March 2008 —

Leadership Academy garners two “best practice” awards from American Society for Training and Development

Greensboro, N.C. – Faced with a critical gap in leadership skills and a pending culture shift, Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) joined with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) to build a team of talented leaders and a more vibrant organizational future. Five years later, this innovative partnership has helped transform CHP – one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems – and also garnered industry-wide attention.

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) has recognized CHP and CCL for their collaboration on CHP’s innovative “Leadership Academy” for executives and managers. ASTD’s annual best practices contest awarded CCL and CHP two Excellence in Practice Awards in theManaging Change and Workplace Learning and Diversity categories, and a citation in Organizational Learning category. Of 97 total entries in the ASTD contest, only 12 received awards and just 31 were awarded citations.

A team representing CCL and CHP will receive the honors in June 2008 at ASTD’s International Conference & Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

“From the beginning, The Leadership Academy was a very unique program, and it has become better and better over the years,” said Jon Abeles, CHP’s senior vice president of talent management and diversity. “The program has delivered results for us – helping us manage change, develop a leadership cadre, and build an organization that grows through continuous learning. I think that it is a model program and that key elements can work in other healthcare organizations and in other industries.”

As a result of the academy, Abeles said, high-potential executives throughout the organization reported a deeper understanding of the organization as an interrelated system and greater confidence in their ability to lead at high levels. From an organizational perspective, CHP saw a number of positive outcomes, including improved decision making, a heightened ability to deal with complex challenges and better collaboration across work groups and geographic boundaries.

Three classes of high-potential leaders, totaling more than 100 people, have graduated from the academy since its establishment in 2002; a fourth program is scheduled for 2008.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to work with Catholic Healthcare Partners in what continues to be a true partnership,” CCL President John Ryan said. “As these ASTD honors confirm, the ‘Leadership Academy’ has made a lasting impact on hundreds of talented leaders and helped ensure CHP’s long-term success. We look forward to many more fruitful collaborations.”

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 10 providers of executive education by Financial Times, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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