Just Undo It—Challenging
Presentation Files will be posted after the event Karen Phelan is really sorry. She had the best of intentions. She became a management consultant because she wanted to help. She tried hard to optimize processes, develop measures, and manage human assets—to do business by the numbers, the management consultant way. The problem she found was that organizations are run by people, not formulas and scorecards, and people don’t live and work by formula.
Join us on Thursday, September 12, when our monthly chapter meeting and program features Karen Phelan, author of "I’m Sorry I Broke Your Company: When Management Consultants are the Problem, Not the Solution”.
You’ll hear a practicing consultant’s perspective on the damage that management consultants may inadvertently inflict on organizations. Karen reveals how popular management consulting fads under-deliver when applied in the real world and what we as advisors to management can do to help instead.
Come prepared to consider a few fresh, even contrarian, ideas that will help us critically assess the tools, methods and approaches we use with our clients, for example:
Register now at "www.imcncr.org”. Copies of Karen’s book will be available for purchase.
- Judgment, knowledge, and why they can’t be replaced with scorecards and checklists
- "SMART” goals that bound creative thinking
- Relationships, and why team functioning trumps e-learning
- Culture, and how trust gets meaningful results while control doesn’t
- The Acid Test: Do you help clients improve, or just measure up?
Our SpeakerKaren Phelan is a business author, speaker, and co-founder of Operating Principals LLC, an organizational development consulting firm that uses simplified and fun practices to effect change. Their latest product is a role-playing game that develops leadership and communication skills. Her recently published book, I’m Sorry I Broke Your Company, When Management Consultants are the Problem, Not the Solution is a tragi-comic tale of how consulting practices often go awry, and is available in multiple languages in bookstores all over the world. Karen has been featured in Fortune online, Leadership Excellence magazine, the AMA Management Newsletter, and on various business blogs and radio shows.
Karen has over a dozen years of consulting experience at Gemini Consulting and Deloitte & Touche, and has held management positions at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Karen earned a B.S and M.S. in Engineering from MIT.
LOCATION: LeMeridien is conveniently located in Arlington, VA. Just minutes from Washington, DC and only 0.2 miles to the Rosslyn Metro. From Metro, walk north toward Key Bridge and cross North Lynn Street.Register early (by midnight Sunday the week of the event) and get a $10 Discount.
METRO: ROSSLYN (Exit East side, left (north). L on North Moore, right (east) on 19th Street, 1.5 blocks to hotel on left.)
DRIVING: Map and Driving Directions
PARKING: Hotel underground self-parking garage; enter on Nash Street, $20.00/day. Hotel valet $25.00. On street Pay-to-Park where available.