Developing Enterprise Leaders - What's needed and how to do it!

Feb 10, 2015


Feb 10, 2015

Sydney, Australia
Sponsor companies may send 4 participants. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.

In April of 2004, ICEDR Founder and President Doug Ready wrote an article for Sloan Management Review, Leading at the Enterprise Level, which introduced the concept of leaders who are able to juggle the often-conflicting needs and priorities of unit or division vs. the whole. They are accountable for the economic and social welfare of the enterprise, across businesses, functions, and locations. This involves tricky tradeoffs, as they are still accountable for delivering their own numbers and may need to make some sacrifices for the benefit of the enterprise as a whole. “Enterprise leader” isn’t a job title but rather a mindset.

But ten years after Doug Ready's article was written, companies still have trouble developing leaders who are able to systematically think across silos. In our search of the literature and conversations with company executives, we have found broad acceptance of the concept but no advice on how to get there. Why is it so hard? We don’t blame the leaders themselves, though it requires courage, training, and practice. We think the larger culprit is embedded organizational dynamics.

Therefore, ICEDR is in the midst of a research project to uncover this rare breed of leader and study how companies develop them and put into place the organizational policies and practices that support these new behaviors. At this ICEDR program, we will look at organizational dynamics such as metrics, compensation systems, messaging, and also best practices on how to offer effective development to the leaders themselves; the right combination of experience, formal learning, and coaching. This program will be a forum for idea exchange, networking and discussion and will include ample time to discuss your challenges and innovations related to developing enterprise leaders.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how leading companies are developing enterprise leaders and what organizational policies and practices they are putting in place
  • Understand what is the right combination of experience, formal learning and coaching for enterprise leaders
  • Discuss how to build the "building" and "brokering" capabilities of enterprise leaders

Who Should Attend

Sponsor companies may send 4 participants. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.
This ICEDR program is intended for individuals who are, for example:
- An HR professional charged with developing the senior leadership team of their organization
- A Regional HR head or one or two moves away from the top HR job in their region
- Head of the HR function for a business unit
- Global HR Directors, responsible for a component of the corporate HR operation worldwide




Doug Ready

Founder & President, ICEDR & Senior Lecturer in Organizational Effectiveness, MIT Sloan School

David Dotlich

Chairman and CEO, Pivot

Ash Farr

Chief Executive Officer, McCann

Lee Hatton

GM and CEO, UBank

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9:00-9:30 Coffee and Registration

9:30-9:45 Welcome
-Therese Levi, Director Key Clients & Custom Solutions, AGSM Executive Education
-Joanne Hering, Director of Projects, ICEDR

9:45-11:00 The Enterprise Leader’s Job - Fact and Fiction
-Professor Doug Ready, President, ICEDR and Senior Lecturer in Organizational Effectiveness, MIT Sloan

11:00-11:20 Break

11:20-12:00 Group Discussion: Key Challenges of Leading at the Enterprise Level

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:15 The Unfinished Leader - Understanding the Paradoxes that Characterize the Enterprise Leader’s Role
-David Dotlich, Chairman and CEO, Pivot Leadership

2:15-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Enterprise Leaders Panel - Impressions from Those Who Are Doing It!
-Lee Hatton, GM and CEO, UBank
-Ash Farr, Chief Executive Officer, McCann

4:00-4:15 Summary and Close
-Frank Kennedy, Executive Director, AGSM Executive Education

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Advance Prep



Program Location
This ICEDR Program will take place on February 10 at AGSM’s CBD Campus at 1 O’Connell Street, Level 6 in Sydney. Registration will begin at 9:00. Please plan to arrive no later than 9:15 to pick up your materials and to enjoy coffee and tea. The program sessions will start promptly at 9:30 and end at 4:15

AGSM Sydney CBD Campus
1 O’Connell Street, Level 6
Classroom: Theatres 1&2
Sydney, NSW 2000
ph: +61-2-9931-9333 (for emergencies only)

Getting There
The program will be held at AGSM Sydney CBD Campus, a state-of-the-art conference facility in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District.
The AGSM Sydney CBD Campus and the Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney are both located on O’Connell Street in downtown Sydney. The Campus and hotel are within a short walk of each other.
Parking - We recommend you park in the secure parking at the Sofitel Wentworth. This car park is located at 61-101 Philip Street with entry and exit via Bligh Street. Rates are $43 per day and $19 for entry after 5.00 pm. To receive this rate, please stamp your ticket at UNSW CBD Campus reception on level 6.

- Wilson Parking at the Sydney Opera House - 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney (10 min walk) offers early bird rates. You will need to arrive between 6:30-10:00am and depart between 3:00-7:30pm for $17 per day, see
- Wilson Parking at 264-278 George Street (entry via Bon Street), Sydney (5-10 min walk) offers early bird rates. You will need to arrive between 8:00-9:30am and depart between 3:30-7:30pm for $29 per day, see They also have a super early bird rate for $24 but you need to arrive between 6:00am-8:00am.
Public Transport - For those who do not wish to drive we are located 5 minutes' walk from either Martin Place or Wynyard stations. There is also a choice of bus stations nearby.

Hotel reservations must be made by the participants. Taxis from the airport (30-45 minute drive), are ~A$40-50. For participants who need to stay overnight, we suggest the Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney.
The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney is a 5-star hotel in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. (27 O'Connell St, Sydney, NSW 2000, phone: +61 2 8214 0000, reservations e-mail: The hotel offers internet access, a swimming pool, spa, and complete health club facilities. Rate ~A$250

The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel (61-101 Phillip Street , Sydney, NSW 2000, phone: +61-2/92300700, e-mail: is also close to the AGSM CBD Campus. Rate ~A$250.

Comfortable, casual clothing is recommended for the entire program.

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The Enterprise Leaders Job - Fact and Fiction

Doug Ready presents the Enterprise Leaders Job at ICEDR's Program in Sydney, Australia, February 10, 2015.


Developing Enterprise Leaders: Managing Paradox

David Dotlich discusses Developing Enterprise Leaders: Managing Paradox during this February 2015 session in Sydney.


Final Participant List

This is the complete participant list for the Sydney Program on Developing Enterprise Leaders, February 10, 2015.