2018 Learning and Leadership Development Conference

Leadership DNA: New Criteria for Identifying and Coaching Leaders to Their Full Potential

September 26-28, 2018 | Chicago, IL

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

11:00-4:30 PM

Registration

12:30-1:40 PM
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Have you ever worked for an inspirational leader; someone whom inspired you to be at your best more often, to develop and grow and work through adversity? Is this the leadership legacy you want to be remembered by?

Emotional Intelligence and Personality Type play key roles in how a leader is able to inspire others. They help you understand more about who you are and how you relate to others in a variety of settings. In this session we will explore how to incorporate personality type and emotional intelligence when developing leaders in a workable way. Learn how to build a business case to use emotional intelligence in the workplace, how emotional intelligence and personality type can combine to paint a more vivid picture for yourself and others, and how to leverage strengths and harness opportunity areas.

You will learn:

How to use personality type and emotional intelligence in a practical way through case studies to help you build a business case in the workplace that gets results.

How to build a business case to introduce and use emotional intelligence and personality type in the workplace to get results.

New ways to use both emotional intelligence and personality type in coaching, leadership development and IDPs (individual development plans).

Identify strategies on how to use emotional intelligence and personality type immediately in both your work and personal life.

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1:40-2:00 PM

Stretch Break

2:00-3:10 PM
Facilitator:
Stosh D. Walsh, Senior Faculty - Global Markets, Center for Creative Leadership
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To create truly sustainable competitive advantage, organizations must integrate vertical development into existing selection processes and skills training. Vertical development involves a focus on preparing leaders for challenges they will encounter in today’s increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous environment where information and situations are fluid and unpredictable.

It’s more important than ever to hire talented people and match them to the right roles. However, even the best talent in the right roles won’t produce consistent competitive advantage unless leaders continue to develop and grow. Creating a sustainable competitive advantage requires going beyond identifying the best leaders (selection) and providing ongoing training (horizontal development). Competitive advantage requires abilities to think in different ways and function within interdependent systems to meet the needs of the enterprise in a constantly changing and highly competitive global environment.

In this session we will show how to incorporate vertical development and gain competitive advantage for the organization.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Differentiate between horizontal and vertical development,
  • Understand how leadership selection combined with developing new ways of thinking and reacting can affect business outcomes, and
  • Generate ideas for vertical development that can be applied in their organizations.

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3:10-3:30 PM

Stretch Break

3:30-4:40 PM
Presenters:
J. Matthew Becker M.Ed., MCC, Coaching & Mentoring Manager, Caresource
Shawna Corden, PCC, Executive Coach and Owner, Shawna Corden Coaching and Webinars
Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D., Principal and Founder, Change Catalysts
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Seventy-seven percent of HR practitioners and leaders report that their organization is in a state of constant change with priorities and strategies continuously shifting, and 85 percent report unsuccessful major change management initiatives within the past two years.

What can organizations do to increase the likelihood of successfully implementing a change management initiative? How can we ensure that employees are engaged and empowered to not just survive or manage change, but to become change leaders inside their organizations? What role can a strong coaching culture play in building an organization’s change management capabilities?

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the latest research on coaching and change management, learn from organizations that have successfully leveraged coaching for change management, and engage in generative discussions with your peers.

As a workshop participant, you will:

  • Consider what’s working—and what isn’t—with your own organization’s approach to change management
  • Explore the impact coaching can have on change management initiatives
  • Discover how you can integrate coaching into your organization’s change management toolbox to enhance communication, leadership buy-in and employees’ resilience

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

7:30-5:00 PM

Registration

7:30-8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30-8:50 AM

Chairman's Welcome Remarks

10:00-10:10 AM
Presenter:
Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research and Advisory
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At this mini-presentation, we’ll present you with a “hacking” template and the “Rules” of the Innovation Sprints which are happening as interactive sessions during the conference.  This unique presentation will show you how to create real innovation throughout your organization with just a simple hands-on exercise!  Please pre-register at the HCI registration desk to join a session later today or tomorrow.

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10:10-11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:00-11:40 AM
Presenter:
Gaylyn Sher-Jan, Chief People Officer and Vice President of Enterprise Services, Insitu, a Boeing company
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We all have a plan A (which rarely works) but when we need the Plan B how do we deal with the unexpected?  Leadership changes frequently depend on you figuring out the DNA of a new leader and deftly guiding them to success.  We'll focus on 5 key behaviors which predict who is the Plan B in front of you and what needs to be done to ensure success including coaching from strength, how to provide swift correction from weaknesses, identifying key indicators of a leader and best steps forward for plan B success.

What you will learn:

  • A tested and proven approach to recognizing CEO and executive talent behaviors that identify leadership talent 
  • How to make your leaders wholly aware of their impact on the organization 
  • When and how to intervene to redirect your leaders 
  • Critical key business characteristics you need to know so you can make an impact when a new successor steps in

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11:40-12:20 PM
Keynote:
Sunnie Giles, Ph.D., TEDx Presenter and Author of "The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World"
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In the era of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), decision-making is very challenging for leaders because one can rarely foresee the consequences of one’s decisions. Traditional leadership (command and control) must give way to a whole new approach to leadership and a whole new set of skills.

Sunnie Giles, Ph.D., new research suggests that applying concepts from neuroscience, complex systems approach, and quantum mechanics can help leaders produce radical innovation. Years of research and coaching and training numerous leaders culminated into her recent book, “The New Science of Radical Innovation.” Leaders must master self-management, which enables safety for others, which in turn allows building connection with them. Upon the secure foundation of safety and connection, the organization can finally unleash the full potential of iterative learning, which leads to spontaneous radical innovation.

You will learn:

  • The Big Picture: why a whole new approach to leadership is required
  • Quantum Leadership®: A new framework for leadership in the VUCA era
  • The cost of leadership: the bottom line impact of two types of leaders
  • How to change: Individualized assessment result analysis and change plan development
  • How to pair up with an accountability buddy to accelerate the change goal

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12:20-1:20 PM

Lunch

1:20-2:50 PM

Innovation Sprints:

Innovation Sprints:

Innovation Sprints

Presenter:
Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research and Advisory
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How many times do you attend events, take a lot of notes, but then fail to put them into place when you return to work? This session is designed to break that cycle by giving you the chance to apply real-world “hacking” techniques to your biggest HR challenges and problems.

The end result? Through this creative destruction, we will break some of our old thinking, create new solutions, and then share our work with the other attendees at the end of the event.

If you are an innovative leader that needs a creative outlet, join us.

If could use some ideas for how to be more innovative, join us.

If want to take a break from listening and do some hands-on work, join us.

It is a known fact that a team or company can never outgrow its leaders. If we want our companies to be innovative, we need to practice this ourselves as HR leaders. In this special session, two proven voices in the HR community will moderate participatory sessions designed to help you learn the concepts of hackathons and apply them to the workplace with experiential learning exercises.

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2:00-2:10 PM

Room Change

2:10-2:50 PM
Presenters:
Johann Berlin, CEO & Faculty, TLEX Institute
Louis Gagnon, Former Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Amazon
Rajneesh Gupta, Vice President and Global Leader of Financial Institution Segment, Intuit
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To succeed in today’s crowded global marketplace is to deliver on unbelievably ambitious goals - to produce consistently, creatively, and competitively. Leaders and teams are being stretched thinner and thinner, under constant pressure to top themselves, to disrupt themselves and their organizations while maintaining their current levels of productivity and clients. In many corporate cultures, to falter or even slowdown is to fail.

Research suggests that the right amount of pressure and stress can be good, even necessary, for people and organizations to achieve peak performance. Yet at some point, our organizations and teams begin to break down under pressure, leading to employee disengagement, lower productivity and creativity, and a breakdown of trust. Our humanness – hardwired into our brains and physiology - can be the biggest obstacle to our own and our team’s excellence… if we don’t know how to tap into it.

As leaders, the more we understand how our brains are hardwired, the more we can harness natural mechanisms for greater agility, flexibility, and openness - in ourselves and others. In this presentation and panel, we will explore how cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom and practices can enable our teams and organizations to show up fully in the moments that matter.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore a cutting-edge methodology to benchmark individual capacity for resilience, change, adaptivity, and agility, across your organization
  • Discover how individual and social resilience can support agility, rooted in an understanding of how our brains are wired to handle chronic stress, change, and threat
  • Experience hands-on tools and activities to increase resilience
  • Hear how resilience-based agility helped Intuit maintain strong and steady performance through the daily grind of customer care
  • Discover how a leader at Amazon could innovate and transform in a high-pressure culture by increasing their resilience

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2:50-3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

4:10-4:20 PM

Room Change

4:20-5:05 PM
Presenter:
Andrew Wittman, Ph.D., Former State Dept. Lead Trainer, Navy SEALS and Special Forces
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As companies struggle with volatile conditions in the current changeable world of business, it is easy for leaders to become frustrated, stressed, and overwhelmed by constant emergencies and the digital-noise that never seems to stop. As a result of our environmental overload, company cultures begin eroding, producing poor teamwork and low morale.

In this session, Andrew shares the same mental agility tools and techniques he taught as lead instructor with the State Department, training high-threat diplomatic security to former Navy SEALS, Marines, Rangers and Special Forces.  Mental toughness and agility are critical characteristics of successful leaders, learn how to develop these traits in your leaders and yourself with proven military strategies used to train our armed forces.

Attendees will receive an infusion of the knowledge from the Agent in Charge of Nancy Pelosi’s security detail, along with and his experiences personally protecting Hillary Clinton, Tom Delay, Joe Lieberman, King Abdullah of Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Sir Elton John, as well as Fortune 20 CEOs.

You will learn:

  • How to unlock the brain’s power and potential to thrive in any situation
  • How to keep fear and anxiety from hijacking your emotions
  • How to defeat the negative effects of stress
  • How to effectively manage your response in any crisis

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5:05-6:00 PM

Networking Cocktail Party

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:30-3:00 PM

Registration

7:30-8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30-8:50 AM

Chairman's Welcome Remarks

8:50-9:35 AM
Presenter:
Ginger Hardage, Formerly Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications, Southwest Airlines
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Every company has a culture. For some, it's a culture of innovation - new, never been done before ideas. For others, it's fun (birthday cakes and costumes are often involved). For some, it’s toxicity and gossip. There are cultures that celebrate loyalty, hard work, or profit above all else. There are cultures that are both intentional and accidental. There are cultures that draw people in and ones that drive people away. There are cultures that detract from the mission of the organization, cultures that must be overcome or compensated for, cultures that derail or dead end. Surely, you can resonate with at least one of those descriptions.

But then, there are cultures that are unstoppable. Unstoppable Cultures put people first, are consistent in nurturing their culture through systems, and are relentless in storytelling. Ginger will walk you through these critical characteristics of unstoppable cultures, leaving you with both practical and inspiring ideas on how to begin the journey of building the culture you always dreamed of for your organization.

3 key takeaways:

  • Learn the importance of and how to put people first in your organization
  • Discover how to consistently nurture culture through systems
  • Learn how to be relentless in storytelling

CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW GINGER'S SESSION

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9:35-10:15 AM
Presenters:
Fred Kiel, Author of “Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win”
Amy Swenson, Leadership Character Strategist, KRW International
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Fred Kiel (author, Return on Character, Harvard Business Review Press, April 2015) and Amy Swenson (Leadership Character Strategist) will be sharing groundbreaking Return on Character™ research that definitively quantifies the connection between leadership character behavior and organization profitability, employee engagement, and risk. Kiel and Swenson will be sharing some key frameworks to help attendees further develop a character-led leadership culture within any organization. As pre-work for this session, attendees will be asked to complete KRW’s Individual Character Reputation Predictor. The predictor is a short self-assessment designed to help you gain insight into how your leadership character may be perceived by those around you. Results will be used in aggregate and anonymously during the keynote to represent the character reputation in the room. Attendees will also have the option to receive a personalized predictor report post session. Character matters.

You will learn:

  • Understand the quantifiable impact the leadership team’s character reputation has on profit, risk and employee engagement 
  • New perspectives and frameworks to help with building a character-led leadership culture
  • How to redefine the term “leadership character” to consider specific set of leadership habits that have a business level impact

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10:15-11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:00-11:55 AM
Presenters:
Jenna N. Filipkowski, Ph.D., Head of Research, Human Capital Institute (HCI)
Aubrey K. Wiete, Senior Director of Content Solutions, Human Capital Institute (HCI)
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This hands on workshop will use group exercises and HCI's original research to help sharpen skills in change management by focusing on the three critical roles in managing and guiding change.

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11:55-12:00 PM

Room Change

12:35-1:35 PM

Lunch

1:35-2:45 PM

Interactive Workshop:

Live Jazz Leadership Workshop

Presenters:
Greg Thomas and Jewel Kinch-Thomas, Co-Founders, The Jazz Leadership Project
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Engagement and interaction are core aspects of the workshop flow. No music knowledge is needed to gain an understanding of how jazz principles and practices can promote creativity, strengthen leadership capacity, and elevate inclusive team synergy.

Live Jazz musicians are a critical part of the workshop to demonstrate the jazz principles and practices and engage with workshop participants in their group exercises. Facilitators will move through each of the principles, drawing out the analogies, framing the philosophy, and leading the exercises.

Participants will explore:

  • Shared leadership as the foundation of high-performing teams
  • Engage in creative, fun improvisational group exercises utilizing jazz elements that demonstrate leadership values and collaborative dynamics
  • Improvisation as mastery of basic skills, then thinking and acting swiftly on one's feet
  • The ensemble mindset as mutual trust and respect to reach common goals
  • How the blues as perseverance through adversity and swing as freedom through skillful agility and resilience
  • Antagonistic cooperation as growth and learning through challenge
  • Deep Listening as the foundation of empathetic communication on the bandstand and off

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2:45-2:50 PM

Stretch Break

3:25-3:35 PM
Presenter:
Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research and Advisory
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We've saved the best for last!  Join us to discover the newest hacks created in the last two days by you and other attendees at the Innovation Sprints.  Each Sprint session has voted on the best hacks created your peers and the winning groups will share their best ideas on stage for all to share.

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