Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Daily Struggle

Right now, leaders at all levels are struggling. Change, that once used to be a linear process, is now dynamic and continuous at both the operational and strategic levels. Information, that used to be presented in an organized manner with concise summaries, is now overwhelming all involved so that no one is sure what is what anymore. Finally, culture, that once used to be defined by the company alone, is now being influenced by internal and external stakeholders who all want it to be favorable to themselves alone. And leaders stand in the midst of this swirling dervish of events, people, and information feeling frustrated and confused, hoping there is a path forward.

The answers may not be quick or easy. The work of leaders at this time period is difficult and complex but there are solutions, which with dedication, focus and clarity can generate new beginnings and solid steps forward. The best leaders understand that they need to slow down and step back from the pell mell rush to the future and understand that the current state of their organization is a reflection of past strategic choices. Leaders recognize that an organization’s history, it’s current culture and whether or not the work is meaningful for those who are most present to the moment of truth, i.e. the time and place where the goods or services become real and are utilized by the customer or clients, can impact now and the future.

As a result, we as leaders need time and space to reflect, think deeply and to reorganize our thoughts before moving forward. These spaces can, at times, seem few and far between in the midst of our daily schedule, filled with back to back meetings.

And yet, there is a place where exceptional leaders gather. It is the Spring 2018 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable. Here, all involved catch their breath, pause and take stock. They reconnect with the bigger picture and they reconnect with their organization’s strategic nexus. The Spring Roundtable is a time for renewal, and a time for new insights, fresh ideas and perspectives. It is a place where we realize that we are all in this together and we all have pieces of the puzzle and insights to share.

This year, the Spring ’18 Roundtable will take place on April 4-5, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny, Iowa, which is just north of Des Moines, Iowa.  The agenda for this event is as follows:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

- 8:30 am - Arrival & Visiting Time

- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - What is the connection between organizational history, culture and meaningful work within successful organizations?

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

- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - How do leaders improve thinking and relating throughout an entire organization?

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

- 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm How do leaders help themselves and others to learn better?

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

- 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - What is the importance of caring within successful organizations?

- 4:30 pm - Adjourn

Thursday: April 5, 2018

- 9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do leaders be both bold and brave during difficult times?

- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application

- 12:00 pm - Adjourn

The price is $ 295.00 for the two days and $ 195.00 for a single day. Here is the link to the registration form:


I hope you will give yourself permission this spring to pause, step back and recharge with a room full of dedicated and thoughtful people, all seeking insights and new perspectives. It will be an exciting time, where we can struggle a little less and gain renewed perspectives of how to move forward in an effective manner.

See you at the Spring ’18 Roundtable!

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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