Making People a Competitive Advantage—Online

Coming Fall 2024

What do all of your business priorities have in common? They need the right people and talent to succeed. Make people and culture a competitive advantage for your organization with this online program.

In this program, you’ll gain leadership frameworks with two areas of focus: driving team engagement and performance and building the future for your business unit and organization.

You’ll become more effective at aligning people and talent to meet business objectives. You’ll discover how to develop and manage high-impact teams through communication, alignment, cultural considerations, diversity & inclusion, and psychological safety while utilizing techniques to support and challenge your team in achieving their targets.

You’ll also develop better talent management practices for your team. You’ll utilize best practices to build talent management systems and leadership development processes that create a long-term competitive advantage and ensure a pipeline of employees who are ready to deliver on your company’s mission. What’s more, you’ll learn techniques for rapid continuous improvement as a leader. You will discover how to use your own insights to find opportunities for development—and turn those opportunities into an action plan to enhance your performance in crucial leadership dimensions.

By attending, you will:

  • Become more effective at aligning people and business objectives
  • Grow your ‘people literacy’ skills to foster spectacular performance
  • Acquire the skills to manage a high-impact, agile team
  • Learn how to develop and nurture a pipeline of top employee talent
  • Discover self-assessment techniques that result in rapid continuous improvement as a leader

In this interactive, collaborative program, you’ll experience a blend of classroom learning, group discussions, a case study, assessments, and simulations with real-time practice. You’ll come away with organizational and personal action plans you can put to immediate use.

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.

Making People and Culture a Competitive Advantage

  • Aligning business strategy and people strategy
  • People Literacy: Inspire spectacular performance by improving your ability to read and understand others
  • Tools to build a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Making a strong talent management practice the responsibility of all leaders
  • Tools for strengthening your team

Talent Management

  • Defining talent management: key deliverables for leaders
  • 6 steps in the talent management cycle
  • Talent risk assessment
  • Building people development plans using principles of People Literacy
  • Team/department talent action planning
  • Integrating your talent strategy with business and people strategy

Leading Teams

  • How style and temperament affect team dynamics, cohesiveness, and performance
  • The importance of psychological safety
  • Getting your team aligned, performing, and agile
  • Building trust and avoiding derailers
  • Cross-cultural considerations
  • Courage, Conflict, and Challenge: How great teams challenge one another and make each other better


Program Dates

All 2024 dates to be announced.