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CMA’s Leadership Program (TLA)

The Leadership Advantage (TLA) is a hands-on learning program designed for mid- to senior-level leaders who are ready to take their leadership skills to the next level.

Improve Business Results

Everything about the program, including the information, experiences and feedback, focuses on a single objective—helping your organization achieve its business goals through the development of critical leadership skills.

Develop Key Skills

Enhance leadership skills across five competencies:

  • Analysis & decision making
  • Leading & influencing
  • Relationships & teaming
  • Responsibility & achievement
  • Managing & developing

Build self-awareness of leadership strengths and development needs.  Create and implement a development plan addressing both individual and organizational needs. 

ROI Opportunity

Choose an Action Learning Project that, when completed, can improve your organization’s performance.

Establish lasting leader networks that facilitate continued innovation, collaboration and insight.

Customized Development

TLA is designed around the participants. Program curriculum and development plans are tailored to meet participant and organization needs, and are based on leadership assessment results, 360° feedback and input from the executive sponsor and participants.  

Multi-modal Learning

Workshop sessions include case studies, discussion, reflection, group activities and real life practice. Training is designed to facilitate knowledge implementation, skill sustainability and continuous learning. 

Address Real Organizational Issues

Apply leadership concepts and tools to address a real organizational issue during a four-month capstone project chosen by the executive sponsor and participant.

The Leadership Advantage is broken up into three distinct phases.

Phase 1: Develop New Perspectives
  • Conduct a pre-program 360° assessment to gain insight into the participant’s strengths and areas for development
  • From the 360° feedback, we create a developmental plan and select curriculum to support it
    • Optional add-on: Comprehensive leadership assessment with extended feedback
Phase 2: Accelerate Your Learning
  • Participants attend an immersive three-day leadership retreat 
    • Lunches included
  • They start creating their Action Learning Projects
  • Attend group coaching sessions with experienced CMA consultant
    • Optional add-on: Individual coaching sessions
Phase 3: Show What You Know
  • Leaders present their Action Learning Projects
  • Celebrate accomplishments during a graduation banquet

Results

There are many leadership programs around the globe. So what makes The Leadership Advantage special?

Customized development

TLA is designed around the participants, not for the masses. Program curriculum and development plans are tailored to meet participant and organizational needs, and are based on real data like leadership assessment results, 360° feedback and input from the executive sponsor and participant.

Multi-modal learning 

This goes beyond typical classroom instruction. Workshop sessions include case studies, discussion, reflection, group activities and real life practice. Training is designed to facilitate knowledge implementation, skill sustainability and continuous learning.

Addresses real organizational issues

Participants get to apply leadership concepts and tools to address a real organizational imperative in a four-month capstone project chosen by the executive sponsor and participant.

The 70-20-10 rule

Research indicates that the best development experiences consist of:

  • 70% on-the-job experience (challenging assignments, etc.)
  • 20% support (feedback, mentoring, coaching, etc.)
  • 10% formal training (seminars, webinars, etc.)

Many leadership development programs apply the 70-20-10 rule in reverse, with heavy emphasis on formal training and little or no support for on-the-job experience. As a result, development ends when the leader leaves the classroom. Not this program. 

TLA closely models the 70-20-10 rule for sustained skill development and on-the-job knowledge transfer well beyond the program. Every program component is tailored to the unique needs of the leader and the organization, making TLA a comprehensive, individualized development experience.

Program Schedule for 2017 Participants

April 3, 2017

Registration Deadline – applications accepted on rolling basis until space is filled

May 1, 2017

Program kickoff and information conference call (executive sponsor attends) 

May – August 2017

Complete 360° assessment, feedback, and development planning*.

August 21 – August 23, 2017

Leadership retreat at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center, Washington University-St. Louis

October 2 & December 11, 2017

Group check-in calls with CMA coach

August 2017 – January 2018

Work on Action Learning Project

January 22, 2018

Action Learning Project presentations and graduation ceremony with cocktail reception (executive sponsor attends)

*And leadership assessment, if Comprehensive Assessment package is chosen

Leadership Retreat Schedule

The retreat is held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center,  part of the renowned Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and connectivity. The Knight Center is conveniently located for easy access to hotels, restaurants, sports and entertainment.

  • Day 1: Leading Self
  • Day 2: Leading Others
  • Day 3: Leading the Organization

CMA has designed the TLA retreat and is exclusively responsible for its content. Olin Business School provides this first-class executive education environment for our attendees.

Investment (includes all program components listed in the brochure)
  • Regular Program Price (regular registration deadline – April 3): $4,500/participant
  • Multiple Participant Price (2+ participants from a single company): $4,000/participant
Program Requirements
  • Acquire sponsorship of an executive/senior manager in the organization (for details, see item 2 under Certification of Eligibility on the Program Application Form).
  • Complete all program components in the brochure.
  • Complete periodic evaluations during and after the program.

Bottom line – how much does it cost?

Tuition is $4,500 per participant (or $4,000 per participant for 2+ registrants from the same organization), which includes all program components listed here.

There are also two optional add-on packages for participants looking for a more enhanced development experience:

  • Comprehensive Assessment Package: In-depth leadership assessment with individual and manager feedback sessions, and extended 360° feedback session (additional $2,400)
  • Individual Coaching Package: Three one-hour individual coaching sessions with one of CMA’s Ph.D.-level business consultants for enhanced learning (additional $1,200) 

I’ll be coming in from out of town. Do special arrangements need to be made?

Overnight accommodations for the retreat can be arranged directly through the Knight Center. We advise arriving the night before for the retreat. The graduation ceremony with cocktail reception on January 22nd  goes until 7pm, so you may want to postpone your return travel to the morning after the event.

What if I’ve already participated in a CMA 360°?

If it was more than a year ago, we advise retaking the 360°. If it was less than a year, we will utilize existing 360° feedback results for your development planning and curriculum selection. The program price does not change in either case. 

What if we want a leadership development program custom-designed for our organization?

Contact us to find out how CMA can help you design a custom leadership development program for your organization.

Who should attend The Leadership Advantage?

Mid- to senior-level managers who are high-potential, high-performers. Leaders who are either new to a role or preparing to move into a next-level job will find The Leadership Advantage program especially beneficial.

What kind of content will be covered at the retreat?

Foundational concepts include time management, being proactive, effective delegation, performance management, motivating others, giving and receiving critical feedback, commitment and accountability, building trust, promoting teamwork, effective problem solving, situational leadership, visioning/appreciative inquiry, developing followership and leadership pipeline.  

Special topics may include honing your executive presence, stress management, strengths-based leadership, coaching and developing others, managing “difficult” employees, conflict management and resolution, emotional/social intelligence, value innovation, leading through transition, fatal flaws of leaders and process improvement.

  • Deadline to submit program applications is April 3, 2017.

    A paper application is available within our pdf brochure. If you wish to complete the paper version instead of the online application, you can fax it to CMA at (314) 721-1992, email to Tori Ellis, or mail to:

    CMA
    c/o The Leadership Advantage
    7751 Carondelet Ave., Ste. 302
    St. Louis, MO 63105

    Contact Information

  • Program Participant

  • Executive Sponser

  • Billing Information

  • Additional Information

    Included Program Components (Participant Fee: $4,500, or $4,000 if 2 + participants from the same organization)

    1. a) Insight 360™ feedback with unlimited raters
    2. b) Individual development plans
    3. c) Customized retreat curriculum selection
    4. d) Three-day leadership retreat held at Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University-St. Louis
    5. e) Action learning project, guided by executive sponsor
    6. f) Two group coaching calls to monitor progress on action learning project and development plan
    7. g) Action learning project presentations and graduation ceremony followed by a cocktail reception

    To provide additional program value, CMA also offers participants in The Leadership Advantage program the opportunity to take advantage of add-on packages for enhanced development. Please select from the following optional add-ons:

    Option 1: Comprehensive Assessment Package (add $2,400)

    1. a) In-depth leadership assessment and developmental report:
      • CMA Ph.D.-level consultant interview (1 hour)
      • Psychometric questionnaires: Critical thinking, Personality, Motivation, Leadership behaviors
    2. b) Individual assessment results and extended Insight 360™ feedback session (2 hours)
    3. c) Individual and manager results feedback session and action planning (1 hour)

    Option 2: Individual Coaching Package (add $1,200)

    1. a) Three 1- hour individual coaching sessions with CMA Ph.D-level business consultant for sustained skill transfer

    Option 3: Comprehensive Assessment + Individual Coaching Package (add $3,500)

    1. a) In-depth leadership assessment and developmental report:
      • CMA Ph.D.-level consultant interview (1 hour)
      • Psychometric questionnaires: Critical thinking, Personality, Motivation, Leadership Behaviors
    2. b) Individual assessment results and extended Insight 360™ feedback session (2 hours)
    3. c) Three 1- hour individual coaching sessions with Ph.D.-level CMA consultant for enhanced learning transfer
  • Certification of Eligibility*

    1) I am available for the following events scheduled for the following dates and times:

    1. a) Program kickoff and information call, Monday, May 1, 2017, 8:30am – 9:30am CST.
    2. b) Three-day offsite retreat (no overnight requirement), August 21 - August 23, 2017; (Monday-Wednesday).1
    3. c) Two group check-in calls on Monday, October 2, 2017 and December 11, 2017, 8:30-9:30 am CST.
    4. d) Action Learning Project presentation & graduation ceremony, January 22, 2018. 1
  • 2) I have acquired the sponsorship of an executive/senior manager in the organization who has agreed to:

    1. a) Attend program kickoff and information call, Monday, May 1, 2017.
    2. b) Provide input and direction on my Action Learning Project and support me through the program.1
    3. c) Attend Action Learning Project presentation and graduation ceremony, January 22, 2018.1
  • 3) I have read and understand the components and program requirements, and I agree to fully comply with these requirements.

  • 4) I understand that upon notification of acceptance to the program, I have 30 days to submit a 25% deposit payable to CMA to reserve my spot in the program. 2

  • 1 Retreat and graduation events will be held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

    2 Program deposit is fully refundable through May 1, 2017. Cancellations made after May 1, 2017 will be subject to forfeiture of full deposit amount. This program is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline, and that if the program is cancelled, I will not be invoiced and I will have the option to rollover my application to be considered for the next available class.

    Statement of Authenticity*

    By checking Yes below, I (Program Participant) certify that all information contained in this application is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and that the executive sponsor has approved my participation in the program.

    I agree:

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