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The Agile LeaderA Revolutionary Lens for the Leader of Today and Tomorrow

52% of the Fortune 500s since 2000 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired, or ceased to exist.  There are many factors which contribute to a company’s downfall.  Most notably, the leadership at the top.  At MCG Partners, we have developed a breakthrough approach to help companies develop and transform leaders from the inside out: The Agile Leader™.

The markets of today and tomorrow reward organizations that have the capacity and willingness to adapt. Market leaders such as Apple, Google and Tesla Motors* have established cultures and management approaches that encourage creativity and rapid innovation.  These approaches, commonly referred to as agile, encourage leaders to pivot faster in response to our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. We have identified core leadership competencies that can be leveraged, at scale, to change how organizations work and get work done. The Agile Leader™ has the ability and capacity to assess risk, decide courageously, and act quickly to meet the rapidly changing environment.  Concurrently, produce results and develop others’ capacity to do the same.

In this introductory and interactive session, you will understand agile and its short history and practices, why companies are using it for rapid innovation and fast market adaptation.  We will then turn our attention to what organizations can do to prepare leaders to be successful in these environments. 

We will share the 10 key leadership competencies, that when present and developed, allow leaders to take their teams to new levels of innovation and adaptability. Some people find that these competencies come naturally. Others are more challenged, as the agile organization requires a different way of working than what may be familiar or comfortable for them.  We will share key insights about what organizations can do to help all of their leaders tap into their unique drives and preferences to adapt and become agile leaders. 

*Boston Consulting Group (BCG), 2017

Presenters:


Heather Wood is Vice President, Leadership Developer & Facilitator, and Executive Coach with MCG Partners 

With more than 20 years of experience in engaging all levels of leadership across multiple business sectors, Heather draws from her experience and insight training hundreds of managers globally. Heather coach’s executives in leadership strategy, communication style, team building, performance management, conflict resolution and career development. Heather is also an accomplished designer and facilitator of customized interactive management workshops. 

Heather is a Harvard Business School executive coach providing coaching and advisory services to attending global executives. 

In addition to MCG Partners’ management training programs, her other training content includes Situational Leadership, InsideOut Coaching, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode (TKI) and Lominger Leadership Architect. Heather’s industry areas of expertise include financial services, software development, bio-pharmaceutical and health and human services.

Previously, Heather was an AVP at Brown Brothers Harriman, where she developed long-term leadership development programs as well as employee engagement surveys and feedback sessions to diagnose competency gaps and improve individual, team and organizational performance. Prior to that, she served as a HR consultant for Idenix Pharmaceuticals and in several capacities at Fidelity Investments in corporate learning and development. 

Heather earned her Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Boston and her Certificate in Professional Coaching (CPC) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®) as well as in several additional assessments and tools. 

She volunteers as a mentor for Babson College MBA students as well as for the Social Innovation Forum. Additionally, Heather is an active member of the Boston Facilitators Roundtable. She lives with her family outside of Boston.

Cheryl Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Leadership Developer, Executive Coach & Facilitator, MCG Partners

Cheryl Jacobs is SVP, Leadership Developer, Executive Coach & Facilitator at MCG Partners. With over 20 years’ experience leading teams and organizations to sustainable success, Cheryl develops and delivers a broad spectrum of customized training and development programs.  Her program participants span various organization levels, industries, and cultures, and speak to Cheryl’s ability to create personalized learning experiences and transformative and sustainable changes. 

A skilled interactive and collaborative facilitator, Cheryl has extensive expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations. She specializes in employee and leadership effectiveness, succession planning, organizational innovation, change and alignment.  Cheryl is a Harvard Business School executive coach providing coaching and advisory services to attending global executives.   

Previously, Cheryl leveraged her passion for developing people and founded Talent Transformation, a coaching, training and talent management consulting firm.  She had been the Executive Director of Sales for The Providence Journal Company, a multimedia organization owned by Belo Corporation. At The Providence Journal Company, she oversaw a sales and marketing staff of 60 and drove strategies, revenue, and multimedia product development with a $50m budget. Prior to the Providence Journal, Cheryl spent 10 years in Sales and Strategic Planning at Boston.com and The Boston Globe.

Cheryl holds a BA from Boston College and a MBA from Suffolk University. In addition, Cheryl is a certified Executive Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®) and in several 360 assessments. She is also a faculty member of the Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA), a SHRM chapter.  Cheryl lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband and three boys.

Presented by HRLF Platinum Sponsor, MCG Partners

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