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The information below is based on the program offered in 2015, and does not reflect potential changes to faculty and course content for the 2016 course.
More and more companies realize that human capital and an inclusive culture are their biggest assets—but their general managers often lack the skills to develop, manage, and motivate new hires or top stars. Focused on the complex talent challenges facing general managers today, this program goes beyond the realm of human resources to examine innovative management strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best people at all levels of the organization. You will emerge with the skills to leverage human capital in ways that not only generate revenues, profits, and growth—but also create a positive work environment where employees and customers are valued apostles of the enterprise.
Globalization, technological innovations, and demographic change—these rapidly growing trends are creating more volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity for companies as they compete to attract and retain their top talent. This program examines everything a general manager needs to know about talent development and management—including how to align talent incentives with business objectives, motivate employees to achieve common goals, and manage change to drive performance.
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Through global case studies, HBS faculty research, and dynamic classroom discussions, the program focuses on how to manage, develop, and retain talent who continue to grow and contribute to corporate success. You and your peers also will engage in two customized exercises: the 360 leadership assessment taps your personal strengths and weaknesses as a talent manager, and the Building a Great Company survey determines if your company is positioned to secure a competitive advantage.
This program is designed for general managers, chief learning officers, chief executive officers, and chief operating officers from midsize firms and large established companies who have at least 15 years' experience managing business operations. It also is appropriate for fast-growing companies that lack an established recruit/retain/reward talent management system. Individuals and teams are both welcome to attend. But when a company sends a team of general managers and their HR counterparts, they will return with shared insights and frameworks for aligning the organization's talent with its strategic needs. To foster teamwork and maximize the learning impact, HBS gives admission preference to senior management teams of four to eight individuals.
Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.
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Professor Groysberg has won numerous awards for his research on the challenge of managing human capital at small and large organizations around the world. His work focuses on how firms hire, develop, and retain their top talent, and how they sustain a competitive advantage by engaging employees in the implementation of business strategy.
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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.
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