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Bill Fournet

Generational Diversity

From Typewriters to iPads: How Generational Diversity is Transforming the Workplace
The Changing of the Guard: Generational Shifts in Leadership and Workforce
New Kids on the Workforce Block: What You Should Know About Generation Edge

Leadership & Business
Transformation

Leading for Tomorrow: New Rules for Yourself, Your Team and Your Mission
The Future of Work: Are You Ready?

Project Management

Building the Vision: How “Bold” Projects are Changing the World
Project Management: The Next Generation

Workshops

Building a Principled Leader
Enabling Your Teams to Perform Like Navy SEALs
Silent Assassins: A Case Study into Assumptions Management Failure

From Typewriters to iPads: How Generational Diversity is Transforming the Workplace

This engaging session will help participants gain an understanding about generational differences and learn practical techniques for how to effectively interact and manage each generation. Bill will provide the latest business management approaches, and participants will develop skills to create a collaborative environment among multi-generational team members. In addition, participants will explore how generations from Baby Boomers to Gen Z view current technology dilemmas, in the areas of hiring, privacy, and productivity. This generational diversity program will enable attendees to harness their team members’ strengths and understand their various drivers.

Learner Objectives:

  • Understand each generation’s motivators, expectations, and work styles
  • Learn how to create high-performing, multi-generational teams
  • Leverage collaborative techniques to engage your team

Session Benefits:

  • Identify and understand the different generational management trends
  • Understand each generation’s drivers to help prevent future misunderstandings
  • Leverage the generational perspective to enhance team performance
  • Develop techniques for creating a collaborative, multi-generational environment
  • Have a clarity about other generations that will help your interactions be more cohesive and successful with your team, your project, and with others

The Changing of the Guard: Generational Shifts in Leadership and Workforce

The time is now for succession planning and knowledge transfer; your organization must plan for what is coming. But are you prepared for the generational shifts that are occurring as Boomers retire, Gen X takes the leadership reins, Millennials saturate the workforce, and Gen Edge jumps on board?

Welcome to The Changing of the Guard: Generational Shifts in Leadership and Workforce! In this program by CEO and Generational Diversity Expert Bill Fournet, learn best practices in leadership team succession planning and how to minimize disruption during the generational shift.

Bill will share some of the challenges and ways to overcome them from three perspectives:

  • Transitioning the Executive Level from the Retiring Boomers to the Gen X Leaders
  • Turning Workforce Challenges into Opportunities:  Leveraging Millennials and Gen Z for the future—Getting Them Where You Want/Need Them to Be!
  • Increasing Your Capabilities:  Best Practices in Transferring Knowledge and Experience into Your Younger Workforce

Leading for Tomorrow: New Rules for Yourself, Your Team and Your Mission

In this thought-provoking but practical program, become equipped to better lead through uncertainty and change. Learn and apply Bill Fournet’s rules for yourself, your team and your mission to not only navigate but thrive in the midst of chaos. Learn workforce trends and what’s on the horizon to prepare you to better lead today and tomorrow. Covered in this topic:

  • The new success driver (hint: it is NOT efficiency or effectiveness)
  • How your level of discipline defines your level of chaos
  • The number one thing managers and leaders should be focusing on right now
  • What the acronyms OODA and GIGO mean and how they can help your success
  • How (and why!) to establish and grow organic governance
  • Critical skills for the future workforce

New Kids on the Workforce Block: What You Should Know About Generation Edge

Just when you were adjusting to the Millennials, a new generation is entering the workforce. Meet Generation Edge! Mostly the children of Gen X’ers, this group has its own very distinctive drivers. Born 1995 or later, they are now entering the workplace and are predicted to greatly change the way we work. Generally fast learners and resourceful, they are individualistic, high in inductive reasoning, and more connected to technology than any generation before them. This program promises a lively and enlightening discussion around this newest workforce group!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the important differences between Gen Edge and Millennials
  • Understand the strong similarities between Gen Z and Gen X
  • Understand their entrepreneurial mindset and how you can harness it for your organization’s benefit
  • Understand how they view work, and what motivates them

NOTE: To read Bill’s recent blog on this topic, please click here.

The Future of Work: Are You Ready?

Are you proactively seeking ways that your organization can yield competitive advantages from today’s technological and social changes?

Current constructs of work, how we measure productivity success, and how we develop a “career”, are all in flux. Between economic challenges and generational drivers, how long an employee stays with a company continues to shrink. A vast number of professionals are choosing temporary work, a concept coined “The Rise of the Super-Temp”, with mixed results. The rise in social technology and the demand for workers with a unique set of skills shows that younger employees who are technologically reliant, and older employees who are rich in experience, can present managers with opportunities – if developed correctly.

How should we respond to these significant transitions in business? Bill Fournet’s thought-provoking presentation will address these issues that are prevalent in the ever-changing business world today.  Whether you are a newcomer, manager or executive, you will leave this talk empowered to understand and harness the future of work to benefit your organization.

Learner Objectives:

  • How to respond to turnover resulting from changing work styles that span the generations.
  • How to use social and technological fluctuations in a non-chaotic, efficient way
  • Learn what the incoming workforce expects culturally, technologically and managerially

Building a Principled Leader

In a time of international economic and social upheaval, it is not surprising that so many businesses struggle to establish, maintain, and grow their ideal culture; leading to poor performance – both organizationally and individually.

Over the past decade, many companies have focused heavily on business and financial measures, but neglected to emphasize the importance of team behaviors to pursue those targets. Could the potential elixir for these ailments be found within the Principled Leadership concept?

Principled Leadership says your business actions should uphold and demonstrate your core values, as well as demonstrate their application. Companies are leveraging Principled Leadership to engage the less-experienced workforce with more experienced team members to ensure their corporate culture legacy lives on. Learn how to develop the behaviors and culture that supports and sustains your business values with simple principles. This interactive workshop will engage the audience and empower professionals to apply Principled Leadership within their organization.

Enabling Your Teams to Perform Like Navy SEALs

Note: This program is ideal as a half- or full-day workshop.

In 2011, with short notice, Navy SEAL Team Six (DEVGRU) was deployed on a mission to apprehend Osama bin Laden. This elite fighting force was the frontline force in Operation Neptune Spear–made famous through the film, Zero Dark Thirty, and the book, No Easy Day. At all levels in the operation–from the SEAL Team and the flight crews to the White House and CIA, there was effective strategic and tactical planning and execution, agility within teams and rapid decision making. This program interactively teaches how this moment in history can improve leadership capabilities, decision making and team performance.
Through a mix of hands-on exercises, film clips, and techniques, Bill Fournet will show a new way to lead your teams, better manage risks and assumptions, and apply lessons learned for your teams immediately. You will learn how to evolve your leadership capabilities to become more agile and adaptive to the ever-changing business needs in a disciplined organization. These techniques may be applied to teams, large and small.

Learner Objectives:

  • Enhanced communication skills to better provide clarity, conciseness and urgency
  • Develop your team’s performance capability and productivity
  • Rapid decision-making techniques to adapt to changing situations
  • Distinctly identify task urgencies and prioritization through new approaches
  • Enable more agility in teams without losing control
  • Ability to develop discipline in an undisciplined environment
  • Understand new team leadership models and techniques
  • Learn how to empower your team while maintain visibility
  • Quickly identify and assess risks and assumptions

Building the Vision: How “Bold” Projects are Changing the World

How can project management cure what ails our world?  From clean drinking water to zero-carbon impact cities, hundreds of “bold” projects are already in development or in execution. Bold projects make an impact. They “change the game” of how we live or interact with each other in the world. These projects seek to transform life on earth as we know it—and to expand into space.  These are no longer “science fiction” ideas. The greatest potential for bold projects resides in the evolving mindset of project leaders: Real project managers, like you, are making them happen. This presentation will provide insights into bold ideas, what it takes to bring them to life, and what drives the success _ or failure _ of turning them into game-changing projects that make a difference.

  • Attain techniques and lessons for implementing a vision that others may think unattainable
  • Understand the opportunities, challenges, and impacts that Bold projects have on the world today
  • Learn techniques, factors, and skills required for these mega-projects

Project Management: The Next Generation

Venture: To take a risk, to daringly go on a journey … With the world becoming more connected, collaborative, and mobile, project management must continue evolving to meet its demands. Project Managers must be prepared to “Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before.” The session focuses on what the future generation of project managers will face, a glimpse into how project management will change, and what you can do today to prepare the upcoming project managers.

To understand and ensure project management’s future, we must first understand our past and the events that have shaped today’s project management discipline. The session will examine the evolution of the project management practice, drawing out similarities of projects forty years ago to the current Millennium, as well as understanding their differences and lessons. It will provide speculative glimpses into what future projects will look like and how project managers will work. What new types of projects will emerge? Will project management remain a distinct discipline? What will project teams look like? These “visions” will provoke the participants into thinking about what they need to establish or develop today to ensure project management evolves with the times and the generations.

  • Understand the drivers and events that shaped the current views of project management
  • Identify the emerging trends affecting global projects and societies
  • Learn what today’s project managers can establish to develop future project managers

Silent Assassins: A Case Study into Assumptions Management Failure

There’s a popular adage about what “ASSUME” makes out of you and me. But in project management, how well we truly capture and manage our assumptions has ramifications far beyond feeling sheepish.  This session will review a client case in which the business and project assumptions were so embedded into their corporate psyche they failed to account for vital market and environmental differences.  Through the case study, techniques for getting teams to classify and prioritize assumptions will be shared to improve how your organization deals with the “unknown” and the believed “known.”

Learning Objectives

  • Learn new techniques to manage assumptions and how to “validate” them.
  • Improve decision-making time and quality through assumption approaches.
  • Understand through case studies how poor assumptions management can impact company success.