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The Infinite Game

Key Highlights

  1. See that we are all players in both finite and infinite games, in our work and lives, and be able to distinguish the difference between the two
  2. Learn the five practices that are required to lead in an infinite game: Just Cause, Trusting Teams, Worthy Rival, Existential Flexibility and the Courage to Lead
  3. Explore a new way of looking at your leadership and your organization and the environment in which it operates

Description

We can't choose the game. We can't choose the rules. We can only choose how we play.

In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified.

In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.

The more we begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more we can see that infinite games are all around us. We will realize that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders are playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance.

The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future.

The ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it.

Speakers

Simon Sinek

Stephen Shedletzky

Heath Slawner

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Key Highlights

  • Shift your perspective on the role of leadership and hear why good leadership can make a lifelong impact.
  • Learn how to build a safe environment and ensuring that team members feel they can bring all that they are to their job each day.
  • Discover how to create a culture that gives people the confidence to solve their own problems.
  • Explore everyday leadership behaviors that reflect your organization’s values.

Description

In this fast-paced, interactive keynote, Kristen Hadeed shares what she’s learned as an entrepreneur who built a company known for its industry-leading retention rate, its culture of trust, accountability and empowerment. Funny, bold and brutally honest, she brings practical tools she’s developed to create a work environment where people thrive because they know their work matters—a place where everyone is a leader. She challenges her audience to reflect on their current culture and to be honest when discussing the things that need to change, leaving participants inspired to take action as soon as she leaves the stage.

Speaker

Kristen Hadeed

Bridge the Gap: Create an Environment where All Generations Work Together in Harmony

Key Highlights

  • Learn practical ways to attract and retain the next generation.
  • Understand how generational differences contribute to communication and working styles and learn how to bridge the gap.
  • Gain tangible tools to help people excel in relationship-building, problem-solving, giving and receiving feedback, and taking ownership of their own growth and development.
  • Break down stereotypes and discuss how to create a culture where people are loyal, productive, and highly engaged, regardless of generation, rank, or position.

Description

By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the working world. They are our future customers, our future coworkers, and our future leaders. If that idea scares you, allow Kristen to change your mind: She says, “So what?” New generations entering the workforce isn’t a new phenomenon, and it’s not something that will go away. After millennials come Gen Z. And after Gen Z, it’s Gen Alpha. The only constant is change, and the fact is that organizations that embrace it and adapt are going to outperform the ones that don’t in the long run.

As both a millennial herself and someone who has employed thousands of millennials over the last decade, Kristen will teach you what it takes to attract and retain the next generation. But most importantly, she’ll inspire you to look beyond the stereotypes and create an environment that brings out the best in everyone: a place where people of all generations can thrive, contribute, collaborate, and work together in harmony.

Speaker

Kristen Hadeed

Permission to Screw Up

Key Highlights

  • Understand the difference between a management mindset and a leadership mindset
  • Reframe failure as an opportunity to build resilience
  • Reveal the courage and commitment it takes to be a leader
  • Learn how to inspire change, no matter your rank or position

Description

In this session, Kristen shares the story of how she went from being an almost comically inept leader to a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead.

When she launched her company more than a decade ago, Kristen was a college student with zero leadership experience. Giving out hugs instead of critical feedback, fixing errors instead of holding people accountable, micromanaging instead of empowering, and hiding behind emails instead of cultivating meaningful relationships were just a few of her many mistakes. But Kristen’s willingness to admit and learn from her mistakes propelled her to build a successful company that has since employed thousands of millennials and is widely recognized for its focus on building the next generation of leaders.

Kristen dismisses the idea that leaders always have it all figured out. Building on the themes in her book, Permission to Screw Up, she’ll inspire people at every level to reach their leadership potential, no matter their experience or rank on the totem pole.

Speaker

Kristen Hadeed

Start With Why

Key Highlights

  1. Explore why WHAT we do becomes more powerful when we know WHY we do it.
  2. Learn how the WHY can act as a filter, giving us an alternative perspective on our organizations, careers and even our lives.
  3. See the reason human connection through trust and authenticity is vital to an organization’s success.

Description

Any person or organization can explain what they do, some can explain how they are different or better, but very few can clearly articulate why. The WHY is not about money or profit — those are results. The WHY is the thing that inspires us and inspires those around us.

Examples like Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Wright Brothers prove that great leaders think, act, and communicate in the exact same way — and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. The Golden Circle is a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Speakers

Stephen Shedletzky
Heath Slawner
Matt Dunsmoor

How Great Teams and Organizations Pull Together

Key Highlights

  • Discover how the foundation of any strong culture is a clear and simple WHY—the higher cause or purpose that drives the organization.
  • Learn how we are biologically wired to trust and collaborate when we are in the right environments.
  • Discuss how leader are responsible for setting the tone of the environment we all need in order to be at our best.

Description

Some organizations have cultures where their people are able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other cultures, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

This keynote draws on Simon Sinek’s two books, Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last. Understand the reason simply knowing or believing the WHY is not enough. Once people are united by a common cause, there must be a strong culture that keeps them together. The result is deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their vision and their organization's interests. The result is a positive impact for everyone involved.

Speakers

Stephen Shedletzky
Heath Slawner

Leaders Eat Last

Key Highlights

  • Discuss how deep, trusting relationships are built—the kind of relationships that can withstand the inevitable pressures and dangers all organizations face.
  • Learn how choosing to protect our people before our numbers can actually inspire our people to take care of the numbers in the long term.
  • Explore why leadership is not an event, but a process that is developed from simple, everyday actions.

Description

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, and then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care. This principle has been true since the earliest tribes of hunters and gatherers. It’s not a management theory; it’s biology.

When we create an environment where people feel like they belong and operate in a “Circle of Safety” the result is trust and collaboration—allowing people to spend their time and energy working together toward a higher cause that inspires them, rather than spending their time and energy protecting themselves from each other.

Speakers

Stephen Shedletzky
Heath Slawner