Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Next Wave of Change

Thousands of years ago, people would carve important words into stone. Then, they would put them in places where people could see them and be reminded of their importance. Right now, I would like to carve the following words into the lintel above the door of quite a few companies:

“ Few corporations are able to participate in the next wave of change, because they are blinded by the business at hand.” - Edson De Castro, CEO of Data General, 1978.

Day after day this summer, I am witnessing countless organizations that talk strategy but do not have a strategic plan. They also talk big picture but mostly focus on minutiae. They talk change but constantly reenforce status quo. In short, one could say that they are being “blinded by the business at hand.”

One solution to this problem is to break out of the daily consumption of operational details, get away from the office, and come to a From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable. Here you will find a group of dedicated people seeking to improve and transform their organizations. You also will discover individuals who want to discuss, explore and reflect on the next waves of change and consider how this will impact their work as a leader and their organization. In short, through in-depth learning and candid peer-to-peer discussions, you will learn new ideas, perspectives and solutions.

The next From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable takes place on September 22 - 23, 2011 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.

Here is the agenda for your review:

Thursday: September 22, 2011

- 8:30 am - Registration

- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - Aligning Culture and Strategy

- 10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break

- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Improving Middle Management Effectiveness

- 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking

- 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Developing Role Clarity

- 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break

- 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm -Teaching New Behaviors

- 4:30 pm -Adjourn

Friday: September 23, 2011

- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - Pursuing Personal Excellence

- 10:15 am - 10:45 am - Break and Hotel Check-out

- 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application

- 12:00 pm - Adjourn

Recommended reading: Collins, James C., and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, HarperBusiness, 1994.

Here is a link to the registration form:

For those of you who are seeking new solutions, now is the time to sign-up.

I look forward to seeing you at the Fall 2011 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable.

Geery Howe, M.A.Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer inLeadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational ChangeMorning Star Associates319 - 643 - 2257

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