2020 Speaker Overviews

 

January 10, 2020:  PM Retreat with speaker Craig Weber on “Action Dialogue:  Piercing Conversations”

 

February 20, 2020:  Executive Session

 

March 19, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Andrea Simon on “Change Matters:  Finding Your Blue Ocean Strategy”

 

April 16, 2020:  Half Day Executive Session

 

April 23, 2020:  Vistage Executive Summit

 

May 21, 2020:  Executive Session

 

June 18, 2020:  Executive Session:

 

July 16, 2020:  Half Day Executive Session

 

August 20, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Rob Teschner on “Debrief to Win:  Foundations of Accountable Leadership”

 

September 17, 2020:  Executive Session 

 

October 15, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Dan Barnett on “Make or Break Execution:  The Core of Success”

November 19, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Darrell Mullis on “Mastery of the Financial Statements- The Truth Behind the Numbers”

December 17, 2020:  Executive Session

Detailed View

January 10, 2020:  PM Retreat with speaker Craig Weber on “Action Dialogue:  Piercing Conversations”

Program Description

Tom Peters has said that management enemy number-one is misinformation. This is especially true for CEO's. Their effectiveness is contingent on the quality of the information used to solve problems and make decisions, and CEO's are largely dependent on their subordinates for the accuracy and timeliness of this information. Yet because the CEO is the pinnacle of authority in an organization, people are often reticent to speak candidly and directly about tough issues affecting the business. As a result, CEO's are often subject to high levels of information cover-up, distortion and misinformation. This problem tends to increase precisely when it is most problematic: when a pressing organizational issue demands timely, accurate, clear information. In this highly interactive workshop, Craig Weber works with members to help them learn a rigorous, highly useable method for crafting conversations that answer this critical question: "how can I be honest, direct and authentic in confronting tough issues in a way that actually educates and encourages others to do the same?"

Value To Members

This workshop is valuable for anyone interested in taking personal responsibility for creating more robust and highly effective patterns of communication in the business. A strong emphasis is placed on using these skills in the workshop so that members walk out with a strong conceptual framework and tangible new skills. Members will learn to: Promote rigorous conversations about tough business issues that generate openness and trust. Work more effectively with difficult people. Increase the quality of collaborative problem solving and decision making. Create conditions which enable the people around them to act with higher levels of candor, respect and responsibility. Moderate crippling psychological binds that hamper executive effectiveness. Work with an extraordinary "presence of mind" when facing stiff challenges. Help your team more effectively navigate non-routine problems and complex issues. Decrease the counter-productive politics, game-playing and one-up-manship that hampers personal and organizational performance.

February 20, 2020:  Executive Session

March 19, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Andrea Simon on “Change Matters:  Finding Your Blue Ocean Strategy”

Program Description

In this presentation, Andrea Simon, Ph.D., anthropologist and corporate consultant working with companies that need to change, takes you through a discussion and exercise to help you: Think about your business in new ways Think like a customer might Visualize new opportunities that you might not see otherwise. Using materials from the highly popular book by Rene Maubourgne and W. Chan Kim -- "Blue Ocean Strategy" -- Dr. Simon is interested in taking you into the model that other companies have used to successfully find new ways to serve and solve customer needs.

What is so interesting and important about the Blue Ocean Strategy model and the research behind it, is how it offers a way of thinking about customers and non-customers to open up new "market spaces."

What will you learn from this workshop on Blue Ocean Strategy?

  • Forget the competition

  • Re-think your own strategy

  • Really begin to see the unsolved needs of customers and non-customers in a new ways

So you can reignite change in your company so it can sustain its growth in these changing times.

In this workshop we will engage the attendees in active learning so they can experience the tools of Blue Ocean Strategic thinking. We know that the two of the hardest things are 1) for a customer to see something that isn't there yet and 2) for you to get out of the office and begin to really see, feel and think like your customers and even those you would like to be your customers. These tools are crafted to help you do both.

The workshop is about how to see new opportunities by listening better within your own company, challenging the assumptions that drive your present strategy and finding ways to really "see, feel and think" in new ways. Call it innovation, or adaptation or change. The speed of change in our business environment today requires a new approach to strategy and execution so you can move quickly into new markets, shape them and soar to new heights.

Value To Members

The approach for the presentation will help members leave with a set of ideas and techniques on how to experience new market opportunities. We like to leave members with specific tools that they can apply and chairs can work with. They will be able to better see, feel and think like a non-customer or a current customer. In the end, members may be able to create new market spaces to change their business strategy and grow their company in new ways.

Biography

Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D. is a corporate anthropologist and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in helping companies change. Dr. Simon is a trained Blue Ocean Strategist as well as a certified Innovation Games practitioner. She is a consultant affiliated with an organization in the Netherlands that enables her to use the Organizational Cultural Assessment Instrument (www.ocai-online.com) to help companies diagnose and change their cultures.

Simon has been a professor of Anthropology and American Studies, a visiting professor at Washington University teaching on the subject and a senior executive in management, marketing and branding at financial services companies and healthcare institutions, all of which needed to change. Since 2002, her consulting firm serves clients in healthcare, colleges and universities, manufacturing companies and those in service industries all of whom share a common need to sustain their growth strategies by finding new customers, building better solutions, designing new innovative customer experiences, seeking clever ways to beat the way to new "market spaces.”

April 16, 2020:  Half Day Executive Session

April 23, 2020:  Vistage Executive Summit

May 21, 2020:  Executive Session

June 18, 2020:  Executive Session:

July 16, 2020:  Half Day Executive Session

August 20, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Rob Teschner on “Debrief to Win:  Foundations of Accountable Leadership”

Program Description

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKQ34jJMjl4 

Many organizations struggle with implementing system-wide accountability. Holding people accountable for their decisions is a challenging prospect for anyone, especially those who lack experience in this field. An additional pressure point is the prospect of accountable leadership in a rapidly-changing environment, in an age where disruptors are constantly emerging, challenging “the old way” of doing business. Organizations that thrive in this age of rapid change are those that have built processes and employ methodologies focusing on human interactions. Critically, they’ve adopted cultures that embrace improvement and value accountability in ALL aspects of their operations. Either by design or chance they are following the approach high-performing military teams take to enable success in complex environments the world-over. Learning from these high-performing military teams is a powerful option for any organization that intends to win despite disruptive change. In his interactive program, Mr. Teschner will provide participants clear insight into how high-performing military teams teach leadership, practice accountability and deal with complexity in a program that includes the following: A brief history of the development of popular systems that promote innovation; An outline of the core elements of The Debrief-Focused Approach™; A case study of accountable leadership in action; The steps for creating an Accountable Leadership process. 

Value To Members

Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how high-performing military teams organize and prepare for operations in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environments. They will gain a foundational understanding of the high-performing team Debrief model, to include an appreciation for the cultural requirements necessary for successful implementation. The backbone of the high-performing team model, The Debrief-Focused Approach™, will be presented in a readily-accessible format such that participants can immediately implement the most essential components in their own organizations.

Biography

Mr. Robert “Cujo” Teschner is a retired F-15 / F-22 fighter pilot. He is also a former F-15 Weapons School Instructor, F-22 Squadron Commander, senior Joint Staff officer and combat veteran. He holds advanced degrees in Operational Art and Science and National Security Strategy, and has extensive experience in tactical planning and execution as well as organizational leadership. From 2004 – 2006 he served as the US Air Force’s expert in post-mission debriefing, the methodology used by high-performing military teams to self-correct and improve continuously. He retired immediately after pinning-on full Colonel due to complications from cancer-related care and started an international business consulting practice based in St. Louis, MO called VMax Group. VMax Group’s mission is to teach businesses how to thrive in a complex world by practicing Accountable Leadership and building high-performing teams. Mr. Teschner is a multiple award-winning fighter aviator, an award-winning writer and author of the national bestselling book, “Debrief to Win”. He is also working on his next book, titled “Team to Succeed”.

September 17, 2020:  Executive Session 

October 15, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Dan Barnett on “Make or Break Execution:  The Core of Success”

Program Description

Make or Break Execution®: The core of success

The best leaders have both a clear vision and an eye for the operating detail that will “Make or Break” that vision. Lack of vision will result in a business that spins its wheels. And yet even the best vision will go nowhere in the face of poor execution. The big struggle for most leaders is how to do both. How do you actively lead your organization to insure superb execution of your vision without being consumed by the details and the urgent "alligators" you face daily?

Dan delivers amazing value with street-proven tools gained from running highly successful companies, large and small for many years. In this session you will learn to describe your organization’s future in a way that is clear and compelling to all. You will identify what matters most to achieving your vision – your “Make or Break”. You will learn how to change your company's perspective to be truly forward facing. And you will learn how to be in the middle of it all - actively linking together people, strategy, and operating detail - doing the real job of effective leaders. Dan’s whole approach is designed to create alignment in organizations and to bring fresh thinking to your leadership.

This session presents a highly effective and easy-to-implement process for keeping your organization’s performance on track to your vision. The workshop is hands-on to create a valuable learning experience so everyone leaves ready-to-implement.

Value To Members

This session presents a highly effective and easy-to-implement process for keeping your organization’s performance on track to your vision. The workshop is hands-on to create a valuable learning experience so everyone leaves ready-to-implement.

Comments About Dan’s Work:

“Invaluable, priceless…. I was blown away.” CEO, Charleston SC

“You are truly top of the heap!” Chair, Chicago IL

“Your impact on me was profound.” Group Chair, Washington D.C“

"(you) make a difference in the professional lives of business owners” President, Houston TX

Biography

A recognized expert on business, Barnett has appeared regularly on CNBC's "Squawk Box", Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal to speak on CEO confidence and leadership. Named “U.S. Speaker of the Year” by TEC Canada, “Overseas Speaker of the Year” by TEC Australia, Vistage International’s “Fast Track” speaker of the year, the Chair Excellence award and recipient of the coveted “500 Club” award, Barnett is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker whose leadership concepts - “Make or Break Execution®: the core of success” and “Make or Break CultureTM: exceptional results through people” has helped thousands of companies throughout the world.

Dan Barnett has headed companies for some of the world's leading corporations including Nestlé, Pillsbury, Weyerhaeuser, and Constellation Brands as well as running smaller private companies. He was COO of Vistage International for 7 years and is currently the CEO and owner of The Primavera Company, a private equity company focused on real estate, regional banks and restaurants. Dan has a global consulting and speaking business.

Barnett serves on the board of The Ziegenfelder Company, the maker of Twin Pop ice-pops. He is the former Chair of the DRI Foundation, a global leader in environmental research and part of the Nevada System of Higher Education and served from 2008 to 2018 on the board of Trendsource, a leader in business intelligence. Dan earned his B.S. from the University of Nevada and his MBA from the University of Maryland.

Recognition:

Fast Track Speaker of the Year – Vistage International

U. S. Speaker of the Year – TEC Canada

Overseas Speaker of the Year – TEC Australia

The 500 Club – Vistage International

Chair Excellence Award

Top 50 Contributors to Vistage

Chair Excellence Award

November 19, 2020:  Executive Session with speaker Darrell Mullis on “Mastery of the Financial Statements- The Truth Behind the Numbers”

Program Description

In this highly interactive presentation, Darrell Mullis teaches executives a deeper understanding of the three financial statements and how to use them as strategic decision making tools. Participants are engaged creating the three statements from typical transactions for a sample business. Key issues covered include: " Purpose, structure and relationships of the statements, three types of cash flow, principles of accrual accounting, debt vs. equity capital, cost of sales vs. operating expenses, profit vs. cash, and dealing with a cash flow problem.

In the final hour of the program, Darrell teaches management's role in the business cycle and how to use the statements to improve strategic performance. This process lets executives analyze whether they are spending their time on strategic or tactical issues in their company. The final few minutes provides an overview of the 3 bottom lines and how to improve profit, cash flow and return on invested capital.

Despite finance's reputation as a boring topic, this workshop makes it fun and easy to learn. Because of the depth of content and typical audience interest and engagement, Chairs are requested to provide a minimum of 3.5 hours for completion of the program.

Value To Members

Members will leave with confidence that they can read and fully understand their own company's financial reports and communicate financial objectives more clearly with colleagues and financial professionals. They will identify any questions they have for their accounting professionals and any concerns about how financial information is being organized and reported at their company. They will also leave with new ways to think about strategy at their company and new tools for analyzing and improving profit and cash flow. 

Biography

Darrell Mullis, author of The Accounting Game,™ is the owner and founder of MetaMark Learning a training and consulting company specializing in leadership development programs in business and financial acumen and executive communication. His programs have been successfully delivered in North and South America, Europe and Asia during the past 25 years to clients like, ABB Ltd, Harman International, Herman Miller, Johnson Controls, Redpath Mining, and Turner Broadcasting.

December 17, 2020:  Executive Session


2019 Grow Group Meeting Schedule

4/17 2-430 pm - Organizational Meeting

5/16 830 am to 430 pm - Founders meeting

6/20  830 am to 430 pm

7/18 830 am to 430 pm -  speaker

8/15 830 am to 430 pm

9/19 830 am to 430 pm - speaker

10/17 830 am to 430 pm speaker

11/21 830 am to 430 pm - speaker (possible)

12/12 830 am to 430 pm - speaker (possible)