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IMCAZ October 2011 Breakfast Meeting - Worshipping at the Altar of Collaboration
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When: Friday
7:15 AM
Where: The University Club
39 E. Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona  85004
United States
Contact: Ann Videan and Ted Szaniawski

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Don Thoren, CPAE, CMC
Worshipping at the Altar of Collaboration

Octobr 14, 2011 
7:15AM - 9:30AM

7:15 – 8:00 am Registration, breakfast and announcements
8:00 – 9:00 am Presentation and Q & A
9:00 – 9:30 am Member networking

In your consulting career, how many of the following change initiatives has your practice implemented or supported?

  • Management By Objectives
  • Zero Based Budgeting
  • Japanese Management
  • Quality Control Circles
  • Benchmarking
  • Best Practices
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Total Quality Management
  • Globalization
  • Cross-functional Teams
  • Downsizing/Rightsizing/Flattening/Delayering/Reengineering/Organizational Transformation
  • The Learning Organization
  • Six Sigma
  • Black Belt
  • "WOW” Customer Service
  • The Magic of Teams

Whew, what a list! So, today we worship at the altar of Collaboration?

Don was surprised to learn the Defense Department (and others) have partially shifted from company-by-company contracting. They are more frequently asking companies to collaborate their technology together themselves to bring a comprehensive solution using the best from each company. He concluded there is an undeniable need for collaboration processes and skills training, including ways to protect intellectual property in B2B collaboration.

Still, you might ask:

  • "To what degree is collaboration just another fad or flavor of the month?”
  • "How important is it for consultants to know how to help with collaboration?”
  • "How much of my consulting future do I want to bet on collaboration?”
  • "Is collaboration the be all and end all today?”
  • "When and where should you forget about collaboration and let individuals exercise individual initiative and do their thing?”

Don will answer these questions in our October meeting. He will stimulate your thinking with his ideas about the why, where and how to get the maximum effectiveness when you consciously choose to use collaboration. Although Don hopes to avoid fist fights and hair pulling, our conversation should generate several differences of opinion, challenge everyone's thinking, and help us all gain more realistic expectations of the costs, trade-offs and benefits of collaboration.

It is Don's hope that such realism will help all of us consult more effectively and profitably around the broader issue of collaboration, creativity, organizational effectiveness and profitable joint ventures.

About Don Thoren, CPAE, CMC

Don coaches and mentors organizations, high-pressure teams and key individuals. He works with innovation, converting naturally occurring conflict into creative new "3rd Ideas.” He also helps clients with their skills focus, especially with joint productivity, tactical planning, speaking and people skills.

He has 30 years experience in manufacturing at GE, in field sales, and as an entrepreneur and executive and political speech coach. Don was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame, and belongs to the Class of 2006 Legends of the Speaking Profession.

Don has a long history with IMC. He is an IMC-Certified Management Consultant and, along with Somers White and Jim Soudriette helped found the Arizona chapter. He's looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the October meeting.

Find more background on Don at, or on the IMC blog at

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