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NEW VIDEO: Why Develop Leaders?

Mar 9th, 2016Comments Off on NEW VIDEO: Why Develop Leaders?

Executive Performance is a simple equation. Productivity and Engagement aren’t just buzz words, it comes down to inspiring a workforce that is driven by a culture of cooperation and teamwork.

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Nancy Wallis to Speak at Int’l Society for Performance Improvement {4/10/12}

Mar 5th, 2012Comments Off on Nancy Wallis to Speak at Int’l Society for Performance Improvement {4/10/12}

Leadership From Within Change

With Brainard Strategy and Nancy Wallis

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Wyndham Garden Hotel — 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714.751.5100
Fees:  OC-ISPI Members: $35*/ $40 | Non-Members: $50*/ $57
PARKING: $4.00

To register, visit
Reserve by Thursday, April 5, to receive discounted early bird rate!

Leaders in organizational settings are increasingly aware of the importance of new ways of thinking as essential for competing in the new informational global economy and networked society.  Business at the dawn of the 21st century offers managers the opportunity to pay attention differently, both individually and collectively, in order to bring about the profound systemic changes so needed to succeed in the current turbulent, complex and rapidly changing global context.

Nancy will share a framework for the topic of Leadership from Within Change.  She will focus her opening remarks on the framework known as Theory U by Dr. C. Otto Scharmer.  Theory U offers an exciting and timely way of thinking about leading change in the new global reality that is emerging.  Join us as Nancy leads a conversation on using the Theory U process to lead organizational change within the larger context of increasing global change, complexity and uncertainty.

The U image depicts five levels of change that can take a department or organization from a challenge to a solution by a process that moves from shared perception to collective action.  The deepest level of the U curve accesses the future that wants to emerge and is referred to as ‘the U process’ and rests between developing a shared perception and co-creating shared action.

Suggested learning objectives or “take-aways” include :

  • Understanding the four ways of responding to change (reacting to issues, redesigning structure and process, reframing the problem, and presencing, or learning from the future as it emerges) and be motivated to try the fourth.
  • Understanding the five movements, or aspects of moving through the U process, and consider applying them to a current change initiative.
  • Understanding the power of the right-hand side of the U, or integrating head, heart and hands in practical ways.

ISPI will raffle off Scharmer’s Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges (2007).

Dr. Wallis interweaves academic pursuits and the practice of leadership in organizational settings.  She has a wealth of experience from her 30 years as senior leader, project manager, consultant, administrator and mentor, always with a larger goal of improving leadership capacity and organizational performance.  She earned her PhD at Fielding Graduate University and her MBA and MSPH at UCLA.

Currently Associate Dean for the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University, she is committed to the study and practice of leadership that improves the quality of human lives.  She balances her academic roles, research, writing, consulting and speaking engagements with a keen interest for inquiry into how we may enact organizational leadership in which personal and collective transformation are engaged.  She works with Brainard Strategy where she helps organizations realize individual, interpersonal and systemic transformation.


Michael Brainard will lead a 1-Day Integrated Talent Management Workshop on November 8, 2011

Sep 15th, 2011Comments Off on Michael Brainard will lead a 1-Day Integrated Talent Management Workshop on November 8, 2011

Michael Brainard will lead  the Orange County National Human Resources Association Integrated Talent Management Workshop Event :  Linking Recruiting, Talent Management, Compensation, Leadership, Culture and Brand as a System (for details on how to participate click here)

Standard Pacific Homes

Sep 9th, 2011Comments Off on Standard Pacific Homes

Heather Breidenthal
Vice President
Human Resources

“We engaged Brainard Strategy to help us develop the foundation of a leadership development program for our senior leaders and potential successors. Michael and his team helped us flush out the key competencies for our current and future leaders and built a comprehensive leadership model. Our leaders participated in a 360 feedback process and received one on one consultation and coaching to analyze strengths and areas for improvement. The initial stage of the program culminated in a two day off-site retreat where Michael spoke to the group at large and challenged them to step outside of their comfort zones and actively embrace their leadership role.

Michael and his team did a tremendous job in taking all of our available materials on leadership and our current challenges in the business to develop a superb leadership model. They mapped out the process leading up to the retreat with manageable timelines and provided an array of assessments and other resources to energize participants. Most impressively, Michael’s delivery at the retreat was both inspiring and motivating. He possesses the unique ability to resonate with all levels of management including our executive team, and his vast knowledge of leadership development is complemented perfectly with his customized approach to the client’s specific business challenges. Michael has earned our highest recommendations.”

Goal Financial

Aug 25th, 2011Comments Off on Goal Financial

Ryan Katz
CEO Goal Financial,
San Diego, California

“As many serious external changes such as legislative environment and credit risk were exerting negative pressure on every player in our industry our company had to respond by “re-structuring” some of our operations. Michael was able to align a comprehensive action plan that above all was consistent with our values. We believed that while some would be losing their jobs and jobs would be changing we had a set of core beliefs around respect for the individual whether leaving our organization or not. Michael put a plan together that addressed all stakeholders; he planned and modeled the logistics and financial aspects of the re-structure, the risk assessment, and assisted us with the “new” organizational structure. He led a team of internal and external professionals to flawless execution. While this type of business activity is relatively common it is never easy and Michael’s vast experience, custom approach, and leadership were invaluable to us getting back on track toward growth in a still tough environment.”

Michael Brainard discusses Sage Leadership Tools that Bring Out The Best In Millennials

Jun 23rd, 2011Comments Off on Michael Brainard discusses Sage Leadership Tools that Bring Out The Best In Millennials

The End Result presents:
Michael Brainard Discusses Millennials, Trust And Leadership
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