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The “Amazon effect,” and e-commerce are demanding more out of businesses.

Join Mr. Martichenko as he discusses the next frontier for organizational development in our new world of continuous industry disruption and increased complexity. Based on the book, Discovering Hidden Profit, this presentation details an actionable framework to stay current and profitable by removing organizational masks and connecting people and business processes in order to maximize customer value at the lowest possible total cost.

Robert will discuss:

• Systems thinking: how to view a business from a horizontal, holisitic perspective

• The “perfect order” and the “ten rights:” how to drive leadership dialogue and improvement activities based on connected decision making across the core processes of the business

• Results-based operating principles and management methods: base organizational development strategy around connecting the core processes of business strategy, product life-cycle management, sales and marketing, and supply chain operations (the engine of business performance)

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Make Work Meaningful: The Human CEO’s Strategy

Our care for people isn’t at odds with our business pursuits or public responsibilities. It is compatible with, even essential to, those goals.

Technology, social and political dynamics, and disruptive business models are fundamentally changing the nature of work and the relationships between people and the work we perform.

As leaders, we are tasked with the combined goals of remaining relevant and competitive all while navigating the human elements of changing environments and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies and other business disruptions will fundamentally change how we work.

While nobody really knows what work will look like in twenty years, we do know that leadership needs to change as we understand and connect the roles and relationships of people to these new work dynamics. In addition, we know that leaders will need to focus on building cultures of continuous improvement through respecting people and the valuable attributes they possess.

This introduces the idea of a “human leader” — one who is focused on respecting people by fostering meaningful relationships with work and technology. When this happens, people are empowered to continuously improve and create more value.

Transforming into this type of culture will be the primary role of future leaders.

Join Robert Martichenko as he discusses the future of leadership.

In this session, Robert will outline:

  • What it means to think and act like a “human leader”
  • How the nature of work and working environments are changing now and into the future
  • The importance of making work meaningful and what it means to accomplish this
  • Three core dynamics inside a culture of continuous improvement: respect, knowledge, courage
  • A powerful framework to guide our transformation into a culture of continuous improvement: Transformation Alignment, Leadership Participation, Team Member Success, Process Ownership
  • How to bridge conceptual insights to tangible action items in order to determine, “What will we do with this on Monday morning?”


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The stories we hear shape our beliefs. Beliefs shape our leadership styles and the way we perceive the world. Yet at times the tone of these stories feels negative and biased, leading to unproductive social interactions and sub-optimal decisions in our organizations. 

We have the power to change the tone of the story to positively re-shape our beliefs, confront unconscious biases, and take a broader, systems viewpoint of our environments. We can change the tone of the story to focus on what matters: the positive events happening in our world. This new narrative can help us become better leaders and make more effective decisions in work and life.

Join Robert Martichenko as he discusses the power of narrative leadership. Building upon his award-winning business books and award-winning novel – Drift and Hum – Robert explores how to:

  • Understand the power of story in our lives and connect the art of narrative to business and our leadership effectiveness.
  • Gain awareness of unconscious bias and overcome its negative impact by viewing our environments from a systems perspective.
  • Leverage the power of narrative leadership in personal reflection to create change.

Let’s change the tone to stories that matter.

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Amidst all the disruption in business today, one commonality exists in progressive organizations: they are working to create corporate cultures of continuous improvement. 

But how do you do it?

Join Robert Martichenko as he discusses his lessons learned while implementing and practicing lean thinking across many industries and organizations.

In this thought provoking and engaging keynote, Robert will share:

1. Leadership techniques and strategies to successfully engage teams and create a high-performance organization

2. The progression and maturing process of building continuous improvement cultures

3. An action plan to immediately identify quick wins and long-term improvements by recognizing opportunities within the business holistically