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Much money is spent by companies on leadership and talent development. But where is the financial ROI? Can it even be calculated?

Nick Obolensky will share how this can be done, and how the Advanced Leadership Programme (ALP) of Complex Adaptive Leadership beat many business schools for the EFMD Gold Award in Executive Development achieving less than a 6 month payback for some 700 leaders. EFMD members number over 800 around the world and in China include CEIBS, Beijing University, Tsing Hua and over 70 other leading providers.

Nick will show how a solid financial payback can be gained from programmes, and what it takes for those who are serious about business results, not just "Happy Sheets". As well as showing how short-term ROI can be gained, he will also share a case study of two leaders who, years after the programme, gained astonishing results in the first 5G rollout across the USA.

This webinar be held on Zoom (further instructions will be sent to registrants). It will be highly interactive showing new approaches together with polls, thought experiments, and breakout discussions to share experience.

Who should attend?

This information session will be of interest to HR Leaders interested in business results as well as operational leaders grappling with improving productivity.


15.00 Start

15.00 – 15.10 – Introductions, objective and method of workshop and housekeeping

15.10 - 15.20– Overcoming the HR challenges/objections to measure ROI: Political, Ideological and Practical

15.20 – 15.40 – Elements needed to gain ROI with examples: Participant Expectation, Content Innovation, Programme Differentiation, and Measurement Regulation

15.40 – 16.00 – Breakout sharing

16.00 – 16.20 – Case study example and ROI gains

16.15 – 16.30 – Q&A


  • Nick Obolensky

    Nick Obolensky

    Nick’s speciality is improving organisational-wide effectiveness and transformation, based on empowering new forms of leadership, strategy and change. He has worked to help change culture in automotive companies, perhaps the most relevant experience working with Unipart (which was the parts company of the state owned UK company British Leyland). His experience includes: Practitioner: UK Army Major (youngest at the time); Development Director/COS of a retail FTSE 100 company responsible for leading a large and successful organisation-wide transformation across 45,000 employees; CEO Tomorrow’s Company Ltd.; CEO of green energy technology start-ups; CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd, a global firm with a subsidiary company in China. Consultant: Executive Strategy Consultant of Ernst & Young (also ran Research Associates practice); Managing Partner of The Vth Dimension; MD of Agile+ Consultancy (Shanghai)’ Academic: Professor of Leadership Nyenrode (MBA Professor of the Year more than once); visiting leadership professor: LBS, INSEAD, EHL, IMD; currently visiting professor at CEDEP, France. Author: “Complex Adaptive Leadership – Embracing Paradox and Uncertainty” (Gower best seller,2 editions, as well as Chinese edition), “Practical Business Re-engineering – Tools and Techniques for Achieving Effective Change” (Kogan Page, with Chinese edition amongst other languages), “Leading Complex Projects” (ICCPM). His latest book “More for Less – How to lead an agile, adaptive and self-organising organisation” was published in summer of 2018. More at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nickobolensky .

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