Contemporary Leadership Talk with Michael Arena

To edge out the competition in today’s disruptive environment, you need to ensure that your company is agile―that it can respond to change instantly and effectively. Because fast and furious change is the only thing you can count on in business today.
Network expert Michael Arena helped enable GM’s legendary turnaround. In this Contemporary Leadership Talk he will share how you can transform your own company through the concept of adaptive space.
His recently published, and highly acclaimed book, Adaptive Space shows how to position your company for today―and for the future―by enabling creativity, innovation, and novel ideas to flow freely among teams, across departments, and throughout the company.

Leader Community Breakfast Salon On #metoo’s Impact In The Workplace

The Institute was proud to host leaders from companies such as Morgan Stanley, CNN, and AlixPartners, for an intense and stimulating discussion of the impact that the #metoo is having on workplace dynamics and how leaders can help their organizations maximize the potential of the opportunity.

Research Community CHRO Summit

Disrupting Leaders For Growth and Impact at this #metoo Moment

What opportunities are our leaders missing because of their own blind spots and biases and the nature of their networks?  These self-imposed constraints have material impact on business performance, through missed market opportunities as well as through stealthy, but treacherous, effects on organizational culture, employee engagement, and human relationships.

The explosive growth of Rihanna’s newly launched Fenty Beauty, with products formulated for all skin types and shades, which tapped a vast and underserved market, “so that women everywhere would be included” is just one of many examples of others’ missed opportunities due to limited perspectives. And note an October 26th Forbes article citing research that finds employees “who perceive bias are nearly three times as likely (20% vs 7%) to be disengaged at work…more than three times as likely (31% to 10%) to say that they’re planning to leave their current jobs within the year…and 2.6 times more likely (34% to 13%) to say that they’ve withheld ideas and market solutions over the previous six months.”  Gallup estimates disengagement “costs U.S. companies $450 billion to $550 billion per year.” Add to that the consequences of voluntary turnover and missed innovation.

This #metoo moment is, of course, the most visible and egregious example: the veil has now been lifted on how deeply embedded societal power structures are, including at work. Every single person experiences this in a different way.

How are you helping the leaders in your organization or with whom you work to make sense of things?  What are their reactions, insights, questions, concerns, feelings?  What are the disruptive forces impacting them as a leader at this moment in time? What kind of environment do they create? What opportunities do you perceive to help them mature?

ICL Research Community Gatherings provide a safe forum for thoughtful dialogue around interesting and provocative topics and issues with high caliber peers so that leaders and those who focus on their development can deepen their own self-awareness, empathy, complexity, courage and purpose in navigating these choppy contemporary waters.

This event is open to all ICL Research Community members, and by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please email us at for more information. Members can RSVP below.

Summit House is located at 395 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ

Leader Community Cocktail Reception with Mark Thompson

The Institute was proud to host New York Times best selling author Mark Thompson at The Skylark, one of Manhattan’s most exciting venues. Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He is a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’. Mark was recently featured as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the “Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015” by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.

Mark discussed his latest book Admired: 21 Ways To Double Your Value, which he co-wrote with his wife, Bonita Thompson. Mark facilitated a stimulating discussion with leaders from such notable companies, such as JP Morgan Chase, Oppenheimer Funds, Coty, R/GA, USGA, BBC, Greater Houston Partnership, Estee Lauder,  Bonobos, Walmart, and Duke Corporate Ed.