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Custom Programs

Ivey Custom Process

Our experienced and relevant faculty works with your executive team from the ground up to develop flexible executive development programs targeted for immediate results. Using real-world applications, proven methodology and decades of experience, an Ivey Custom Program can take your organization's leadership and performance to unprecedented heights.

  • Step 1 & 2: Listening and Vision Development

    Your Ivey Custom Program begins with our fully engaged faculty, who work closely with your executive team to:

    1. Map out your needs and potential roadblocks

    2. Identify key players to engage in the program

    3. Identify the sponsor or manager's stake in the program

    4. Pinpoint what success will look like, and how it will shape your vision

    Listen & Vision
  • Step 3 & 4: Design and Delivery

    With Ivey Custom Programs, your team is an integral part of the design process, which in turn becomes the map to your collective vision. It's an interactive, constantly evolving process that allows us to determine the most effective custom program for your organization. When delivery time arrives, our faculty empowers your leaders to step in at crucial moments to drive conversations and own the success of the program where appropriate.

    Design & Deliver
  • Step 5 & 6: Evaluation and Results

    Listening isn't just the first part of your custom Ivey executive education program; it's a guiding principle that lasts to the end. In-depth and objective evaluation throughout the process helps us determine effectiveness of the program as well as areas for improvement, and we enlist your help in gauging success on your terms.

    Evaluation & Results

Listen
Executive Development Begins with Observation

An Ivey Custom Program is more than executive education - it's a partnership that begins from the early stages of program design. We look at your organization's goals, situation and unique challenges, and develop a tailored solution that integrates with your way of doing things. But nothing happens until our faculty members fully understand your needs and expectations.

During this listening stage of Ivey Custom Program development, our faculty will:

  • Interview all stakeholders to better understand challenges and business context
  • Evaluate (or develop) your organization's competency profile
  • Incorporate your assessment tools (or help you develop them)
  • Weave your industry's management language through the process
  • Enlist your executive team to incorporate the program into their agenda

This initial stage ensures the next essential part of your executive development design - visioning - is as true to your organization's needs and goals as possible. 

Vision
What is Executive Development Without Vision?

Part of the initial stages of your program design and continuing throughout the duration of your executive education courses, visioning establishes a shared understanding of your organization's goals. The process is particularly intensive in the beginning as Ivey faculty strives to gain an accurate picture of where your organization stands, and where it needs to be. Based on this first evaluation of your vision, Ivey develops three to five high-priority objectives upon which your program courses and participant experiences are based. We're here to listen and help make your vision reality. To start your executive education with Ivey Custom Programs, contact us today.

Design
Executive Programs by Design

Ivey executive education programs are designed during the listening and visioning process, and evolve throughout the duration of your engagement with us. Based on the shared vision we develop together, several programs are tested on stakeholders to evaluate possibilities and find the best structure suited to your organization's needs and goals.

This intensive design exercise results in a participant-centered, highly interactive, flexible executive development experience customized to your organization's culture, and adaptable to your changing business landscape.

Delivery
Dedicated Delivery of a Hands-On Learning Experience

From listening and visioning to design and delivery, Ivey Custom Program faculty is committed to your organization's success. During execution of our executive education programs, dedicated program managers oversee administration, logistics and employee wellbeing, while our faculty:

  • Teach in small teams and alongside your executives
  • Keep your team engaged and focused on real outcomes Empower your team with a sense of ownership and accountability

Absorb conversations and facilitate outcomes, all while knowing when to push and when to pull.

From our experience, these executive programs can change the trajectory of a career and an entire organization. To move toward positive change for your team, contact Ivey Executive Education today.

Evaluation
Executive Management Programs Based on Constant Improvement

A significant percentage of our business comes from repeat clients, who partner with us exclusively for their executive management programs. We view this as a testament to our results, and also to our fervor to improve with each program we deliver.

How do we do this?

Ivey professional development is a two-way communication channel throughout the duration of the program and beyond. Listening is a crucial element in the beginning stages, through execution, and at the conclusion of your program, when we objectively evaluate the results together.

During the evaluation stage, we review:

  • Evolving business and organizational realities and how to fine-tune your program to address them
  • Program impact relative to original objectives
  • The need for post-program coaching or further assessment tools to help us (and you) dig deeper into program outcomes

Results
Hutchinson Port Holdings

The Client

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.

The Custom Program

Like many global companies, HPH is facing a period of unprecedented change. And internally there was a need to develop senior executives who are capable of spotting opportunities and translating them into new and sustainable businesses. HPH approached Ivey in 2010 to design and deliver a 15-day leadership program called Build For The Future for the 20 senior executives of HPH's different territories. Ivey professors conducted detailed interviews with HPH's Group Managing Director, John Meredith, as well as HPH's key executives, to understand the company's unique issues and challenges, and define the competencies to be developed in the program. Ivey created an original case study specifically for use in the program. Participants emerged from the program with a sharper understanding of HPH's strategic direction, a stronger cross-enterprise approach to business opportunities and a greater awareness of the character, competencies and commitment needed to lead corporate initiatives.

"One of the success factors for Build For the Future is Ivey's deep understanding of HPH's business and leadership requirements built over years of working closely together. We have always treasured this partnership between Ivey and HPH management and with course participants."

Francis Tong
Group Human Resources Director, Hutchison Port Holdings