The Professional Development InstituteTM
Harvard University Global System
Harvard® Planner Group

Advanced Workshop & Practical Seminar:
Exemplary Team-Leadership Skills II

Focus on Strength Deployment, More Leadership Skills and Career Growth
Applying Harvard University Global System Tools

Workshop Objectives

This intensive 2-day session provides new leadership skills, solid techniques and practical tools to make sound decisions, unleash your potential and accelerate your progress toward greater success. The objective is to fully utilize your potential, to excel as a coach and competent manager for individual and team success, and in the interest of your organization. By applying the newly acquired skills, you will be able to improve your performance, identify new strengths, prepare for the unexpected, gain more professional freedom, and chart your future, using a proven Gestalt approach.

The complete 4.5-day program provides, in an intensive week, the skills that require years of experience by learning management on the job.

Detailed Outline (2 days - 1.5 CEU)

1. Advanced Session on Strength Deployment

  • What are your strengths normal and crisis situations?
  • Psychometric exercise on strength deployment

2. How to Conduct 360° Performance Reviews

  • Two exercises: Sensitive performance reviews
  • How to praise, reward, and share negative feedback
  • Managing nine staff reactions: Current best practices

3. Sharing Resources in a Matrixed Organization

  • Matrixing employees to get results: Four perequisites
  • Exercise: Leading staff reporting to multiple bosses

4. Building on Experience since the First Seminar

  • Participants will discuss experience in teams:
    managing difficult people, team building, conflict
    resolution, motivation, delegation and decision value

5. Practical Lessons from Exemplary Leaders

  • How a front-line manager at Alcan turned diversity
    from a perceived threat into a productivity success story
  • More inspiring women and men
  • How Zero-tolerance of inequity improves teamwork

6. Road Map to Take Full Control of Your Career

  • How to set and validate your mission, vision, and
    a balanced portfolio of goals and priorities
  • Life and career planning: A step-by-step road map

Prerequisite for Attendance
This workshop is exclusively designed for the alumni of PDI's Exemplary Team-Leadership & Management-Skills Workshop I. Other candidates require a written permission from the workshop leader.

Webinar Leader: Alain Paul Martin

Alain Paul Martin, Workshop Leader Harvard-MIT Trained Leader: Meta-Innovation Scientist and Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System Serial Innovator: Manufacturing, Aerospace and Social Innovations and New Organizations in the Private, Public and NGO Sectors Team Coach: Discovery, Scaling and Delivery of Innovation Processes, Products, Services and Platforms Educator: Exemplary Team & Technical Leadership, Innovation Ecosystems, Strategy, Managment of Change, Principled Negotiation & Project Management

Education: A Harvard-MIT multidisciplinary-trained leader and 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership, and entrepreneurship alumnus of Harvard Business School (1997-1999), Alain Paul Martin studied advanced technology in France with internships at Peugeot, ARD National TV Network (Berlin), the University of Ottawa (Particle Physics) and Carleton University's Hydrodynamics Lab. He subsequently graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University in Montreal; and acquired skills in system thinking and change management (MIT Sloan School, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland), and mediation and advanced negotiation for lawyers, at Harvard Law School from which he is certified to teach negotiation in corporations.

Current Mission: Advance meta-innovation: Alain Paul Martin leads PDI , a catalyst in principled leadership and collaborative innovation, thanks to a diverse team of scientists, engineers, economists, assistants and clients. The team distills the knowledge and best practices of innovation science, leadership, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, decarburization and system thinking to spearhead innovations, that maximize user value, top and bottom-line results and SDG/ESG impacts.

Mr. Martin is the Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System (for which PDI is Harvard University's licensee). Alain led this System's design and a software version, used by Skanska (Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.) to manage projects ($1M to multi-billions). The present System includes the Harvard® Roadmap for Exemplary and Collaborative Innovation. This roadmap will serve as the outline and background document for the complete program. It facilitates the creation and scaling of competitive, ecologically sustainable and socially beneficial user-centered products.

Faculty Chair: Mr. Martin currently leads graduate courses and corporate webinars on exemplary team and technical leadership, the complete-innovation cycle and ecosystems, meta-innovation, and management of change and high-stake negotiations (bar certified), and stakeholders' empowerment and engagement (from issue incubation to fruition or graceful exit, including collective intelligence, strategic communication and strategic alliances) for scientists, engineers, policy makers, team leaders and graduate students, in English and French.

Prior to COVID19, he taught graduate M.Sc. courses; and delivered workshops at Bertelsmann, Boliden (Sweden), Cap-Gemini (Netherlands and U.K.), EON, Framingham University, The Engineering Advancement Association of Japan (ENAA), GE Jet Engines (U.S., France and Canada), Harvard University and the Ivy-League's Leadership Summit, MD Robotics, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and OCP Group (Morocco), Ontario's Power Generation (Nuclear-Power Engineering), Teck (Applied Research & Technology), Textron Bell Helicopters, UN University (Tokyo), University of Quebec and governments (Canada, EU, U.S. and Latin America).

Track Record in Innovation and Management of Change

Alain Paul Martin is a meta-innovation scientist, with IT design, operations-research and management-science experience, a patent recipient (U.S, Canada and Japan), a serial social innovator, a manufacturing-innovation inventor at Peugeot and recipient of two aerospace awards from Bombardier-Canadair (now Airbus) for improving aircraft manufacturing (CAM).

Mr. Martin invented practical mechanisms to empower support staff; and bring synergy to innovation teamwork and master the finest details in project planning and progress control. The same mechanisms also permit international project teams to share and probe complex plans and progress reports, across language boundaries, both in small and large multi-billion dollar projects, including engineering and large-infrastructure programs.

In finance and banking, Desjardins' President John Harbour, praised Mr. Martin's role, as a 12-year main strategic advisor, in crafting “the vision and strategic direction of Desjardins”, a $75 billion financial institution, and “the world's 2nd strongest bank”, (Bloomberg's ranking at the time). In the general-insurance sector, Mr. Martin coached the executive team to turn Desjardins from a laggard into the industry's flagship through strategic innovations, leapfrogging Zurich and ING; and become “North-America's fastest-growing general insurer in 5 years”, quadrupling sales and raising profit tenfold (CEO's video in French at

In the public service, Mr. Martin co-founded the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with Dr. Brian Morrissey who led scientific research both at Fisheries & Oceans and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. He also teamed-up with Mr. John Harbour to reform the SAAQ, an agency saddled with a $489 million debt, fast-rising deaths and severe injuries, due to highway accidents. He coached the SAAQ strategic team whose decisions saved thousands of lives, in less than 5 years; reducing the death toll (-35%) and severe bodily-injury accidents (-43%), despite a 15% highway-traffic growth; while turning the $489 million debt into $20 million surplus. Mr. Harbour described Martin's 12-year contribution, to Desjardins and the SAAQ, in strategic thinking and innovation tools, in a video in French: (same as above hyperlink).

Mr. Martin advised two Canadian prime ministers on strategic policies. He also served as a non-partisan Executive Member of the Prime Minister's Committee on Government Reform. He led assignments (public-health, food security, bilateral trade, energy, mining and evaluation of passenger-inspection system and policies at airports), where complex risks and sensitive multi-stakeholder negotiations (regional, national and foreign governments, NGOs, corporate, union and First Nations' representatives and professional associations) were of paramount importance. He also advised the UNESCO's director general and authored “Overhauling the UNESCO and Strengthening Its Essence”. Early in his career, he directed infrastructural engineering projects in Africa (660km-highway engineering funded by the World Bank, 2800km microwave-communication infrastructure by CIDA).

During the 2019-2021 COVID pandemics, Mr. Martin chaired three international-foresight panels titled: “Incubating Antidotes to Exclusion, Disinformation and Inequality”, “Preparing for the New Pandemics: Lessons from Science and Policy” and “Sustainable Growth and Scaling through Innovation and Strategic Alliances”.

Alain Paul Martin has a deep commitment and an extensive experience in mentoring, training and coaching executive, administrative and presidential assistants and their leaders in Africa, Europe, Japan and North and Latin America, both the public and private sectors, NGOs and unions. He leads two intensive leadership workshops for executive and administrative assistants (description and video: ). At the dawn of its inception, PDI led the world in inclusion and diversity, including gender equity by delivering the first graduate-level leadership-skills program for women. Fast forward 25 years, and armed with invaluable clients' experience in aerospace, banking, building and infrastructure, mining, defense and governments, PDI launched an ongoing initiative to make Harvard® tools accessible (without compromising value) to everyone in our clients' project teams. As a result, PDI led the world again by delivering Advanced Workshops to enable Executive and Administrative Assistants to excel in decision-making, leadership, procurement negotiations and fully participate in team innovation, and project management (strategy formulation, scheduling, scarce-resource allocation, budgeting and progress control). Empowering executive assistants, with skills of lasting value, is not only fair, humane and dignified; but it is among the best evidence-based business investments yielding immediate returns, as indicated in these international participant-testimonies on Youtube.

More details, including recognition, awards and praise by clients, leading Fortune 500 corporate executives and scholars, at, and defense leaders at .

For more on Alain's innovative work in finance & banking, energy & mining, education, the public service and civil society, please refer to : C.V. in PDF format and detailed C.V.

Tuition Fees
Tuition Fees    Regular    Govt.    Groups of 3
Seminar I (2.5 days, Page 5) $1395 $1345 $1295 each
Adv. Seminar (2 days) $1095 $1045 $995 each
Complete 4.5-day program $2395 $2345 $2295 each

Registration and Cancellation Procedures

To register, please contact us either by:
  • email at Specify your name, position, organization, phone number(s) and the webinar you wish to attend.
  • call us toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD; international: +1 819-772-7777. voicemail: 24/7.
Please pay in advance by credit card.

Cancellation Policy
Participants registering as a group must send substitutes in lieu of canceling. For other clients, cancellations are accepted if made at least 10 working days prior to the course, and are subject to a $150 service charge per person. Full fees are payable by anyone who fails to attend or cancels less than 10 working days prior to the session. One substitution or transfer to a later course of the same duration is accepted.

Workshop Locations and Hotel Accomodation

Bring This Program to Your Organization

We deliver private versions of this program worldwide, online, at the client's site and in tailor-made hybrid variants, to business and governments, NGOs and bar associations and other societies. We would be delighted to work together with your team anywhere. Ask us for a proposal based on the number of participants, the seminar duration, and a selection of cutting-edge course materials and case studies, most applicable to your specific environment.

Our fees are reasonable. Sales and value-added taxes (HST and PST or VAT) are extra.

The client is responsible for the conference room and audio-visual materials.

Toll-free: USA & Canada: 1-800-HARVARD (1-800-427-8273). +1-819-772-7777
Monday through Thursday: 9 AM to 4:00 PM, EDT. Voicemail: 24 hours 7 days
European Distribution Centre for Harvard Planners: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, Paris,75001
Contact : Sylvie Goffinet  +33 1 53 45 84 40. Métro Concorde.