(From BusinessWeek.com) Across the globe, two significant workforce trends are colliding to create a critical need for leadership development training over the next 5 - 10 years. A new generation of skilled workers are entering the labor market in droves - many without previous work experience - while a large group of seasoned leaders are approaching retirement (estimates show that employed individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 will increase by 11 million in the U.S. alone by 2010).

In the midst of this growing leadership gap, market conditions are making the need for innovative and strategic leaders more critical than ever. How can companies continue to engage, retain and develop high-potential employees when resources are more constrained than ever? Given the current pace of change in business, how can companies put leadership development in context of what's happening now?

The answer: through agile leadership development programs and on-the-job training programs such as Bloomberg Businessweek's EDGE.

EDGE combines the world-class, insightful content found only in Bloomberg Businessweek with a cutting-edge, weekly training guide incorporating interactive and self-assessment learning activities. EDGE synthesizes headlines, news and trends impacting global business and extracts key learning concepts that can be incorporated in leadership development. Our future forward content is developed each week in real-time so that participants are learning about the impact of business decisions as they happen.
EDGE is available to corporations to increase their bench-strength and grow their high-potential leaders.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Executive Development Guide & Extract (EDGE) is an innovative leadership development program that can increase your company's bench-strength and develop your high-potentials. Written by leadership development experts, EDGE offers your employees robust, continuous learning opportunities - giving them a broader business perspective, igniting their thinking and stimulating collaboration.

New content each week makes EDGE flexible and scalable - you can use it however learning happens within your organization. EDGE can be integrated into existing programs or used as a foundation to create new ones:
* Formal leadership development programs.
* Lunch and learn / One hour power hour - Organize "Lunch and Learn" or "Power Hour" training sessions on a regular basis.
* Mentoring program - Incorporate key learning's into networking, mentoring or coaching sessions.
* Informal training sessions - Facilitate informal training sessions with peers or direct reports to share articles, EDGE extracts, etc.

Bloomberg Businessweek's EDGE includes:
* A one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek for each participant.
* One year of the Executive Development Guide & Extract (EDGE) - e-mailed weekly including unique activities and key learning points designed around six articles in the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek focusing on executive competency areas such as:
* Leadership & Management Skills
* Strategic Thinking
* Personal Skills
* Best Practices/Lessons Learned
* Global/Technology Trends
* Business/Financial Acumen

To learn more about integrating EDGE into your corporate learning programs, contact us at: bwgroup@bloomberg.net