Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia
May 18, 2000
Business firms and public organizations are learning to move fast before their markets and publics move past them. Fast-acting leadership is increasingly essential for companies and agencies to stay ahead of the curve, and the challenge is to build leaders within and recruit them from outside who know how to make fast and accurate decisions, who can implement strategies and create change at the speed of sound if not light. A capacity to drive a fast-moving organization and to be a quick and nimble mover is an essential skill for leadership ahead.
Conference sessions will include panels with
Executives who are building fast-moving companies
Leadership developers who are building capacities for leading fast
Business consultants who specialize in decision acceleration
University researchers who analyze speed in decision-making
Lawton Burns, Professor of Health Care
Systems and Management and Director of the Center for Health Management
and Economics at the Wharton School, and author of many articles on the
restructuring of medical centers and health systems.
John Byrne, senior writer at Business Week
and author of Chainsaw:
The Notorious Career of Al Dunlap In the Era of Profit-At-Any-Price
George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director of the Center for
Human Resources at the Wharton School, and author of The
New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce (1999).
President and Chief Executive, Vitria Technology, Inc.
Ram Charan, co-author of Every Growth Business
Is A Growth Business and co-author of Why CEOs Fail, Fortune
Magazine, June 21, 1999.
Kathleen Eisenhardt, Professor of Strategy and Organization at
Stanford University and co-author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos
Harker, Dean, Wharton School, and Reliance
Professor of Management and Private Enterprise.
Director of Leadership and Teamwork at the Wharton School and President,
Resources for Leadership, Inc.
Pasmore, principal at Delta Consulting Group and author of Creating Strategic Change: Designing the Flexible, High-Performing
John Ross, President and CEO, Deutsche Bank
Noel Tichy, author of The Leadership Engine: How
Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level (1997), and co-author
of Every Growth Business Is A Growth Business: How Your Company Can
Prosper Year After Year (1998).
Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and
Change Management at the Wharton School, and author of The
Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their
Lessons for Us All (1998).
The conference also features ImprovEdge demonstrating how
improvisational theater can be used to develop creativity, build
teamwork, and foster fast thinking.
8:00 8:30 a.m.
Director, Wharton Center for Human Resources and Michael
Useem, Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management
and E-Commerce at the Wharton School:
Patrick Harker, Dean of the Wharton School
in Corporate Leadership: Ram
Charan, Principal of Charan Associates and author of Every Business Is A Growth Business
Issues in Mergers: John
Ross, President and CEO, Deutsche Bank Americas
on the Edge: Kathleen
Eisenhardt, Professor of Strategy and Organization at Stanford
Speed: Taking Charge of Your Industry by Changing the Pace of
Competition, William Pasmore, Principal of Delta Consulting
1:15 p.m. Lunch Speaker: Leadership.com:
Organizations in the New Economy:
Noel Tichy, Professor at the Business School of the University of
Michigan and author of The
2:15 p.m. Speed
in Action: ImprovEdge,
a New York-based improvisational theater group puts us through
3:15 p.m. Strategy
and Speed: Edward Zajac, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Kellogg
School, Northwestern University;
Speed in the Bankruptcy of a Hospital System:
Lawton Burns, Director of the Center for Health
Management and Economics at the Wharton School
4:10 p.m. Fast
Reporting on Fast Moving Companies: John Byrne, Senior Writer, Business
5:20 p.m. Leading
with Speed in the
President and Chief Executive, Vitria Technology, Inc., and Mark
Walsh, President and CEO, VerticalNet
A drawing will be held at the conference for
multiple copes of the latest books by our conference speakers, including
those by John Byrne (Chainsaw: The
Notorious Career of Al
Dunlap in the Era of Profit-At-Any-Price), Peter Cappelli (The
New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce), Ram Charan
and Noel Tichy (Every Business is
a Growth Business: How Your Company Can Prosper Year After Year),
Kathleen Eisenhardt (Competing on
the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos), William Pasmore (Creating
Strategic Change: Designing the Flexible, High-Performing Organization),
Noel Tichy (The Leadership Engine:
How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level), and Michael
Useem (The Leadership Moment: Nine
True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All).
There will also be a grand prize drawing for free attendance at a multi-day learning
program offered by Wharton Executive Education. Program options
include the Strategies for
Critical Thinking and
Decision-Making, and the Human
Resources Business School.