St. Louis Organization Development Network      


Taking Leadership Development to Scale with the CFO as your Champion

  • 11 Apr 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Emerson Electric global headquarters, Charles F. Knight Learning Center, Training Room “B” 8000 West Florissant, St. Louis, 63136
  • 27


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Presenter: Terrence Donahue, Corporate Director of Learning at Emerson Electric


This session outlines how a multinational company of 90,000 employees conceived, developed, and executed a global leadership development program that is achieving sustained, relevant, compelling, and credible business outcomes. In the process, Emerson’s Chief Financial Officer became the key advocate for the initiative and delivers the call to action and accountability message.

Leading at Emerson is a required workshop for all new supervisors, managers, and directors across Emerson’s 67 business entities at over 220 locations around the world. Leading at Emerson was not designed simply as a Leadership Development Course—it was designed as an operating system for how to manage and lead others.

By following the process outlined in the best-selling book The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, we will describe how, at each phase, we applied a disciplined and business-oriented approach to create a single and standard global leadership development initiative. We will also describe how Emerson’s CFO became an active advocate for this learning investment. 

This session will enable you to:

  • Gain commitment from senior executives for investing in leadership development by focusing on business outcomes.
  • Move your leadership training from an “event” to an operating system by designing a complete learning experience for learners and their managers.
  • Increase the transfer of knowledge and skills from learning and leadership development programs by implementing a practical and proven post-workshop implementation phase.

About the Facilitator

In his role as Corporate Director of Learning at Emerson Electric (FORTUNE 120), Terrence shapes and supports the performance of current and emerging leaders across the world. He supports the leadership development of 67 Business Units under two Business Platforms. His training and business skills help drive major corporate initiatives in areas such as outcomes-based training, succession planning, leadership development, and learning transfer.

Terrence has driven results for the organizations he has worked for by introducing world-class practices and making them common practice. He has held both strategic and tactical roles including Senior Vice President of Training and Development and Corporate Director of Learning. Terrence possesses extraordinary depth and breadth of the Corporate Learning Function. He has personally trained over 32,000 people on five continents.

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