We are excited about the launch of the new Idealliance Strategic Management Program. For more than 10 years Idealliance has provided leadership development to CEOs and those identified as future C-Level executives. Over the past five years the program has been divided into two components: CEO Roundtable and NexGen Leaders. In 2018 we are renewing, expanding, and joining them under a new Idealliance Strategic Management Program banner.

The Strategic Management Program consists of six sessions presented over two years, with three units in each year. Each unit is presented in a 1½ day face-to-face training session plus pre- and post-session work to master and apply the concepts.

Value Propositions

The workforce’s expectations are shifting as Boomers retire and Millennials begin to manage and lead. Is your company ready for this new workforce? Are you noticing greater turnover in your younger workforce? As leadership ages, new leaders must be developed, retained, and given opportunities to lead. Have you identified the future leaders in your organization? Are you developing your next generation of leaders? How does your talent bench look right now?

There are many new best practices in sales, marketing, leadership development, and company culture. Are you using these best practices? The Idealliance Strategic Management Program is designed to take leaders to the next level with transformative leadership models, interactive peer education, and adult learning that is not based on a one-time event, but a steady stream and manageable process of learning and application throughout the year.

In the past, sessions of CEO Roundtable and NexGen Leaders were held separately. Now we are bringing the groups together at the same location and during the same time. This will open opportunities for informal networking and cross-pollination of ideas and insights from the differing viewpoints of each group. Breakouts during the program will enable CEO and NexGen participants to focus on their distinct needs.

Six-Part Program

The Strategic Management Program consists of six sessions presented over two years, with three units in each year. The six units are as follows:

  1. Knowing & Leading Yourself & Others
    Self-awareness, style preferences, leadership strengths, personal mission, resilience to stress, communications skills, public speaking, conflict management, inclusion, employee engagement, team development, networking, direction setting, succession planning, accountability, and coaching for performance will all be topics for this session.
  2. Knowing & Leading Strategy & Culture
    Mission orientation, leadership behavior and communication, retention and attraction, adjusting and driving culture, organizational alignment and cascading expectations, three-year planning, asset review—physical/financial/human, market dynamics, stakeholder feedback, simplicity and transparency are on the agenda for this session.
  3. Knowing & Leading the Business: Change & the Future
    Personal orientation to change, normal adaptation process, emotional needs, communications, managing resistance, a far horizon view on the industry, large-scale changes, technology advances, changes in content usage and creation will be explored and discussed.
  4. Knowing & Leading Sales & Marketing
    Trends, tools, skills, compensation, consultative selling, branding, employment options, content and media, voice of the customer, recruiting, and sales processes are on the agenda.
  5. Knowing & Leading Financials
    The P&L and Balance Sheet, tracking operation/sales/SG&A, budgeting, profitability, alignment to strategy, cash flow, activity-based costing, working capital, and debt management will be explored and discussed.
  6. Knowing & Leading Workflows &Technology
    Technology is fundamentally changing the way we do our work and the services we provide. How do you gain efficiencies to become more profitable? How are companies managing conventional and digital platforms? What are the best practice workflows? What is the current and evolving technology? How do we manage technology change? These are some of the questions on the agenda for this sixth and final session.

Noted experts in various disciplines will lead and train specific units. In addition, industry leaders and practitioners will be invited to present case studies that illustrate core knowledge and demonstrate real-world industry applications.


TomCarrollpic300Tom Carroll is currently the owner of TMC Leadership Consulting. For the previous 22 years, he served in numerous leadership roles at RR Donnelley. Tom’s last role was as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for RR Donnelley, a $12 billion-dollar international Fortune 500 Company with approximately 68,000 employees worldwide. Tom graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University in clinical psychology. Tom worked for ten years in a variety of clinical settings that served children and families with special needs and patients with neuro-psychological issues.

Tom served in many leadership roles for RR Donnelley over his 22-year career. As the Chief Administrative Officer, he had responsibilities for all aspects of human resources for domestic and global operations in the Asia Pacific region, Mexico, South America, Canada, Europe and the United States. He also led the company’s corporate marketing, corporate communications, real estate, environmental health and safety, government and postal affairs functions and has served as an advisor to an enterprise technology start-up called “Work-Bench” in New York City.

Starting in August of 2015, Tom led the “Spin” efforts to separate all operational aspects of RR Donnelley and create three independent stand-alone companies by October 1, 2016. This was accomplished on-time and under budget.  Tom served the RR Donnelley Board of Directors for the last ten years by advising on governance, talent, succession, diversity and executive compensation practices. He has also served on many not-for-profit Boards including the Chicago Public Library Foundation (Executive Committee), the Naperville Area Humane Society (Board President), Naperville Community Television (Board President), Chicago YMCA (Executive Committee – led merger of Naperville and Chicago YMCAs), Naperville Development Partnership (Board Member), Idealliance (Board Member), and North Central College (Board Member).

Program Schedule

Day 1
12:00pm to 8:00pm
Start with Lunch at Noon
Session starts at 1:00pm
Afternoon Break
Dinner 6:00pm with Working Session & Breakouts
Adjourn 8:00pm

Day 2
8:00am to 3:00pm
Continental Breakfast at 7:30am
Mid-Morning Break
12noon –  Lunch with Breakouts
3:00pm Adjourn

Upcoming Strategic Management Program Events

Click on the links below to register for upcoming events
September 11 – 12, 2018
November 7 -8, 2018

Chicago Marriott O’Hare
8535 W Higgins Rd, Chicago, IL 60631
Marriott Reservations 1.800.228.9290 or 1.773.693.4444


Alumni New Member New Non-Member
NexGen $750 $850 $1,150
Current Executive $850 $950 $1,350

We are excited to bring this new, content-rich, and highly interactive program to you!

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