IMS/Detroit - 2017 Program Schedule  

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


       The Art of Diagnosis: Solving the Right Problem the First Time - Dr. Jackson Nickerson

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How often do you walk into a meeting called to tackle a problem and within the first few minutes, participants already are debating about a solution? Jumping to a solution is one of the most prevalent and pernicious maladies in organizations, which leads to delayed problem solving, high costs, and sluggish responsiveness that can demoralize an entire organization. The Art of Diagnosis provides new insights into how individuals and teams can solve the right problem the first time. The critical challenge is that all too often when tackling problems, individuals and teams suffer from a set of biases and impediments that cause them to focus on problem solving. In contrast, this program focuses on the art of comprehensively formulating problems before solving them. Participants will learn a variety of specific and proven processes to help them and their teams solve the right problem the first time.

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.  A prior systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MSME from U.C. Berkeley, Jackson combines his engineering systems knowledge with and 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.  

October 24 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM-4 PM  An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


    Dealing with Difficult People: Bringing Out the Best in Others Dr. Rick Brinkman


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This program is based on the bestselling book Dealing With People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, (McGraw-Hill) co-authored by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner.   Dr. Brinkman says, “Communication is like a phone number, you need all the correct digits and in the right order.” Dr. Rick will share his proven strategies to handle: Whining, Negativity, Attacks, Tantrums, Snipers, Know-it-Alls, Think-They- Know-it-Alls, as well as Yes, Maybe and Nothing people.   Dr. Brinkman teaches Conscious Communication® which is based on the belief that good communication skills are the foundation of all relationships and the lifeblood of effective leadership, teamwork, and service. 

Dr. Rick Brinkman is the developer of Conscious Communication™ program and the principal of Rick Brinkman Productions, Inc., a training and development company. He is author of numerous books including the international bestseller Dealing With People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst (McGraw Hill), which has been translated into 15 languages. He was one of only 15 people the Tom Peters group approved to do the public excellence seminars.

November 14 - Registration Fees - $425  Sessions 9 AM - 4 PM An "IMSQuickCoach" Session


       Leading AND Managing: 7 Strategies to Help You Excel at Both - Dr. Ann Tardy


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This session will explore the essential strategies and techniques required to powerfully lead and manage simultaneously from the same role. Being a manager is one of the most arduous and yet most valuable roles in any organization. The challenge lies in dealing with the expectations of those above and below you while also contributing to people's success around you. When you master this, you will discover how to impact any organization from the middle. You will leave this class with the skills needed to powerfully evolve into a successful Manager. 

Ms. Ann Tardy is a former Silicon Valley corporate attorney and has worked alongside some of the best and brightest lawyers, entrepreneurs, VCs, and business owners. She was honored as an Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association and honored with the Vanguard Award from The McGraw-Hill Companies for her contributions to their employees. She earned a B.S. in Accountancy from University of Illinois, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent Law School, a CPA from Illinois, and license to practice law in Illinois and California.

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


     Ingenious Leadership: Fostering a Climate of Innovation - Mr. Mitch Ditkoff

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Innovation is “in” these days. The word is on the lips of every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many organizations are launching all kinds of "innovation initiatives" -- hoping to stir the creative soup and differentiate themselves from the competition. This is commendable. But it is also, all too often, disappointing. Why? Because too much attention is being paid to process and too little attention is being paid to people and the art of fostering the kind of organizational culture that is the wellspring of innovation. Participants, in this seminar, will have an engaging, hand on opportunity to think deeply about change, creativity, commitment and what they can do, in the next 90 days, to jump start a sustainable culture of innovation within their respective spheres of influence.

Mr. Mitch Ditkoff is the co-founder and President of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company, headquartered in Woodstock, NY. He specializes in helping forward thinking organizations go beyond business as usual, originate breakthrough products and services, and establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation. Educated at Lafayette College and Brown University, Mr. Ditkoff has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies who have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today`s rapidly changing marketplace.

Since 1994 over 27,000 managers and executives have participated in our Detroit monthly programs. Our “best-in-class” faculty speakers have designed their development workshops to improve your performance as an individual and a leader.  If you can not find what you are looking for, please contact us.

Last Updated 09/18/17