Senior Executive Roundtables & Leadership Lectures
About Our Next Roundtable
Jazz & the Art of Leadership: Using the Tools of Improvisation to Lead in Unscripted Moments
April 1, 2016 – 1:30 pm to 5 pm
How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Here’s what the world’s best leaders do: they improvise.
Improvisation in business is not so different from a jazz musician, who produces a new tune on the fly, drawing from experience and context, collaborating with fellow musicians to draw out the most interesting notes and turning mistakes into part of the music.
We’ll turn our attention to Jazz and the Art of Leadership at our next Senior Executive Roundtable, to develop the tools of improvisation and experimentation.
At the piano and the podium will be organizational leadership guru Dr. Frank Barrett, also an accomplished jazz pianist who toured the globe with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Together, we’ll develop our ability to improvise through:
- Learning to identify and say yes to the best of what exists
- Embracing errors as a source of learning
- Balancing freedom and constraint
- Taking turns soloing and supporting
- Strategically experimenting to produce innovative results
Walk away better equipped to lead in unscripted moments and to collaborate with your team. Take home leadership lessons from the geniuses of jazz.
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 1:30 to 5 pm
Benedictine University | Lisle, IL
$175/pp – discounts available for groups
Barrett is a globally recognized management expert and the author of Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz, published by Harvard Business Review Press. He is Professor of Management and Global Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.
Special Offer for Prospective Doctoral Students
On the morning of April 1, before the Roundtable, we will host our first on-campus open house for prospective students of the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership. Visit www.cvdl.org/openhouse to register, and to receive a discount code for Roundtable registration.
About the Senior Executive Roundtables
The Senior Executive Roundtables are an ongoing series designed to inform and inspire senior executives who are committed to leading at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and business results.
These invitation-only events are for senior executives – Presidents, CEOs, C-level Executives, and others – who are committed to strategic, values-driven leadership. They are ‘roll-up your sleeves’ learning experiences that utilize a dynamic mix of presentation and interaction, giving you and your senior team a new perspective on the leadership and direction of your company.
- November 11, 2016 – speaker to be announced in 2016
- March 31, 2017 – speaker to be announced in 2016
For more information contact Amber Johnson at email@example.com.
Bring Your Leadership Team
The CVDL’s Roundtables are specifically designed to accommodate leadership teams. By bringing your senior team, your organization will:
- Gain access to top name thinkers and authors at a fraction of the cost of hosting the speaker on your own;
- Start conversations and spark innovation organization-wide;
- Quickly identify transferable concepts and leave the Roundtable with action steps in place;
- Meet and exchange ideas with executives from other companies while still having time for deep-diving into valuable conversations with your team.
“Bringing my leadership team to the Roundtable was like a one-day intensive retreat: we left with new ideas we were ready to implement as a team.”
– Jeff Swallow, CEO, Magnetrol
Unable to bring a team? No problem. The CVDL will place you at a table of your peers, ensuring exceptional networking opportunities and vibrant conversation in a hands-on learning environment.
The Center for Values-Driven Leadership brings the world’s leading experts together with top executives to create a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Previous speakers at the Senior Executive Roundtables include:
Kevin Ashton, MIT-technologist, serial entrepreneur, and best-selling author of How to Fly a Horse
Bruce Avolio, Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership and the Executive Director of the Foster Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington
Maureen Beal, CEO of National Van Lines, one of the U.S.’s largest woman-owned businesses
Mike Birck, Chairman and founder of telecommunications firm Tellabs
Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University and author of Resonant Leadership and Primal Leadership
Julie Brautigam, director of sustainability, ethics and compliance at Baxter International
Jacqueline Cambata, President, StarPort Aviation
Abby Cheesman, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Skill Scout
Kim Cameron, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan
John Coyle, senior vice president and innovation-catalyst at Maddock Douglas
Stu Hart, SC Johnson Chair for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University and founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.
JoAnn Jackson, Vision Realization Officer, Integrated Project Management
Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future
Jason Kolb, Chief Technology Officer, Uptake
Jim Kouzes, leadership expert and bestselling author of “Credibility”
Bill Pasmore, Visiting Profressor of Social-Organizational Psychology at Columbia University
Bill Pollard, former CEO of ServiceMaster and a best-selling author
David Small, VP of global learning for McDonald’s Corporation
Raj Sisodia, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and the Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College
Paul Spiegelman, CEO of BerylHealth and Inc. magazine columnist
Julie Reiter, VP of HR at Clarke
Tom Walter, CEO and co-founder of Tasty Catering, and author of It’s My Company Too!
David Ziegler, chair of the board of directors for Ace Hardware Corporation
CEOs and other senior leaders from the following organizations have participated in previous Roundtables:
*Mention in this list does not guarantee attendance at future events.
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