Executive Development Blog

Serious Games in Today's Technology Driven Workplace

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jul 26, 2016 11:43:12 AM

Serious games are video games designed to improve learning, and players engage in serious games with that understanding (Derryberry, 2007). Also known as immersive learning simulations, digital game-based learning, and gaming simulations, serious games are developed with specific learning outcomes in mind that will result in measurable, sustained changes in performance or behavior.

serious-games.jpgSerious games can allow players to apply what they have learned in an L&D experience and apply it in a safe, simulated environment. For example, health care professionals can practice a new medical procedure using a serious sim game before introducing it in the workplace. There is also evidence that serious games can develop soft skills like emotional intelligence, communication management, and critical problem solving and collaboration skills (Marinho, 2012).

Serious games are increasingly being used by large U.S. employers to recruit, improve communication among managers and their staffs, and to train employees and new hires at all levels in their organizations (Derryberry, 2007). The U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, Nortel, Cold Stone Creamery, McKinsey & Co., SAS Institute, and Digital Equipment are just a few organizations using serious games in their workplaces (Derryberry, 2007; Maurer, 2012; Steinberg, 2012).

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Topics: UNC, leadership development

Putting the "Fun" in Fundraising, One Pie at a Time

Posted by Kip Kelly on Nov 3, 2015 11:28:00 AM

unc chili cook offIf you've attended one of the leadership development programs here at UNC Executive Development, you know that we take our work very seriously.  You also know that we like to have fun, because if we're not having a good time, chances are good that you're not having a good time either.  We've been ranked among the best in the world for our faculty, program design, new skills and learning...but what you don't see in our rankings is the team behind the scenes.unc executive development pie toss 

I think we have one of the best teams in the business, and it is events like the latest SECC fund raising effort that make me proud to be a part of this team.  We've had a bake sale, a chili cook off, a penny drive and now a pie throw raffle.  It is great to see everyone involved, supporting the team, and supporting some worthwhile causes.unc bake sale

If you haven't attended one of our leadership development programs then I encourage you to explore the program portfolio on our website to find the program that is right for you. You can experience one of the best business schools in the world - with the best team in the business.

Hope to see you. 

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Topics: executive development, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, leadership development

UNC Ranked Among Top 10 in the World by Financial Times

Posted by UNC Executive Development on May 18, 2015 2:42:20 PM

Custom executive education programs at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School are among the very best in the world, according to a new Financial Times ranking.download-3

The Financial Times ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 9 in the world and No. 3 in the United States for its customized leadership development and business education programs.

“We are dedicated to the partnerships we develop with companies to help them solve business challenges and develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need,” said Susan Cates, president of UNC Executive Development. “To receive this positive feedback from the clients we serve is truly gratifying and inspires us as we continue to collaborate with them to develop their future business leaders.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler also ranked highly in several individual categories, including:

    •          No. 1 for value for money
    •          No. 2 for faculty
    •          No. 3 for aims achieved
    •          No. 3 for new skills and learning
    •          No. 4 for program design
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Topics: executive development, leadership, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, executive education, leadership development

Accelerating Diversity for a Better Bottom Line

Posted by Kip Kelly on Dec 9, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Below is an excerpt from a recent white paper written by Horace McCormick, a program director here at UNC Executive Development.  The paper explores the value of diversity and offers tips to help organizations leverage diversity to boost the bottom line.


Organizations rich in ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity are more innovative, creative, and demonstrate better decision making and problem solving, all of which leads to an improved bottom line (Philips, 2014). Josh Greenberg from The Multicultural Advantage website also notes that diversity boosts an organization’s adaptability because it helps employees generate a better variety of solutions to problems and allocation of resources than more homogeneous workforces. Diversity also helps employers more effectively offer a broader range of services because they retain employees with a deeper set of skills and experiences (like language and cultural understanding) that can give their organizations a competitive advantage by providing more effective services on a global basis (Greenberg, n.d.). Diverse organizations also foster a variety of viewpoints, and when CEOs and leaders really take heed, can generate better ideas that lead to improved creativity and innovation (Blanchard, 2014).

There have been a number of studies that demonstrate the benefits of workforce diversity. A 2012 study by business professors Cristian Deszo from the University of Maryland and David Ross from Columbia University found that having women at the top management levels led to an increase of $42 million in firm value. The study also examined “innovation intensity” and found that organizations which promoted innovation intensity experienced more financial gains when women were part of the top leadership team (Philips, 2014).

Diversity white paper from UNC Executive Development

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Topics: leadership, Gen Y, UNC, talent management, talent development, high-potential talent, leadership development, multigenerational workforces, learning and development, diversity

Leadership Tips for Women in Business

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Jul 31, 2014 8:48:07 AM

Women business owners and working women face certain challenges and obstacles that men do not. This is not meant to be an inflammatory statement, just a factual one.  Women still encounter gender discrimination and stereotyping in business and on the job, and working women who have children experience unique demands on their time, energy, and resources.  And while women are certainly not the only ones facing challenges in the workplace, this blog post will offer five ways to help women succeed, despite their many challenges.


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Topics: leadership, UNC, executive education, talent development, leadership development, learning and development

Leadership Exercises to Build a Resilient Organizational Culture

Posted by Kip Kelly on Apr 16, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Below is an executive summary from a white paper written by Marion White, an Account Director here at UNC. To download the entire paper, click here.

A recent Towers Watson study found that in most organizations, only 35 percent of employees said they were engaged. In other words, 65 percent of employees have mentally checked out, causing productivity, innovation, and creativity to plummet. 

While this is never good news for employers, the timing could not be more critical as organizations across the globe continue to struggle to survive. Thought leaders are increasingly calling today’s turbulent business world a “VUCA” environment—one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. To succeed in this environment, organizations must be more adaptive and agile than ever before—they must be resilient. Organizations that lack resilience—that ability to bounce back after setbacks—are often stressful places to work, a situation in which far too many employers and employees are well versed. 

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Topics: VUCA, UNC, talent management, burnout, leadership development, organizational culture

ideas@work Volume 6 - UNC's Journal for Talent Management Professionals

Posted by Susan Cates on Mar 18, 2014 1:17:00 PM

UNC Talent Management Journal ideas@work

I’m very pleased to present the latest edition of ideas@work, a journal we have developed specifically for business leaders who are interested in issues related to talent development.

The latest edition of ideas@work features five new white papers, including “Powering Your Bottom Line Through Employee Engagement” which discusses the importance of employee engagement and provides tips to help you drive engagement in your organization. Another white paper, “Identifying High-Potential Talent in the Workplace,” includes findings from the 2013 UNC Leadership Survey. Over 1,300 talent development professionals participated in the study which explores best practices in talent identification. A third paper looks at the intersection of personal branding and employment branding with recommendations to help you and your organization navigate the ever-changing world of social media, while another examines how developing emotional intelligence can drive leadership performance. Finally, in “Making Change Work,” we discuss why many change initiatives fail, and we provide suggestions to help you avoid these pitfalls. 

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Topics: executive development, leadership, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, talent management, talent development

Leadership Development Challenges for Gen Y

Posted by Kip Kelly on Sep 10, 2013 9:34:00 AM

A new research study from EY reveals a significant increase in Generation Y moving into management over the past 5 years.  87% of Gen Y managers moved into the role between 2008 and 2013, and dramatic increase over the previous 5 years. The increase is somewhat predictable as Gen Y (age 18-32) gains the knowledge and experience needed to fill the widening talent gap as Baby Boomers move into retirement.  However, the research reveals a number of challenges and opportunities for this generation of managers.

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Topics: EY research, leadership, Gen Y, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, executive education