At The Professional Development Institute, we focus on one mission: empower you with universal competencies and practical tools that are critical to success in every organization. We are your premier skills-development partner in: Team Leadership, Project Management, Risk, Negotiation, Writing Skills and Finance. Our participants are professionals from all sectors of business and government. They include senior executives, new and experienced managers, team leaders, engineers, lawyers, health-care and IT professionals, executive secretaries and presidential assistants.

PDI Public Seminars & Practical Workshops

In-house Workshops

All seminars listed above are also available for in-house delivery in your premises, in addition to the following:

World Seminars in French

Video Presentation on Leadership and Teamwork

Harvard University Global SystemTM (HUGS)

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and Harvard® Organizers

Management Books & Monographs

Harvard University Global Software

  • Currently in early-testing stage, the Project-Management App will be released in 2015.



What Makes PDI Unique?

Characterized by innovation and global reach, The Professional Development Institute PDI Inc. helps decision-makers (executives, project managers, entrepreneurs and administrative assistants) excel in teamwork, leadership and in the planning, execution and delivery of sustainable policies, projects, pilot experiments and operational decisions. For this purpose, we develop and deliver management education, impartial expert advice, systems and instruments to create and extract unmatched value, improve performance and reduce complexity, throughout our client value chains, in an environment of change and evolving requirements. Our product portfolio includes management seminars, strategic and operational road maps, intelligence collection and interpretation processes, software, planners and other practical tools to help leaders excel in business, government and social enterprises.

We are the architects of Harvard University Global System™ (HUGS), a practical framework consisting of road maps, checklists and working templates for decision makers.

The HUGS toolkit has proven to be effective in managing change, complex projects, personal time and team productivity. The road maps have no counterparts for negotiating major deals and for forging lasting alliances with multiple constituencies.

An independent study by Ernst & Young has confirmed that users of the Harvard® Planner, retailing for $20 to $30 saves each user 10 days per year, thus netting an unparalleled ROI. It is, by far, the best in its price range. A software version of the system will be released in 2015.

Three managing partners lead PDI professional team: Alain Martin, Dr. André Potworowski and Dr. Norman Willis. All have led organizations dealing with complex global issues. Their experience spans a wide range of sectors including R&D management, life sciences (health, food and nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology), software, aerospace, chemicals, pulp & paper, banking, insurance, communication, defense and government.


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Collective Intelligence  Australia Distribution Centre, Unit 2 / 39 Shelley Street, Elwood
Victoria, Australia, 3184. Telephone: +61 415 147 337
Agendas Harvard et instruments de gestion Harvard en France: Démarche Harvard University Global System  European Distribution Centre for Harvard Planners: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, Paris,75001
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