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Components of The Executive Leadership Forum

ELF Components

It Isn't Just Training --

It Isn't Just Coaching --

It Isn't Just Peer Support Groups --


It is All of These and So Much More!


 Our research indicates that lasting change takes time, so your membership in the Forum is for one year.  Over the course of that year we will challenge your beliefs about how organizations should be operated and your role as an executive manager.  We will also challenge your concepts about leadership, employees, customers, and culture.  Our research revealed that the best organizations don't just do things differently; they do different things.  Over the course of  your one-year membership you will learn these different things, and then be given opportunities to apply that learning back on the job with your real team.

After all, that is what developing leadership is all about; the impact that is created when leaders unleash and focus the energy of their employees on the goals of the organization.  When employees are energized by their leaders they end up doing exceptional things.  This is what sets the best organizations apart from the rest. 

The following are the components of the Executive Leadership Forum:

Workshops: 6 days of learning delivered in four sessions over the course of one year.  In these sessions you will learn about what the research says about creating a high performance organization, and how to increase your own effectiveness as a leader.  These workshops are based on the soon to be released book Rising Above Mediocrity: The Path to Performance. 

We provide you with the information that will allow you to become a better leader, and specific behaviors and course of action that will allow you to put that knowledge to work to make a difference for you, the team you lead, and your organization. 

Professional Networking:  Breakfasts and lunches for all workshop days, and a welcome reception are included in your fees, so you get plenty of time to network with the other participants in your Forum. 

Feedback:  You will receive personalized feedback based on a battery of assessments that will help you to learn about yourself and give you tools to improve as a leader. 

Application: “Now what?” Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders helps to answer that question by giving leaders their next steps with the three things they can focus on now—strategies to improve their leadership effectiveness that can be put into action immediately. You will also identify one or more Impact Goals™ that will significantly increase organizational performance and develop a plan to achieve it.  After all, the goal of the Forum is to not just learn, but get results for you and your organization. 

Individual Coaching:  You will receive one face-to-face meeting with an executive coach to debrief your personalized feedback and to set out a plan to take action on this information and other items you wish to accomplish.  You then receive two additional face-to-face meetings and 7 one-hour phone calls, as well as e-mail support, to track your progress and make adjustments as needed so that you will achieve your goals.    

Peer Support:  In addition to learning from the other participants, we encourage participants to form peer support groups of 3 to 4 members to help encourage follow-through on actions decided upon in workshops and coaching sessions. 

The Impact Project:  As part of the program you will chose an Impact Goal™ that you will work on over a period of 6 months with the people you lead back at your organization.  This Impact Project is something that, when accomplished, it will have a significant impact not just on your job; not just on the team that you lead; but also on the performance of your organization.  This is not a project that you work on all on your own, but, instead, puts the leadership skills that you have been learning into action.  While the impact doesn’t have to be immediate, it should be something that can be realized within the next year. 

At the end of the program you will prepare a report on your project and you will share your project and learning with the rest of the Forum.  So not only will you learn from your own project, but so won’t everyone else, and you will learn from theirs, as well. 

This project is the culmination of everything the Forum is about; putting learning into action that has impact on organizational performance! 

One of our clients saved $1.6 million per year from their Impact Project!

Personal Attention:  Each Forum is limited in the number of participants; we only allow 20 participants per program.  We also provide a very low participant to facilitator/Coach ratio, so you get learning in an intimate setting and personal support from the CPD team.  At each workshop session you will have contact with the entire team and can call on them for assistance at any time.  The entire team is also available via e-mail at any time in the future to assist you with your learning, application exercises, or Impact Project. 

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Executive Leadership Forum is a Seven Elements of High Performance™  Program.


The US Navy has adopted our model for use at the Center for Naval Leadership in all of their leadership development programs.


Rising Above Mediocrity™ Workshops

Topics Covered

The Exceptional Organization                Culture of Performance

Employee Engagement

Payroll Efficiency Factor

Management Dynamics        

The New Roles of Managers

Creating Emotional Connections

Whole Person Dynamics

Trust Building

Vision - Aligned Purpose & Values

Strengths - Accentuating the Positive

Creating Sustainable Systems

Developing Mastery

Developing Personal Responsibility

Vision - Aligned Goals



Battery of Feedback Assessments

Everything DiSCŪ Behavioral Styles Profile for Leaders:

This profile provides real-world tips and practical strategies for building better workplace relationships.  It provides a basic understanding of yourself and others, but also some management-specific, in-depth information, including tips, strategies, and action plans to help managers become more effective.

DiSC Leadership Profile

Supplemental Reports:

We also provide you with a variety of supplemental reports that help you put several of the Seven Elements of High Performance™ into action.   In addition, we also provide you with a supplemental report that will help you better understand how to manage those who you report to, whether it is a higher level executive, the CEO, or the Board of Directors, this report will provide you with some insights to become more successful. 

Developing Motivation & Engagement Supplement

Developing Mastery Supplement

Building Personal Responsibility Supplement

Coaching Supplement: Managing Up

Everything DiSCŪ Work of Leaders:

Using the framework of Vision, Alignment, and Execution, Work of Leaders encourages you to understand your own leadership behaviors and how these behaviors impact your effectiveness. Rich, compelling narrative adds depth to the data and strong visuals support the learning process by illustrating key messages. It helps leaders take action with personalized tips and strategies that give clear direction and are easy to apply. Context-specific feedback and developmental steps along with helpful case-in-point narratives show how progress can play out in real life.

Work of Leaders Report

Everything DiSCŪ 363 for Leaders: 

For many leaders, 360s can be a frustrating experience. At best, open-ended comments can be unfocused and unhelpful. At worst, they’re a way to anonymously take a jab at a colleague. And ultimately, they can even derail the learning process.   Its no wonder why the research has so little good to say about them, and why we have shunned them; until now.

We now utilize a revolutionary new process to give focused, balanced, constructive feedback that you can actually use.  Our assessment isn’t a collection of dry spreadsheets and charts without any explanation or story. Instead, it combines clear visuals and a conversational narrative style to interpret and explain the data, making the report easy to understand and use.

Leadership Effectiveness Assessment


Books Included in the Program

 Leadership Lessons From the Medicine Wheel

Rising Above Mediocrity

The 8 Dimensions of Leadership

 The Work of Leaders 


Our Other Programs


Leadership Connections: Engaging Performance™

Team DISCovery™

The Organizational Performance Management System™

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