The Professional Development Institute
Harvard University Global System
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Participant's Feedback

"Excellent workshop leader who concisely addressed concerns illustrating with real-world examples! Although I have been a manager for 18 years, I still found the seminar and course material useful."
Frank Tarbox
CTH Systems Inc.

"World-class seminar covering a broad range of topics in a coherent, organized presentation of value to anyone working in/or considering a career in management. Bravo!"
David Easton
Manager of Budget, H.R. Sector

"This is one of the best training courses I ever took. The practical cases, examples and skills of this program will help me improve the performance of my team and mine."
Alberto Hernandez
Engineering Manager
Avery Dennison

"Great course. Each day went more quickly than I expected. Dry – No Way!"
Rick Rayner
Program Officer
Assessment & Collections

"Excellent speaker and workshop. I will recommend the program."
Jennifer Farrell
Business Development Specialist
Veritaag Technology House

"An excellent course. Alain Martin was very dynamic and kept our attention every day."
André Martin
Section Head
General Chemistry and Organic Division
Patent Branch
Canadian Intellectual Property Organization

"Exceptional course - well worth the time and money. I will recommend it to my peers and training coordinator."
Dave Green
Finance Resource Management

"In just three days of training, I am leaving with a full spectrum of new ideas, a complete toolset and course materials that will serve me for years!"
Marie-Joëlle Dulude
Liaison Leader
University of Ottawa

"I would highly recommend this course to any new manager or leader! The acquired skills will help immensely in improving your effectiveness."
Michael Breen
Project Leader, Manufacturing Industries
Industry Canada

"PDI Seminars and Mr. Martin's expertise combine to provide aspiring and accomplished executives with valuable information, strategies and instruments for managerial excellence. The Professional Development Institute is a priceless catalyst for personal and career advancement."
Ozzie Logozzo
Director, Real Estate College
Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA)

"Alain Martin has a vast experience and a great capacity to transfer learning to participants. Bravo!"
Danny Coveney, Specialist
Training Simulation, Technical Operations
Nav Canada

"A very competent instructor; delivered an outstanding workshop... I plan to take further seminars with Mr. Alain Martin."
J. Kassis
Web Technical Specialist
Information Technology Services (ITS)

"Alain's Workshop on Leadership Development clearly demonstrated his deep understanding across a wide spectrum of disciplines relevant to the challenges today's leaders face globally. He has developed leadership and management tools which he openly shared with his workshop participants. These concepts and techniques relevant for all levels leadership can be implemented immediately and continuously. His course material was thought provoking, delivered in an energetic, warm and caring manner. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended."
Naomi Peters
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
K+S Potash

"Excellent workshop. I recommend it to every manager."
Francine Charette
Manager, Sports Canada

"The workshop leader kept my undivided attention throughout the three days."
Carole Durepos-Tremblay
Senior Assessment Officer, Finance & Procurement
National Capital Commission

"This course takes complex scenarios and provides concrete strategies for achieving success."
Mary Ann Kane
Project Manager
Correctional Services

"This course was extremely helpful filled with useful and practical information which I will use on a daily basis with each member of my team and my own manager."
Louise Rousseau
Manager, Corporate communications

"I have been on many seminars over the last 13 years. I have never met anyone (until Alain) that was able to relate his training to real-life examples. Great job!"
Philip Rizcallah
Research Coordinator, Fire Safety
Institute for Research in Construction, Engineering
National Research Council

"This seminar was very insightful. I'm looking forward to applying the practical knowledge learned. Great "real life" business examples!"
Caroline Paris
Director, Network Promotion
TV Ontario

"Great class involvement! The skills and tools acquired during this seminar should help us use our limited resources more effectively and effficiently."
John Stonier
Accident Investigator, Air Operations
Transportation Safety Board

"With a very experienced and captivating workshop leader, this course should be mandatory for all DND project managers and directors. It is grounded in the real practical world. It teaches you to keep the blinders off; and promotes thinking out of our sometimes self-centered box"
Sergeant T. Ernie-Parolin
Department of National Defense

"This workshop provided me with the fundamental tools to improve my skills ranging from leadership to time management."
Capt. Adele Boivin
Manager, Base Construction Engineering
Department of National Defense

From Participants in Other Events

"I was privileged to work with Alain Paul Martin at Harvard University, attend his lectures and provide technical support for his research on complexity reduction.

Alain cares deeply about the students he mentors, Harvard staff and his Advanced Leadership colleagues. He is passionate about social justice. His compassion for the less privileged is genuine. Candid to share his mistakes, he welcomes critical scrutiny of his work, listens, validates and acts on suggestions.

A model leader and educator with a touch of humility and captivating public speaker!"
Cochise Pearson, M.Ed.
Ivy Scholars Success

"Excellent colleague. Very dynamic. An asset in any team! Alain Paul is a plus!"
Josée Touchette, LLL, CPA-CMA, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
National Energy Board

"I have worked with Alain in many occasions to improve business strategy and execution, and coach my management team. I also attended his leadership and negotiation training program. A remarkable strategist with typical riguor and discipline of a professional engineer, he has helped me reframe et solidify positionning to deliver key business outcomes. Extremmely generous, committed to help and make a difference, he has part of the cream of the cream as business partner, collaborator and 'catalyst'. Great coach, I owe him a lot."
Gilles Morin
Export Development Canada

"Alain Paul Martin is a true authority on the subject of risk, complexity reduction and the transfer of universal skills. At some of the “darkest hours” in leading complex projects and managing global risks, I turn to Alain’s methodologies clearly laid out in his seminal book Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence & Surprise Events. It is like the Physician’s Desk Reference for strategists and practitioners alike. Alain is a masterful public speaker and he captivated an audience of fellow HBS alumni and guests when I hosted him at the French Embassy. Alain receives my highest praise."
Dante A. Disparte
Founder and CEO at Risk Cooperative
Co-Author Global Risk Agility and Decision Making

Workshop for New Managers, Team-Leaders and Senior Professionals Aspiring to Management
Exemplary Team-Leadership & Management-Skills Workshop I
Mastering the Competencies and Applying Harvard University Global System™ Tools

New York
October 24-26, 2016
Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada
September 19-21, 2016
December 12-14, 2016

15-minute drive from Ottawa-Centre
An hour flight from LaGuardia, NYC

October 31-November 2, 2016

"Competence, commitment, selfless courage, caring, creativity, prudence, contextual thinking, acting with a conscience and treating everyone with utmost respect (not necessarily esteem) are the essence (or building blocks) of exemplarity, which should be like literacy and mathematics, of vital significance in early education.

Exemplarity in team leadership and self-leadership is the heart and soul of innovation, progress, excellence and good governance. And each leader is a critical player in the destiny of her/his organization or country and, in some cases, the world."

Excerpt from Alain Martin's upcoming book: Exemplary Team Leaders

The leadership role has never been an easy one and today it seems more difficult than ever, especially for new managers and team leaders who must deliver a high performance with limited authority. The leader’s job is to get work done through others. Those “others”, then, in a very real sense, affect their leader’s effectiveness. It becomes critical, in terms of each leader’s career, to ascertain that the team members, peers and other stakeholders are working together at peak effectiveness. The focus of this workshop is how to motivate and deliver such peak performance while preserving the dignity and self-esteem of all involved.

This workshop is for new managers, team leaders and other professionals aspiring to management and who wish to gain practical skills and cutting-edge knowledge in leadership, team-building and managerial decision-making. As a participant, you will learn to mobilize, inspire and nurture talent; build allies and high-performing teams and set a gold standard for exemplary conduct through a resilient culture of quality excellence, innovation, on-going improvement, accountability, integrity, compassion, selfless courage and genuine self-leadership.


At the end of this workshop, you will acquire the proven skills to attract, empower, reward and retain talent, get commitment to a shared vision, delegate, bring out the best in others and lead your team to success. You will learn to recognize true priorities; assume responsibility and accountability; manage risks; diagnose and improve your ability to address problems and conflicts; value diversity; build a culture based on trust and mutual respect; inspire; mentor and act as a role model for others. You will take home new ideas, proven Harvard® tools and sound timesaving skills, most of which are unavailable elsewhere.


1. Neglected Issues in Managing and Leading Teams
  • Introduction: Three counterintuitive lessons most leaders ignore at their peril
  • Fundamental drivers of excellent decisions and policies
  • How to validate goals and prevent errors
  • Practical team exercise and interactive feedback
  • Setting priority and urgency: Theory and best practices to tackle pervasive challenges
  • How to apply collaborative and soft power and other constructive instruments of influence and control
  • Why evidence, logic and reason should, as a first choice, always prevail over power and even authority to enforce decisions. The role of authority as a deterrent.
  • Illustrations from participant’s contexts and class discussion
2. Profession Team Builder: Key Success Factors
  • Leadership knowledge (not necessarily diplomas), skills and much more
  • Guided teamwork exemplarity within our reach
  • How to forge exemplary team leadership in context
  • Essential team-building and management skills
3. Prepare Your Team to Succeed Beyond Measure
  • Team and leader roles: 6 keys to compatibility
  • How to concurrently improve interpersonal relations and team performance
    • FIRO-B psychometric exercises and interpretation on personal growth
  • How to assign clear roles and prevent serious conflicts
  • Teamwork: Harvard® Responsibility & Accountability Chart
  • How to reduce usual delays in getting approvals
4. How to Motivate, Delegate and Empower Teams
  • From theories to best practices: From Schein and Katz to Gander
  • Motivating former peers, newcomers and old hands
  • How to delegate, empower, control and get results
  • Practical lessons from high-achieving team leaders
5. Management of Change for Top Performance
  • Richard Beckhard’s psychology of resistance to change
    • Underlying causes matter including normalization of deviance
    • What should change and in what sequence
    • Changing attitudes and behavior: Do’s and don’ts
  • Turning resistance into a force for good
  • How to orchestrate positive and irreversible change
6. Conflict Prevention, Diagnosis and Resolution
  • How to discuss complaints with your team and others
  • Conflict diagnosis and resolution road map
7. Managing Difficult Situations and Hostile People
  • Teamwork on passive, resistant or openly hostile people
  • How to nurture the misguided to take the high road
  • How to firmly discipline without adverse effects
8. Managing Time and Organizing Your Team
  • How to set priorities and schedule your week and day
  • How to get and stay organized: Practical tools & tips
  • Managing interruptions: Demonstration and practice
  • 25 tips to effective e-mails and higher productivity
9. How to Conduct 360° Performance Reviews
  • Two exercises: Sensitive performance reviews
  • Practical tips for successful review meetings
  • How to praise, reward, and share negative feedback
  • Managing nine staff reactions: Current best practices
10. Inspiring Models of Exemplary Team Leaders


A Harvard Fellow (Advanced Leadership) educated in the science and practice of strategy, negotiation and team leadership (Harvard Business and Law Schools, Concordia, MIT), Alain Martin is a board member in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan. He works mostly behind the scene to improve innovation quality, capacity and velocity by coaching executives, team leaders, scientists, negotiators, marketers, lawyers, intelligence analysts and executive assistants. An inventor who held patents (USA, Canada, Japan), Alain is the Chief Architect of Harvard University Global System™, the innovative framework and toolkit applied in strategy formulation, project management and products/service incubation, design, prototyping, development, production, value extraction and client retention.

Alain Paul Martin, Workshop Leader Alain has advised two prime ministers of Canada (4 years), the UNESCO's Director General, the CEOs of biotechnology firms (BiokPlus), financial institutions (Desjardins community bank and casualty-insurance subsidiary for 10 years) and progressive unions (APOC-AOPC). He held risk- and IT-management positions at Du Pont, Bombardier, Domtar and CBC-SRC and Agriculture Canada where he worked with Dr. Brian Morrissey on the incubation of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He led international capital projects (CIDA, World Bank) and was twice a faculty member at the University of Quebec where he taught negotiation and change management in the M.Sc. and MGP Project-Management programs.

Alain also worked Alain has worked with Boeing, Bombardier, Cap-Gemini, E.ON (world leader, wind energy), GE (USA, Canada, Europe), France Loisirs, Textron's Bell Helicopters, Desjardins (Banking, Insurance), Foro de Excelencia (Spain), IEEE, governments and Sweden's Skanska and Boliden. He led seminars for IEEE, PMI, operations-research societies (INFORMS, CORS), the Ivy-League's Leadership Summit at Harvard, and Japan's Engineering Advancement Association, METI, APEO, the last two International Forums of Excellence in Spain and the UN University in Tokyo.

In mining, oil and gas, Alain advises the government on large-scale risks in Canada's North and Arctic since 2014. The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of his strategic and project-management cooperation with the senior management and scientists of Teck's Applied Research and Technology Group.

Alain was selected as a 2012 Harvard Fellow in Advanced Leadership (ALI) with peers committed to address important issues including the environment, health, education and governance. During his fellowship, Alain honed his expertise in large-scale risks, mentored a nd delivered leadership seminars to Harvard University’s and other Ivy-League’s students, led the incubation of a complexity-reduction lab. He continues to advice his Harvard peers on strategic leadership and innovation.

Alain graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University and is a Harvard Business School’s alumnus in entrepreneurship (OPM, 1997-1999). He fine-tuned his skills in management of change and social psychology at MIT and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is also certified to teach negotiation in the corporation by Harvard Law School where he was privileged to learn from Robert Mnookin, Lawrence Suskind, Bill Ury, Bruce Patten and the late Roger Fisher.

Recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) for “his outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of project management”, Alain was also honored by the Presidents of Harvard University and Harvard Alumni Association for his “Leadership, Vision and Service” to Harvard community. He is the author of the book titled “ Harnessing the Power of Intelligence ”which was recommended by leading scholars, corporate executives and the competitive-intelligence community in Fortune 100 companies, the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Department of Defense. Building exemplary teams and leaders is the subject of Alain's upcoming book.

Alain’s pro-bono work focuses on funding and providing advice to advance health, education and poverty reduction. He is a founding sponsor of Roger Fisher House, a conflict-resolution catalyst that is now part of Mercy Corps. He is an Advisory Board Member of both Social Hearts (Japan) and New York’s Build Academy (formerly Open Online Academy) for global education in architecture, engineering and construction. Inspired by Drs. Jim Kim and Paul Farmer, Alain led the creation of Partners in Health Canada by mobilizing resources to (a) incorporate PIH as a charitable organization; (b) link PIH to strategic allies and philanthropies; (c) host funding events and (d) manufacture and deliver a fuel truck for PIH clinics in Haiti. He led funding projects for the victims of Haiti's earthquake, Japan's Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and Hurricane Sandy (with the support of French Embassy in Washington). He also orchestrated initiatives for CHEO Children’s Hospital, Food Banks, Canada Without Poverty and led three times Harvard’s Global Month of Service.

Workshop Leader's Endorsement
"Alain Paul Martin has a long and valued association with Teck Metals Ltd… We believe that Alain's teachings go far beyond the typical project management focus on scope, schedule, cost, and, sometimes, quality. Alain delves into topics that project managers working with complex topics or program managers dealing with multiple complex and often inter-related projects need to know about and must become skilled at to be successful. These teachings are supported by tools that we and our teams use on a regular basis to move ideas and concepts into well-defined projects that can be managed with conventional project-management tools."

"Mr. Martin tirelessly invests his energy to leverage his successes and networks into solutions that have a direct, positive impact on the poor… Mr. Martin’s management background and extensive experience in advising global leaders, alongside his motivation to eradicate poverty and its ill effects, qualify him to make a uniquely valuable contribution to addressing inequity on a societal level. With demonstrated skills in entrepreneurship, negotiation, and issue analysis, he is precisely the sort of thoughtful, versatile leader we need to advocate on behalf of the poor and underserved.”

Rob Stephens, PhD
Applied Research & Technology
Teck Metals Ltd.
John F. Higginson
Technical-Support Manager (ret'd)
Applied Research & Technology
Teck Metals Ltd.
Prof. Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD
Chair, Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-founder, Partners In Health


2.5 days: Regular fees: $1395; Government: $1345; Group fees for 3 or more participants: $1295 per person.
4.5-day Option: Regular fees: $2395; Government: $2345; Group of 3 or more participants: $2295 per person.
This option includes the workshop titled “Exemplary-Team Leadership & Management Skills Workshop, Part II”.
How to register: Register online or call us (9 AM - 5 PM EDT) at +1 819-772-7777. Toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD.


How to Register: Please register, online, call us weekdays (9 AM - 4:30 PM EDT) at +1 819-772-7777; toll free in the USA and Canada: 1-800-HARVARD or send a fax and pay in advance by cheque or credit card.

Send your cheque payable to: The Professional Development Institute PDI Inc.

Cancellation Policy: Participants registering as a group must send substitutes in lieu of cancelling. 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.


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The dress code is business casual at your discretion. Trust your judgment. When unsure, err on the side of caution. If overdressed, you can remove a tie or a jacket and roll up your sleeves. Members of the Canadian Forces and the U.S. defense community can, at their discretion, either dress casually or keep the uniform.

You will be reminded the first day to dress the way you feel most comfortable for a photo session the next morning.

Although every effort will be made to ensure a pleasant learning environment including a suitable temperature, we recommend you bring a sweater or a jacket to the classroom as individual comfort zones differ and sudden variations in the weather can temporarily affect air conditioning.

Also please kindly refrain from using strong fragrances during the session in order to accommodate your fellow participants who suffer from asthma.


Participants certified to have successfully completed this professional-development program can include it in their resume providing they list it exactly as indicated below in multiple lines or in a single contiguous string.

      Exemplary Team-Leadership & Management-Skills Workshop
      Mastering the Competencies and Applying Harvard University Global System™ Tools
      City and date, e.g. New York, June 19-21, 2017
      Optional lines: Add the workshop leader and/or the provider:
      Led by Alain Paul Martin
      The Professional Development Institute

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