July 2012

Presenter:  Phil Laure

Location: Temecula City Library

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Start Date: July. 19th, 2012
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Price: $ 20.00 – 25.00

Title: Leadership and Team Building


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Leadership and Team Building


When I worked with IBM as a Principal in IBM Global Services, we presented an “impossible to turn down” proposal to a customer to convert every one of their legacy systems to SAP. The financial proposal was extremely attractive! We proposed to execute all conversions virtually for free. Top executive management was extremely impressed and the fact that it was a proposal from IBM to use exclusively IBM services we thought would seal the deal.  However, we lost the opportunity to complete the project! Come and hear why!
This presentation will address what was called Applications Portfolio Management (APM) and the vital need for converting legacy systems to new, more effective systems. This was in a climate immediately after mergers and acquisitions had flooded the Corporate and IT landscape with numerous platforms and diverse systems. It will also address the Project Management challenges involved in such a large undertaking.  Outsourcing and Offshoring were also vital part of the economic picture and will also be discussed.
So, you may ask: How was it possible that a company could turn down this unbelievably attractive  offer?  Come attend this informative and entertaining presentation and find out!

“You can never communicate enough!” So goes the old saying and guess what, it is absolutely true! If you canʼt effectively communicate with your team, you canʼt get the job done! If you could effectively get the right message across to your team, would it help in the accomplishment of the organizationʼs goals? Without a doubt! Unfortunately, many managers think that team building is purchasing a DVD program and having your employees watch. True team building comes from the use of three little known techniques that allow EVERYONE in an organization to communicate more effectively!

“The Three-legged Stool” approach is very effective for building teams and has communication basics at its core. Primary to any discussion on communication are Listening Skills, Interpersonal Skills and setting Expectations. This workshop will discuss all three core competencies and give the participants tools that they can take away and use on the job the very next day. This approach is not just for management, all employees can use these techniques to communicate better with their peers and with management.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Laure has over thirty years of strong and comprehensive experience as an Industrial Engineer, Lean Manager and Quality Manager in a variety of manufacturing businesses ranging from high-speed commercial to aerospace manufacturing. He continually uses his background in process improvement and team building skills to facilitate office and production floor process improvement teams. Within this capability, Mr. Laure has successfully led over fifty Kaizen process improvement team events, thirty of those being conducted within various Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers to the Automotive industry.

Mr. Laure has been an instructor of Manufacturing Principles for Mt. San Jacinto Junior College and is currently teaching Lean Principles at the University of California Extension in Riverside. He holds numerous Quality Credentials including being a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Manager of Quality / Operational Excellence and a Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is an active participant with the Inland Empire Section of ASQ, is a past Chair of the section.