic planning and change initiatives, managed teams, and served on executive task forces for computer system conversions, product and process innovations, company startups and acquisitions. Barbara holds master’s degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities, and is an Adjunct Executive Coach at Wharton.

February 20th

Richard Marcus: Using Individual Development Plans as Core Component in Manager Development

Over the past 20 years a variety of best practices have emerged for developing managerial talent in organizations. Central to these is the Individual Development Plan. (IDP). This session will provide an overview of considerations required when executing a personally relevant IDP (for yourself or others). We will begin by reviewing context, components (including assessment tools) process and deliverables commonly used in any effective IDP process. Then we will switch to more “hands on” with participants going through an interactive table exercise that allows them to “take stock” of their personal managerial strengths and weakness, creating a  “draft” IDP designed that addresses recognized development gaps.  

Richard Marcus is an independent consultant who specializes in assessing and coaching professionals on a range of issues related to effective leadership and management.  Areas of focus often include succession planning, developing and enhancing leadership competencies for successful migration up the organizational ladder, developing interpersonal and emotional intelligence, and especially how to avoid derailing by being your own worst enemy.  Richard not only coaches Wharton MBA students, he is one of ours with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

March 12th

Gregory Shea: Change Fatigue

Everyone can feel it. People are getting exhausted from having to deal with constant change and increased demands. But, what can you do to minimize and manage change fatigue in yourselves and others?  Based on 30 years of stories and experience leading major change efforts, the group discussion will center on: 

  • The major causes of change fatigue
  • How to pace yourself and others (direct reports, clients) to minimize change fatigue
  • How to implement change in such a way as to minimize change fatigue
  • How to develop a useful mindset for dealing with a world of constant change
  • Techniques for handling one's self and leading other  

Gregory consults, teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of organizational and individual change, leadership, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. He is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change, Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and of its Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Wharton School, and President of Shea & Associates.  Greg is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and holds an M.Sc. in Management Studies from the London School of Economics and an M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. in Administrative Science from Yale University.