skillBUILD trainings develop the talents and tools of professionals for their workplace and community
2021 skillBUILD Series:
We believe you must lead to innovate and you must innovate to lead. More so than at any other time in our history, today’s dynamic environment requires great attention to leading self, teams, organizations, and communities. This year’s series will continue to build on innovation concepts from 2020 (i.e. Cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem and Leveraging Collective Genius) with a focus on: Being an Innovation Catalyst; Harnessing Creative Abrasion; Balancing Innovation Tensions; and Cultivating Collaboration.
Session 2: Harnessing Creative Abrasion
During this live online and highly interactive workshop, participants will explore how more conventional leaders stifle innovation by preserving harmony, muffling creative disagreement, and limiting the number of good options considered. Through a progression of specifically choreographed conversations, participants will learn the role of healthy conflict, disagreement, and diversity of thought in cultivating an innovation ecosystem. By the end of the workshop, participants will learn how to harness creative abrasion to drive innovative idea generation through discourse and debate.
Director, Center for Leadership and Innovation & Senior Facilitator, UMBC; Organizational Development Consultant; Executive Coach
With a B.A. in Education and M.A. in Organizational Management Marc has extensive operational, change management, and Organization Development (OD) experience with over 20 years leading and supporting learning, workforce development, leadership training, and executive coaching. As an OD practitioner and leadership consultant, Marc has worked in both commercial, non-profit and governmental sectors specializing in leadership development, transformational change, diagnostic assessments, organizational analysis, customer experience, and performance improvement. Marc’s extensive operational experience spans nearly two decades serving as a member of Senior Leadership Teams and Directing large operating divisions. Marc has managed annual budgets in excess of $26 million, $6 million annual capital investment program, has had oversight responsibilities for 35+ facilities, and responsible for more than 1000 team members.
Marc’s experience includes serving as Chief Staff Liaison to Governing/Executive Board of Directors and as Senior Leader for Learning, Training and Organization Development functions where he’s led all internal OD, Learning, Training and Coaching functions serving workforces greater than 1500 team members.
As the Director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation, Marc provides both individuals and organizations with a variety of leadership, strategy, organizational effectiveness, performance, and executive coaching services. Marc holds professional certifications and training in:
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Registered Corporate Coach (RCC)
- Accelerated Learning Principles and Facilitation
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