Level I: Introductory Conversations
Typically these introductory conversations work best as a series of four short ‘Go To Meeting’ or Skype conversations spaced a week to ten days apart, with each conversation lasting an hour to an hour and a half. The first Level I conversations is free. The second and third conversations each costs $350.00. If we agree to proceed to the fourth Level I conversation, the total cost for all four is $1250.00. This fee covers our time, and the cost of the background materials we provide as context for these workshops. .If you’d prefer, we can offer these four Level I conversations as a two day workshop. In this format, the fee is $1350.00, including materials.
The services TLO offers their executive clients begin with a series of four introductory conversations.
THE First Level I Conversation in this series is designed to introduce us to one another. Trust is a fundamental aspect of any meaningful learning effort, and we believe that you and we are best served when we begin our new learning partnership by building some mutual trust. We initiate this effort by sharing something of the individual histories each of us is bringing to the table, as well as by profiling some of the more salient worries and hopes that are inevitably tied to these personal stories.
THE Second Level I Conversation is focused on understanding what each of us believes an executive who’s responsible for managing in today’s world must know about the ways in which modern management principles are both eroding and evolving. From 1910, when Fredrick Taylor published his groundbreaking book, The Principles of Scientific Management, up until the late 1970s, when Kenneth Boulding began to explore systems theory, it's was OK for a senior executive to manage their company by using planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting techniques. Practices that, in the 20th Century, we called POSDCORB. Today, mounting experience is proving that executives can no longer rely on these tools. We believe this issue is definitely worth talking about.
THE Third Level I Conversation examines the new concepts, techniques and tools that this century’s best thinkers are saying post-modern executives should now be using. It seems these experts believe today's executives, rather than managing with "POSDCORB-ing" techniques, should instead be devoting a lion’s share of their time to leading their organizations’ transformational change efforts. In short, they need to devote themselves to creating resilient, networked organizations, something that most of us have never learned how to do. If you, as a potential learning partner, has ever been confused by these suggestions, then it's clearly important for us, during these first Level I conversations, to explore what each of us thinks about these ideas. Especially what they might mean for our joint learning efforts.
THE Fourth Level I Conversation examines the fact that, at this point in history, a massive shift away from the 20th Century’s POSDCORB-ian preoccupation with rational methods of management is underway. These days, when most organizations are spasmodically trying to rework themselves into flatter, more networked, crowdsourced organizations, transformational leadership definitely seems like something that’s worth learning about. Given you agree, this question is the one we explore in this workshop. The question we address is, "Just exactly how concerned should today’s executives be about organizational transformations in general, and transformational leadership in particular?"
In short, across all four Level I conversations, we identify what you, as an executive who’s leading a 20th Century organization, need to know about organizational transformation and transformational leadership. In particular, we examine whether, just now, at the beginning of the 21st Century, it's important for you to appreciate the complicated dynamics underlying the world's shift away from the 21st Century's rationalistic approach to management towards more open ended, post-modern approaches to leading. Bottom line, the key question you ask & answer here is whether this emergent paradigm shift is going to be meaningful enough to you for you to chose to move with us into TLO's Level II Workshops for Executives.