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Creating Leaders for Smarter Workplaces


by SIOP Administrative Office

Davis and Byham to close the Leading Edge Consortium

After Smarter Workplace Awareness month is over, the 2018 Leading Edge Consortium will continue celebrating the science and practice of I-O psychology by presenting a program that will help organizations create future leaders for their workplaces.

The 2018 Leading Edge Consortium, High Potentials: Identifying, Developing, and Retaining Future Leaders, will be held October 19–20 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, with workshops taking place on the 18th. Registration is open now!

2018 LEC Co-Chair Rob Silzer says that his committee has recruited a high potential “dream team” for this year’s consortium. The two-day event will finish strong with presentations by two of the most well-known and well-respected I-Os in the field.

Sandra Davis is the chair and founder of MDA Leadership Consulting, a premier national leadership development, talent assessment, and organizational performance firm that counts numerous Fortune 500 firms among its clients. She will speak on the topic of “Motivation, Secrets, and Hidden Gems for High Potentials.”

Her experience in the field as well as her expertise gleaned from being chair of the LEC in 2017 mean she has unparalleled knowledge of both the topic and what consortium attendees want from a speaker. “I know some secrets about what can truly awaken high potential in high potential individuals, and I intend to share them.” Davis also plans to investigate best practices for both small and large organizations, as well as strategies that will work for all. (See a sneak peek video from Dr. Davis here.)

Bill Byham, executive chairman of DDI follows Dr. Davis. Bill has developed many significant human resource technologies, including behavior-based interviewing, the use of behavior modeling in leadership training, behavioral job analysis methodology as the basis for selection and training programs, and Acceleration Pools. These technologies that have been described in 27 books and more than 300 monographs and articles.

Dr. Byham’s talk is titled “We Have Come a Long Way in Identifying and Developing Leadership Talent, But We Are Not There Yet.” As the final speaker, Dr. Byham plans to summarize what the speakers have presented, focusing on areas where I-O is really doing great. He then adds, “I’m also going to point out where we need to work more and finally I’m going to try to identify areas that were not covered at all but that we should be working on.” (See a sneak peek video from Dr. Byham here.)