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Important information

📣 We are happy to announce that we will grant a number of fellowships, in value of up to EUR 10 000 each, within our newest initiative – Advanced Leadership Program for Top Talents (ALP)!

1. Deadlines: Applications for fellowships (December 2020), final admission decisions (January 2021), the start of the program (February 2021), graduation (September 2021).
2. Questions: Read the Q&A section for answers to the most important questions:
(1) for HR representatives,
(2) for individuals,
(3) for fellowships & support.
3. Session dates: February, April, May, June, September.

Key features of the ALP

  • World-class leadership program with 5 to 9 months of top-quality education.
  • Closed sessions with Harvard professors and international scholars.
  • Highly experiential setting based in Leadership 3D™, Full Immersion™, and Real-Time Case methodology.
  • Access to world-class Advanced Management Program (AMP) upon graduation.
  • Access to one of the strongest professional networks in Poland.

Key organizational benefits of the program

  • Reducing rotation of key employees through program duration and access to Advanced Management Program (AMP) upon graduation.
  • Addressing professional burnout and creating solid support for top talents.
  • Positive employer & HR branding with exclusivity.
  • Enhancing employee satisfaction by offering a unique experience.
  • Access to closed sessions with world-class educators including Harvard professors.
  • Access to top-quality professional training for top talents.

Questions and answers

Individuals

Organizations & HR departments

1. Can I or my work colleagues participate in the ALP?

Yes. You can participate if you are a mid-career professional (25 to 45 years) both from business and non-business organizations. To ensure participation you need to engage your HR or top management to support the costs of your participation through a partnership with us. To see the benefits of the partnership for your organization read the column for organizations and HR. To learn how to enter a partnership, contact us.

If you wish to participate as an individual, without the support of your organization, this option is possible but the number of seats in this option is limited. Please also see, if you are eligible for fellowships that are available for selected candidates. To learn more, contact us.
1. Can my organization send employees to the ALP program? How do we nominate to the program?

Yes. You can send up to 2-6 employees each year.

If you decide to join the ALP, both you and your employees will receive separate value and benefits which will not be available for outside organizations. You will have several options to select and nominate your candidates, depending on what will be best for the specific needs and context of your organization. To learn more about the benefits (see below) and find out how to enter a partnership, contact us.

2. What is the value of the program for me (the participant) and my organization (partner)?

As a participant, you receive a world-class leadership program, one of the best investments in your development and powerful networking opportunities. With alumni status, you will receive further alumni-only world-class educational opportunities, including access to the Advanced Management Program (AMP) – one of the most prestigious management programs in the world (see above).

Your organization – as our partner – will, in turn, receive a comprehensive partner package, including better pricing options, exclusive PR and public affairs benefits, nomination rights for strategic clients, access to closed sessions with world-class educators, access to young talents fellowship fund.

Both, you and your organization, receive value which is not available for outside participants of the program.

2. What is the value of the program for my organization (partner) and the participants (our employees)?

Your organization – as our partner – will receive a comprehensive partner package, including better pricing options, exclusive PR and public affairs benefits, nomination rights for strategic clients, access to closed sessions with world-class educators, access to young talents fellowship fund.

In addition, the program is designed to help our partner organization to: reduce the rotation of key employees, address professional burnout, and create a positive employer and HR branding.

Your employees, in turn, will receive a world-class leadership program, one of the best investments in their development and powerful networking opportunities. As alumni of the program, your employees will receive access to further alumni-only world-class educational opportunities, including the Advanced Management Program (AMP) – one of the most prestigious management programs in the world (see above).

Both, you and your employee, will receive value which is not available for outside participants of the program. To learn more, contact us.

3. Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Participants should have a minimum of 6-8 years of managerial experience either in business or non-business organizations. Ideal candidates are: top talents or mid-career employees on C-suite track, directors one or two levels below CEO identified as crucial to the company’s succession plan, including members of executive committees, heads of major business units, senior heads of functions. To ensure participation, you need to engage your HR department or top management of your organization to support the costs of your participation through a partnership (see above).

Up to two seats will be distributed to young talents professionals (up to 28 years old) even with no or minimum managerial experience. You can apply for a full or partial fellowship through our young talents fellowship fund which will be launched prior to the start of the program. To inquire about such a possibility, register here.

3. Who is eligible to participate in the program and how do you organize the selection process?

The ALP provides world-class leadership education for high potential managers who are crucial to the company’s success. The best candidates are those who you see as top talents and you wish to retain, develop, reward and invest in them and in their leadership capacity.

Participants should have a minimum of 6-8 years of managerial experience. Ideal candidates are: top talents or mid-career employees on C-suite track, directors one or two levels below CEO identified as crucial to the company’s succession plan, including members of executive committees, heads of major business units, senior heads of functions.

We support our partners to make the best selection possible – you nominate your candidates, while we help you determine the best choice. There are three models of selection that may work best for you, depending on your specific needs and context. To learn more, contact us.

The program aims at helping experienced managers to become proven leaders of strategic projects or change initiatives. The ALP offers practical insights, powerful network opportunities, and unique space for professional and personal development.

4. How can I make my organization an ALP partner?

Go to your HR department or top-management, see the benefits for your organizational described in the column for organizations and HR, and ask to contact us by registering here.

4. How can we become an ALP partner?

If you care about quality education and talent development, contact us.

5. Are fellowships available for candidates with financial needs?

Yes. We will offer a number of full or partial fellowships in the amount of up to EUR 10 000 each, so that talented participants can take part in the program, irrespectively of their financial situation. 

Fellowships will be provided to support participants in the following four categories: (1) non-profit sector, (2) public sector, (3) women and (4) young talents – up to 28 years old. 

As a rule, it is expected that participants who can be supported by their organizations, do not require support (read more here Q&A). In principle, candidates from the business sector are not eligible for fellowships, with the exception of a number of fellowships for women and young talents, even if they represent the business sector.

If you are from the business sector and you want to participate in the program, please refer to the Q&A individuals section to learn more. If you are an HR representative interested in supporting your employees through the program, please refer to the Q&A organizations & HR departments section.

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6. How is the ALP different from the MBA programs?

It is more than an MBA. In the ALP you gain access to a unique world-class learning experience that will significantly change your perspective on management and leadership. Upon graduation, you will receive alumni status and will get access to an exclusive – alumni and partners only – Advanced Management Program which is one of the most prestigious management programs in the world. As an alumna of the ALP, you will receive exclusive access to various fellowship possibilities that will help you study at lower costs, depending on your financial situation.

7. The ALP is sometimes called „the second Academy” or „the second LAP” – what does it mean?

The ALP is based on our most advanced methodologies developed in the Leadership Academy for Poland (LAP) – Leadership-3D-Experience™, Leadership-4D-Experience™, Full Immersion™, and Leadership Nests™. It differs in several elements from LAP, including duration and sequence of the sessions. It is also more focused on the business environment as opposed to LAP which is directed more towards non-business environments. It is not better or worse – it is different. And participation in the ALP is far more open for talented participants from business organizations.

8. What are the language requirements for the program?  

The ALP is offered in English-only. The ability to speak, write and read in English is mandatory for all participants.

Educators

Prof. Cezary Wójcik

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Prof. Cezary Wójcik

Founder and Academic Director Professor of finance and leadership, the founder of the Center for Leadership, former visiting scholar at Harvard, Berkeley, Melbourne, Glasgow and other universities. He studied at Harvard University where he completed, among other things, a Master Class for Leadership Educators. He also completed a number of management and leadership programs at other schools, such as IESE Business School and HEC Paris.

In 2011 he received a Letter of Achievement in recognition of his dedication to leadership development from Harvard Kennedy School Government (HKS).
In the past served as: Member of Macroeconomic Council to the Minister of Finance, Advisor to the Governor of the National Bank of Poland, Chief Economic Advisor to the board of WestlB Bank, Director of Bureau of Integration with the Euro Area at the National Bank of Poland, Director of the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As one of the very few Poles worked at three central banks: European Central Bank, Austrian National Bank and National Bank of Poland. Served also on expert panel evaluating Greek bail-out program at the European Court of Auditors.

In 2016, in a study conducted by “Rzeczpospolita”, he was ranked 1. - as the best candidate for the Monetary Policy Council in Poland. In the same year, he was the official candidate of the opposition for this position. Also in December 2009, in a ranking of the best candidates for the Polish Monetary Policy Council, he was nominated as one of the first six best candidates. Also in 2009, before he was 35, he was appointed professor of economics, one of the youngest in Poland.

Professor Wójcik is the author and co-author of a number of academic papers and nine books published in the USA, the UK, Germany, Austria, Estonia and Hungary. His work has been published and quoted in renowned foreign newspapers: The Guardian, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Handelsblatt. He has been regularly publishing in Polish dailies suh as Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza.

In a study for 2001–2006, he topped the list of most quoted Polish economists in world academic journals. The SSRN database – the largest global electronic repository of academic papers in social sciences – classifies him in the top 5% of academics in the world.

He has received both of the most important prizes awarded to economists in Poland: in 2008, he received Bank Handlowy’s award for his special contribution into the area of finance and economics; and in 2009, the award of the Prime Minister.

He has been awarded many scholarships, including a Fulbright scholarship (twice), a scholarship of the Polityka Weekly, a scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science, a scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, and many others.

He is fluent in Polish, English and German, and speaks Spanish and Russian.

He is married, has two children, and is a happy person.

Prof. Hugh O’Doherty

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Prof. Hugh O’Doherty

Harvard University Raised in Northern Ireland, Hugh O’Doherty teaches leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a Senior Associate with Cambridge Leadership Associates. Hugh has taught leadership and conflict resolution at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, where he directed the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program for “emerging” leaders from all the political parties in Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, he directed the Inter-Group Relations Project, an initiative bringing together political and community leaders in Ireland to establish protocols for political dialogue.

Hugh has consulted extensively with a wide variety of clients including the Irish Civil Service, the American Leadership Forum, the Episcopalian Clergy Leadership Program, the National Conservation Leadership Institute, and the Mohawk Community Leadership Program in Canada. He has also consulted in Bosnia, Croatia, and Cyprus and has addressed the United Nations Global Forum on Re-Inventing Government. He has worked with the government of Nepal on a negotiation and leadership development program, as a third-party member of an Armenian-Turkish Dialogue process, and on a leadership development program with a number of leaders from major political factions in Kashmir and Bahrain.

Hugh earned an M.Ed and Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. John J. Scherer

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Dr. John J. Scherer

Scherer Leadership Center Dr. John J. Scherer, Co-Director of SLI, is a respected international speaker, consultant and change facilitator with many of the world’s best-known organizations and their leaders, including Boeing, Ford, GTE, Microsoft, The Government of Canada, Siemens, ALIOR, DHL, Netia, PLAY, Tchibo and many others. Leaders and change facilitators from 28 countries have graduated from his Executive/Leadership Development Intensives (EDI/LDI).

Honored by Stephen Covey’s Executive Excellence magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Personal/Leadership Development, and recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Organization Development Network.
John is the creator of hundreds of print articles and online media, and is author of Work and the Human Spirit (1993), Five Questions that Change Everything (2008) and the recent Polish version, Wiser at Work: Five Questions that Change the Way You Lead (2012). Readers from around the world receive his newsletter, The Scherer Report and subscribe to his WiserAtWork.com: Online development for Leaders of Change™ to have access to his body of work. With SLI Co-Director, Amy Barnes, they bring newness to life.

One of today’s most sought-after experts in leadership and change, he is best known for his ability to connect with people quickly and for bringing about profound individual and system-wide transformations, resulting in the unleashing of the human spirit at work. Since 2008 John has been living and working in Central/Eastern Europe from a base in Poland. The father of four ‘amazing young people’, he swims, runs, does yoga, still performs the occasional magic show, and loves a good spy story.

Michael Murray

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Michael Murray

Since 1973 Mike Murray has helped managers, corporate executives, government officials and others work more productively and synergistically. As owner of his own consulting business and as a featured speaker for a major seminar company, Mike has trained more than 350,000 seminar participants in areas such as change management, conflict resolution, strategic planning, customer service, creative problem solving and team building.

Murray combines his unique insight and his understanding of people and how they interact to solve tough problems and to enable leaders to more effectively manage their organizations. He uses a wide variety of teaching and learning processes to enable workshop participants to equip themselves with skills and strategies for successfully accomplishing their mission.

Murray has delivered more than 500 programs for Vistage (the largest CEO organization in the world) and has worked in all 50 of the United States as well as in Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, England, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore. He delivers programs for the University of Texas Software Quality Institute and is on the faculty of The Leader Academy, based in Antwerp, Belgium. He is certified by LIFO Associates and Synectics Incorporated. He has written articles for The Bankers Magazine, The Oil and Gas Journal, The Journal of Religion and Applied Behavioral Sciences, Data Training Magazine, and Texas Realtors Magazine.

He earned his B.A. in English from Austin College and his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Martin Kalungu-Banda

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Martin Kalungu-Banda

Oxford University Martin Kalungu-Banda works with business, government and civil society leaders globally. He advises the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative as thinking partner to Chiefs of Staff and Heads of State, including as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia. He is a faculty member of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Presencing Institute and the HSBC Next Generation Development as well as HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders. Martin authored Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006), It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009), and Driftology: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities by flying on the wings of others (2015). He is qualified in OD and Coaching; and in Public Affairs, Philosophy, Development Studies and Anthropology. He currently lives near Oxford, UK. He has led collaborative innovation on diverse issues: Heart surgery costs (India & UK); Sustainable cities (London & Shanghai); Water shortage (Middle East & UK); Carbon emissions (UK & India); and the Coral Triangle tuna industry.

Zuzanna Ziomecka

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Zuzanna Ziomecka

Program Director Zuzanna Ziomecka is a journalist and editor turned trainer with a focus on growing leadership capacities through mindfulness and science based approaches.

She is the Vice President of the Polish Mindfulness Institute, a foundation dedicated to professional teacher certification, and program director at WellCome Institute, which creates bespoke development programs for international companies.

Zuzanna is a leading European expert in mindfulness-based attention and emotional regulation. Formerly, she held leadership positions in print, television, and internet projects.

Partners

Apply for Fellowship

Fellowships of up to EUR 10 000 each are available for outstanding candidates in four categories: (1) non-profit sector (2) public sector (3) women and (4) young talents – up to 28 years old. 

As a rule, it is expected that participants who can be supported by their organizations, do not require support (read more here Q&A). In principle, candidates from the business sector are not eligible for fellowships, with the exception of a number of fellowships for women and young talents, even if they represent the business sector. If you are from the business sector and you want to ensure your participation in the program, please refer to the Q&A individuals section to learn more. If you are an HR representative interested in supporting your employees through the program, please refer to the Q&A organizations & HR departments section.

How to apply for a fellowship:

1. Read if you are eligible to participate in the ALP.
2. Read if you fulfill the criteria for a fellowship.
3. Register below.
4. Upon registering you will receive an email with more information – make sure to carefully read it in its entirety.
5. Fill out the application form provided in the next steps and apply on December 12-15th, 2019.  

 

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