Many people see that their company, government organization, healthcare institution or school system is beginning to fail and believe they have at least part of the solution for changing or possibly saving their organization. Yet they have never learned how to maneuver inside a bureaucratic organization to create change, becoming strategically canny Davids to save the Goliaths.
Lois Kelly and Carmen Medina, authors of the upcoming book Rebels at Work: Embracing the Bureaucratic Black Belts and Leading Change from Within, challenge the assumption that leadership comes from a position of power or authority, and share what it really takes to create change, including knowing the organizational landscape, befriending the bureaucratic black belts, dealing with conflict and controversy, and taking care of yourself so you don’t get fired, burn out or lose yourself.
Lois and Carmen have been wildly successful — and at times wildly unsuccessful — rebels over their careers. Carmen as deputy director of intelligence the CIA, Lois at AT&T and in marketing agencies working with Fortune 500 companies. Since meeting at an innovation conference three years ago they have spent thousands of hours writing about rebels, speaking about rebels and talking to hundreds of rebels around the world. This speech shares what they’ve learned during their colorful careers, as well as what they’ve learned from their three-year research among rebels in the workforce.
You’ve felt the power before, that joyful, optimistic mindset that helped you see possibilities in life and work. This workshop uncorks your positive rebellious energy, triggering the creativity, courage and confidence to lead your life with purpose and passion. Using guided exercises, writing, and music you’ll come away with:
- Insights into what you your most value, and trust in using these unique values as your compass to make decisions.
- Clarity on what you want to achieve and how to remove the hidden obstacles in your way.
- Confidence in your ideas and beliefs and the courage to express them.
- A personalized “Rebel Spirit Map,” a navigational plan for accomplishing more of what really matters, with less frustration and much more energy.
Note: after the launch of this workshop at Kripalu all the participants subsequently found new positions that aligned with their inner, true rebel and professional aspirations.
“Lois has the wonderful ability to put you at ease while gaining your full confidence in her. She is engaging, a deep and forward thinker who offers laser insight when helping you to navigate your challenges. Her sense of humor, fun, and ability of assign you exercises that bring you clarity, are enormously informing, so that you can move from being stuck to being in flow and on task – at your best again!” Maggie Dillon Katz
I have spoken to groups of all sizes over the past 15 years, from 25 CEOs at private corporate advisory boards to 1,000 marketers at national conferences. While my topics have addressed fever pitch marketing, innovation, and creativity issues, my message has always been how to uncover possibilities and make them real. How to create change and help people embrace it.
People who hear my talks consistently rate them as “inspirational,” “powerful” and “one not to miss.”