Making People a Competitive Advantage—Online

Coming Fall 2024

What do all of your business priorities have in common? They require the right people to succeed. Join the Making Your People a Competitive Advantage program and emerge with the skills to create strong talent management processes, ensuring continuous improvement and long-term success for your organization.

In this program, you will gain frameworks to align talent management with strategic goals, identify and nurture future top talent, and build high-performing teams. You will enhance your ability to create a culture of sustained high performance by focusing on key leadership principles, such as personal feedback and action planning.

By focusing on effective talent management and strategic leadership, you will cultivate a high-performance culture, navigate the complexities of cultural reinforcement versus necessary changes, and balance specialized expertise with broad leadership skills. You'll emerge with the skills to foster a resilient and adaptable organization in an ever-changing market.

By attending, you will gain:

  • Leadership skills to manage short-term results and long-term organizational growth
  • Insights into human behavior to create a high-performance culture.

  • Knowledge to improve talent management and develop future leaders.

  • Frameworks to enhance team dynamics and performance.

  • Applicable tools for personal leadership development.

A High-Impact Learning Format

In this interactive, collaborative program, you'll learn through a blend of self-paced and live-online learning. You’ll experience a blend of classroom sessions, group discussions, a case study, assessments, and simulations with real-time practice. Each module builds on the last, ensuring an impactful learning experience that makes you confident in your new skills and ready to drive change.

This program benefits mid- to senior-level managers whose business unit is charged with creating value for the organization and who are responsible for leading and managing change. It is designed to provide those in leadership roles with techniques to encourage an environment necessary for long-term, profitable growth—one in which people can take risks, make mistakes, generate new ideas, and seize opportunities.

John Philbin

Adjunct Associate Professor, Executive Education Programs

As the founder and Managing Partner of Spectacular at Work, John Philbin helps companies compete and win and helps them create cultures where their people thrive.

John advises CEOs and develops future business leaders around the world. John and his team coach leaders and up-and-comers, help companies determine who to hire to make their company stronger, and architect leading people processes to make sure companies have a steady flow of future leaders that fit their culture.

John works with some of the most respected companies in the world (Blue Cross Blue Shield, PWC, Aon, Reebok, McDonalds) and with companies who aspire to be great. Really any company that wants to be better at the people stuff, no matter the size or industry. John is regularly invited to speak on People Literacy®, building better leaders and corporate culture (What’s Really Going On at Work?™), creating a competitive advantage through people and culture (“The Four Stages of Talent Management”), and strategic talent management + succession planning.

John completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Loyola University and is an adjunct faculty member at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.



Module 1: Strategic Leadership and People Literacy

  • Aligning business strategy and people strategy

  • People Literacy

  • Making a strong talent management practice the responsibility of all leaders


Module 2: Fundamentals of Talent Management

  • Defining talent management: key deliverables for leaders

  • 9 box and the alternative talent review 

  • Talent risk assessment


Module 3: Advanced Talent Management and Integration

  • Building people development plans using principles of People Literacy

  • Team/department talent action planning

  • Integrating your talent strategy with business and people strategy


Module 4: Team Dynamics and Psychological Safety

  • How style and temperament affect team dynamics, cohesiveness, and performance

  • The importance of psychological safety

  • Building trust and avoiding derailers


Module 5: Team Alignment and Cross-Cultural Dynamics

  • Getting your team aligned, performing, and agile

  • Cross-cultural considerations

  • Courage, Conflict, and Challenge


Module 6: Leadership and Personal Talent Management

  • Self-empathy and high standards

  • Strategies for continuous growth as a leader  

  • Personal action planning


Upcoming Course Dates

October 8 - November 18, 2024
December 3, 2024 - January 27, 2025