Executive and Residential Programs
The CEO Program: Leading with Purpose
Program dates to be determined for 2015
This one-of-a-kind, proven program is designed for both current and aspiring CEOs or for those who simply want to excel with confidence and conviction in the upper echelons of executive responsibility.
Program Description (+)
Leaders today must know how to handle the complexity of unpredictable, volatile forces that impact their business. These include changing priorities, counterintuitive imperatives and events largely beyond their control. Organizations are simply not built to innovate in a transformative era characterized by decaying business models, transient competitive advantages, bad strategies and an unquestioning reliance on archaic management methods and tools. This new world demands a different kind of leader – one who is mindful and focussed on initiating strategic conversations that question rather than reinforce the status quo.
Leading with purpose requires, among other essential skills, the ability to make tough but smart decisions, develop and apply one’s strategic intelligence and foresight, see the organizational bumps and anticipate career derailers before they arrive, select talent and build a strong, cohesive executive team, relate well with key stakeholders and gatekeepers, deal with unexpected crises and high-impact surprises, articulate strategies that both inform and inspire, foster a culture of resilience and create business and management models that can compete for the future.
Beyond skills alone, the responsibility of leadership demands that you deal effectively with ethical dilemmas and avoid the ever-present allure of the slippery slope, know how to nurture and lead people who are brighter than you are, design and build smart, healthy organizations, decide when "the game" must be retooled, overcome self-doubt and find those enlightening answers to role-defining questions that will determine your destiny.
Do you have the requisite emotional and mental competencies, interpersonal skills, street-smart insights, decision-making competencies and the executive presence to lead others? Regardless of your ultimate pedestal or station in business, do you know what it really takes to lead others? And, if so, do you actually possess the inner moral compass and critical skill sets to do it with purpose? Because, today, the opportunities abound – organizations now replace their CEOs every four years on average and over 40% (the unprepared) flame out within their first 18 months.
This practical, intensive, provocative, highly interactive and advanced program is the creation of Dr. Jim Murray who has successfully led large and small organizations in the public and private sectors. He has a remarkable track record of helping senior executives and over 600 organizations achieve their often underappreciated potential. His life’s quest over 40 plus years of exemplary practice is to liberate personal genius and change lives.
Before you decide if this potentially life-altering learning experience is for you, take a moment to read the testimonials of prior participants to determine whether it will deliver what you are seeking.
Who Should Attend (+)
This program is aimed primarily at those currently in positions of executive responsibility. Its premise is that, no matter what your starting point, you can always get better. Indeed, with the right framework, tools, insights and guidance, you can become extraordinary. Face it: you are the only one responsible for realizing your ultimate station in life. Where you are today is a consequence of your past choices. Where you will be in the future is the product of your decisions today.
While there is plenty of information about the program on this site, the best information often comes from your fellow peers. Here is what some had to say about the The CEO Program:
Our alumni include participants from the following organizations:
Al Ghurair Group, Rogers Media, Bell Canada, CMN Global, York Central Hospital, Halton Region, The London Community Foundation, Bermuda Press Holdings, Dentsu Canada, Kinross Gold, and many others.
The CEO Program is highly practical, reflective of the latest research and interactive. The teaching/learning emphasis is placed squarely on participation and relevant case studies are used to ensure "learning by doing." The depth and breadth of participant experiences is one of the primary benefits of attending this program. You will receive a pre-course workbook with readings and diagnostic exercises and are expected to complete certain tasks prior to your arrival. Doing so will ensure a higher return on your investment and enable more material to be covered in the time available.
The detailed curriculum for the 2014 program follows:
Dates and Times (+)
This program ran in May 2014. Timing for 2015 has not yet been determined.
Registration and Fees (+)
An early-bird discount of $200 is available for registering 60 days in advance of the program start.
*Please note: A limited number of program spots are available to those who do not wish to have accommodations. As there may be evening activities (group work and/or networking opportunities), this option is recommended only for those who reside nearby.
Timing for 2015 has not yet been determined. Please contact Lawrence Wong, CPA, CA, at: 1-800-387-0735 ext. 343, or at lwong@CPAontario.ca to be contacted when dates have been finalized for this program.
The CEO Program: Leading with Purpose will be held at the White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa, a premium, four diamond, five-star resort that has achieved a reputation for outstanding comfort, service and atmosphere to ensure a memorable learning and retreat experience for all executives who attend.
Program fees include meals, accommodations*, wi-fi access, use of basic fitness facilities, and a hospitality room for evening networking opportunities.
*Excluding registrants who have opted for the non-accommodation option.
From Pearson or Buffalo airports:
The Niagara Airbus offers Shuttle Transfers to and from Toronto’s Pearson and Buffalo Niagara’s International Airports and can drop you off right at the facility front doors. If you book on-line you can get a 10% discount for Airport transfers. The Niagara Airbus website is www.niagaraairbus.com.
Another option is the Falls Livery & Taxi. They can offer private cars for transport to and from the airport as well. They can be reached at 905-356-4500.
Average time to drive from Toronto to the Resort is an hour and a half*. Click here for a Google Map and directions.
*Please note that these directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly.
CPD Information (+)
Subject to CPA Ontario regulations, Members may count up to 25 hours of verifiable CPD for the completion of the CEO Program.
Dr. Jim Murray is CEO of optimal solutions international, a firm dedicated to helping people and organizations reach their full potential. Described by his clients as "a rare breed" and "an organizational therapist" and by his students as "a man of brilliance," he has been in the leadership development business for over 40 years. He has led major enterprises in both the public and private sectors and provided his strategic counsel to over 600 organizations. He has taught courses designed specifically for accounting professionals since 1982. He is the architect of several residential executive development programs that are continuously offered by CPA Ontario. Thousands of attendee testimonials confirm his ability to "connect" with the thinking style and professional development needs of accountants today. His full biography describing his eclectic career and many accomplishments can be accessed through his website www.SmartLeaders.ca."
For more information please contact Lawrence Wong, CPA, CA, at CPA Ontario, at: 1-800-387-0735 ext. 343, or at lwong@CPAontario.ca.