Leadership Development

August 11, 2006

Wharton Leadership Ventures

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Links to site & article [Wharton Leadership Ventures] 11 August 2006

Over at the Wharton Business School, they’ve come up with this leadership training package called “Wharton Leadership Ventures” for Wharton School students, graduates, and for participants in Wharton Executive Education programs.

As mentioned in the article, these programs were setup in order to “provide a set of engaged, hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. They are intended to assist participants in improving their capacities to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act decisively. They are designed to foster forward thinking, a bias for action, risk awareness, and fast decisions.

What caught my attention was the 1-day visit to the U.S. Army Battle Lab at Fort Dix, New Jersey, as part of the “Peacekeeping” mission program. According the article their focus is on “developing skills in strategic decision-making, small team leadership, and intra- and inter-group communications when working with conflicting objectives and resources in an uncertain environment whose major actors are both competitive and cooperative.

Another interesting variation of attempting to learn new things from the military is Wharton’s collaboration with the US Marine Corp. They’re using the facilities and expertise of the US Marines Officers Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia such as the Leadership Reaction Course and Combat Course as part of a 2-day program to “provide an intense, hands-on learning experience that emphasizes fast decision-making, team-based problem solving, and effective strategic thinking.

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