Running a business is complicated. The Executive Education Centre at the University of New Brunswick’s College of Extended Learning is making it a little easier.

The Executive Education Centre (EEC) brings renowned industry experts to New Brunswick to share proven best practices, methodologies, and real-life business lessons, in order to provide business leaders in the region with the framework and tools necessary to meet the challenges of today–and to prepare for tomorrow.

Ralph Kikkert, consulting partner at STRIVE!, will kick off the EEC’s 2013-14 line-up by providing executives with four actionable steps to achieving long-term, sustainable success as presented in bestselling author, Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Advantage.

Kikkert is a governance, strategic planning, and executive team-building expert who facilitates seminars and provides coaching from Lencioni’s bestselling books The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business.

“Healthy organizations outperform their competition, are free of politics and confusion, and provide an environment where key performers never want to leave,” says Kikkert.

“Complaining about worker productivity, politics and other signs of dysfunction is common. Real leaders address these dysfunctions and create organizational clarity to develop a healthy organization and a competitive advantage.”

Kikkert’s interactive, one-day seminar is the first in the series of business seminars offered by the EEC directed at organizational leaders and executives who want to maintain a competitive advantage and be leaders in their industry.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, takes place on September 26, 2013 
at the Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton.

On October 25, Dr. Richard L. Nolan will lead participants through formulating and executing strategy, managing financial and labor crises, fostering a culture of innovation and ethical decision-making in Adventures of a 21st Century CEO.

On December 5, Keith Farndale will provide senior-level executives with the steps towards forging the processes and environment for project success, including the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and senior management in Project Management Executive Awareness.

Executive Education Centre has also developed the Executive Education Program: Transforming Leadership, which offers business leaders the opportunity to come together with like-minded executives to connect and collaborate—and transform their leadership skills and their organizations. Scheduled to begin January 2014, the program will provide cutting-edge content and tailored one-on-one executive coaching.

“The Executive Education Program was developed to provide advanced leadership skills to people who want to be at the top of their profession,” says Lloyd Henderson, executive director at UNB’s College of Extended Learning.

“The Program gives executives an opportunity to break out of their silos and examine how other people in senior leadership positions treat situations or issues that resemble their own. Seeing how others analyze and deal with similar circumstances can open our minds to new ways of conducting business. In doing so, we can learn how to apply more creative solutions to complex business issues moving forward.”

For more information on the fall line-up of business seminars or the Executive Education program, contact the Executive Education Centre at or 506-451-6895.

To arrange a media interview, contact Belinda Elliott-Bielecki, Director, Marketing & Communications, UNB College of Extended Learning.