track 3: overcome
Obstacles for personal growth
This track focuses on developing the individual as a professional and leader within the industry, their firm, or their team. These tools and topics increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence to encourage proactive and strategic personal growth.
Track 3 Programming Will be presented in Room: Honolulu 3
Riding Brain Waves: The brain’s secrets to inspiring accountability
Thursday, January 31 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
We all know it. Traditional accountability is a lose-lose experience. Leaders struggle to be the bearer of bad news so they avoid it, fumble awkwardly with it, or are so fed up and blunt that it causes employees to shut down and disengage. This creates, of course, the opposite result of what’s needed.
This session provides practical tools and brain-based strategies to improve leaders’ ease, ability, and effectiveness at inspiring accountability, engagement and results.
With these empowering tools, leaders learn the brain’s secrets to minimizing negative aspects of engagement, accountability and feedback experiences while maintaining employee engagement, receptiveness to feedback and inspiring accountability.
Leadership for tomorrow - vision, values, & voice
Thursday, January 31 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Leadership for tomorrow begins with cultivating great leaders today. Leaders are faced with escalating pressures within their organizations as well as externally. Market competitiveness adds tremendous pressure. So, how do leaders face these demands? They face them by defining their values, leading others towards a compelling vision, and using their voice to communicate effectively. What do you stand for? What’s your vision for the future? How will you share your vision and your values? This workshop will help you to reinforce your values, to articulate your vision and use your voice preparing you as an A/E/C leader for tomorrow.
overcome your stops: embrace the wave of inner power
Thursday, January 31 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
As business professionals, and human beings, each of us have faced challenges and fears. What are the things that hold you back? Where do you stop in your efforts, whether it’s to negotiate your next raise, put in for a promotion, or motivate a technical team in your firm’s latest pursuit? Where do you fall in your list of priorities, and what’s your relationship to time?
Through this interactive workshop, you will take the opportunity to gain clarity and move forward – taking powerful steps that align with your goals, your dreams, and your career effectiveness. These tools will support you in your marketing efforts, your interactions with others, and in creating work-life balance.
Stop Eating Your Leaders!
Get Going, Do What Works, and Ignite the Next Generation in Your Firm
Friday, February 1 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Developing the next generation of leaders in an organization has always been important – but even more so than today. The accelerating pace of business, hyper-competitiveness of markets, and growing uncertainty about the Fast Future ahead emphatically demand that tomorrow’s successful firms be captained by talented, innovative, and doing-oriented leaders.
And yet, despite a pervasive and very real threat of transition failure, too many firms today are still doing too little to fully prepare their next generation leaders – and some firms are really doing nothing. The challenges are obvious, but progress is often elusive in a day to day world. But there is an end – a proven pathway to success – that can ensure a successful transition in any firm.
This engaging, energetic, and entertaining look at the common mistakes of average leaders and how to move quickly beyond these, and to the proven, seven step process for defining, implementing, and executing a best-in-class leadership development program in your firm. Get going, do what works, and ignite the next generation in your firm. It’s time to win.
epic strategy: growing and leveraging the marketer’s role
Friday, February 1 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Know you should have a stronger voice in Strategic Planning in your firm and want to learn how? Come learn from four born and bred SMPS’rs: firm and industry leaders who took this bull by the horns, were fearless about change, pushed the hard discussions, and backed up their insights with facts. This led to continued engagement in company operations, projects, and strategy—all the way to the “C Suite.”
Many firms conduct a form of “strategic planning,” and yet too few seem to meaningfully benefit day-to-day. Marketers and business developers are often on the sidelines, left to implement unclear goals, manage competing resources, or pursue something that their gut tells them is ill-considered. It does not have to be this way!
Learn specific tools to link “marketing” and “operational” planning and management, improve the strategic planning process in your firm, and forge pathways for your own professional development.
technical staff and marketing: a marriage made in heaven (or hell)?
Friday, February 1 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
We spend over 1/3 of our days with our work “family”. For marketers, much of this time is spent with our technical counterparts in what many of us refer to as “work marriages.” Just like at home, if your marriage is sound, then life is great. But when communication breaks down, resentments are held onto, and partners grow apart, marriages can be our worst nightmare.
This session will look at these work marriages between technical staff and marketers from the perspective of both sides of the “marriage.”
Deirdre Gilmore (marketing and BD professional) and Andrew Gilmore (professional engineer) have been a team at work (having worked at TWO firms together) and at home for over 15 years. During this time, they have discovered how to appreciate and promote each other to gain the required respect, knowledge, and resolution techniques to make a work marriage made in heaven. Drawing stories from a real-life married couple - as well as other SMPS veteran teams– we will do some hands-on work marriage counseling.