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2020 Annual Conference

2020 Annual Conference

6/17/2020 - 6/19/2020


Join us at the 2020 Annual Conference at the Boar's Head Inn

Welcome Reception: Wednesday, June 17 - 6 pm - 8 pm

Business Sessions: Thursday, June 18 - Friday, June 19

Adaptive Leadership  
Most leaders have their ‘style’ of management. They have had at least some success using this style, so they rely on it and use it regularly. After a while, the leadership style may get ‘hardwired’ with the leader and the style may come to define them. They may use this style almost exclusively, and while they may not intend it to be this way, their people have to adapt to the leader’s style. However, the best leader recognizes that to help their people perform to a maximum level, they (the leaders) themselves have to adapt their leadership style(s) to their people, rather than expecting their people to adapt to the styles of the leaders. This is not necessarily an easy thing to do, but it is certainly a part of ‘servant leadership’. These leaders are flexible with their leadership styles, and while they may tend to lean toward their natural style, they can, and are willing to, shift into other styles as necessary to fit the need of their people. This seminar module will help participants identify and understand the four major leadership styles, and will help them to identify the style(s) they are most likely to use. The module will also help them assess other employees to try to determine the styles to which they will best respond.

ELI Session - Thursday, June 18, 2-4 pm
Managing Conflict Effectively – Conflict is not a bad thing – when it’s made to be healthy.  Conflict simply has to do with the existence of differences of opinion.  Conflict is healthy when those differences can be discussed and debated without participants holding back their thoughts, or fearing retribution, or worrying about getting their feelings hurt, or hurting others’ feelings.  Healthy conflict is so important, that teams simply do not develop well in its absence.  Healthy conflict can be defined as ‘passionate, unfiltered debate around issues that really matter’. Trust helps create the environment for healthy conflict. In a cyclical kind of way, the regular occurrence of healthy conflict and the practice that it brings in collaborating actually enhances trust. Teams can really be equipped to flourish when team members know and understand each others’ ‘conflict modes’.

In this seminar on Managing Conflict Effectively, participants will explore the gamut of team and individual conflict, from understanding and preventing the devastating impact of ‘water cooler conversations’ and ‘after-meetings’, to learning how leaders can best respond when subordinates elevate their conflict issues to their leaders.  The seminar will also deal with how to initiate and handle difficult conversations, around performance and behavior, as well as high stakes business-related issues.  Perhaps most importantly, in a pre-seminar assessment, the participants will take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode  Inventory to gain an understanding of their own personal conflict modes.  We will use the assessment results, along with  other relevant material, to promote an understanding of how team members with differing conflict modes can most effectively interact and collaborate.

Presenter Information:
BUD WRENN is the principal of Pinnacle Consulting and Coaching Group, a management consulting firm specializing organizational and team health.  He serves clients in the healthcare, governmental, technology, engineering and faith-based sectors.  Bud has also spent the past ten years as a Consulting Partner with the Table Group, the consulting firm of Patrick Lencioni, the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and other business best-seller.

Bud has had lengthy tenures in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. During a ten-year career with AT&T, he held various supervisory and mid-level management positions, and served as the CFO for the government contracting and manufacturing arm of the company.

Bud is the founding pastor of Integrity Church, a growing innovative congregation, and the founding director of the Innovative Church Community, an organization providing a practical forum for learning for leaders of non-profits.

Bud’s book “Innovative Planning: Your Church in 4-D”, with a foreword by Rick Warren, is a practical guide for organizations seeking to develop a culture of continuous improvement through healthy alignment, member ownership and sustainability.

Bud holds MBA and D. Min. degrees. He and wife Tammy have three children.

Sponsorships Available! Support ACEC Virginia and the engineering industry through a sponsorship! 

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200 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, 22903
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