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Carlann Fergusson: Sharing Secrets to Increase Leadership Success

  • May 24, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Nova Southeastern University (Orlando), 4850 Millenia Blvd, Orlando, FL 32839


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Sharing Secrets to Increase Leadership Success!

Carlann Fergusson

 Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Nova Southeastern University (Orlando Campus)  

  • If we don’t tell people what it takes to be successful, how can they be expected to meet our expectations?  
  • If the succession planning and promotional selection processes are kept carefully guarded, how can leaders be expected to prepare themselves for the next level?

One reason for keeping leadership selection secret is that companies are concerned that the process will be seen as too subjective, but the most commonly used measures are more objective than most think. Furthermore, when companies keep their selection process hush-hush, leaders assume that the reasons they aren’t selected are even more subjective, such as politics or their boss’s personal opinion. 

Another reason for secrecy is that executives are concerned that if leaders knew the measures they were being judged on, they would argue they are ready for the next level when they aren’t. However, a transparent policy actually results not in more complaints but in more requests for development feedback. By informing promotional candidates of the differentiators of success, it makes it much easier for leaders to uncover what is truly hindering their effectiveness at their current level and what factors are actually stalling their career.

In this interactive, 90-minute presentation, Carlann will uncover the espoused and actual measures of candidate selection. She will share insights that make development expectations much less subjective. Participants will engage in exercises to uncover hidden expectations of high performers, assess themselves to find their own potential career staller, and discover how the selection framework can be used to develop leaders. 

As a past corporate executive overseeing talent and organizational development, Carlann Fergusson has been privy to thousands of succession planning and promotional discussions, has coached hundreds of leaders and has developed hundreds of leadership courses.  She uses this knowledge to break the code on what really gets one leader promoted while other leaders stall or derail.  By sharing these secrets, you can take your leadership programs beyond knowledge, skills and abilities and your mentoring programs can yield deep, focused discussions

At the end of the session, members will be able to:

  • Use insights from awareness of the components of potential to assist aspiring performers with understanding expectations
  • Use insights from their individual career staller to identify ways to improve their own effectiveness
  • Use insights from the group’s career stallers to identify new approaches to enhancing leader behaviors

    During this event we will collect items for Dress for Success of Greater Orlando. Bring new or gently used items to donate to this worthy cause.

    About the presenter: Carlann Fergusson

    As Chief Leader Accelerator of Propel Forward LLC, Carlann Fergusson prepares high potentials and successor candidates with the personal insights and strategic skills to create legacy-worthy leadership. This is achieved by helping leaders discover who they are as a leader, by eliminating behaviors standing in the way of success and by improving their key strategic skills. Her approach results in leaders who increase both their influence and company revenue. Carlann’s clients include Fortune 500s as well as privately owned firms of all sizes. Carlann serves on the adjunct faculty for Northwestern University’s Leadership Certificate Program and is a member of a cross-cultural consulting team for Florida Institute of Technology. She is a sought after speaker and has been cited in CBS MoneyWatch, International Business Times, Newsday, and The Boston Globe. She recently authored the workbook Shoots and Ladders: Insights to Accelerate Your Leadership. When she is not working she can be found hanging out in her backyard at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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    Registration, Networking & Meal: 5:30-6:00

    Announcements: 6:30

    Program starts: 7:00

    Event Location: Nova Southeastern University


    $30 Members

    $35 Guests/non-members

    $40 for late registrations

    * Please note early registration closes on Friday, May 20 at 9 pm. If you register after that, the cost will be $40.

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    NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. We have approximately 27,000 students, 162,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, our reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish.

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