Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Expanding Your Network

Many people, who have never been to a From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable, ask me the following question: “When I am so busy, why should I take time to participate in the Fall Roundtable?”

My answer recently has been the following: “Because you will expand your network.”

All of us have a network at work, and all of us routinely network with people outside of work. But the real question is: What kind of network do we have?  When I look at it from this perspective, I always think back to something Herminia Ibarra wrote in her book, Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader. Harvard Business Review Press, 2015. As she notes, there are three different networks one has a leader, namely operations, personal and strategic. “The first helps you manage current internal responsibilities, the second boosts personal development, and the third focuses on new business directions and the stakeholders you must get on board to pursue these directions.”

The key from my perspective is that participants in our twice a year From Vision to Action Executive Roundtables expand all three networks by expanding their perspective and thinking on a variety of different topics. But the one I continually hear executives share with me during coaching sessions is how a Roundtable expands their strategic network. By routine participation, they develop relationships with other leaders which helps them envision a better future, explore new ideas, and get access to new information and resources to further utilize these ideas.  As Ibarra writes, “A good strategic network gives you connective advantage: the ability to marshal information, support, or other resources from one of your networks to obtain results in another.”

Therefore, I invite you to join me and others at the Fall 2015 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable.  Here is the agenda for your review:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders get all the different parts of an organization to work together as one unified whole rather than a collection of fragmented silos and turf battles?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - What is the role of the leader when everything is constantly changing?
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking 
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - How do leaders improve their decision-making?
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - How do leaders help others improve their performance?
4:30 pm- Adjourn

Thursday, September 24, 2015
9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders keep operating successfully when their time is constantly being interrupted by everyone else?
10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application
12:00 pm - Adjourn

Location: Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa

Here is the link to the registration form:

I hope you can come and continue to expand and further develop your operational, personal and strategic networks.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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