IMS/Detroit - 2015 Program Schedule   All Workshops Feature Leveraged Learning with "IMSQuickCoach"

April 15   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. David Lei   Strategic Thinking: Making the Leap to New Competencies at All Levels

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Rapid environmental change emanating from a number of different fronts (technology, customers, competitors, and globalization) has pushed firms to become more ambidextrous in their approaches to innovating new products and services while sustaining their profitability. Tomorrow’s firms will need organization designs and approaches that promote both new ways of thinking as well as strong execution. In this workshop, we explore how firms from a variety of industries have attempted to reinvent themselves to build leading market positions.

DR. DAVID LEI is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has taught classes on competitive strategy, strategic alliances, innovation, managing in high-technology industries and organization design to a variety of participants across different MBA programs and executive education seminars. Dr. Lei is the author or co-author of over forty articles on strategy and organizational issues that have been published in major academic and practitioner journals, where his most recent research has examined how firms respond to new technological and competitive developments in high-technology industries.

May 5   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper   The Manager's Toolkit: Essentials to Successfully Lead Others

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Today employees are often promoted into managerial positions simply because they do well in their current role.  However, once promoted, these employees are rarely provided with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively manage and/or lead others.  In order to be successful and ensure the productivity of the people they supervise, managers need to develop a critical set of skills related to performance management, motivation, team  development, communication, delegation and priority management skills. This session will focus on equipping managers with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively manage people and increase productivity in their areas of responsibility. Participants will explore basic managerial concepts, discuss common situations and challenges, and learn how to apply specific strategies and tools to successfully manage people.

DR. ELLEN BURTS-COOPER is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve works across various industries, and has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is also an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program as well as an Ambassador for the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Targeted Solutions Tool.


May 20  -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Mr. Joel Garfinkle   Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level

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In this presentation, top executive coach and author Joel Garfinkle reveals his signature PVI model—Perception, Visibility, and Influence. While some people leave the fate of their careers in someone else's hands, others determine their future using these three critical skills. Through practical advice, true-to-life examples, and action-oriented tips, you'll learn how to create the right image, increase your profile across the organization, and exert influence by driving change and inspiring people. Leveraging the PVI model is critical if you want to move up to the next level.

mr. Joel Garfinkle has 17 yrs of first-hand experience working closely with thousands of executives, senior managers, directors and employees at the world’s leading companies. He is the author of 7 books and over 300+ articles on leadership. His executive coaching experience has provided him insight into the secrets of what turns business professionals into influential leaders. He is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in America and is one of the United State’s most sought after personal leadership coaches.

June 9   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Jackson Nickerson   Leading from the Middle: A Practical Approach

                                              to Achieving Extraordinary Results

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While much advice on leading change addresses challenges faced by the C-level suite, it is the leaders in the middle of the organization, the ones who commonly are tasked with building capabilities, who are on the hot seat. Unfortunately, few approaches to leading change are designed to help them succeed. This session introduces a new and specific set of processes to help mid-level leaders navigate their organizations so that they can succeed in building extraordinary capabilities. The program introduces four categories of stakeholders and describes that success depends on adopting Communications, Strategies, Tactics, and Sequencing (CoSTS) that are specific for each category. Participants will learn about these CoSTS for each category. They also will work through how the framework translates into practice their own organization so that they can use the processes the next day.

Dr. Jackson Nickerson is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.  He also is the Associate Dean and Director of Brookings Executive Education and a Senior Non-resident Scholar in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.  Jackson combines his engineering systems knowledge with an MBA and Ph.D. in Business Strategy both from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He is a globally recognized expert in organization design and its performance implications as well as in critical thinking for business decisions, for which the Olin Business School won the inaugural MBA Roundtable Innovator’s Award.

July 21  -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Robert Bies   Keeping People Motivated and Engaged In an Age of Instability

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This program will focus on the key leadership skills necessary for you and your team to survive--and, yes, even thrive--in this age of instability; it will show you how to re-kindle hope and trust. Specifically, this session focuses on strategies and techniques for communicating more effectively in times of change, including better ways to deliver bad news and ways to keep team performance strong in the face of adversity. 

We will identify motivational techniques that can sustain and energize your people--and yourself--in the most difficult of times. We will focus on how to build "buy-in" and ownership by people for the changes necessary to get through tough times. Finally, we will focus on strategies for taking control of change in the future, keeping your team upbeat, and maximizing performance when the "going" seems to be the toughest.

DR. ROBERT BIES (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor of Management and Founder of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. In addition, he is co-author of the book, Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge-And How to Stop It, which is published by Jossey-Bass.

August 12   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Marshall Goldsmith   The Manager as Coach: Cultivating Future Leaders

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Are you tired of hearing “do more with less”? Many people are already working as long and as hard as they can, and “productivity improvement” classes can be hard to swallow. Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro®, turns time management on its head and shows overwhelmed professionals how to actually DO LESS and ACHIEVE MORE. They’ll produce greater results and create significant impact on organizational goals. Laura teaches her latest thinking using this innovative workflow formula to reduce to-do lists, reduce commitments, reduce distractions, reduce the glut of information, reduce inefficiencies, and reduce energy expenditure. Past clients using these systems and methods report savings of 90 minutes a day and higher productivity than ever before!

Ms. Laura Stack, is the bestselling author of five books, including What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day (Berrett-Koehler 2012) SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best (Wiley, 2010) The Exhaustion Cure (Broadway Books, 2008), Find More Time (Broadway Books, 2006), and the bestselling Leave the Office Earlier (Broadway Books, 2004), which was hailed as “the best of the bunch” by the New York Times. Her newest work is Execution IS the Strategy.

September 16   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff   The Power of Innovative and Strategic Thinking

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Dr. Krippendorff presents his proven approach to developing innovative strategies in a one-day workshop designed for executives. This program will blend fundamental strategic concepts with cognitive science, systems thinking, and Eastern philosophy into a practical set of tools. In this seminar, he teaches the five key strategies that have been proven to drive growth, and he will show participants how to build their own company playbook filled with time-tested approaches. He will introduce the role that strategic narratives play in strategy, and attendees will leave with a set of tools to help them consistently identify and seize opportunities others overlook.

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a strategist, speaker, consultant, and best-selling author of four books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley). A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, he now writes one of the most popular blogs on, “Outthinkers”, and is recognized expert on innovation, strategy, and creativity, appearing in key business media outlets including Fox Business, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, and more. He has trained over 6,000 executives and entrepreneurs in his unique strategy approach, The Outthinker Process ®, and works with the leadership teams of a growing number of leading corporations

October 6   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Mr. Peter Krembs   Transitioning to Management: Leading Technical and Professional Groups

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It is not uncommon for people whose work is highly specialized to struggle with the transition to management or leadership positions. This session is for specialists - engineers, scientists, finance experts, information managers, insurance underwriters, lawyers, and health care specialists - who are now in a position to provide leadership to other technical/professional experts. This session will help participants define and distinguish leadership and management responsibilities in a technical or professional group or team. Questions about how to balance roles and how to motivate and lead other professional people will be explored. Those in lead positions, technical project managers or those who have recently moved into managing a technical or professional function will find this session most helpful. Anyone trying to coach or help a new technical manager make the transition to a leadership role will get useful ideas for how to accelerate the transition.

MR. PETER KREMBS is a co-author of On the Level, and his essay "Leadership Challenges in Technical Organizations" appears in the book Leadership in a New Era. He is a Managing Partner in Consulting Partners and is on the faculty of General Electric's Leadership Course. He specializes in working with engineers, scientists and other professionals making the transition to leadership roles.

October 27   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Noah Barsky   The One Day MBA: Essential Tools for World Class Performance

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All managers need a broad perspective to effectively deal with the complex challenges they face daily. To develop this skill, this one-day seminar presents many of the tools and techniques found in MBA programs today. Specifically, participants will examine how basic business processes drive financial results, learn how effective risk management can improve business planning and decision making, and explore how financial and non-financial measures can best be used to evaluate operating results.

Dr. Noah Barsky is currently a professor at the Villanova University School of Business, and periodically teaches as a visiting professor for the INSEAD MBA program in Europe. His research and teaching focus on performance measurement, business planning, risk assessment, and contemporary financial reporting issues. He earned his undergraduate and masters degrees from Penn State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Barsky delivers executive programs, management training, and educational seminars for various business organizations and professional associations in North America and Europe.

November 17   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. David Livermore   Cultural Intelligence: Skills for Leading Across Boarders and Cultures

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This one-day session will equip IMS participants to lead with cultural intelligence, or CQ. The session will include an introduction to the cultural intelligence model with a heavy emphasis upon its application to effective global leadership. Participants will be given examples and best practices for using cultural intelligence as they
 manage internal and external situations and relationships, and they will leave with an action plan for improving their cultural intelligence. Learning outcomes will include: Increased self-awareness of the role of culture upon one’s leadership; understanding of how to improve cultural intelligence in oneself and others; and improved effectiveness working with diverse team members and clients.

DR. DAVID LIVERMORE is a thought leader in cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership and the author of the new book, The Cultural Intelligence Difference. His book,  Leading with Cultural Intelligence, was named a best-seller in business by The Washington Post. He’s president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan and a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to leading the Cultural Intelligence Center, Dr. Livermore spent 20 years in leadership positions with a variety of non-profit organizations around the world and taught in universities. He’s a frequent speaker and adviser to leaders in Fortune 500`s, non-profits, and governments and has worked in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.)

December 10   -   2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


        Dr. Tim Ursiny   Effective Coaching Skills for Busy Managers

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The old ways of leading people are over. A "command and control" approach to leadership results in lack of alignment, conflict, low commitment, low accountability, lack of harmony and low profitability. Top performing managers know that a coaching approach to management yields greater results and yet, creating the time to coach is a major obstacle for many leaders. This program focuses on how to coach in a time-efficient manner that creates incredible buy-in and performance. In this highly interactive program. Participants will leave this session with the skills and processes necessary to create accountability, positive morale and phenomenal results in a time-efficient format.

Dr. Tim Ursiny, founder of Advantage Coaching & Training Inc., is a speaker and certified business coach specializing in helping individuals reach peak performance and life satisfaction. His areas of expertise include communication skills, team building, confidence, coaching skills and dealing with change. He has written or co-written 13 books including “The Coward’s Guide to Conflict” which is in its fourth printing. Dr. Tim is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics that benefit individuals in the workplace and personal life.

                     2015 Registration Fees - $425           Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM           All "IMSQuickCoach" Session

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Last Updated 03/15/15