This book seeks to investigate and explain the"investments in executive development that have the biggest impact." The authors are all executives with Executive Development Associates (edanetworks.com), a leading consulting firm specializing in the strategic use of executive development.
In 2004 EDA cunducted an in depth survey with senior management of nine major companies. This book is largely the result of what these executives had to say combined with the years of experience that EDA has had in preparing specialized training classes for executives.
As people have worked their way up the organization, they have had to develop leadership and numerous other skills. At the executive level they are now faced with new challenges. These particularly involve strategic decisions for which they have not been previously responsible.
Without going into the details of the book, the problems these new executives face include directing the corporation into new organizational forms, bringing new leaders up the chain, and preparing to meet the big changes that are coming in their corporate world. For change is always coming, and to ignore it is to effectively kill the company. What will happen to your company with dramatic jumps in the price of energy? What effect will the Kyoto protocol have? These are the known challenges. You can be sure that the future has a bunch of surprises that executives will have to meet if their companies are to survive.
This book contains not the answers to these problems, but how to prepare executives to effectively face them.