When C-suite and VP-level executives from around the world gather at Tuck for a unique educational experience, the lessons and takeaways are abundant.
Case in point: the new Advanced Management Program, which was held this past July. Twenty-eight participants came to Hanover from across the U.S., Italy, Japan, India, the Philippines, and Luxembourg. And they represented organizations as diverse as Seventh Generation, the U.S. Navy, BlackRock, Inc., Comcast, Mitsui & Co. Steel Ltd., along with many others.
What did they learn from this program designed to advance the strategic and management skills of executives at the top of the org chart? That great leaders are also great teachers. To create an environment that lets others shine. To intentionally incorporate reflection and reading time into the day. To begin actively coaching on a daily basis. And that sustaining advantages can distract you from developing new ones. A comment from one participant sums it up nicely: “Without a doubt, a fantastic two weeks of reflection, learning with participants, and sharing with world class faculty.”
The Advanced Management Program consists of five distinct modules that cover strategy and innovation; securing competitive advantage; developing an enterprise-wide mindset; value generation through brand and reputation management; and the leadership challenge. The highly interactive sessions are taught by Tuck’s leading faculty, including strategy professors Vijay Govindarajan and Ron Adner, executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, Dean Matthew Slaughter, former New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, and Associate Dean Punam Anand Keller, just to name a few.
Keller, associate dean for innovation and growth and the Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management, designed and initiated the program, and was inspired by the way the first session unfolded. “I observed how the relationships during the program evolved from ‘you could be an interesting person to get to know’ to ‘we are going to get together in Europe or India for work and fun,’” she says.
While the participants spent most of their time engaged in classroom and breakout sessions, they also took the opportunity to relax and recharge. A few executives and some of their family members went for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, which runs through Hanover. Others jogged to a famous barbeque joint in nearby White River Junction and piled into a pickup truck for the ride back. That experience spawned one more lesson: “Eat more BBQ.”
The next Advanced Management Program will take place July 8 – 20, 2018. Registration is open now. For more information, visit: amp.tuck.dartmouth.edu.
*This article originally appeared in print in the winter 2018 issue of Tuck Today magazine.