White Papers

Are You Underestimating the Impact of Your Leadership Development Programs?

In this new white paper, MDA Leadership showcases three leading-edge ways we design, develop, deliver and measure cohort-based leadership development programs to demonstrate significant business impact. It highlights why our work has been recognized with two competitive global awards for leadership development excellence in recent years. If you aspire to similar results, contact us to learn more about how we can partner to achieve the individual, team, and organizational results your business needs.

Developing Your Function Leaders: A Critical Lever for Accelerating Organizational Performance

Now is perhaps the greatest leadership development opportunity in recent history. Confronted by waves of new and increasingly complex leadership demands, your function leaders must be able to lead through unprecedented times. As your function leaders succeed, so too does your organization. In this recently updated white paper, learn the five roles that are critical for those leading functions as well as the best ways to develop in these areas.

The Executive Perspective on M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) have been referred to as the ultimate change management challenge because of the complex and often stressful dynamics involved in integrating one company with another. To be successful, companies need to find suitable candidates for merger or acquisition that meet specific strategic, financial, legal, and operational criteria. In addition, most companies recognize the need to pay attention to the softer side of M&A activities, including determining whether HR and management practices are compatible, how employees can be retained and motivated, and whether there is a “fit” between the cultures of the merging firms. Even in situations where there is a good business rationale for the integration of two firms, cultural differences and poor people practices can be significant factors leading to merger failure.

C-suite Selection and Succession: Delivering Leadership Excellence for the Future

MDA Leadership helps CEOs articulate executive leadership needs, identify top talent, and accelerate C-suite transitions.

Senior Executive Blueprinting ™
Succession planning begins at the top. CEOs, in partnership with human resources and their boards, must think carefully about the talent they need for the future in key leadership roles. Similar to CEO Blueprinting™, MDA Leadership helps our clients articulate the executive leadership they will need to successfully navigate emerging business challenges and drive evolving strategies.
C-suite Selection and Succession
Not all C-suite hires and promotions achieve success. We help CEOs select the right executives by bringing an informed, experienced, and objective voice to the table. Based on a CEO’s criteria and an organization’s norms, we assess and analyze executive candidates to provide definitive and well-grounded promotion and hiring recommendations.
C-Suite Transitions
About 60% of executives say they were not prepared for the strategic challenges they faced in their new senior leadership roles.3 MDA Leadership accelerates effective transition into the C-suite. Through a unique discovery process, we help executives gain deep insight into what it will take to be successful given stakeholder expectations, team dynamics, and the nuances of C-suite leadership. Our seasoned coaches guide leaders in designing and executing highly relevant and engaging onboarding plans.

Board Services: Enhancing Board Effectiveness

MDA Leadership helps boards strengthen their governance roles and internal dynamics.

Board Evaluations
Most boards are required to evaluate their own performance on an annual basis—an exercise that can range from “checking the box” to an experience that truly engages board members in the right conversations. Our services include full board evaluations, individual director reviews, peer feedback, chair role transitions, and action planning.
Board and CEO Consultation
Creating strong board and CEO collaboration requires mutual trust and respect. Forging and maintaining productive relationships cannot be left to chance. MDA Leadership provides trusted advisor consultation for CEOs and their boards to foster alignment in critical areas such as decision-making, role clarity, governance, and communication.
CEO Coaching and Trusted Advisor Consultation
Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coach.4 Since a one-size-fits-all playbook for CEOs doesn’t exist, MDA Leadership provides CEO coaching. Whether business performance is hitting the mark or not, even seasoned CEOs benefit from the safe place and counsel we provide to help them evolve their leadership.

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At MDA Leadership, we know there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for every organization. We take the time to get to know your business and your leadership needs and recommend a range of options that are the best fit for your growth goals. Let's see how MDA Leadership can optimize your Talent Strategy for the Long Run®.