10:00 - 11:00 -- IMC Practice Development Workshop (PD)
Session Topic: "Share
and Share Alike – Our Great Business Plans”
Lead: Reardon Smith, CMC
This is the third of a series of three summer PD
programs reviewing the purpose, format and content of a simple Consultant's
In the previous sessions we worked through an assessment to help
determine where you are with your business and we discussed how to develop a
business plan appropriate for your business. In this session we will share what lessons
were learned or challenges that were experienced in developing your business
PD workshop series is designed to cover all aspects of managing a successful
consulting practice - as an internal or external consultant.
11:00 - 11:30 -- Networking
11:30 -- Lunch Served & IMC Announcements - Gift Basket Drawing
Noon -- Keynote
"Story Telling Your Way to Better Business"
In this session we will
consider storytelling as a leadership tool and as a method for motivating
change in organizations. We will look at
how leaders and consultants can use stories and storytelling to instill values,
support decision-making and inspire action in their organizations. Examples from corporations, social services
agencies and academic institutions will show how stories can be used to
illustrate a vision and inspire action.
We will also look at the work that goes into crafting a compelling
Our Speaker – Alida
has been interested in storytelling and ethnography in consulting for the past
14 years. Before moving to Houston, she was a
consultant for CFAR (the Center for Applied Research), a management consulting
firm with a deep tradition in the social sciences and business. During her
tenure with CFAR, Alida co-led a practice group called “Telling the Strategy
Story” which aims to help leaders develop a coherent and compelling story about
their business strategy. In Houston, Alida has
continued to work with leaders on storytelling as a coach for Lee Hecht
Harrison, and as a consultant to NASA and Shell.
enjoys analyzing organizations from both business and human perspectives. She has applied this interest to a variety of
organizations, working with senior executives and middle managers to align
business strategies with day-to-day practices.
the author/presenter of: “Financial
Sustainability through Opportunity Portfolio Management”, “Managing Overload
through integration”, “Necessary Fantasy and the Politics of Disappointment: a
Case Study of a Virtual Organization”, “Building Support for Innovation inside
Child Welfare Agencies,” and “New Approaches to Strategy: Dynamic alignment of strategy and execution”.
earned her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore
College in Sociology/Anthropology and
an M.B.A. in Finance and Change Management from the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the local boards of the
Junior League of Boston and the Philadelphia Youth Network. She is currently a member of the Houston
Organization Development Network and The Professional Group.
Walk-ins are welcome without reservations but will pay a $10 surcharge per person.