William Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company magazine and author of Practically Radical: Not-so-crazy ways to transform your company, shake up your industry, and challenge yourself (William Morrow, 2011), wrote that there are five truths of corporate transformation. They are as follows:
1. Most organizations in most fields suffer from a kind of tunnel vision, which makes it hard to envision a more positive future.
2. Most leaders see things the same way everyone else sees them because they look for ideas in the same places everyone else looks for them.
3. In troubled organizations rich with tradition and success, history can be a curse - and a blessing. The challenge is to break from the past without disavowing it.
4. The job of the change agent is not just to surface high-minded ideas. It is to summon a sense of urgency inside and outside the organization, and to turn that urgency into action.
5. In a business environment that never stops changing, change agents can never stop learning.
When I read the above, I keep thinking of some Iowa wisdom I learned many years ago: “If you keep doing what you are currently doing, then you will keep getting what you currently got.” And right now, quite a few organizations are suffering from a diversity of strategic and operational challenges.
Yet, in the midst of these difficulties, I have been blessed with many opportunities to visit with successful leaders and successful companies. These people are transforming themselves and their organization. They have positive qualitative and quantitative outcomes taking place on a regular basis.
This past spring and multiple times this summer I have been visiting with these leaders as well as reflecting on past visits with other leaders of this caliber. My goal has been to distill what I have learned from them and make these lessons learned the focus of the Fall 2012 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable. I am excited and very energized by this level of work and look forward to sharing it with all of you.
Here are the details about the Fall Roundtable for your review:
Thursday: September 20, 2012
- 8:30 am - Registration
- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - How Successful Leaders Think
- 10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - How Successful Companies Work
- 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch, Networking & A Walk Around the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site or the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Our lunch will be catered by Reid’s Beans, a wonderful West Branch coffee shop and restaurant. Here is a link to reviews on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/reids-beans-west-branch for those who are interested.
- 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - How Successful Managers Help People Achieve Their Goals
- 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
- 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm -How Successful People Manage Challenging People
- 4:30 pm - Adjourn
- 4:30 pm - Optional Wine Tasting For Those Who Are Interested
- 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Open House at Geery and Jane’s
Friday: September 21, 2012
- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - How Successful People Manage Life
- 10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
- 12:00 pm - Adjourn
Location: Brick Arch Winery in (http://www.brickarchwinery.com/) in West Branch, Iowa
Overnight Accommodations: Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cidic-coralville-marriott-hotel-and-conference-center/) in Coralville, Iowa, or any other hotels in the Iowa City or Coralville area.
Here is the link to the registration form: http://www.chartyourpath.com/pdf/2012-From-Vision-To-Action-Exec-Roundtable-Regist.pdf
I agree with William Taylor when he wrote, “In a business environment that never stops changing, change agents can never stop learning.” I look forward to sharing and learning together with you at the Fall Roundtable.