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Get The Edge: Become a Discretionary Effort Leader

Discretionary effort is the difference between what one is capable of bringing to a task, versus the minimum effort required to get by or make do, and still receive a paycheck.

Each day, when an employee walks in the office door (or logs in remotely) and starts work, that employee makes a choice whether or not to give discretionary effort. It takes a special kind of leader to achieve the environment of exceptional employee experience and workplace optimization where workers naturally give discretionary effort, not just on occasion give the stereotypical second mile.

Based on the new book by Karla Brandau, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, this presentation gives you the power to create change in your organization and catapult your leadership career by applying discretionary effort principles to improve your daily touchpoints with direct reports, team members and colleagues.

Register today and take a deep dive into this comprehensive and novel approach of 21st century leadership and become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of your place on the organizational chart.


Key Points:

The principles in this presentation are based on the RossBrandau Discretionary Leadership ModelTM .  You’ll uncover strategies on how to:

  1. Create a workplace where individuals feel safe, not only physically but safe to surface the truth
  2. Build a workplace where employees want to come to work and are challenged and supported in their professional growth
  3. Assess and understand the strengths and limitations of individual personalities enabling you to better communicate on a personal basis
  4. Refine the process of rational alignment of all teams and employees when providing vision and direction



Karla Brandau

Author, Executive Coach and Founder of the Worldwide Discretionary Effort Leadership Initiative

Imagine if when employees walked through your doors they actually came to work, to produce, not just be counted present. Karla Brandau in her new book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, divulges the secrets of creating a culture of authentic contributors who become your competitive advantage when innovating marketplace products and interfacing with customers.

As a leading authority on discretionary effort leadership, Karla, marks a clear path to leadership excellence and challenges leaders to proactively remove organizational obstacles to productivity and employee engagement by implementing the strategies outlined in the Discretionary Effort Leadership model. Individuals who follow the principles become the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not HAVE to follow because of their place on the organizational chart.

Karla is the CEO of Workplace Power Institute, is a Certified Speaking Professional, an earned designation given by National Speakers Association, a Registered Corporate Coach, and a Certified Facilitator.

Karla served on the board and then as the president of NSA Georgia and has served on national committees for National Speakers Association. The local chapters of the Association for Talent Development and Meeting Professionals International have both benefited from her volunteer work.

She has spoken at the national conventions for Professional Convention Management Association, Association for Talent Development, National Facilities Management and Technology Conference, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Produce Marketing Association, and Mortgage Bankers Association.

She has educated managers with her proven leadership systems in companies such as Motorola, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Panasonic, and BYD America.

Price: $0.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 44

Igniting Discovery for Change

The most effective and sustainable change efforts are those that create something new and better for everyone impacted. Accomplishing these results requires people working together in a different way, one that capitalizes on organizational surprise. Can you imagine this? At this seminar, Karen Golden-Biddle will share two examples from her research that help us learn about organizational surprise and how to engage it to foster creative capacity for transformational change.

  1. Examine two very different change initiatives in which people’s collective efforts created something new and better for all involved.
  2. Learn how to capitalize on organizational surprise in change for the generation of new ideas and practice.
  3. Explore examples of surprise in own organization that fostered (or could have) creative capacity in change.



Karen Golden-Biddle

Karen Golden-Biddle (PhD Case Western Research University) is the Questrom Professor in Management at Boston University and Fellow of the Academy of Management.  She was formerly on the faculty of the University of Alberta and Emory University, and has been a visiting professor at several universities, including Linz University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Zurich.

Her theoretical and empirical research is primarily in the area of organizational change, and is often in the context of healthcare.  She has also made significant contributions to research on hybrid organizational identities and institutional theory. She is a pioneer in writing about qualitative methods. Her work in this area earned her the Academy of Management’s Robert McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award from the Research Methods Division, awarded to the best paper on methodology published in the prior five years.  Her co-authored book, Composing Qualitative Research, is foundational for anyone interested in writing qualitative research in the management field (and beyond) and has been used extensively in doctoral seminars within and outside of North America.

Karen also shapes the field of management with her teaching and service. She has served on 18 dissertation committees, chairing 6 of them.  Karen has also served in her professional association as an elected Representative on the Academy Board of Governors and as Chair of two Academy-wide committees: the Career Achievement Awards and Newman Awards.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review.  Prior editorial appointments include the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Journal and Co-Editor for the Non-Traditional Research section of the Journal of Management Inquiry.


Website url: http://www.bu.edu/questrom/profile/karen-golden-biddle/

Price: $0.00

Date: January 17, 2019

Available Spaces: 50

5 Surprising Sources of Negativity in Change, and How to Turn Them Around

In over 25 years of work in the field of organizational change, Linda Hoopes has identified a strong and unconscious bias to frame much of what we do in negative terms: gaps, risks, failure rates, resistance, etc. While this perspective can be valuable, she believes that power, energy, and competitive advantage come from consciously incorporating a more positive point of view. In this workshop Linda will highlight five specific, practical ways to add positivity to your work. Three key takeaways from this event will be:


  1. Recognize hidden sources of negativity in how practitioners approach organizational change
  2. Identify specific ways to consciously incorporate a more positive frame
  3. Share and learn effective practices from other participants



Linda L. Hoopes, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Hoopes is deeply committed to helping individuals, teams, and organizations learn to thrive in turbulence. She brings over 25 years of experience in psychology and organizational change to her work, and is the author of two books: Prosilience: Building Your Resilience for a Turbulent World, which won the 2018 EPIC award for best nonfiction book, and Managing Change with Personal Resilience (with coauthor Mark Kelly).


Prior to founding Resilience Alliance in 2007, Linda spent seventeen years at ODR/Conner Partners, a consulting and training firm focused on the successful execution of organizational change. She led the development of methodology and assessments, including the Personal Resilience Profile which has been used by more than 100,000 people around the world. She continues to work with clients as a speaker, facilitator, consultant, and coach on resilience, organizational overload, human energy sustainability, and related topics.


Linda received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and an AB in Psychology from Davidson College. She has served on the faculties of several institutions, including Rutgers, Georgia Tech, and Colby College. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia and is past president of the Atlanta Society of Applied Psychology and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In addition to her work and academic history, she brings a number of other influences to her work including music, photography, sailboat racing, and massage therapy.


Price: $0.00

Date: March 21, 2019

Available Spaces: 50