Seth Kahan is a world-class authority on change leadership, helping visionaries get traction, buy-in, and engagement for large-scale change. He has worked directly with the President of the World Bank, Director of the Peace Corps, Senior Managers of Shell Exploration and Production Co, and CEOs of many associations. Seth speaks from experience, having worked with managers and front-line staff as well as executives.
In 2002 Seth was designated a Visionary by the Center for Association Leadership for the work he did at the World Bank as a member of the small team that won international recognition for successfully making the Bank one of the world's Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises. In 2009 he received Board Approval in the field of Change Leadership by the Society for Advancement of Consultants, recognized as an exemplar and thought-leader. Since 2002 he has worked for over 50 organizations.
Seth works with over 25,000 professionals every year in conferences and professional seminars. His ability to teach techniques that improve professional collaboration has won him high regard. A columnist for the Washington Post and Fast Company contributor, He is the author of numerous articles on collaboration and change leadership. His latest book is Getting Innovation Right: How Leaders Leverage Inflection Points to Drive Success.
"Organizations recognize the need for change and the relative speed and accuracy that is required for effective execution. The challenge is "how" to do it. Traditional methods are no longer enough. People are the secret ingredient and Seth Kahan clearly offers the path to get you there."
~ George A Castineiras, Senior Vice President, Prudential Financial, Inc.
“Change is a constant and accelerating at what sometimes seems to be an almost alarming pace. Seth Kahan provides practical, down to earth advice with examples to help leaders execute a change strategy that will result in employee buy-in and positive organizational outcomes."
~ John H. Graham IV CAE President and CEO, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
Innovation is not just a creative approach or new idea. Innovation is about success. If you are only marginally better off than when you started, you have not achieved innovation. To count as successful innovation, your new ideas have to generate measurable gains in the marketplace, for both your customers and your organization’s bottom line.
To help you uncover and take advantage of these opportunities, Seth Kahan has distilled seven key activities that produce results-driven innovation. These activities make the difference between leaders who are haphazardly shooting in the dark with good ideas and those who consistently and systematically uncover potential, capitalize on opportunity, and generate traction that drives success in the marketplace. The seven activities are:
1.Pursuing and Leveraging Inflection Points
2. Building Innovation Capacity
3. Collecting Intelligence
4. Shifting Perspective
5. Exploiting Disruption
6. Generating Value
7. Driving Uptake
Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out
Change doesn’t flow top-down, bottom-up, or sideways, but inside-out. Real change happens only when people want it to happen; when they feel engaged. In Getting Change Right, Seth Kahan challenges leaders to approach organizational change in a whole new way. Presenting a critical shift from the old mindset of coming up with a good idea, and then pushing it through with mandates, he shows the way to successful, authentic change is through engagement – the need to connect to people, to listen as much as to share ideas, and to involve as many key people as possible in the realization of their goals. When the right people are having the right conversations and interactions, they act in concert, even when the situations they confront are unpredictable.
Leadership During Economic Uncertainty
Visionaries and world-class leaders look at uncertain times differently than most people. They recognizes the forces that create pressure can be harnessed for transformation. This presentation outlines, using stories from Seth's real world experience, the Six Resources Leaders use to Master Uncertainty, and demonstrates how they can be applied to today's challenging environment to fashion solutions that transform organizations, accelerate growth, and streamline effort.
- The Six Resources Leaders use to Master Uncertainty are: A Holistic View of the Marketplace
- A Comprehensive Understanding of Customers/Members/Clients
- A Thorough Knowledge of the Organization
- Intellectual Firepower
- Integration of Direction, Strategy, and Objectives
- Social Architecture: Bringing the Right People Together at the Right Time in the Right Context
Visionary Leadership: Getting Traction for Big Ideas
Visionary leadership is about more than having a great idea, it is about engaging the right people in the right ways to create the traction, buy-in, and enthusiastic engagement that leads to success. This presentation tells the story of real life visionaries to demonstrate the Five Ways Visionary Leaders Bring Big Ideas to Life. The five ways are:
- Telling the Big Idea in a Story so People Get It and Spread It
- Identifying your Most Valuable Players, the People who Will Make or Break your Vision
- Mapping the Territory of Change through Strategic Story-Listening
- Creating Communities that Accelerate the Evolution and Implementation of Big Ideas
- Generating Dramatic Surges in Progress
TAGS: Change Management, Human Resources, Innovation, Leadership