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Whitney Johnson on "Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve"

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-7:00pm book sale & networking reception

Rotman Women and Leadership Speaker Series

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Speaker Series | Initiative for Women in Business

Date: Thursday May 24, 2018 | 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Speaker(s): Whitney Johnson, Bestselling Author, Exec and Performance Coach, Innovation Thinker
Topic: "Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve" (Harvard Business Review, May 1, 2018)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $49 plus HST per person; $39.00 plus HST per person for Rotman, University of Toronto alumni (fee includes the session, networking reception & 1 copy of "Build an A-Team", May 2018).
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SYNOPSIS: Thinkers50 Management Thinker of 2017 Whitney Johnson wants you to think about; what’s the secret to having an engaged and productive team? It's having a plan for developing all employees--no matter where they are on their personal learning curves.

Better morale and higher performance happen through learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of coaching, investing, and consulting, Johnson has seen that employees need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay motivated.

The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen by thoughtfully designing people’s jobs around the skills they have today as well as the skills they'll need to be even more valuable tomorrow. That's how entire organizations stay competitive in an unpredictable, rapidly changing business environment.

In this book, Johnson explains how to become one of those bosses and how to build your A-team by:

  • Identifying what your employees already know and what they need to learn
  • Designing their jobs to maximize engagement and learning
  • Applying a seven-step process for leading each person up their learning curve

We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs. When our bosses work with us to help us leap to new challenges, the result is a team that knows how to thrive, no matter what the future holds.

BIOGRAPHY: Whitney Johnson’s research and work in disruptive innovation shapes how individuals and corporations manage change. After publishing, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney was recognized as one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017 and 2015. Through speaking, writing, coaching, and consulting, she synthesizes the key levers of change and how to use them effectively.

Johnson is a frequent contributor for the Harvard Business Review, and a LinkedIn influencer. Her new book - Build an 'A'-Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve - will be published by Harvard Business Press in early 2018 building upon her work and research with teams and disruption.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015) and Dare, Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (2012). She speaks on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 50,000+ on discussing disruption, innovation, teamwork and organizational change.

She is shaping how organizations embrace and manage disruption by leading individuals and teams up the S-curve of change. She focuses on harnessing the core competencies required to building a team to leverage opportunities and unite when faced with adversity.

Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors with Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Johnson was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund’s strategy.

Previously, Johnson was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker.

She has received widespread recognition for her thinking and was named one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She co-founded the popular Forty Women Over Forty to Watch, is a member of the first cohort of Marshall Goldsmith #100 Coaches, and is a fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

SPEAKER SERIES HOST: Initiative for Women in Business at Rotman 

William Hanlon, Program Assistant, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business:

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