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Eight Essential Elements of Excellent Leaders
David Deming

Have you ever noticed how some leaders excel at their ability to lead while others struggle? Have you ever noticed teams who follow and respect their leaders while others disrespect and have no confidence in their leaders? This seminar investigates Eight Essential Elements that excellent leaders possess and provides a practical guide to how you can be a respected and effective leader.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of what you can do as a leader to excel and motivate teams.
  • Increase your effectiveness as an excellent leader by learning specific practices that will increase your trust level within your team.

Technical Team Work and Team Leadership
Howard Goldstein

Helping people focus on success in their technical career through the mentoring process has always been very personally rewarding for me. It is one of my passions. At technical conferences such as Storage Network World, it is important to focus on career development from an individual and team point-of-view. Learn more about Technical Team Work and Team Leadership in Storage Networking from someone who is a “Data and Storage Networker”. I will share my own personal experiences with team leadership and team membership on my journey to becoming more professionally vital. I will shed light on what it means to have successful teams and what it takes to create them. I will offer an analytical, process-oriented approach an individual or team can use to be successful

Learning Objectives

  • The Individual vs. the Team
  • The Laws of Teamwork 
  • Why some teams work and some teams don’t 
  • Have your involvement with others be successful 
  • Build winning teams 
  • Professional Vitality and Team Leadership

Brain Management A Stragegy for Difficult Times
Carole Kammen

Our experience starts in our brain. What we are aware of how we think, feel, and how we respond (or react) to life & work situations depends on the combination of brainwave patterns at any given time. For example, our brains function very differently when multi-tasking than when engaged in creative work.  Understanding how our brains function and learning how to manage our brain patterns gives us the freedom to have responsible choice over our intellectual and emotional states of consciousness at any given time.

This capacity to manage our brain state is even more important in our current economic climate. In times of rapid change, stress, or uncertainty, the portion of our brain called the Amygdala activates, generating a freeze, fight, or flight response.  While this is essential for physical survival it works against the very response we may need - resourcefulness and creativity.  Whether we are in stressful situations or not, we can influence our brainwave patterns to induce the state most suited to the situation at hand.  High performing athletes know this well and have practices to induce the state of focus, intuition, or reflective action needed to excel. 

We’ll introduce a simple technique which uses the natural process of our brain and body to enter a more relaxed, creative, open, and centered state by:

  • Shifting to lower brain frequencies, with greater access to our creativity and intuition
  • Slowing our brainwaves and accessing a more relaxed state
  • Releasing mood elevating hormones and stimulating our ability of our body to renew itself