Dr. Tim engages participants at multiple venues to share work experiences, personal stories, and research to promote growth of leadership skills and personal development. Below are previews of his presentations, and scholary writings.

Public and Private Presentations

Perception vs Perspective: You didn't hear what I said I meant

A discussion of how we communicate with individuals through the dynamic meaning of our discourse. Learn how the connotation of words becomes distorted through personal filters of each person’s perception and perspective. As we communicate in business environments, the unintentional bias of each person changes their perspective of the dialog and ultimately changes the perception of the conversation. We will discuss how to recognize and objectively assess a situation to identify the common bias that will help guide positive discussions with the intended message and results.

Cognitive Biase Codex Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cognitive_Bias_Codex_-_180%2B_biases,_designed_by_John_Manoogian_III_(jm3).jpg Derivative of original by Jm3 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cognitive and Unconcious Bias

A person who feels they have no bias, has just experienced their first bias. We are primitive creatures at our base and instinnctually categorize people based on known information; often to our detriment. Learners review how the filters we apply contribute to Cognitive and Unconcious Bias through understanding of Emotional, Philosophical, and Intentional drivers.

Emotional Quotient

Communcation in a global culture is difficult, and only becomes more challening as ethnology and culture impact our ability to efffectively communicate. The ability to recognize and appreciate the diversity of each person and how to leverage everyone's talent is the first step to breaking down barriers. This level of emapthy is a learned skill and recognizing our own emotions to Know State.

DiSC - Dominance Influence Steadiness Conscientiousness

DiSC is one of many personality assessments that enable a person to have a deeper insight in theirself. The key is that the assessment to not define you, but give clarity to what you instinctual know about yourself and how you work with others. The discussion support a simple excercise to discover your base style and view those high level qualities to build and improve to Know Self.

Appreciative Inquiry

A theory of organizing and changing social systems in companies, schools, teams, and social groups. AI was started in late 80’s at Case Western University to focus on social side of organizing, not problem solving. The purpose is to view conflict as opportunity, not as issue, to take away blame and focus on understanding. The discussion shows a practical method to apply the practive in daily interface to improve communication through structured discourse to Know Others.

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Writings on Leadership

Dissertation: Organizational Structure Effect on Communiciation Efficiency for Management Information System Supported Organizations: A Delphi Study

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to examine the effects a bureaucratic organizational structure has on communication capability of management information systems to develop a new organizational design alternative. The study used a qualitative method with supporting quantitative data to collect information from a set of participants. A Delphi study was used to allow 15 experts in the field to share their knowledge and beliefs using collective intelligence to achieve consensus during a three round process. The results identified traditional organizational structures create vertical and horizontal boundaries impeding communication. The findings determined the critical aspects to improve communication through the reduction of boundaries was direct leadership support for a centralized management information system team with clear responsibility, accountability and authority to facilitate organizational communication. The recommendation was an organizational design composed of an Integrated Product Organization at the leadership level with membership at the sub-team level utilizing Cross-Integrated Teams. The benefit is an organizational design with a centralized team for common solution to mitigate horizontal boundaries and working level support to mitigate vertical boundaries. The recommendation may improve organizational communication to facilitate organizational success for leaders. Link to Order Copy