Custom Cases

Custom Cases

Our clients come to us with a variety of challenges and goals. After working with you to thoroughly explore your organization’s needs, McGill Executive Institute proposes solutions that respond to your desired takeaways and structure, and adapts content to meet the participants’ level of experience.

Training Topics customized by the McGill Executive Institute include the following:
(in English, French or in a bilingual format)

Leadership and Strategic Change

  • Advanced Leadership for Senior Executives
  • Strategic Planning & Execution
  • Creativity and Innovation to Drive Value
  • Fundamentals of Governance
  • Effective Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Global Growth Strategies

Functional Business Competencies

  • Negotiating for Success
  • Advanced Business Communications
  • Analytical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Business Development Strategies
  • Operational Excellence
  • Influence and Assertiveness
  • Creating and Delivering Business Presentations
  • Project Management
  • Marketing Excellence
  • Setting the Right Price

Customized Mini-MBA Series

  • Executive Development Course (EDC) – cycle I
  • Advanced Management Course (AMC) – cycle II
  • Integrated Management Thinking (IMT) – cycle III

Finance Acumen

  • Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Budgeting, Forecasting and Cash Flow Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Global Asset Management
  • Risk Management
  • Derivative Securities
  • Credit Risk Management

Managing Yourself and Others

  • Influence and Assertiveness
  • Leading and Energizing Teams
  • Essential Management Skills
  • Becoming a High Efficiency Manager
  • Coaching for Performance and Results
  • Managing Conflict and Difficult Situations
  • Managing Engagement and Team Collaboration
  • Emotional Intelligence for Workplace Success
  • Succession/Development Planning


1. Business Competency Development

Managers or executives at any stage in their career need to be supported in developing key business skills. These can include functional business skills or soft skills, which are equally crucial to their success. The need is sometimes identified within a business unit and relates directly to the function of that team, or it can be a skill that has been determined by the organization as a fundamental competency.

Scenarios Real Examples Solutions
A business unit or team has identified a skill that needs to be developed A business development team at an international life sciences company requires support in achieving better negotiation outcomes McGill Executive Institute delivers its highly rated negotiating program, but customizes all the scenarios and business cases around the client’s real life issues to make the learning highly contextualized
A team needs to align on a particular process or develop a shared approach or vocabulary A human resources team at an international manufacturing firm needs to align on effectively implementing change across the organization following a change in leadership Following a few consulting sessions with key stakeholders, McGill Executive Institute delivers a two-day workshop on leading change during a week-long national management meeting. This initiative is followed up with small group coaching and consulting on a step-by-step implementation plan.
A top executive requires confidential competency coaching A high profile executive requires coaching support in the area of strategic leadership. McGill Executive Institute provides one-on-one coaching support that takes place off site, ensuring the utmost discretion. Confidentiality is a tenet of the service agreement.

    2. Succession Planning: High Performers and High Potentials

Successful companies understand the importance of succession planning and supporting managers during times of pivotal transitions. When managers with a successful track record in a functional area transition from “doing” to “managing” or when they need to obtain the business acumen to make better decisions on behalf of the organization, McGill Executive Institute is there to foster their success.

Scenarios Real Examples Solutions
A company has first-time team leaders or executives inexperienced at managing others. A resource company regularly promotes its field labourers to team leader or supervisory roles and needs to offer very practical hands-on training so they can effectively perform in this new role. McGill Executive Institute develops a highly customized program that covers topics such as: Effectively Promoting Safety, Hiring Processes, Performance Management, Coaching and Day-to-day Priority Management. Following the initial success of this program, we continue to deliver the course on an as-needed basis in locations across Canada, whenever there is a significant body of newly appointed supervisors.
An organization seeks to develop employees with high potential. A top telecommunications company identifies a group of employees with high potential to undertake management training every year as part of their career progression McGill Executive Institute develops and delivers a multi-modular program for these future leaders. The goal is to leverage their ability to think strategically, innovate, implement change and lead teams. Delivered to different divisions across Canada, the program evolves with the participants and is renewed from year to year.
A company wishes to shape top caliber talent in a competitive environment. At a global technology company, top caliber talent competes to undertake a customized McGill Mini-MBA program each year. Similar in structure to our popular Mini-MBA program, McGill Executive Institute has created an intensive learning opportunity to meet the needs of managers identified as top talent. The program includes customized business cases and culminates with an “impact” project that is then presented internally to an executive panel. Several of the impact projects go on to become actual transformations that take place in the organization.

    3. Customized Support for Senior Leadership

McGill Executive Institute provides coaching, consulting and development solutions to senior leadership teams looking for credible, objective, expert approaches to addressing their organization’s key issues.

Scenarios Real Examples Solutions
An executive team needs to align on future growth strategy A team of executives at a private technology company needs support in aligning on a future growth strategy and M&A process. Following preliminary individual conversations, McGill Executive Institute provides facilitation support at a strategic retreat in order to help the team align.
An organization seeks an internationally renowned leadership development experience for top executives. A governmental executive team of deputy ministers and advisors attend an intensive leadership seminar at a different world renowned university each year. McGill Executive Institute is chosen to provide a premium one-week learning experience on a range of leadership topics. The visiting group from the Middle East is welcomed to our Montreal facilities while we oversee all the logistical details including Halal meals, additional activities and a parliamentary visit to Ottawa. Participant satisfaction ratings place McGill Executive Institute on par with Ivy League universities in the U.S. and top institutions in Europe. As a result, the organization continues to partner with our institute for other initiatives.
A multinational organization requires an executive learning experience for presidents and CEOs. A global bank headquartered in Europe brings its international executives together annually to prepare them for future CEO responsibilities. McGill Executive Institute delivers a customized development initiative and hosts delegates from all over the world at its downtown Montreal facility. All logistical details, including company visits, guest speakers, activities, and networking events for the visiting executives are overseen by the Institute. The initiative is renewed from year to year, travelling to different locations around the world.

In addition to those presented in these cases, McGill Executive Institute has provided programs and services across many key industry sectors:

  • Professional Services
  • Financial Services
  • Pharmaceutical/ Biomedical Sectors
  • Engineering/Construction
  • Health care
  • Crown Corporations/Government
  • Manufacturing
  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Mining and Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation
  • Consumer Products
  • Retail
  • Entertainment/Media/Culture
  • Not for profit organizations