Wharton Professor Stew Friedman has consulted nationally and internationally to non-profits, government agencies, and multi-national corporations on a wide range of organizational and leadership issues.
Stew and our Client Services team provide consultation and advice on establishing the readiness of your organization for a Total Leadership initiative, aligning the program’s goals and methods with essential HR systems to fully engage all essential actors, assessing the impact and implications of participants’ performance and skills improvements, and continually adapting to increasing demands for leadership and innovation.
Stew Friedman and our Client Services team provide consultation and advice on establishing the readiness of organizations for a Total Leadership initiative, aligning the program’s philosophy, goals, and methods with essential HR systems to fully engage all key stakeholders, assessing the impact and implications of participants’ performance and skills improvements, training internal executives and staff on how to deliver the TL program, and continually adapting implementation of the TL approach to best meet the ever-changing demands for leadership, innovation, and well-being.
As founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program (in 1991), global chief of leadership development for Ford Motor (1999-2001), early adopter and successful designer of online learning platforms, advisor to business schools and organizations around the world for decades, and CEO of Total Leadership, Stew Friedman has extensive experience in how to build and sustain learning systems that produce demonstrable improvements in both leadership capacity and employee well-being, create community through peer-to-peer learning and coaching, strengthen cross-generational connections by meaningfully engaging alumni, and increase business results by directly linking learning to performance.
Since his ground-breaking dissertation on the selection and development of top-level leaders in large companies (at the University of Michigan in 1984), Stew Friedman has been a widely-recognized innovator in the field of talent management. He and his team have helped many organizations – large and small, including family-owned enterprises – to enhance the means by which employees at all levels are prepared and chosen for the next level of responsibility, design the management systems that support these activities (performance reviews, assessment of potential, the politics of selection decisions, etc.), and do so in ways that improve the attraction, retention, and health of the best people.
Stew Friedman has long been a leading advocate for positive change in private and public sector policy and practice on working families. He has worked with organizations and government agencies (including two White House administrations and the United Nations), published research, organized major conferences, and served on advisory boards to inform the creation and implementation of policies that support family and medical leave for men and women and practices that enable smart flexibility in the design of work.
Stew Friedman shows you how to succeed in all areas of your life. From personal experience, I know the Total Leadership program delivers profound results for both individuals and organizations.Harry Weiner, Co-founder and Partner, On-Ramps
Total Leadership is so aligned with my thinking as an HR executive and medical director of a global business. With practical tools and compelling stories, Friedman demonstrates how to achieve “four-way wins” a distinctive, important new concept for today’s leaders.Dr. Robert W. Carr, retired Senior VP and Corporate Medical Director, GSK
Terrific session with our leadership team! The buzz was palpable.Bill McNabb, CEO, Vanguard
People told me how grateful they were for your message, Stew. One person said, “in my 20+ year corporate career, I’ve never had anyone tell me that I need to think about my life outside of work.” I think we gave our Leadership Team an important gift that symbolized our commitment to them as people. Your work inspires.Stacey Valy Panayiotou, SVP Global Talent & Development, Coca Cola
Stew’s passion for the topic and relatable way of presenting ensured that his seminars were not only accessible but also engaging, and his interactive approach and real life examples set him apart as a speaker. It is always a great pleasure to work with Stew.Makato Miyasako, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
A superb addition to our ongoing learning! We really appreciate your insights.Susan Peters, Chief Learning Officer, GE
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