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While we all understand that the boss has a responsibility to lead an organization’s employees, rarely do we focus on the employees’ responsibility to lead the boss. In addition to mentoring and motivating their subordinates, truly effective leaders value the perspective of all members of the team and encourage subordinates to lead up – to share information up the chain of command in a way that helps an organization’s leaders make timely, accurate decisions.

A master at serving many masters, Pace demonstrates how to think through the consequences of multiple competing priorities, see the bigger picture and communicate that strategic analysis up the chain in a way that is clear, precise and useful. In fact, Michael Useem, Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School devotes a chapter to Pace in his book, Leading Up, highlighting Pace’s efforts to reconcile the conflicting priorities of six bosses by keeping them well informed and challenging their instructions when necessary.

Amid today's fragile global economy, corporate restructuring is commonplace, as managers and leaders are continuously challenged to do more with less. In this inspiring discussion, General Pace shares insights and personal examples about leading in both directions, to include:

  • Embracing the job you didn’t want
  • Determining who ‘owns’ a decision - and then making it!
  • Navigating between the organization’s vision and your own personal goals
  • Speaking up in a way that challenges assumptions but not authority
  • Listening to subordinates and encouraging differing points of view
  • Checking your moral compass and preparing for ethical decisions before they arrive

Cyber defense, cyber attack, cyber warfare – the terms are prevalent and yet, what do they really mean to you and your organization? Little is understood about this unique and ubiquitous threat to our national and personal security. Yet defending the homeland means more than protecting our airports, railheads, nuclear plants and government buildings. Power grids, banking data, telecommunications and personal identity records are all at risk.

The US Cyber Command has budgeted billions of dollars this year for cyber defense systems - how much is enough to protect your organization? If your business depends even in part on computers, you are vulnerable to a cyber attack from hackers, criminal elements, even state-sponsored terrorists.

Estonia, the CIA and Google have one thing in common – they were breached by hackers. The cost in restoring lost data is significant, but the cost of restoring lost confidence is immeasurable. Is your organization prepared to thwart a cyber attack?

Even as individuals, we are not immune. For instance, PayPal’s response to Wikileaks’ unauthorized release of classified documents in Sweden prompted hackers to disable PayPal temporarily preventing online purchases.

Combining his vast military experience with unprecedented access to state of the art IT security expertise, Gen. Peter Pace explains this invisible threat and what nations, businesses and individuals can do to protect themselves.

A key ingredient to our system of government is civilian control of our military. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Pace was responsible for providing his unvarnished insights and best military advice to the Commander in Chief, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council and when asked, the Congress of the United States. In a discussion that transcends any partisan political debate, General Pace explains the chain of command and the value of this civil/military relationship, demonstrating how non-political advice plays an important role in our government process.

Using real world examples from perspective gained in senior most military leadership roles, General Pace adds valuable insight on how to approach challenges that are familiar to any organization. From navigating multiple military and national security proposals in response to the latest headlines, to the professional working relationship between the President, the National Security Council, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Pace shares “a day in the life” view, detailing what it’s like to provide strategic guidance on an organization with 2.6 million members and a budget in excess of $500 billion dollars. Pace describes the DOD budget process, how priorities are addressed and the impact of shortfalls or cost overruns. He makes recommendations to change the interagency process in order to more effectively and efficiently carry out the orders of the Commander in Chief.

How does this apply to your business?

  • Crisis du jour—how will your organization hold up in the wake of bad news? Do you have a crisis response plan that addresses the media attention as well as the longer term implications for the company’s culture and your ability to weather the storm?
  • Departmental rivalries – how to use leadership’s clear vision to navigate beyond conflicting interests and stove piped perspectives; how to work inside a process while still presenting your case for change.
  • A day in the life of the Chairman/CEO — the importance of time, mentors, access, meetings, responsibilities.
  • Prioritizing for budget shortfalls - The need to address competing priorities against a shrinking budget and to be part of the solution, not just part of the discussion.

Two of today’s toughest challenges are recruiting and retaining the best talent. Learn how a $7 billion business did it from the ground up, and how these lessons can apply to you. HGTV co-founder Susan Packard will cover critical areas such as team structure, having a sense of mission, and how small, inexpensive things can impact loyalty and workplace excellence. Having the right people in the right jobs with the right amount of motivation is crucial to any successful organization and Packard shares what employers must do to create a workplace that can become the envy of any industry.

How do employees reach that next level in their career? Baseline talent gets everyone in the game. Then people begin to compete for advancement and factors such as likeability and trust influence who is promoted into senior roles. Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV, lays out an approach to help your employees succeed called gamesmanship-a strategic way of thinking, as well as a language of business to help people advance. We are taught that 'winning' at work means collaboration and perfecting what we do. But these two drivers are not always the best way to move forward. Through a dynamic and down-to-earth approach, Packard lays out the rules of gamesmanship, based on her upcoming book, New Rules of the Game, and illustrates how employees can better compete for promotions and plum assignments by speaking an alternative language, as well as how they can handle the many stresses that come with being in the workplace.

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Leon Panetta will speak to a wide variety of domestic and global issues.

Topic areas include:

  • Global Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Intelligence, Defense and Cyber Security Strategies
  • Global Economic Challenges of the 21st Century
  • U.S. Fiscal Policy and National Security
  • Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Scott has brought diverse teams together, challenging enormous odds on, well above and underneath the earth's surface. Drawing on his lessons learned from the harsh vacuum of space, the route to the summit of Everest, and within tense operating rooms and board rooms, he relates attributes of situationally appropriate leadership and company culture that have yielded enormous successes over many years. Punctuated by great storytelling, breathtaking imagery and a self-deprecating good humor, his style is relatable and inspirational to all audiences!

Based on Neil Pasricha’s endlessly popular TED Talk, this is the 3 A’s of Awesome customized to a workplace, government or school setting, and enriched with interactive exercises, explanatory videos and a detailed Q&A. The talk is available in the Classic version that inspires audiences through Pasricha’s personal narrative and his universal "attitude, awareness and authenticity" model, which guarantees your group will laugh, cry, and take a big step back to reevaluate and reenergize themselves to move forward. The talk is also available in the Case Study version as the 3 S’s of Awesome (Social, Stimulation, Story), a customized case study format for workplaces where business case studies and real-life corporate examples leave your group with key takeaways that can be applied in the workplace at no cost to drive employee engagement and happiness. With heartfelt storytelling, breakthrough research and lots of laughs, it’s no wonder the 3 A’s of Awesome is Pasricha’s most popular talk.

What’s the biggest complaint in the workplace? I’m too busy. We’re too busy. There’s not enough time. And there’s too much to do. But regardless of the stress and demands put on us at work, there are three simple rules you can implement tomorrow to create space in your days. In this fast-paced and resource rich talk Neil uses his trademark Sharpie scribbles to share 1) How to make every decision at twice the speed, 2) The counterintuitive way to have more time, and 3) How to add an hour to your day with only one small change.

The strongest companies in the world have the happiest people working at them. Coincidence? No. In Neil Pasricha’s ground-breaking and flagship talk he reveals their secrets to audiences leaving them with inspiring, put-it-in-your-pocket models to build support networks, manage energy and stress, and create lasting happiness. Through researching top leaders at Harvard, working as director of Leadership Development at Walmart, the world’s largest company, and consulting with clients like Audi, Microsoft and GE, Pasricha developed unique frameworks to create happiness in individuals and drive engagement and high-performance results inside organizations.

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