We are proud to welcome the following General Session speakers to our stage at the 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition:
Opening General Session
Give and Take
Sunday, August 10
In today's interdependent world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. This session will illuminate how effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. Is there a consistent interaction style that drives both individual and organizational performance across these domains? Drawing on his new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Adam introduces three fundamental styles of professional interaction, and demonstrates their profound implications for individual and collective performance. Adam reveals surprising insights about what it takes to develop productive interactions, and how leaders, managers and employees can use this knowledge to build richer networks, more innovative teams and more rewarding service relationships.
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured and highest-rated professor at The Wharton School. He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau.
Closing General Session
Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Complex World
Tuesday, August 12
We make 10,000 decisions a day, 277 just about food, but while it doesn't really matter if you choose a cappuccino over a latte, when it comes to high stakes decisions, at home or at work, the choices you make really do matter. Yet we think surprisingly little about how it is we come to decisions. Instead we typically repeat those decision-making strategies that have worked for us in the past. We turn to experts, trust our guts, run options by colleagues, and go with what feels right.
In this closing session, bestselling author and professor, Noreena Hertz reveals why each of these strategies can lead us badly astray, especially in a fast changing world such as ours. She will lay out concrete and counterintuitive steps we can all take to become much smarter and wiser decision makers. Steps that include hiring a Challenger-in-Chief, becoming a digitally-attuned information hunter/gatherer, encouraging dissent and difference, and tapping into your organization's wisdom within.
Noreena Hertz is an international best-selling author, with her latest book being Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World. The Observer has named her one of the world's leading thinkers. Vogue calls her one of the world's most inspiring women, and The Guardian has identified her as one of the top British Public Intellectuals.