The Professional Development Institute
Harvard University Global System
Harvard® Planner Group

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Don Mallory

Our Mission

Empowering you with proven team-focused skills, universal competencies and practical tools that are vital to your success. We want you to excel in exemplary team leadership, principled negotiation, innovation, finance, project and risk management and all communication skills.

Harvard University
Global System

Veritas Logo - Harvard University We are the only organization licensed by Harvard University to create and deliver Harvard University Global System (HUGS), an innovative framework and practical toolkit for strategists, negotiators, managers, project teams and executive assistants. HUGS toolkit includes instruments for brainstorming and creativity, planning (both strategic and operational), negotiating ethical deals, improving productivity, evaluating performance and effectively managing projects, risk and personal time. HUGS is used in small and large companies and governments.

Video Testimonies

Leaders who completed Negotiation Excellence, Leadership and Project Management

Vice-President, global IT company: Participated in 4 workshops. Applied HUGS for 6 years

Director of Engineering (global mining company) completed Project Management and Negotiation Excellence: Used HUGS for 9 years

CEO, Large banking conglomerate (Staff: 48,000): Participated in 5 workshops. Used HUGS for 8 years (Interview in French)

Exemplary Team-Leadership participants: The American Precision Museum's President, NGO executives and team leaders

Executive Assistants & Admin. Professionals Applying Harvard University Global System

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Welcome to our World Seminars held in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe!


New York


Latin America


Upcoming Leadership and Management Seminars
Applying Harvard University Global System Tools

Seminar Catalog (8 Pages) for Printing Purposes

  1. Negotiation-Excellence Skills: Hands-on Workshop
  2. Hands-On Project-Management Workshop: Learn and Apply Practical Skills, Best Practices, Proven Techniques and Harvard University Global System Tools
  3. Exemplary Team-Leadership & Management-Skills Workshop
  4. Advanced Workshop: Exemplary Team-Leadership Skills II
  5. New Manager & Team Leader Workshop
  6. Executive Assistants and Administrative Professionals: Best Practices, Proven Personal Organization Methods and Skills for Partnering with Your Team and Moving Forward
  7. Advanced Workshop for Executive Assistants and Admin. Professionals - Part II: Focus on Building Personal & Team Excellence, Project-Management & Negotiation Skills
  8. Professional Skills for Writing with Clarity and Impact for Managers, Team Leaders, Engineers, Analysts, Executive Assistants and Other Administrative Professionals
Harvard University Global System (HUGS)
Road Maps, Checklists & Posters for Managers on Strategy, Risk, Negotiation, Project & Time Management
  • Harvard® Negotiation Mandate (Negotiation Planning & Risk-Mitigation Tool)
  • Harvard® Negotiation-Strategy Tool
  • Harvard® Responsibility & Accountability Chart
  • Harvard® Project-Planning and Management Tools
  • Harvard® Project-Scope Definition Tool
  • Other Tools, Working Forms & Templates
  • Harvard® Wall Planners, Schedulers & Multi-Function Grids

Our Clients

Whether you are a senior executive, an entrepreneur, an engineer, a lawyer, a team leader, a project manager, an executive assistant or a professional in policy, finance, R&D, IT, marketing, sales, HR, logistics or operations, our workshops provide you with cutting-edge skills, practical instruments and an exclusive certification to fast-track your journey to outstanding performance and leadership excellence.

Workshop Leader’s Endorsements

"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."

Rob Stephens, PhD, Director
John F. Higginson, Technical-Support Manager (ret'd)
Applied Research & Technology
Teck Metals Ltd.


"Mr. Martin tirelessly invests his energy to leverage his successes and networks into solutions that have a direct, positive impact on the 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."

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


USA  Cambridge, MA, USA. Call toll free: 1-800-HARVARD
Canada  Ottawa, ON, CANADA. Call toll free:  1-800-HARVARD or +1-819-772-7777
International  Worldwide Order Center & Main Training Campus: 70 Technology Boulevard
Gatineau, QC J8Z 3H8 CANADA, 1-800-HARVARD
International: +1-819-772-7777, Fax: +1-819-772-1114
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: D´┐Żmarche Harvard University Global System  European Distribution Centre for Harvard Planners: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, Paris,75001
Dorothe Ben Tahar: +33 1 44 77 88 99 Extension 1 (Stationery). Concorde Metro Station.

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