New Thinking for Today's Leader: Communicating and Gaining Acceptance for New Ideas
The topic of leadership, in the broadest sense, has been a frequent subject of HSATM Roundtable meetings. As we embark upon our 18th year of Roundtables, we have chosen " New Thinking for Today's Leader" as the core theme for the 2010 meetings.
These meetings will not be discussions of traditional leadership. Rather, drawing on contemporary research and current case studies, we will focus on how leaders, at all levels,think -- or should think -- when they confront situations of complexity and uncertainty. In effect, these meetings are intended to comprise a mini think tank on leadership, especially with regard to decision-making, crises, strategy, change and transformation. As always, meetings will address, as the year proceeds, specific situations or challenges for leadership thinking based upon inputs from HSATM Partners.
The first Roundtable meeting for 2010 will be held on February 17 and will be hosted by ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ . Tony LeStorti will lead us on the topic Communicating and Gaining Acceptance for New Ideas.
In the past, it was thought sufficient for leaders to proclaim a strategy or change initiative, and results would follow. It was also thought that great ideas would sell themselves; people would just need to be made aware of them. But our reality is that most change initiatives fail, many business strategies go unrealized, and great potential innovations suffer in-house death. In this meeting, we will focus on the (greater than expected) challenge of proposing and gaining acceptance for new ideas, a crucial first step in leadership.
Areas of exploration will include especially ideas for innovations, new business processes or strategies, and change initiatives -- all key responsibilities of leaders. We will look at the multidimensional challenge that leaders, at all levels, face in moving a department, a business or an organization forward. We will explore the special challenges around gaining understanding and acceptance for novel proposals and/or the need for change. We will look at key aspects of motivation and the requirement for multiple supporting efforts in order to produce real, sustainable results. As always, we will aim for participants to leave with a repertoire of strategies and specific tactics to use in their organizations immediately.
ARDEC is kindly hosting lunch from 11:30-12:30. The Roundtable session will be held from 12:30 - 4:00 PM. Please register with Sharen Glennon ( Sharen.Glennon@stevens.edu or 201-216-5381). Directions to Picatinny are at http://www.pica.army.mil/PicatinnyPublic/about/visitors_guide/directions.asp
If you are joining us for lunch, please plan to arrive at Picatinny by 11:00 AM. That will give you time to get through Security, drive to the Club and mingle a bit before the meeting. If you are not joining us for lunch, please plan on arriving by noon.
If you have pre-registered with Sharen, do not go to the Visitor Control Building at the entrance. Instead, proceed to the Security check in the middle of the road and tell the guard you are attending the Stevens Howe School Alliance meeting at the Club. The guard will give you a car pass. Your vehicle and bags may be inspected. Proceed to the traffic light -- bear all the way to the right. At the Y in the road, bear to the left. Parking for the Club will be on your left. The front door is at the right under the covered area.