Terry Custom Programs, part of Executive Programs at UGA's Terry College of Business, takes the time to learn about your business, listen to your needs, and develop a learning program that intersects with your people and business strategy. Rather than overlaying our expertise on top of your conversation, we join in — leveraging the best thinking in key areas of change, innovation and strategy, and drawing on faculty from inside and outside UGA and from business. The result? Senior leaders, managers and high potentials come away with actionable tools and skills to excel, collaborate and innovate on a whole new level.
We're working with clients every day to deliver solutions for change leadership, driving innovation, leading strategy and more. Wondering if one of these solution areas is right for you?
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Despite tens of thousands of books dedicated to the topic of change leadership, most organizations struggle when trying to implement major change. Working with change leadership expert David Herold, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University System of Georgia, and author of Change The Way You Lead Change: Leadership Strategies that Work, UGA's Terry College of Business helps organizations design and implement successful change initiatives. Our unique approach goes against the grain of many change gurus, who offer "easy" steps for implementing change, and provides business leaders with a more thoughtful, sustainable approach to reaching their goals.
"American business culture thrives on being action oriented, and all too often, organizational leaders are quick to jump into change without engaging in a thinking process that addresses their organization's unique situation," says Herold, who has worked with organizations such as GM, IBM, Corning and the Milliken & Company.
Terry Custom Programs provide companies with a Change Framework to address the key questions that every business leader needs to consider before implementing a new strategic initiative. Participants along the way determine the internal and external context of implementing change, as well as who will lead it and who is expected to follow. At the end of the program, business leaders typically identify three options — implement the change as initially identified, reconsider the change, or alter elements of the situation before implementing the change.
"Every company is different — there is no one-size-fits-all change formula. Our framework serves as a thoughtful mental model for addressing an organization's specific problem, as opposed to knee-jerk reactions," says Herold. "We challenge executives to validate their thinking against other people's perceptions. Once leaders are able to trust their views of the underlying problem and response, only then is it time to think about implementation."
In today's challenging economy, more companies are focusing on the bottom line and optimizing existing processes rather than investing in creating something new. As a result, many will grow stagnant in generating new ideas that could lead to a competitive advantage.
Terry's Custom Program for Innovation helps companies achieve top-line growth by finding the right balance between optimization and innovation. According to Terry innovation expert David Sutherland, PhD, companies that invest more in innovation ultimately add to their bottom line faster. Sutherland, advisor to world-class innovators, including BMW, General Electric, Deutche Bank, The Cleveland Clinic and Proctor & Gamble, leads the Terry Custom Program for Innovation by helping companies tap into their latent innovation potential in ways that they haven't before. Specifically, this program addresses:
In today's hyper-competitive markets, business leaders require a new approach to strategy for their companies.
Terry's Custom Program for Strategy Development combines leading academic theory and industry best practices to transform strategy across all levels of the organization — from Finance to IT, to Marketing to Operations. Working with Terry Strategy faculty experts, your company will master new and sustainable methods for strategy development using his proven, four-step process:
Terry Custom Program for Strategy Development emphasizes real-world, practical and actionable solutions that help companies bring their strategy to life and succeed in growing their bottom line.
The Terry Custom Programs methodology offers a framework to help organizations better align their people to business performance. We provide an end-to-end solution to the performance challenges you face, with the ability to scale, using a six-phase approach:
While each custom program is built from the ground up with every new client, Terry's Custom Program methodology serves as a building block to ensure that the program targets the unique needs of your organization.