Fall 2018 NextExec Explores Next-Level Management Skills

Monday, September 24, 2018

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This fall, EDASC's NextExec professional development program will focus on next-level management topics, including effective negotiation strategies, the implications of emerging technologies including blockchain, and corporate social responsibility.  These sessions will feature presenters recognized as leaders in their fields, who will share their experiences using these skills and information as a core part of their profession.

In October, EDASC CEO John Sternlicht will present on how to reach common ground in negotiations through collaboration to understand the perspective of the other party.  The presentation will draw from the book Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want by Curt Carlson and William Wilmot.  The five referenced disciplines are:  understand the other party’s important needs, create mutual value, identify leadership, work together, and align your goals.  Viewing negotiations most broadly will allow this approach to be applied to interactions across all areas of an organization: sales representative and customer, buyer and vendor, manager and staff, and employee and human resources.  Come prepared to experience an interactive presentation.

November's NextExec will feature Rhys Faler, who is working with a community of entrepreneurs who are on the leading edge of technology adoption on the West Coast, and uses blockchain in supply chain as an integral component of his business model.  Rhys is founder and CEO of Arcology Institute, developing sustainable buildings in Bellingham, and co-founded BitCard in 2013 to create the infrastructure needed in the digital currency ecosystem to facilitate adoption and market stability of cryptocurrency.  Whether you are a geek and love technology, curious about this new technology, or a skeptic who thinks this is a passing fad, you will benefit from hearing directly from someone who is using this technology right here in our community.

NextExec will close out the year with a focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR), which is how companies are broadening their definitions of success to include their community, environment, workplace, and marketplace.  In 2009, McKinsey published an article “Making the Most of Corporate Social Responsibility” outlining the CSR space as benefiting business and society, and now almost ten years later CSR is seen as an important way to increase competitive advantage, protect and raise brand awareness, and build trust with customers and employees.  Phil Prud’homme, Resource Development Director for United Way of Skagit County, and Thomas Boucher, Community Development Officer at North Coast Credit Union, will enlighten NextExec participants on how businesses can incorporate philanthropic goals into our strategic plans.

Please plan to join us for one or all three of these informative sessions.  NextExec meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at EDASC's offices in Mount Vernon, and lunch is provided.  Visit EDASC's website to register.  Register for all three sessions by Monday, October 15 and receive $25 off, use code FALL3.  For more information, contact Audra Ramerman at EDASC at (360) 336-6114 or audra@skagit.org.

Category: Professional Development