This Friday: SLU Hosting Masterclass on Self Management and Shared Leadership

People want a work environment that gives them the freedom to exercise greater control over their lives, take greater initiative on the job and make a greater contribution to their company success.

Doug Kirkpatrick from The Morning Star Company will be presenting at the The Age of Self-Management & Shared Leadership event, hosted by the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University, on Friday May 4th.

Last October, the Saint Louis University business school sponsored a public conference on “Leading for Creativity.” This latest masterclass is a continuation of their efforts to offer public events on how to optimize employee performance.

Doug Kirkpatrick will conduct a General Session from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a Master Class from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The presentation will be preceded by light breakfast and registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The Theme Of The Masterclass

The nature of the workplace has been evolving substantially over the last 40 years. It has slowly shifted away from command and control to a more egalitarian method that’s designed to give employees more opportunity to be heard and contribute to the success of the organization.

With the burgeoning millennial workforce, expectations have intensified for a work environment that gives people the freedom to exercise greater control over their lives, take greater initiative on the job and make greater contributions to company success.

What’s more, within the rapidly growing entrepreneurial community, the philosophy and practice of self-management and shared leadership are more compatible with the business trends of the future.

About Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick, US Partner, NuFocus Strategic Group and Co-founder of the Morning Star Self-Management Institute.
Few people would argue these days that building a winning culture is vital to business success. Unfortunately, most efforts to build a culture that taps the full talent and motivation of every person have fallen far short of stellar results.

The Morning Star Company is a remarkable exception to that rule, growing from a start-up operation in the early 1990s to become the world’s largest tomato processing company in less than a decade – and they did it with no bosses or traditional hierarchies. Instead, they’ve run the business with their own unique model for self-management and shared leadership, all based on principles of law like a constitution, employee contracts, employee adjudication board, and other tools and techniques.

One of the company’s co-founders, Doug Kirkpatrick, will be speaking on Friday, May 4 at Saint Louis University to explain how they made it work so successfully. This appearance is one of many that Kirkpatrick has been making around the world during the past few years to encourage and support organizations in adopting the principles and practices of self-management and shared leadership. He is widely recognized as an international thought-leader on the subject.

What You’ll Get From Attending

In the General Session, attendees will hear the remarkable story about how The Morning Star Company went from a start-up to industry leader in less than 10 years. They also will hear some of the basic principles and practices they use in achieving that success.

In the Master Class, participants will learn how to:

  1. Prepare their organization for the realities of the workforce of the future
  2. Create a highly scalable enterprise without traditional bosses and titles
  3. Reshape and revitalize the role of managers as coaches, mentors, subject matter experts and other crucial resources
  4. Drive organizational agility, innovation and resilience through organizational self-management and shared leadership
  5. Create a workplace where individual autonomy and personal leadership drives organizational greatness without sacrificing control
  6. Leverage self-management to create strategic, sustainable business advantage
  7. Harness human engagement with policies and processes that support individual and team initiative
  8. Optimize team alignment and productivity through joint constructive accountability

The Age of Self-Management & Shared Leadership event is sponsored by, Landes & Associates, a management consulting firm that has been working with clients in the areas of employee communication, engagement and alignment for more than 20 years.

President of the firm, Les Landes, told EQ, “self-management and shared leadership is on the leading edge of methods for fulfilling our mission to create great organizations where employees love to work and customers love doing business.”

Mentioned in this Article

Jonathan Allen is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EQ. He is also the President and Co-founder of Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), a brand publishing company incubated at the Columbia University Startup Lab in NYC. After winning an Arch Grant, he moved to St Louis in the summer of 2016.

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