June Speaker – Bob Vanourek, Leadership Wisdom from the Masters

Leadership expert and award-winning author, Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five companies, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion company. Bob is the author of two award-winning books: Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse and the co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, called “the best leadership book since Jim Collins’ Good to Great.”

Bob is a former board member or chairman of eleven organizations, an adjunct university instructor on leadership, and a high honors graduate of both Harvard and Princeton universities.

Bob will read inspiring passages from some of the masters of literature with deep meanings for all of us. After each passage, brief interactive discussions will be held among DAB members about the lessons we can glean from these masters for practical applications in our busy lives. Be ready to dive deep, think hard, and be inspired by the masters.

May Speaker – Andrew Wien, The Dynamic Leadership Center

Modern science has shown that the brain is malleable. What we think, do, and pay attention to changes the structure and function of our brains. Mindfulness is a way to change the wiring of our brains for the better. With training, you can improve focus and productivity, strengthen communication and relationships, better manage difficult experiences, and increase resilience. Come learn what mindfulness is and how it can help you do just that!

What mindfulness is and the latest neuroscience supporting it  How your brain typically performs at work, and whether or not that is effective  Quick, simple exercises to start incorporating mindfulness into your routines

Andrew founded the Dynamic Leadership Center to help his generation be more productive at work. He believes that small tweaks in how we use our brain can fundamentally change our work performance, effectiveness of relationships, and overall fulfilment. (Oh, and make companies more profitable too).

Andrew’s background makes him uniquely suited to have an impact. He …
* is a millennial — he grew up during 9/11, does not carry cash, and is dependent on a charged cell phone
* has a depth of business experience — he excelled at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he saw a stark contrast between how BCG and their clients motivated and engaged their workforce
* is active in shaping the mindfulness community — he collaborates with leading experts to create content, facilitates sessions in companies and his community, and has a dedicated practice of his own.

In his free time, Andrew seeks out endurance/adrenaline sports (i.e. setting hard goals for no apparent reason) and meditation (i.e. sitting in excruciatingly uncomfortable positions for mind numbing lengths of time).

“It so easy to lose perspective in the workplace, like these deadlines or emails…. And it was a good way to regain perspective.” 

“It helps you make better decisions, and those decisions led to better outcomes.”

“It has made me more patient, more empathetic, more able to see things through other’s eyes.”

September Meeting Topic: Two Games of Leadership

Tom Athenour, CEO/Principal at StarQuest Group, has been in the professional development business for nearly 25 years, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups to help them achieve profitable growth objectives, develop leadership talent, and create healthy organizations.

Prior to co-founding StarQuest in 1998, he was VP of marketing for International Learning Systems, a consulting firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies across North America. Before entering the consulting business, he worked nearly 15 years in the financial services industry and held leadership positions in marketing, operations and sales with Bank of America, California Bancshares, and Piper Jaffray.

His passion (and purpose) is to work with executives, mid-level leaders, and sales professionals to help them elevate their game; increase their effectiveness; and lead more creative and fulfilling lives.

January’s Meeting Topic: Yippee Ki Ya-Cowboy Wisdom in the Business World

To kickoff the New Year, we welcome Todd Ordal of Applied Strategy to our January Monthly Meeting.

Real business leaders are successful, but they are not rock stars. They work hard, they are emotionally intelligent, they want to win and they want to run an ethical business that is a great place to work. In other words, they are “real” and they want real lessons on leadership, not platitudes, parables or posturing. Todd is the author of a soon to be released book, “Never Kick A Cow Chip on a Hot Day” (Morgan James, 2016).

Todd Ordal leverages his rich leadership background to help CEOs and other senior executives lead better, profit more or sleep soundly-usually without narcotics! He has led teams as large as 7,000, has worked as a CEO in multiple industries and served on many boards of directors.