For Companies

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Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Not-so-new Economy

The “information age” has brought about significant changes in our economy. But the way we structure and lead organizations has changed very little. As businesses grow, they usually gravitate towards an industrial model of leadership believing it to be the only way to control operations as they scale while also managing risk. In this workshop, we “deconstruct” the difference between “Industrial Leadership” and “Entrepreneurial Leadership”. We discuss how you can structure your teams and your organization to get the benefits of an entrepreneurial, innovative culture that is critical to success in our current economy, even as your business scales. And we introduce the idea that entrepreneurial leadership requires building and manage diverse teams.

Change Management: Change is the new normal.

Whether it’s a new technology, business model, client, boss, or level of responsibility, your business and your career path will continue to evolve every day. There is always an opportunity to do things differently and (hopefully) better – endless possibilities to evolve as fast as the world around you. Yet change is intimidating. And even when you want to make change happen, it is hard to know where to start or how to align your team or your organization to pull in the same direction.  To effect change, you need to take risks and get comfortable with not knowing and not always being in control of the future. 

In this workshop, we discuss the skills you need to be an effective change agent, how to craft a compelling vision, enroll others to get involved in what you have underway, and make sure you are course correcting in the right direction.

For Executives

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Optimizing Your Exit Opportunities

Despite what the tech media would have you believe, there is more than one path to a successful outcome for tech companies.  Your companies roadmap to success should be defined by your leadership and your leadership team. Do you measure “success” by how much money you make? Do you measure “success” by building a company that allows you to be your own boss? Do you measure “success” by bringing your products to the broadest market possible? Do you measure “success” by reaching a $200M+ annual recurring revenue target? Defining what success means to you and your team — not what the media or investors say it is — will help you develop a growth strategy that will pave the way for a successful investment round or acquisition.

In this workshop, we discuss

  • the valuation lifecycle of a startup

  • how to go about thinking about your exit options, and

  • how preparing for an eventual exit helps you build a better business.

Change Management: Change is the new normal. Whether it’s a new technology, business model, client, boss, or level of responsibility, your business and your career path will continue to evolve every day. There is always an opportunity to do things differently and (hopefully) better – endless possibilities to evolve as fast as the world around you. Yet change is intimidating. And even when you want to make change happen, it is hard to know where to start or how to align your team or your organization to pull in the same direction.  To effect change, you need to take risks and get comfortable with not knowing and not always being in control of the future. 

In this workshop, we discuss the skills you need to be an effective change agent, how to craft a compelling vision, enroll others to get involved in what you have underway, and make sure you are course correcting in the right direction.

For Teams

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Making Teams Great! The New Frontier for Team Performance

High performance teams are not just a collection of high performance people. We all know this.  And yet nearly every talent management technique we use today is focused on the individual.  We have individual performance reviews. We celebrate individual high performers. Even in our work in Diversity & Inclusion, we talk about adding individual people of diverse backgrounds. Today, nearly everyone works in teams. Even jobs that used to be considered more independent, such as sales or accounting, now require collaboration with others – and everyone is expected to become more connected with their customers and clients. In this workshop, we examine the different teams that you are a part of or that you lead. We challenge the myth of the individual hero and ask you to consider what each person on your team contributes to overall team cohesion and success – contributions that perhaps you haven’t allocated value to in the past. And we explore why diverse teams can be more successful, but only if they are well managed by leaders who are adept at managing diversity.

The Power of a Personal Brand:  Companies invest a large amount of resources developing their brands because they understand how critical branding is to the success of their business. Yet, individuals often think that developing a personal brand is more marketing fluff than substantive value. Whether you work for a company, are building your own startup, or are developing your own business offerings, developing your own personal brand is critical to your success. This is true now more than ever before as our communication pathways get more congested and it becomes harder and harder to differentiate the work that you do from all the other people who do this same thing. In this talk, I explain what a personal brand is, why it's important, and what makes a powerful brand. And I let you in on a secret - you already have one, whether you know it or not. It just might be a brand you don’t want.

 

Don’t Just Set Goals. Achieve Them!:  Professional and business goals all too often fall the way of New Year's Resolutions - lots of lists, little follow through.  Charles Duhigg's book "The Power of Habit" discusses a great framework, the Habit Loop, for achieving your goals by turning desired actions into habits.  In this talk, I give you a way to think about setting the right goals for you. Once you have identified goals that are appropriate for your particular strengths and circumstances, I explain how habits relate to achieving your goals and how you can use the Habit Loop to break out from old patterns to achieve the goals you set for yourself and your company.

For women leaders

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The Power of a Personal Brand:  Companies invest a large amount of resources developing their brands because they understand how critical branding is to the success of their business. Yet, individuals often think that developing a personal brand is more marketing fluff than substantive value. Whether you work for a company, are building your own startup, or are developing your own business offerings, developing your own personal brand is critical to your success. This is true now more than ever before as our communication pathways get more congested and it becomes harder and harder to differentiate the work that you do from all the other people who do this same thing. In this talk, I explain what a personal brand is, why it's important, and what makes a powerful brand. And I let you in on a secret - you already have one, whether you know it or not. It just might be a brand you don’t want.

 

Networks and Networking:  “What got you here isn’t what’s going to get you there.”  People sometimes believe that working hard is what gets them ahead – and that’s true for part of your career journey. But as you rise inside or outside of an organization, in addition to working effectively, you also need to have built up a strategic network.  Why?  Because in today’s highly complex world, no one can drive strategic change on their own.  Executives need to be able to leverage the power of a strategic network to really bring value to their organizations and their clients.  In the first part of this workshop, we discuss why we find “networking” challenging, and how to use the habit loop to overcome those challenges.  Then we go into more detail about how to think about networking and who to think about networking with.