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Workshop 10: Leadership Development Programs: Current State and State-of-the-Art


Jeffrey J. McHenry, Rainier Leadership Solutions
Allan H. Church, PepsiCo


Ramzi Baydoun, Abbott Labs


Organizations face the dual challenge of making leadership development programs relevant to leaders’ learning needs and “sticky” (i.e., leaders apply what they’ve learned on the job). This workshop will examine how organizations are approaching leadership development and how well they perceive their efforts are working. Also, in this workshop we will highlight some innovative approaches organizations are taking to get greater impact from their leadership development investment.

Full Description:

Annual spending on leadership development exceeds $15B in the U.S. alone. Organizations recognize how important effective leadership is to their sustained success. Yet many express concern and frustration with the effectiveness of their leadership and high-potential development efforts. In this workshop, our focus is on formal leadership development programs such as training, experiential learning, mentoring and coaching, etc. We look at what types of programs organizations are investing in and how satisfied they are with their return on investment. We also share examples of creative approaches organizations are taking to ensure that their programs are building the capabilities their leaders need and that their leaders are applying their learning back to their jobs.

Intended Audience:

Intermediate: General audience at the post graduate level. This workshop is appropriate for I-O psychologists and HR practitioners who are responsible for leadership development strategy, design, and delivery inside organizations or as consultants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the different approaches organizations are taking to leadership and high-potential development
  • Identify and compare leadership development approaches and techniques that result in the best payoff for the organization
  • Discuss and generate creative approaches to the leadership development challenges organizations are facing

Presenter Biographies:

Jeffrey J. McHenry, Ph.D. is the founder and principal of Rainier Leadership Solutions and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Jeff’s areas of expertise include leadership talent management, succession planning, executive coaching and assessment, leadership team building, and leadership and high-potential development. He frequently speaks and delivers workshops at professional conferences, including the Conference Board, Linkage, and the Human Resource Planning Society. He has consulted with numerous clients, including Microsoft, Deloitte, 3M, the Gates Foundation, Weyerhaeuser, and World Vision. Previously, Jeff spent 18 years at Microsoft Corporation, where he held a variety of HR and talent development roles based in both the U.S. and Europe. His last role at Microsoft was general manager, leadership development and recruiting, where he was responsible for executive recruiting and talent management, leadership and high potential development, and organizational development for the entire corporation. Jeff has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Allan H. Church, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President of Global Talent Assessment and Development at PepsiCo. He is responsible for setting the enterprise talent assessment and development strategy for high-potential identification throughout all levels of the organization, and strengthening the leadership pipeline via the People Planning talent review process. Along with leading the global strategy and execution of these efforts, Allan and his team deliver high-touch internal assessment and development efforts to top executive talent. Allan joined PepsiCo in December 2000. Previously he spent nine years as an external OD consultant working for W. Warner Burke Associates and several years at IBM in the Communications Measurement and Research, and Corporate Personnel Research departments. On the side, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and Chair of the Mayflower Group (a survey consortium). Currently he is an Executive Committee member of the Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management and an incoming member of the Board of Directors for the Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS). He is also on the editorial board of a number of professional journals including Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Practice and Research, Consulting Psychology Journal, Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and the OD Practitioner. Allan received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

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