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Unleashing the Power of Play with Emmy award winner Gwen Gordon

Posted by Melissa Sweat on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - Unleashing the Power of Play with Emmy award winner Gwen Gordon

Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Gwen_Gordon_100x100Most of us have been raised to think of play as a frivolous distraction from the serious business of living. But what if we got it backwards? What if play is the essential ingredient for our individual and collective well-being?

Join Gwen as she turns the work ethic on its head and connects some surprising dots to show how a play movement is emerging in every area of life, and why our future as a species depends on it. 

Key takeaways

  • The evolutionary context for the play movement

  • Why play? The costs when we don't, the benefits when we do

  • A bird's eye view of the play movement... everywhere!

  • How the future of work is play

  • Tips for turning proving grounds and battlefields into playgrounds

About the presenter

Gwen Gordon, MA is an Emmy award winning writer and creative director who began a life of play building Muppets for Sesame Street. She left the “Street” to join an Apple research group at the MIT Media Lab where she built playstations for children. Gwen has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison. She earned her masters degree in philosophy and is a pioneer in the field of adult developmental play, publishing and teaching widely on the subject.

Gwen has applied her insights to the design of programs for companies including IDEO and PepsiCo, groups ranging from life coaches to TSA security officers, and for popular films including “What the Bleep Do We Know?!,” and “The Story of Stuff.” Gwen currently blogs for Huffington Post and is producing a PBS special about play called NOW Playing. 

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Topics: wellness, business results, productivity, Lunch & Learn Webinars, collaboration

The Gen Z Effect and the Future of Business with Author Tom Koulopoulos

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 07:28 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - The Gen Z Effect and the Future of Business with Author Tom Koulopoulos

Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Tom Koulopoulos The Gen Z EffectGen Z is not just the latest generation but rather a distinct set of behaviors that are going to change business in ways we are just beginning to understand. Join Tom as he shares the ground-breaking research and insights from his latest book, The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business.

Key takeaways

  • How the world's changing demographics are going to impact every economic and social institution

  • The unimagined scale and effect of Hyperconnectivity

  • Turning the world into your classroom

  • The shift from Affluence to Influence

  • The bright side of hacking

Praise for The Gen Z Effect by Tom Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen

"For years, I have experienced enterprises losing the wisdom of generations because of generational divides. This book offers hope and prescription for stemming that loss. It comes at a critical time in the evolution of organizations."

-Jim Champy, author of Reengineering the Corporation

"Working with some of the world's largest retailers I see first hand how critical it is to understand and integrate The Gen Z Effect into an organization's strategy for growth. Tom and Dan provide a clear view of the disruptive force that Gen Z is already having on our businesses and our world, as well as the sort of future we can all look forward to."

-Stephanie Fischer, president & CEO of the Global Retail Marketing Association

About the presenter

Tom Koulopoulos is acknowledged as one of the industry’s leading futurists. He is the author of ten books and founder of Delphi Group, a 20-year-old Boston-based think tank, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine. Delphi provides advice on innovation practices and methods to Global 2000 organizations and government agencies. Tom is also a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Perot Systems Innovation Lab, which was acquired in 2009 by Dell Computer.
 
Named one of the industry’s most influential consultants by InformationWeek magazine, his articles and market insights appear frequently in national and international print and broadcast media such as BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, CNBC, CNN and NPR. Geoff James of CBS Interactive Media called Tom “one of the truly deep thinkers in the arena of technology and culture.” Forbes.com named Tom one of its Business Visionaries with “an incisive view of world trade.”
 
Mr. Koulopoulos’ ten books include his most recent, The Gen Z Effect; Cloud Surfing; The Innovation Zone; and Corporate Instinct.
 
His work has been praised by luminaries such as Peter Drucker and Tom Peters who called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” And according to the late Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

Topics: generations in the workplace, business results, Lunch & Learn Webinars, management, leadership

Effective Strategies to Manage Conflict at Work

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - Effective Strategies to Manage Conflict at Work

Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Lorraine Segal

Unresolved conflict can affect productivity and satisfaction at work. While it is human to have disagreements, effective communication skills can turn these into opportunities to deepen mutual understanding, solve problems creatively, and co-exist peacefully. Lorraine will introduce some essential conflict management skills, including:
  • Understanding conflict and its sources.

  • Positive strategies for effective communication to resolve/avoid conflict.

  • A 15-second technique to cool down conflict which you can use at any time.

About the presenter

Lorraine Segal is a communication and forgiveness specialist, a certified conflict management coach, and trainer through her business, ConflictRemedy.com. She teaches these skills at Sonoma State University and St. Joseph Health LifeLearning Center. For more information about Lorraine’s coaching, mediation, and training services, please visit her website/blog at www.ConflictRemedy.com, e-mail her at lorraine@conflictremedy.com or call her at (707) 236-8079.

Topics: generations in the workplace, human resources, Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars, management, collaboration, team work, leadership

Leadership BEYOND Gender: Transcend Limiting Mindsets to Become an Engaging Leader

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:13 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - Leadership BEYOND Gender: Transcend Limiting Mindsets to Become an Engaging Leader

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Valencia RayWe all have blind spots we are not aware of, and if we knew how to eliminate them, we could more easily expand the vision for our lives and leadership. Leadership Beyond Gender addresses the root of our blind spots and ways to recognize how to access your brain to perform at your very best. Mindset is at the root of effective organizational change and an engaging culture. Practical neuroscience based exercises and tools will be shared for getting unstuck, raise self-awareness, and reduce stress for more health and vitality.

Key takeaways

  • Learn what is at the root of ineffective leadership communication and team development

  • Recognize how brain-created “self-fulfilling prophecy” limits leadership potential

  • Tips and strategies to begin to understand how to “optimally operate” your amazing brain

About the presenter

VALENCIA RAY, M.D. is a consultant and executive coach for organizations that want to help their executives perform at their very best. She is also a dynamic speaker and trainer who helps to restore vision by shining the light on the core issues that get in people’s way of achieving their true potential. By eliminating these blind spots, her clients become more focused on a daily basis, experience more confidence in themselves and their talents, build more momentum toward their dreams and goals and feel more passion for their work, career and life.

Topics: Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars, management, team work, leadership

Speak Like a Pro: Practical Tips to Propel Your Confidence, Delivery, and Impact

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 03:05 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - Speak Like a Pro: Practical Tips to Propel Your Confidence, Delivery, and Impact

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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describe the imageWe all get nervous before major speaking opportunities — our body is going into a predictable fight or flight response from being isolated on an open plane, with dozens of eyeballs staring at us. The question is, do you know the insider tips and tricks to harness those nerves and use them to your advantage to positively influence audiences and build your business?

In this webinar, based on years of international speaking experience and over five years on the Training & Development team at Google, Jenny will share practical tips to improve your confidence, delivery, and impact while speaking in front of others.

These skills will help with everything from internal presentations to client meetings to larger speaking engagements, and ensure that your audiences walk away feeling inspired and motivated to action.

Key takeaways

  • How to structure a presentation effectively to enact positive behavior change

  • The brain science behind how to practice your delivery to nail your content without notes

  • Physiological tips for calming nerves

  • Pointers for delivering your speech in an engaging, concise manner

About the presenter

Jenny Blake is an author, blogger, life coach, Googler and yoga teacher. She has worked at Google for over five years in training, coaching & career development. Prior to Google and halfway through her junior year at UCLA, Jenny took a leave of absence to help launch a political polling start-up company with her college professor and mentor. She returned to finish at UCLA in the spring of 2005. The experience of leaving school before her friends inspired her to start a blog, LifeAfterCollege.org, which she has now translated into a book. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want is a portable life coach for 20-somethings, filled with tips, quotes and coaching exercises to help people focus on the BIG picture of their lives…not just the details.

Topics: career, Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars

The Employee Engagement Trap: How HR should approach the "Employee Experience"

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 07:50 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - The Employee Engagement Trap: How HR should approach the "Employee Experience"

Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Christine MellonEmployee engagement efforts have become a primary focus for HR Leaders and the C-Suite in the past decade, yielding results that consistently seem to show alarming numbers of disengaged employees. As a result, many companies find themselves falling into reactive and scattered approaches to solve this perceived problem.

The tide is shifting, however, and organizations and HR leaders are starting to realize that engagement, as it has been previously defined and measured, may not be the best or most accurate view of the employer-employee relationship or overall employee commitment.

Join Christine Mellon, VP of Human Capital Management Transformation with Oracle, for an insightful discussion around what matters most to employees and how organizations should start viewing the totality of the employee experience.

Key takeaways

  • Hear what the most basic misunderstanding is in HR around Employee Engagement

  • Find out the difference between Employee “Engagement” and Employee Experience

  • Learn the 3 top “wrong” assumptions that most engagement surveys make

  • Hear how HR can take a positive, valid approach that strengthens the Employer-Employee relationship and builds a positive Employee Experience

About the presenter

Christine Mellon, VP of Human Capital Management Transformation at Oracle, has over 20 years of diverse experience in HR. She has held consulting and corporate roles, including CHRO positions. As CHRO for Echostar in Denver, Christine led HR for 3,000+ employees in over 20 global locations. Christine also served as CHRO for Aepona, a startup software firm, where she established and elevated global HR practices toward the end goal of acquisition. Christine is a resource to Oracle clients, to assist in Human Capital Management strategy development and implementation, compensation practices, talent development initiatives, employee engagement, global HR management, and integrated HR systems and processes that support the full employee lifecycle.

Complimentary Webinar on 2/6/14: How to Use Design Thinking to Create an Innovation Company Culture

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - How to Use Design Thinking to Create an Innovation Company Culture

Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Reinhold SteinbeckEdgard Charles StuberNeed to find innovative solutions for your everyday challenges, or develop new opportunities that really meet the needs of your users and customers? Want to create and nurture an innovative culture in your group or in your organization?

More than ever before, innovation is necessary in every aspect of business. That is the key sentiment shared by CEOs from all major companies and organizations.

Accelerated by the spectacular rise of Apple and IDEO, Design Thinking has emerged as one of the key approaches better suited for dealing with the increasing pressures for innovation faced by so many firms and their managers than business’ traditional analytic methods. Design Thinking is a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to products, services, experiences, and business models.

The webinar will give participants a glimpse into design thinking and offer this methodology as a unique approach that will enhance their ability to drive innovation across their teams and organization.

Key takeaways

  • An overview of Design Thinking as an innovation strategy

  • Examples that demonstrate the power of human-centered innovation

  • Eight concrete steps that participants can implement to improve innovation in their work

  • Recommended resources and events

About the presenters

describe the imageReinhold Steinbeck is a design innovation consultant, educator and researcher impacting the business, education, public and social enterprise sectors via design thinking. He has worked in Silicon Valley in leading positions in the field of technology, education, and design for over 20 years, including the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning and the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer. Most recently, Reinhold was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo where he started and directed the Laboratório de Design, Inovação e Criatividade (d-USPLeste). Reinhold is Co-Founder and Partner of IntoActions, a Design Innovation Consultancy.

describe the imageEdgard Stuber is an innovation specialist. He has over 30 years of experience working as senior executive in the areas of research and development, marketing, sales, strategic planning and innovation with multinational companies in the automotive parts industry and machinery sector. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and frequently lectures on innovation and design thinking. He is trained as an engineer and holds an MBA as well as a Master in Design. Edgard is Co-Founder and Partner of IntoActions, a Design Innovation Consultancy.

Topics: business results, Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars, leadership

Complimentary Webinar on 12/12/13: Visual interview with Pierre Khawand about his new book “Time For Leadership” by best selling author David Sibbet

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, Dec 05, 2013 @ 02:55 PM

Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 12:00-12:50 PM Pacific Time

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Pierre Khawand

describe the imageIn this session, you will listen and participate in this conversation with Pierre Khawand in which he will reveal some of the breakthrough concepts in his new book (Time for Leadership: The Accomplishing More in Less Time, Less Effort, and Less Stress Leadership Journey) while at the same time, guest interviewer David Sibbet (bestselling author of Visual Meetings, Visual Teams, and Visual Leaders) illustrates the conversation graphically.

Join us in this one-of-a-kind “visual interview” and this imperative discussion. It “is” time for leadership. This means that it is time to step up and broaden the reach of leadership to all levels within the organization and create a leading organization. Time for leadership also means making “time” for leading. Leaders who don’t have time aren’t leading. Time for leadership is an awakening in modern leadership.

Chances to win books and more

  • During this lunch & learn we will be awarding 5 copies of Pierre Khawand’s Time for Leadership and 5 copies of David Sibbet’s Visual Leaders.

  • In addition, if you get Time for Leadership at Amazon and submit a review by the end of December 2013, you will receive an 80% scholarship on our upcoming leadership program, and a chance to win an Amazon kindle. Details are at: http://www.people-onthego.com/specials

About Pierre Khawand

Pierre KhawandPierre Khawand has led several technology ventures and completed successful mergers and acquisitions. He founded People-OnTheGo in 2001 to enable business professionals to communicate and collaborate more effectively using leading-edge technologies. His bestselling “Accomplishing More With Less Workshop” and "The Accomplishing More In Less Time, Less Effort, and Less Stress Leadership Program" enable business professionals to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. He has published Time for Leadership, The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook, Accomplishing More With Google Apps, The Results Curve, and The New New Inbox

About David Sibbet

describe the imageDavid Sibbet is president and founder of The Grove Consultants International (www.grove.com), a San-Francisco based firm that supports organizations, teams and individuals to envision their futures and deal with change. He was involved with the growth of Apple Computer in the 1980s, worked at HP and Agilent for many years, leading strategic visioning sessions for groups and divisions and developing leadership programs and change projects.David Sibbet is the best selling author of Visual Meetings, Visual Teams, and Visual Leaders.

Topics: productivity, collaboration, leadership

Complimentary Webinar on 12/5/13: Publishing Your eBook for Greater Business Impact

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - Publishing Your eBook for Greater Business Impact

Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Dalya Massachi 100x100Looking for a new way to attract and engage prospective customers? Today’s audiences bypass much of the hype of traditional advertising. Instead, they want relevant and useful content that they can act on right away. Are you offering them that?

Earn their business and loyalty by offering them a content-rich “free-mium”: an ebook (or two). You can use ebooks to showcase your expertise while building your brand’s credibility and market reach. An ebook is an excellent way to deliver content directly to your target audience. Not only will you build visibility, but you will also carve out a niche as an ‘author’-ity in your field.

A vital component of your overall marketing stategy, ebook marketing is about creating content that knows no bounds and can be recycled across all of your communication channels (online and offline).

Key takeaways

  • Top 3 myths about today’s book and ebook publishing

  • Advice on how to write your ebook for the most impact

  • Introduction to independent publishing (what to expect and how to get started

  • Recommended resources and free checklists for taking the next

About the presenter

Dalya Massachi is the award-winning author of the 2011 independently published book, “Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.” This rich resource gives change agents the license to engage their readers with authority, clarity, and values. Dalya now serves as the project manager and editor for several other independently published books and ebooks. Check out her free newsletter and conference call series at: WritingToMakeADifference.com.

Topics: business writing, business results, Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars

Complimentary Webinar on 11/7/13 - An 'Agile' State of Mind: How Agile software development & values power productivity (in business and beyond)

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Lunch & Learn Webinar - An 'Agile' State of Mind: How Agile software development & values power productivity (in business and beyond)

Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time

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Volker Frank 100x100Agile software development is moving from a fringe phenomenon to a mainstream idea that corporate America is taking seriously. With more companies willing to change the way they work, the stories and case studies vary from productivity miracles to complete disasters.

What is Agile? Why should you care even if you are not developing software? How is it relevant to your personal life? Join us for a complimentary presentation by Volker Frank, an executive coach, trainer, and "Agilist". He will provide us with a high-level overview about new ways of organizing work and collaboration that is designed to deal with the ambiguities and complexities of our time. Beyond specific software engineering practices, Agile is a state of mind, a different way of thinking about planning, and an approach that deliberately focuses learning in situations where we can't know and can't control future outcomes.

Key takeaways

  • Agile at a high level

  • Agile values and principles with lessons beyond software and work

  • The difference between wishful thinking and planning for the unknown

  • Accountability that supports continuous learning

  • And how the scientific method can inform our everyday lives

About the presenter

Volker Frank supports technology driven businesses improve their ability to deliver high quality products, quickly respond to changing customer demands and market conditions, and drive innovation. The center of effort is the ability to make business and product decisions based on generating customer value and build high-performance teams through cultural change and great leadership.

Volker brings a unique blend of experiences in technology, leadership development and coaching to his work with clients. He has 12 years of experience in software consulting, UX design, business analysis and product strategy. His involvement in technology driven change initiatives gives him a deep sense for organizational change and organizational development. He provides leadership and agile transformation trainings in combination with team and executive coaching for corporations, medium sized companies and start-ups.

Volker is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master of Design from the University of Cincinnati. He has 10 years of experience in organizational systems work (Systemic Constellations) and is a certified NLP Master Practitioner.

Topics: Technology, business results, productivity, Lunch & Learn Webinar, Lunch & Learn Webinars, collaboration

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