The 2019 Trends in Executive Development Report Reveals Organizational Need for Time to Think

February 6, 2019, San Francisco – Executive Development Associates, Inc. (EDA), a global
leader in top-of-the-house leadership development and BTS, a leading global strategy implementation
firm, today announced the release of its 2019 Trends in Executive Development Benchmark Report.

The Trends in Executive Development report has been the leading compilation of research for
organizations across the globe to benchmark their executive and high-potential development practices.

Today, after more than 30 years of research and reports, it has become a trusted resource and industry
benchmark created for talent and leadership development professionals as well as executives who
believe in developing their organization’s talent in a way that they become a competitive advantage.
This year, the study is based on the direct input of those who oversee the development of the
organization’s leaders for 270 medium and large organizations as well as the insights and analysis of
executive development experts and executives. Our team of contributors has decades of combined
expertise across an array of business landscapes.

The 2019 survey results identify both current and future trends impacting the executive development
industry, some of which have made the list in years past, while others have come to the forefront in this
year’s research. The top 5 current factors influencing executive development, as identified by the
organizations surveyed, include:

  1. changing business strategies,
  2. digital transformation,
  3. economic conditions,
  4. changing customer requirements, and
  5. the need for increased innovation.

In addition, the top 5 future trends include a focus on business ethics and integrity, innovation, cognitive
readiness, community outreach, and competitive positioning. More importantly, a collective look at the
trends points toward an overall need to pause and review what is working and what isn’t and make the
appropriate adjustments.

“If we keep adding and adding, we are going to wear out our teams. I believe we are doing a lot
of things that no longer make sense but we either don’t take the time to evaluate what still has
an impact or we already know what we need to stop and we are resisting for one reason or
-Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc.

“The current digital transformation which underpins the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry
4.0) has ushered in a new business environment which is fast, open and responsive resulting in
several organizational and leadership challenges. Our results have shown that this change has a
direct impact on the sustainability of organizations of all sizes across various industries in global
markets including the greater Asia Pacific region.”
-Prof Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific

“We are thrilled to have partnered with EDA on this important piece of research. The key
findings support the continued need for Executive Development Program, Sponsors and
Practitioners, to ensure that their development experiences are highly contextual to their business
and ensure that leaders gain the capabilities that they need to turn their strategy into reality over
both the short and long term.”
-Jessica Parisi, President & CEO, BTS

The Benchmark Report provides a comprehensive examination of each of these trends, their
implications, and ways to address them moving forward. Complete Study Results include:

• Key Competencies in Demand
• Highly Influential Conditions
• Top Priorities Moving Forward
• Hot Topics in Executive Development
• Layers of Leaders
• The Leadership Pipeline
• Policy and Strategy
• Planning and Needs Analysis
• System Design and Measurements
• Innovation and Best Practices
• Levels of Participation
• Expenditures

The 40-page 2019 Trends in Executive Development Benchmark Report is available for purchase
through EDA or from Amazon.

The Executive Summary of the Report could be viewed here

About Executive Development Associates:

Executive Development Associates (EDA) is a leader in creating custom-designed executive
development strategies, systems, and programs that help organizations build the capabilities needed to
achieve their strategic objectives. EDA leads the way in the use of executive development to help
organizations successfully address their marketplace challenges and accelerate the execution of their
business strategy utilizing various approaches including custom executive development programs, CSuite and executive coaching, action learning, leadership workshops, executive assessment, and more.
For more information, visit

The Centre for Executive Education (CEE) is EDA exclusive strategic partner for the Asia Pacific
region. For more information, visit

About BTS:

BTS focuses on the people side of strategy, working with leaders at all levels to help them make better
decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver results. At our core, we believe people learn
best by doing. For over 30 years, we’ve been designing fun, powerful experiences that have a lasting
impact on people and their careers. We partner with nearly 450 organizations, including over 30 of the
world’s 100 largest global corporations. Our major clients are some of the most respected names in the
business: Microsoft, SAP, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Volvo Group, Citigroup, Salesforce, and Tencent. For
more information, visit

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