Leaders as Teachers: Improve Organization Foresight and Fast Sight

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Edward Betof, President, Betof Associates LLC; Lisa Owens, Founding President, Learning Cluster Design Group; and Sue Todd, Chief Strategy Officer, Corporate University Xchange

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Foresight means seeing what’s ahead. Fast sight means responding to change faster than competitors. Learn how a leaders-as-teachers (LAT) approach improves these two essential characteristics of sustainable success. A formal LAT program develops leadership capacity to analyze and learn from failure; encourage discussion, debate, and experimentation; distribute wisdom deeper into the organization to strengthen alignment and execution; and create a culture that is open to learning. When leaders teach, they create environments to help teams discover, adapt, and respond effectively to changing business conditions.

Join Ed Betof, Lisa Owens, and Sue Todd as they share the growing body of research on the value of the LAT approach, proven pathways to start or restart a LAT program, and new success factors they’ve discovered at organizations such as Boeing, Procter & Gamble, and Merck.

This session will teach participants:

  • evidence to build a business case for a LAT approach
  • ideas to shape the size and scope of an approach that will succeed and survive long term
  • considerations for expanding the role of leader-teachers far beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom.


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Edward Betof
Edward Betof

President, Betof Associates LLC

Ed Betof is a senior fellow in human capital at The Conference Board (TCB). He is also the program director for TCB’s Executive Council on Talent and Organization Development and the coach/facilitator for TCB’s Global Executive Council. He was a co-developer of the pioneering TCB/NASA leadership experience based on NASA’s Apollo program.

Ed is president of Betof Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership, and career development. He also is an adjunct executive and team coach for the Center for Creative Leadership. He has been a faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies since 2008. Ed was a founding senior fellow and an academic director of Penn’s Chief Learning Officer doctoral program.

After nearly a 40-year corporate and educational leadership career, Ed retired in December 2007 from BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company), a global medical technology and human diagnostics company where he was the worldwide Vice President of Talent Management and Chief Learning Officer.

Ed is co-author of Leaders as Teachers Action Guide: Proven Approaches for Unlocking Success in Your Organization (May 2014) and author of Leaders as Teachers: Unlock the Teaching Potential of Your Company’s Best and Brightest (2009).

Lisa Owens
Lisa Owens

Founding President, Learning Cluster Design Group

Lisa M. D. Owens is a learning expert who applies learning sciences and instructional design methodology to training programs that move businesses forward. Lisa founded Training Design Strategies LLC in 2012 and consults with large and midsize firms on developing training strategies that advance the business. She is on the advisory board for Ohio University's instructional design certificate program, the executive advisory board for the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of ASTD, and she has served as a CorpU awards judge since 2010.

During Lisa's more than 30-year career at Procter & Gamble (P&G), she served as a leading training professional and dean of P&G's R&D University. At P&G, she was a sought-after internal consultant for training design. She was well known for her skill as a coach for executive trainers, which she developed in response to P&G's culture of leaders-as-teachers.

Lisa is co-author of Leaders as Teachers Action Guide: Proven Approaches for Unlocking Success in Your Organization (May 2014).

Sue Todd
Sue Todd

Chief Strategy Officer, Corporate University Xchange

Sue Todd is Chief Strategy Officer at CorpU. She works with faculty at leading business schools, including Wharton, IESE, and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, to adapt executive education programs to the practical needs of leaders.

Sue has advised Global 2000 organizations on innovative learning and leadership development strategies since 1994. With more than 20 years experience, she has consulted with firms like Coca-Cola, Aetna, Exxon, The Boeing Company, HP, Pfizer, and M&M Mars to address the dynamic conditions of the 21st Century.

Prior to joining CorpU, Sue was VP of Product Management for KnowledgePlanet, where she directed the evolution of the first web-based learning management system, helping both media and industry analysts shape the LMS and e-learning industries.

Sue has published articles in Leadership Excellence, CLO, Training, and T+D magazines. She is a co-author of Leaders as Teachers Action Guide: Proven Approaches for Unlocking Success in Your Organization (May 2014).