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The economic climate is changing and success is increasingly dependent on your leadership’s ability to navigate and lead the change necessary to achieve your strategic objectives. Aligning talent and engaging your workforce to execute against that direction is critical to long-term business success. The STRAT  2.0 program was created to provide the necessary training, locally, to help develop the skills within your leadership team needed to navigate this new economy.

A Performance-Minded Business Solution

Individuals are sponsored by their employers and organizations to participate in cross-functional activities that help them link strategy and execution to achieve measurable results within their organizations.

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Q: Why did we decide to invest in STRAT?


Q: Who should we sponsor in STRAT and can they afford the time?


Q: What value did STRAT add to your business?


Q: How is STRAT different than a traditional training program?


Q: How did STRAT impact your organization?


Enhance organizational effectiveness through:

  • Stakeholder commitment to ensure clear direction and participant engagement and accountability.
  • Enterprise-wide thinking for effective decision making.
  • Competency-based development to build individual credibility and link team performance to strategy and execution.
  • Project-based development with measured business outcomes.
  • One-on-one coaching from experienced business leaders to ensure progress is made on individual development plans.


The Keystones of STRAT 2.0

Assessment The STRAT 2.0 program begins with a 180° assessment that is designed to identify strengths and opportunities for individual development. An individual action plan is created to guide the development of the participant and is reviewed with the program sponsor.

Sponsorship Sponsors are an important part of monitoring participant achievement. Employers assign sponsors from within their organization to recommend, and then engage and monitor the participants’ achievement. They are a bridge between the program learning and practical application within your business.

Workshops A series of workshops provide the participants with opportunities to build on their leadership skills, improve communication skills, learn the basics of team alignment, engagement, performance and motivation, and development of skills to become a strategic partner within their organizations.

Professional Coaching One-on-one coaching from experienced business leaders is a significant part of the STRAT
2.0 program. The coach acts as a guide, ally, and advocate for the participants, assisting in identifying projects, providing 180° review and feedback and fostering ongoing networking relationships.

Project Design Each participant will design a project that crosses several functional areas of their organization. The projects will enable participants to define clear objectives, apply and refine the skills they have learned and produce measurable results within a defined timeframe.

Networking The STRAT 2.0 program engages participants in a range of networking events, which are key to professional achievement and ongoing positive business development. Participants hone skills in Peer Networking, Social Networking, Community Resource Networking, Presentation Skills and Analysis of Project Metrics.

Recognition The STRAT 2.0 program was awarded the Best Practice in Programming by LERN (Learning Resources Network) in October 2012. STRAT also received Honorable Mention for its Business and Industry Partnerships from NCIA (National Council of Instructional Administrators) in April 2012.

What are Others Saying About STRAT?

At Mid-States Aluminum, Sue Roettger, Director of Human Resources, likes STRAT’s project-based model. “It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and learn about leadership, but it’s another to practice it,” said Roettger.

For Fond du Lac Lutheran Homes and Health Services, preparing for the future is critical to survival. Chief Executive Officer Mari Beth Borek said her industry is heavily regulated by government action, and legislation is constantly proposed and changed. Businesses and workers need to be ready to adapt at any given time and that is a primary reason she sponsored one of her staff in STRAT.

Holly Lifke, vice president of commercial underwriting at Society Insurance, appreciated that MPTC listened to businesses. She said Society Insurance was one of several companies asked to provide ideas for STRAT. She said STRAT shows how to deal with today’s issues and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. “You need to look at how to put out today’s fires while preventing them in the future,” she said.

Dave Lenz, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Regal Ware, said he likes that STRAT is not just a training program. It doesn’t expect participants to solve problems on their own. Rather, it partners them with mentors and coaches and gives them the chance to learn from Patterson, who has experience working with leaders from Fortune 500 companies. “Companies are running leaner today than they were in years past,” he said. “They have reduced staff levels and offer fewer training dollars, so this type of program answers a specific need for businesses looking for creative ways to enhance the skills and development for future potential leaders without adding more staff and spending significant training dollars.”

Source: New MPTC Program Helps Business Leaders Look to the Future, Fond du Lac Reporter, September 16, 2011

Accelerate your organization’s performance. To learn more about how STRAT
2.0 can improve your business leadership performance, call 920.924.3449 or e-mail training@morainepark.edu.