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ELSIG Monthly Meetup

  • Feb 20, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Book Swap: Don't forget to bring a book on technology, leadership, or project management to donate to the book swap. We are running low on inventory and need more donations to keep it going.

Share your insights! Participate in the peer-to-peer networking from 6:31 to 6:59! Make friends!

TITLE: Managing Chaos - Successful Leadership in Dynamic Organizations

Chaos.  By definition, it is something that easily spins out of control.  As you know firsthand, your success and the success of your team depend upon your ability to manage a culture of constant change. 

As management, as much as we rely on linear logic, the fact remains that linear logic only goes so far when dealing with human beings. Getting a team of diverse individuals to work together on very complex tasks in changing conditions takes a level of skill sets way beyond the best software tools or analytical methods. The good news is that, when you understand the syntax, or structure, of effective collaboration, you can successfully bring order to apparent chaos.

In this seminar, Managing Chaos, you will be equipped to create the culture and performance you want.  Through the SYNTAXTM  system, you will learn how to discern behaviors that make the difference between non-productive chaos and creative synergy. You will be given tools to easily and naturally find that better way, in the moment it’s needed.  

Managing Chaos is not just a list of do’s and don’ts that gets heads nodding but no real action.  Rather, during this interactive, roll-up-your-sleeves seminar, you will rehearse practical methods that increase your clarity and enhance synchronization.  You will talk the walk and walk the talk -- and see where it can lead you.

Sick of chaos running the show?   Come and learn how to make it work for you!

Presenter: Lucy D. Freedman. 

Founder and CEO of Syntax Communication Modeling Corporation, Lucy D. Freedman is a leading expert in the structure, or syntax, of success.  Author of Smart Work: The Syntax Guide to Influence (Second Edition), Freedman specializes in training business leaders on the practical techniques, perceptions and understanding necessary to advance to the next level of influence and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Graduates of her Syntax Learning Programs come from every profession including corporate executives, high tech engineers and scientists, consultants, facilitators, and coaches.  Numerous leading-edge Fortune 500 companies – including Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Agilent, Tokyo Electron, and Intel -- have integrated Freedman’s SYNTAX as part of their leadership development and internal change projects. 

SNACK SPONSOR: Nearsoft is a software product development service, with operations in Mexico. We work with ISVs, SaaS companies and consumer-facing sites.

Clients come to us because they are:

Disappointed with offshore developmentFrustrated that they can’t find developers with the right skillsUpset because they can’t scale their software development teamTired of late product releases and poor quality

Thanks to our software engineering approach and experience, we help our clients get their products (and their companies) out to market faster. And we have the track record to prove it, with clients like ezRezYottaMarkINgrooves/UMGAxolotl, and others.

ONGOING MANAGEMENT SPONSOR: Project Connections is our EL SIG Management Sponsor. is dedicated to practically and affordably supporting individuals as they do their jobs day-to-day and helping them grow their management abilities and careers. We also provide management development and support resources to organizations, through group subscriptions, methodology content licenses, on-demand virtual training programs, virtual coaching, and more - all to help managers improve how critical project work gets done, and to help grow the capabilities of everyone on their staffs and teams.

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6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A
8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements
8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

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  • Kimberly W.

    Lucy Freedman led us on a valuable journey to discovery the roots of chaos in our work and practical tools to overcome and thrive amidst it. Thank you, Lucy!

    1 · February 21, 2014

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  • nearsoft

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    High-impact tools and techniques for leading projects and people.

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