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May 2016
Date: Tuesday - May 17, 2016
Topic: Personal Practices for Effective Communication
Speaker: Bob Fischer


Personal Practices for Effective Communication

When talking with others it doesn't always go the way you expect. People don't necessarily respond to your proposal or requests the way you had hoped. They don't commit to taking action when that's what you think is needed. They, or you, lose focus on the original goal of the conversation and it drifts onto something else, using up time and not producing a result. You feel tension and unease in the conversation, but don't know why. You walk away thinking there is something wrong with them or something wrong with you. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with insight and practices to help you become more effective in communicating. In the workshop, we'll practice techniques that will enable you to become more reflective, and ultimately more effective, when communicating with others.

To get the most out of the workshop, please come prepared with recent examples of conversations you found unsatisfactory. We'll use those examples in the workshop so that the tools you use will have direct applicability to your work situations.

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About the Speaker

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Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to not only survive but to thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval and intense competition. His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products to existing customer and new markets.

Prior to becoming an organizational agility consultant, Bob was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, which included responsibility for the deployment of Agile to over 400 people, including both coaching at the team and program level as well as working with functional groups not directly involved in Agile such as Finance, HR, and Process Ownership.The cultural change included getting agreement between the Business Unit President, CIO, CFO, and the head of Product Development on a common strategy for deploying Agile. Bob was also an organization-wide catalyst at Fidelity, helping to broaden the deployment of Agile across the larger organization.

Over 30 years in IT, with a wide range of roles and responsibilities.

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