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Organizational Relevance: The Key to Being Heard

Published Mon Apr 08 2019

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In this age of digital transformation, business proceeds at breakneck pace. Thirty years ago, when Pat Bodin started in the corporate world, companies moved much slower, akin to a Class-II whitewater rapid. The executives at the helm of the lead boat negotiated the rapids, dragging everyone else behind in another boat. Support functions like training and development definitely didn’t have a place in the lead boat, but it didn’t matter much, as the convoy still succeeded moving at a manageable pace. But today, companies demand agility, responsiveness, and foresight as they traverse dangerous Class-VI rapids. Insufficient or ineffective training and development leaves your organization perched precariously on the edge of a major crisis, potentially provoking financial catastrophe, deteriorating customer loyalty, and destroying your brand reputation in the marketplace. Damage comes in more insidious forms as well, including the repercussions of ineffective production and communication, or the cancer of a toxic organizational culture. Despite these treacherous waters, we still struggle to be truly heard by the leadership about the potential dangers and opportunities for growth we see, to the detriment of our organization. Pat Bodin, the bestselling author of Get in the Boat: A Journey to Relevance, will discuss the keys to discovering organizational relevance. Unlock relevance and be heard!

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