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IMS Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Vijay Govindarajan


11.8.22 - The Institute for Management Studies (IMS) announced Professor Vijay Govindarajan as the recipient of its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contributions to the fields of strategy and innovation. Dr. Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. "Dr. Govindarajan has excelled in every one of the dimensions that the IMS Lifetime Achievement Award considers - perfectly embodying the idea of a scholar-educator-practitioner," stated Charles Good, Institute for Management Studies president.
IMS undergoes an extensive vetting process to determine the recipient of its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, which has only been handed out four other times throughout IMS's nearly 50-year history. The process includes assessing a thought leader's impact on their respective field as demonstrated by their research, teaching, and consulting. Other recipients of the IMS lifetime achievement award are Dr. Russell Ackoff for his work in systems thinking; Dr. Marshall Goldsmith for his achievements in leadership development and coaching; Dr. Beverly Kaye for her contributions to career development; and Dr. David Ulrich for his research and writing which earned him the title "the Father of Modern HR."
Dr. Govindarajan is a best-selling author, co-author, or contributor to over 14 books on leadership and innovation, including The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation, and Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere. He is one of the rare academics who has published extensively in both academic and practitioner journals. His work has been cited over 45,000 times. "I am very grateful to receive this award," said Professor Govindarajan. "IMS has a 50-year history of working with the brightest minds in executive education. I am truly honored to be included on their ranking of top educators." Dr. Govindarajan will be accepting his reward during a one-hour live stream event for the Institute for Management Studies to be held on December 14th at 11am Eastern.
IMS Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Dave Ulrich


03.16.21 - Dr. Dave Ulrich received the IMS 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to organizational development and the HR profession. It is the fourth time in its 47-year history that IMS has presented the award: the first to Dr. Russell Ackoff for his work in systems thinking; the second to Dr. Marshall Goldsmith for his achievements in leadership development and coaching; and the third, last year, to Dr. Beverly Kaye for her contributions to career development.
Dr. Ulrich has authored or co-authored over 30 books and 200 articles on leadership and organizational design. His research and writing have earned him the title "the Father of Modern HR." Dave Ulrich is ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week and was profiled by Fast Company as one of the world's top 10 creative people in business. He is listed as a top 5 coach in Forbes and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world's leading business thinkers.
"People are our greatest asset," said Dr. Ulrich. "Developing people to optimize their capacity is a strategic priority. Last year will go down in history as a year of unprecedented shock, change, and volatility. A year ago, business and HR leaders were encouraged to adapt to the 'future of work,' where they had to respond to rapid technology evolutions. Now, HR is center stage, needing to reinvent 'today's and tomorrow's work.' I am very honored that my work in this area is being recognized by IMS with this award."


1.15.2020 - IMS is excited to announce a new podcast series with host Linda Galindo, author and thought-leader on accountability.
The podcast features inspirational interviews with people who share their stories of finding their moment of truth. Our first podcast programs will be with experts discussing how their lives became focused on helping others in creating a connection culture, mentoring, building relationships, communication, and employee engagement.
The series is co-sponsored by our sister company AthenaOnline. Episodes will be available through the podcast networks as well as on the IMS QuickCoach website.
Book of the Month
IMS Virtual Program Bob Treadway


1.7.2020 - Bob Treadway is a globally-praised consulting futurist, strategy advisor, and leadership educator. For the past 33 years he's helped organizations and leaders look ahead, plan flexibly, and take action on the future. Clients like Gillette, Berkshire Hathaway, ExxonMobil, Syngenta, Motorola, Hilton, US Gypsum, the Federal Reserve, Dow, AT&T, the National League of Cities, and the Social Security Administration use his services to help understand uncertainty, anticipate coming events, make better decisions, and develop robust strategic plans.
In this special IMS virtual program Mr. Treadway will be exploring the skills needed to lead in a VUCA world; one filled with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This program is open to IMS members only.


1.1.2020 - Each quarter IMS chooses a recent book from IMS experts that we feel has made an impact in business strategy, human resources or employee performance and we send them to you. You may add the books to your business library or share them with executives inside of your organization. No matter how you use them, the books are free to all IMS members to enjoy.
The featured book for the first quarter of 2020 is Negotiate with Ease: You Can Learn How to Successfully Negotiate, by Ruth Shlossman
Ruth Shlossman is known for taking the mystery out of negotiating, and demonstrating how easy and surprisingly fun it can be. She works with every level of negotiator, from neophytes to senior executives, teaching practical steps to negotiating everything from scope issues to multi-million dollar mergers. Her book Negotiate with Ease is a practical guide with recomendations and strategies that help you succeed in creating those, often elusive, win-win negotiations.
Book of the Month


11.4.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies has long realized that learning was an ongoing process, not a single day event. Starting in 2020 IMS programs will better reflect that paradigm. IMS will be helping to deepen the learning and increase success in implementing the concepts that attendees have learned by building a stronger relationship between themselves and the IMS educator.
Thought-leaders will follow up with emails to participants, providing ongoing learning materials and ideas to help them overcome the forgetting curve. This will be followed up by a consultative, online discussion group approximately 30 days after the IMS program to review how concepts were implemented by attendees, what roadblocks might have to be overcome and what possible next steps the learners might take.
We feel that this process will encourage people to reflect on the ideas from the program and explore implementations strategies for themselves and others in their organization. For more information, please contact us.
IMS Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Beverly Kaye


11.1.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies announced that Dr. Beverly Kaye will receive its lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the field of career development and employee engagement. It is only the third time that IMS has presented a lifetime achievement award – the first going to Dr. Russell Ackoff for his work in strategy and systems thinking and the second going to Dr. Marshall Goldsmith for his work in leadership development and coaching.
Dr. Beverly Kaye's contributions have not only positively influenced clients and industry colleagues but have facilitated respect for the learning and performance industry overall. She is the author or co-author of five books on engagement and development, which include the Wall Street Journal bestseller Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, Love It, Don't Leave it and Hello Stay Interviews Goodbye Talent Loss (all co-authored with Sharon Jordan Evans). Her best-selling book on alternative career paths Up is Not the Only Way Rethinking Career Mobility (coauthored by Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart - 2017) builds on decades of research and work in the field. Her seminal book on employee retention Help Them Grow or Watch them Go (co-authored with Julie Winkle Giulioni) was recently updated in a second edition which was released this past January by Berrett-Koehler.
"The reality of engagement and development continues to morph in response to the changing business landscape," said Beverly Kaye. "Developing people to optimize their capacity is a compelling and strategic priority. Providing managers and employees with practical tools to engage in those conversations has moved from being a nicety to a necessity. I am thrilled that my work in this area is being recognized by IMS with this award."


10.25.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies is happy to announce that we have posted our new 2020 schedule on our website. We have a lot of new thought-leaders that we will be working with this coming year and we will, of course, be having many of the incredible IMS educators back that we have worked with in the past. You can view the IMS programs by date on our program page HERE. If you would prefer to explore the program on a regional basis, you can do that HERE.


10.21.2019 - IMS wants to make sure our members are always up to date on the most current research and writing. That's why we choose recent books from the IMS experts that we feel have made a significant impact in business strategy, human resources or employee performance and send them to you throughout the year. You can add the books to your business library or share them with senior executives inside of your organization. No matter how you use them, the books are free to all IMS members to enjoy.
The currently featured book is Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni
Beverly Kaye, coauthor of the bestselling Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, and Julie Winkle Giulioni identify three broad types of conversations that will increase employees' awareness of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests; point out where their organization and their industry are headed; and help them pull all of that together to design their own up-to-the-minute, personalized career plans. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go is filled with practical tips, guidelines, and templates, as well as nearly a hundred suggested conversation questions.
Book of the Month


09.20.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies is excited to announce two special executive programs with business author and coach John Lankford. This program will be held at IMS Cleveland on October 29th and again at IMS Philadelphia on October 30th. Registration starts at 7:30am each day and the session runs from 8:30 to 10:30am. Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and insightful program. Download information on the Cleveland Program HERE or the Philadelphia program HERE.
John Lankford


09.01.2019 - We were pleased to add nine new organizations to The Institute's growing roster of members in August. We would like to welcome Penske Logistics, Sloan Valve, Thomas Jefferson University - Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Stelco, Cigna, Hirschvogel, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson, and Aimmune. Thank you all for becoming members of the Institute for Management Studies and making a commitment to the continued engagement, growth and development of your employees.


07.30.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies is happy to announce that we have added 9 new experts to our growing list of thought-leaders. In 2020 our members will have the opportunity to learn from coaches, educators and authors David Burkus, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Neil Staker, Meridith Elliot Powell, Patrick Donadio, Don Gilman, Daren Martin, Adam Vane and Stephen Young. These terrific educators will be joining a distinguished group of IMS thought-leaders who will be returning to provide their research, insights and enthusiasm to the Institute's growing list of over 250 members across North America. 2020 is certainly going to be an exciting year of learning and personal growth!


06.21.2019 - The Institute for management Studies presented its first virtual summit. The online event ran from June 19th through the 21st and was open to all IMS members. For three hours each day on the 19th and 20th IMS presented 14 thought-leaders and HR experts from IMS member organizations to discuss trends in leadership development and their work in the field. The second day of the event started with special guest and ATD Lifetime Achievement recipient Dr. Beverly Kaye. Dr. Kaye spoke about her award-winning work in the field of employee development and provided a vision for what is on the horizon. Representatives from Nestle Purina, H&R Block and The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California talked about how they integrated the IMS programs into their internal development initiatives.
On June 21st IMS regional directors worked to plan 2020 IMS programs in their locations that would reflect the needs of their regional members.
The event was a tremendous success and we will have more virtual programs coming soon. In the meantime, videos from the IMS summit are being edited and will be available on the IMS Vimeo page at:
IMS Virtual Summit


06.01.2019 - IMS now provides a certificate of achievement for each participant of our day long events. The certificates also provides CPE credits for ongoing education. Many certificate recipients have already been posting pictures of themselves at events with their certificate on LinkedIn. One more way IMS helps to celebrate learning!
Certificate Sample


05.01.2019 - The Institute for Management Studies has updated its look! We just launched a new IMS website that has an entirely new look and feel. The site makes it easier for our member companies to find and interact with IMS and our regional locations. There is more information on the expertise of our terrific thought-leaders to create a better understanding of what attendees will learn during their day with IMS. The new site explains the integration of award-winning microlearning from our sister company AthenaOnline and how IMS is delivering a blended learning solution that better supports long term development and the implementation of concepts that have been learned at IMS events.
We have also added a blog. From here the IMS thought-leaders will share new ideas every Monday with anyone visiting the site.


04.30.2019 - In April IMS relaunched its company page on LinkedIn. We are using the new page to share insights from the many terrific thought-leaders that we have the opportunity to work with. We're also celebrating the success and learning of our member organizations and their employees. So, if you are looking for microlearning videos, articles or blogs from IMS thought-leaders and other development professionals be sure to check out our new LinkedIn page at
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