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The Science of Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create and Agile Culture

  • 12 Nov 2015
  • 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Denver University, Marcus Commons, 2101 S. University, Denver, CO 80208


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The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture with Paul Gibbons

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Denver University, Marcus Commons, 2101 S. University, Denver, CO 80208

7:45 am - 8:30 am Networking & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am Program 

As the pace of change accelerates and every decade reveals more about human behavior, it is time to challenge conventional change management theories and tools and contemplate a shift in the change paradigm from change management to change agility.

In a presentation based upon this recent book, Paul Gibbons will lead a discussion on the best current thinking on change agility, including:

  • Why so many change programs fail
  • What is change agility and how can change agility replace change management?
  • How cognitive biases skew decision making and doom many change programs before they start
  • Which theories of behavioral change are most relevant to 21st century organizations
  • What change agility means for HR and OD practitioners, leaders, and project managers

During this tour of the latest science of change, Gibbons will debunk many of the myths that hold back efforts to lead change in today’s business world. 

Copies of his book will be available for sale at the event.

Paul Gibbons has 35 years business experience on Wall Street, as a Consultant with PwC, as an entrepreneur building and selling a leading consulting firm, and as a writer and management thinker.  He currently teaches at several universities, and consults on change and talent development.  To learn more about him click here

*This program has been approved for HRCI credit

In today’s knowledge economy we’re paid to think, and we need to find ways to be more strategic about it. Science is discovering more and more each day about how the brain functions.  Even though researchers will agree that they’ve made important discoveries over the past fifteen years, much about the brain still remains a mystery.  What we do know is very interesting because it gives us a peak into the connection between our wiring and our performance.  This awareness gives us clues about how to become better leaders for our teams, our organizations and ourselves.

What part of this new information is most relevant to the workplace?  And, how can we practically apply these new discoveries to impact talent engagement and the bottom line?  To answer these questions and more, we’ll explore the neuroscience behind change and how brain-friendly concepts are currently being applied in several organizations.  We’ll talk about how its changed organizational cultures, helped to align teams, fostered individual growth and become part of these organizations’ best practices.

Participants will:

1.  Explore the behavioral neuroscience behind change;

2.  Examine the relationship between thoughts, actions and perceptions of others;

3.  Learn how brain-friendly practices can be applied in the workplace;

4.  Practice these methods with a case study; and,

5.  Leave with 3 takeaways to apply at work.

Sophia Kristjansson

Founder & CEO

Lexicon Leadership Group

Sophia is a thought leader and executive coach in the exciting field of the neuroscience of leadership.  Her passion is to help people and their organizations better navigate change and influence innovation.  Her coaching and training experience extends back over 15 years and is balanced by more than 12 years in international business, management and marketing.  She regularly writes, speaks and teaches for a number of organizations and academic institutions.  (Her upcoming book on leadership will be published in 2016.) 

Sophia founded Lexicon Leadership Group in 2011.  LLG’s work is guided by a deep understanding of neuroscience and its relationship to human development and communication.  LLG specializes in executive coaching, leadership development training and team facilitation, as well as implementation of the Emergenetics™  suite of tools and solutions for clients across the globe.  Sophia’s on the board of Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS) and is an associate fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Coaching. 

Delivering Happiness:  Let’s Make Happy Work™ with Sunny Grosso

MONDAY, October 12, 2015

7:45 am - 8:30 am Networking & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am Program 


87% employees in the world DISENGAGED

$500B lost in PRODUCTIVITY (U.S. alone)

Gallup 2012

Why should you care, as a leader, an employee, an HR professional?

  • 50% of our waking hours are at work
  • 87% of the world’s workforce spends half of their lives unhappy
  • You and your team and your company are loosing out if you don't address this
  • Your competition may address this first - or may have already
  • Learn what you can do to increase sales, profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee retention

In this informative program, learn how leaders and companies with a higher sense of purpose outperform others. Really outperform.  We have 15 years of research show happiness increases every positive business outcome.

Participants will learn: 

The Delivering Happiness (DH) Story from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to Delivering Happiness, the movement and company.  

  • Sunny's journey as Coaching and Culture Chief at Delivering Happiness
  • The discovery and pioneering of the concept of Happiness as a Business Model
  • Key ingredients to a successful culture with examples and insights from leading companies
  • A look at the research and science behind a culture of happiness
  • The evolutionary role of values, vision and purpose in organizations today
  • Lessons learned at Zappos and DH and how these principles can be applied to any environment
  • Tips and free tools to start building a culture of sustainable happiness right away
Program participants can take the Happiness at Work Survey (complimentary).  A link to the survey will be emailed to all participants prior to the program.

Take the survey and bring your results. Discussion of individual results to understand the why's and the how's of the new measurement are being used.

Ideal Audience: HR Professionals, Boomer, Gen Xer, and Millennials, managers, executives, high potentials, emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, association members; anyone who

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