Strategic Leader Program
Developing leaders is a crucial challenge faced by all companies. The right training and developmental activities can provide leaders with the tools and knowledge to achieve better business results.
“The Strategic Leader Program” is a powerful and interactive course that incorporates self awareness, skill development activities, real life business challenges and peer coaching. We have found that leaders often learn best from other leaders, those who have shared challenges and opportunities.
Participants learn how to:
- Work smarter and manage their priorities
- Develop their employees using delegation, coaching and other means
- Give effective feedback and manage performance issues
- Sell their ideas and more effectively communicate with others
- Build productive working relationships
- Think and act more strategically
- Challenge and engage their employees
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The program is designed for mid and upper level managers, and for those transitioning into new leadership roles.
“While I was skeptical at first, this was a great experience for me. Since returning, I have been focused on engaging my employees, delegation, and listening skills.”
Chief Information Officer, Servis1st Bank
“Certainly the most in depth and beneficial training I have attended. As much as I learned from the training, I learned just as much from the peer interactions as we shared our experiences from different industries.”
Quality Manager, Western Container Corporation
“All the topics were important and meaningful, particularly in cultivating skills that improve my ability to be an accountable leader.”
Project Manager, McAbee Construction
“I learned some great lessons on team effort, delegation, and communication.”
General Manager, Solberg Foam
Green Bay, Wisconsin
“During the Strategic Leader training, I learned that leadership is the art of empowering those around you.”
– Mike Hall
Plant Manager, Coca-Cola United
“Blankenship & Seay has been integral to our growth and development throughout the years. This seminar is a core part of our leadership development efforts.”
– Bill Jones CEO, Retired O’Neal Steel
“This seminar helped me refine my leadership style and presence.”
– Luke Chung, Vice President of Administration, Merchandising Displays, WestRock
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“They created a great atmosphere for learning; I particularly enjoyed the group interaction.”
– Malcolm Edwards
Engineering Manager, Rexam Beverage Can
Winston Salem, North Carolina
“I learned valuable lessons in a systematic way about delegation and coaching.”
– Senthil Natarajan
Assistant General Manager, McWane Gulf
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
“Incredible class. I have learned many concepts that I will use in my professional and personal life.”
– Martin Boucher
Senior Account Manager, Altec Industries
Milton, Ontario, Canada
“Leadership training with Blankenship & Seay was a very valuable experience for me. I truly appreciate the opportunity to learn from other leaders outside of my own organization.
– Yvette Mahan, PHR
Human Resource Manager, RockTenn
“The class content was great, but the peer interaction was invaluable.”
– Michael Lytle
Consultant, Highland Associates
“I greatly benefited from the feedback provided in the seminar; I have a much greater understanding of myself and of how to more effectively work with other people.”
– Ken Shackelford
District Manager, O’Neal Steel
“I was pleased that the topics were practical and connected to the realities of the business world. Hearing new ideas from the other group members made this a rich experience.”
– Hugh Thornton
Senior Vice President, KPS Group
“Each session gave us specific leadership strategies and an opportunity to “practice” them. It was also very effective for me to get feedback from the other participants”
– Kate Nielsen
President (Retired) The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
“I have been able to apply a number of things that I learned in the activities and group interactions.”
– Wes Gentles
Director of Operations, Fold Pack
“This class really helped me to slow down, evaluate, and plan for the future”
– Nicholas Balanis, Senior Vice President, ServiceFirst Bank
“The bank has benefitted by sending our leaders through this training program and we plan to continue to participate.”
– Tom Broughton, President and CEO, ServisFirst Bank
“This seminar has helped our creative professionals become both more confident and more effective as leaders.”
– Gail Andrews, The R. Hugh Daniel Director, Birmingham Museum of Art
“Blankenship & Seay has been instrumental in coaching and developing our leaders.”
– Donna Smith, Retired, Vice President of Human Resources and Ethics, Alabama Power
Dr. Duncan Hulsey is a partner with Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from New England College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. He completed his internship at the University of Kansas, where he taught undergraduate psychology courses, conducted research on problem gambling, and worked as psychologist. He worked at Hillcrest Behavioral Health, serving as the Clinical Director of Psychology in the adolescent psychiatric facility prior to joining BSCG.
His areas of practice include pre-employment selection, career assessment, executive coaching, succession planning, and leadership development. He is the primary facilitator and presenter for the Strategic Leader program, which has provided leadership development and coaching since 2005. An intensive, 4-day seminar, the Strategic Leader program has had over 600 participants from throughout the world.
Dr. Hulsey is a frequent speaker at business seminars, training classes, and corporate retreats. Frequent topics include Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, the Integration of Psychology and Business, and Traits of Effective Leaders.
He works with a wide range of industries, including health care, universities, construction, financial services, manufacturing, utilities, and consumer products companies.
A native of Birmingham, Duncan serves on the Board of Directors of the Pre-School Partners, the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, and is involved in numerous church and civic activities. Duncan and his wife Kelly have two children, ages 15 and 17.
Olivia Childers – joined Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group in 2016. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. While at the University of Houston, Olivia taught undergraduate psychology courses and was contracted for consulting work for both public and private-sector organizations, including the City of Houston, the City of Abilene, and ExxonMobil. Her areas of practice include leadership development, pre-employment selection, job analysis, and culture and attitude surveying. She specializes in 360 assessment and feedback. Olivia is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Kristin Powell – joined Blankenship and Seay Consulting Group in 2020. She received her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare. Prior to joining the firm, Kristin worked as a VA psychologist for over 14 years, serving in various national training and leadership roles.
Kristin’s areas of practice include leadership development, executive coaching, and psychological assessment. She draws on her expertise in behavior change, group dynamics, training/development, problem resolution, and team building.
Kristin is involved in civic and community activities, including Grace Klein Community and Triumph Services, and is a founding member of a grass roots community organization, Hoover-AHEAD. Kristin is also a member of the Society for Consulting Psychology. She is married and has a daughter.
Guest Lecturer – Dr. Joel H. Dobbs is Executive in Residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business where he also directs the school’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, teaches, and works with entrepreneurs within the UAB environment and the greater Birmingham business community to help them develop and grow their businesses.
Most recently Joel was Vice President, Information Technology at Eisai Inc., the US unit of Eisai, a $6B global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Tokyo Japan. Prior to this role he served as VP of Information Technology, Data Management and Business Re-Engineering at Eisai Medical Research, the global clinical development arm of Eisai. He spent two years as Executive in Residence and Program Director of the Pharmaceutical Management Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and as a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical, biotechnology and software companies. He also served as Vice-President, Research Information Services and Global IT Strategy and Compliance for Schering-Plough Corporation. In this capacity, he was responsible for all information technology for the Schering Plough Research Institute as well as for strategy and IT regulatory compliance globally. Before joining Schering-Plough Joel spent 12 years with Glaxo Inc. in various management and executive positions in regulatory affairs, medical services and information services. He also spent one year with Glaxo Wellcome as Worldwide Director, Information Management and Analysis and has also served as a professor of pharmacy at Samford University and as Vice President and a Managing Partner for Pharmacy Specialties, Inc., a pharmacy management-consulting firm.
Joel is the author of numerous scientific and technical publications, including chapters in five books, and is a frequent speaker at industry-related seminars and conferences. He served on the Compaq Computer Corporation Pharmaceutical Advisory Board, the Digital Equipment Corporation Pharmaceutical Advisory Board, the PhRMA / FDA Information Management Working Group, the PhRMA CIO Forum, the PMA Information Management Steering Committee, the Documentum Advisory Council, and the PMA Safety Surveillance Committee.
Joel received a BS in pharmacy from Samford University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee. He has completed executive programs at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and MIT.