HBA GP Executive Women’s Breakfast - Leading Change in Turbulent Times: A Practical Approach to Improving Organizational Agility

Over 40 fabulous women attended the 4Q Executive Women’s Breakfast at the beautiful Villanova Conference Center. They were treated to the expertise of Barry Dornfeld and Monica Heuer of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR).

Over 40 fabulous women attended the 4Q Executive Women’s Breakfast at the beautiful Villanova Conference Center. They were treated to the expertise of Barry Dornfeld and Monica Heuer of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR).

Dornfeld and Heuer told the audience that agility requires direction, speed, connectedness and alignment and that leaders should look for the key restraint, or bottleneck, in the process as that it what affects the speed of which the process is performed. The presenters gave sound advice in recommending that one take a “portfolio approach” to change management by focusing on the strategic importance, following the energy, leveraging the efforts, looking for linkages across initiatives and keeping options open at a minimum cost.

In order to create something new, the process sometimes requires disruption and shakeup before the challenge can be embraced, evolved and finally changed for the better. The model goes from command and control to distributed decision making; from process and compliance to creativity and autonomy; from hierarchy to collaboration; from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation; and finally from obedience to negotiation.

Patience and persistence are required in the effort to align energies, interests and behaviors with desired strategy. The presentations themselves were refreshing and filled with anecdotal examples of which all members of the audience could relate to and view with fresh eyes.

The executive women in attendance benefited from the expert presentations, shared experiences and networking opportunities as noted in the following feedback:

  • The content and presenters were excellent.
  • The program was relevant, useful and engaging and allowed me to get to know my table mates.
  • I loved the ability to interact with other high-quality, executive women and share best practices and ideas with my peer group.
  • The speakers were great. I liked how they focused on the process side of change management.

 

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