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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For this event, the time-zone is Central Time Zone.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

11:30-12:30 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.

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.
3:10-3:30 PM

Stretch Break

3:30-4:40 PM
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A growing number of organizations recognize the value in building a coaching culture that offers employees at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. However, strong coaching cultures aren’t built overnight.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the latest research on coaching in organizations, learn from organizations that have built thriving coaching cultures and engage in generative conversations with your peers.

Workshop participants will:

  • Hear case-study presentations from organizations with coaching programs that fulfill rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, shape organizational culture, and yield discernible and measurable positive impacts.
  • Discover tools for starting or advancing the coaching conversation in their organization.
  • Identify which metrics matter most to their organization when it comes to measuring the impact of coaching
  • Learn how to lay the foundation for benchmarking and measuring the impact of coaching

Thursday, September 27, 2018

7:30-10:00 AM

Registration

7:30-8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30-8:50 AM

Chairman's Welcome Remarks

10:00-10:10 AM
Presenter:
Presenter:
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.

10:10-11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

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
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.

2:00-2:10 PM

Room Change

2:50-3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

4:10-4:20 PM

Room Change

5:00-6:00 PM

Networking Cocktail Party

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:30-10:00 AM

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
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
10:15-11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:35-11:45 AM

Room Change

12:20-1:20 PM

Lunch

2:30-2:40 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.

2:40-2:50 PM

Room Change

2:50-4:00 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