Conner Academy is a professional development center providing advanced learning for leaders of organizational change and change practitioners responsible for implementation. The curriculum is designed for leaders and practitioners ready to “raise their game” beyond basic competencies.
Based on four decades of advising organizations as they execute critical changes, we have identified two traits that distinguish the most effective leaders and advisors who support them. They are perceived as both strategic (depended on when the stakes are high) and invaluable (not easily disregarded or replaced). Change leaders and practitioners viewed this way are thought of as “high impact” assets for the organizations they serve and as a result are extremely influential in their work. They achieve this by:
There are relatively few high impact leaders and practitioners and as a result, not many professional development options are available geared toward their unique needs. Conner Academy was established specifically for this purpose.
Conner Academy is dedicated to helping experienced organizational leaders and change practitioners dramatically enhance their impact by exploring their character and leveraging their presence (who you are). This exploration is at the heart of all our programs.
Ultimately, your effectiveness as a leader is based on how you are perceived by others. Those leaders who are seen as invaluable, strategic assets are highly influential with their direct reports, colleagues, and other higher-level leaders. They have reached a point in their professional careers where they believe it is who they are, not just the leadership concepts and mechanisms they use, that ultimately determines the degree to which exceptional outcomes can be attained.
We created our Cultivate program, and imbed it within a company’s existing leadership development program, to address this audience.
We recognize a number of diverse professions are charged with helping to execute critical change, including those who work in change management, project management, organizational design, IT, HR, leadership development, and strategic planning. We refer to professionals in these disciplines as change practitioners.
Regardless of your professional discipline, how you show up with the leaders you support is the basis for your impact. We have tailored our Magnify program for individual practitioners and our Amplify program for practitioner teams. Both programs begin with the Raising Your Game Workshop.
Not everyone is predisposed to this journey into self-exploration. In fact, most practitioners and leaders won’t hear the persistent voice in their heads or subtle tug in their hearts that says this pursuit is intended for them. At Conner Academy we provide a challenging but supportive environment if you feel called to explore your true nature in order to Raise Your Game.
We offer separate programs or pathways to help individual practitioners (Magnify), entire teams of practitioners, (Amplify) and leaders (Cultivate) deeply explore who they are and then learn to intentionally utilize that unique character and presence package to maximize their impact.Magnify – Individual Journey Amplify – Team Journey Cultivate – Leadership Development