Collaboration, Company Dispute Resolution and Mindfulness

February 16, 2017
Hosted by David B. Savage

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We explore Collaboration, Company Dispute Resolution plus Mindfulness. We talk with Julie Murray on Integral Coaching, mindfulness and slowing down. We investigate the offerings and techniques recommended by the Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council including the Dispute Resolution Continuum, the Costs of Conflict and the various conscious choices for Appropriate Dispute Resolution including the Situation Assessment Meeting (SAM). While organizational conflict management and mindfulness may not appear to offer common approaches, in this episode you will learn the very powerful common element that will reward you personally and professionally. We call you to; 1) Explore and identify the best dispute resolution option for you. 2) Engage in a Situation Assessment Meeting. 3) Look beyond the problem to find better outcomes for both parties 4) Pause. Reflect. Meditate. Let go of certainty. Let go of judgment. Let go of being right. Let the real you "arise".

Break Through to Yes with Collaboration

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Today, our world, our nations, our communities, our families, our organizations and our planet are faced with increasingly complex challenges that present massive potential risks. We are also at a time in human history where we are more educated and connected, and have resources available like never before to access for our advantage.

Seize this opportunity to join a movement of progressive, principled and successful leaders. Working together is a key strategic advantage for those leaders and organizations that build a culture of collaboration. In this program and in the book, Savage brings expertise for collaborative leaders.

Now is our time to lead more powerfully, consciously and collaboratively in ways that make our world a better place today and in the future. Leaders in companies will make this essential shift now. Engage with David B. Savage on Break Through To Yes with Collaboration on Voice America Business! Listen Every Thursday at 3 pm Pacific Time.

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David B. Savage

David is founder and President of Savage Management Ltd., The Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council. Think Sustain Ability Consultants and The Collaborative Global Initiative.

Savage Management Ltd. (founded in 1993) provides consulting, negotiation, conflict management, organizational development, stakeholder engagement, coaching and collaborative leadership services.

The Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council (founded 2004) works with companies in conflict design their own resolution process and rebuild their opportunities The Collaborative Global Initiative (founded in 2013) is a global community of collaborative and dispute resolution professionals committed to addressing and embracing conflict, and supporting a more peaceable, healthy and sustainable living environment. Think Sustain Ability (founded in 2011) is dedicated to working with organizations that actively create economic, environmental and social sustainability for today and our future. After a successful thirty-two-year career as a leader in the Canadian petroleum industry, since 2007 David has focused on engaging and developing collaborative leaders and sustainable business development.

Savage’s book “Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration” was published worldwide March. , 2016. According to Kirkus Reviews, “While it addresses organizational collaboration, this book could be interpreted more broadly as a treatise on building a cooperative culture within families, groups, businesses, and government.” Savage’s co-shared book, “Ready Aim Excel: 52 Leadership Lessons,” is an international business bestseller on Amazon.

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February 2017

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James Armstrong

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Duncan Autrey

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Doreen Liberto Blanck

President Earth Design and Director of the Collaborative Global Initiative
Land Use Planning, Environmental Analysis, Public Policy Development, Mediation, Facilitation, Public Outreach, Consensus Building, Conflict Resolution. Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution, American Institute of Certified Planners, and Association of Conflict Resolution Specialties: Pre-litigation conflict resolution, land use analysis, environmental review. View Guest page

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Esther Bleuel

Tough Talk Coach (TTC) founder Esther C. Bleuel provides her clients with expert training and coaching in how to resolve conflict situations with ease and confidence. These include organizational and interpersonal issues as well as how to have difficult conversations and deal with challenging personalities. Esther’s background as an executive, mediator, professor and psychotherapist brings a unique perspective and depth of experience and understanding to her work. The competence and confidence gained by her clients, to deal with any type of conflict situation, will last a lifetime. Esther holds master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, where she also served as an adjunct professor teaching numerous classes in both the Law School and Graziadio School of Business and Management. View Guest page

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Kevin Brown

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Colin Campbell

Senior Partner of Guidance Planning Strategies Ltd. Cranbrook BC. Colin has been in the financial services business for over 40 years. In 1995, he founded Guidance Planning Strategies with his business associate Larry Johnson. Guidance Planning Strategies is an independent insurance and wealth management firm with four advisors serving businesses and families in the area of wealth accumulation, retention and risk management. Colin is past President of Advocis Kootenay and secretary-treasurer for the past 18 years. An avid supporter of continuing education he has been seminar moderator, and presenter at many industry education events both locally and in Western Canada. He is a charter member and founder of the Rocky Mountain Study Group, an association of financial advisors who meet four times a year to further their knowledge and act as each other's board of directors. The group has been meeting for 15 years. View Guest page

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Cheryl Cardinal

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Denise Chartrand

Denise Chartrand works with communities to prepare for collaborative engagements between industry, environmental and government stakeholders. Her focus is Empowering communities to lead in their own development. Denise is experienced in energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and academic environments and passionate about developing creative solutions to challenging situations that benefit all stakeholders. Denise Chartrand co-created "Working Together in the Energy Sector" video with Synergy Alberta, David B. Savage and Hidden Story Productions, aimed at promoting collaboration between stakeholders. More at www.collaborativeengagements.com View Guest page

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Tristen Chernove


From 2006 to 2009, Tristen represented Canada in paddle sport at the International level, has 3 National paddle sport gold medals and between the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Sydney Australia and Prague, Czech Republic, Tristen has earned two World gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals. In 2009 Tristen was diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth disease, a degenerative disease of the peripheral nervous system. In efforts to counteract the disease's impacts, Tristen switched from competitive paddling to cycling, where he has become 2x Track World Champion and won a gold, silver and bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Tristen is Cranbrook, British Columbia’s Business Person of the Year for 2016 and has plans to continue chasing the pinnacle of athletic success in his current sporting passion, cycling. Tristen Chernove’s is Airport Manager, Canadian Rockies International Airport since December 2009. Tristen is, also, the President and CEO of Elevate Airports Inc. View Guest page

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Kenneth Cloke

Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in communication, negotiation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author of Mediation: Revenge and the Magic of Forgiveness; Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution; Conflict Revolution (1s and-2nd Editions); and The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design; and co-author with Joan Goldsmith of Thank God It’s Monday! View Guest page

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Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey M. Cohen, Esq. has been mediator and facilitator in private practice since 1991, concentrating in the resolution of disputes involving business, commercial, organizational, workplace, labor and domestic relations issues. He is presently on a national mediation roster serving the United States Department of the Interior, a New York State roster mediating labor contracts for the Public Employee Relations Board, and is a mediator for the City of Albany, New York. Mr. Cohen also served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution from 2008 until 2014 and acted as Chairman of the ACR Ethics Committee. He earned the designation of “Advanced Practitioner” from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a member of the ACR “Academy of Family Mediators”. He is currently the leader of the ACR Emeritus Leadership Council. He is a regular lecturer at Syracuse University David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. View Guest page

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Sarah Daitch

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Laura Hummelle

Ahead of the Curve Consulting is an independent organization development strategist whose service to clients draws upon a 30-year career which has focused on large-scale transformational change related to change in legislation, policy, programs and practice at the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels of government as well information technology projects. Long-term sustainability of change is built on a collaborative systems approach where stakeholders are co-creators & co-implementers of the design and implementation of the change. We help and lead the design and implementation of a full-scale Change Management Plan the deliverables of which included all aspects of: Preparing for, Managing and Reinforcing Change using Prosci Change Management Methodology. View Guest page

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Art Korpach

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Ginge Lapid-Bogda

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Johanne Lavoie

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Linda Matthie

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AnnaMarie McHargue


Anna McHargue is Executive Editor Elevate Publishing AnnaMarie McHargue has been solving complex language problems as a professional editor since 1989 when she won the Editorial Leadership of the Year Award. After earning a double major in Journalism and English from Pepperdine University, and later a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, she lent her editing talents to marketing firms, advertising agencies and several universities where she specialized in editing doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and several political and historical commentaries. Helping new writers polish their work to perfection has always been her “dream job.” At Elevate Publishing, she personally helps all our authors develop and refine their manuscripts and shepherds each book through the entire editing, proofing and publishing process. View Guest page

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Bruce McIntyre

Mr. Bruce G. McIntyre, P.Geol., is as a professional geologist, has over 36 years of oil and gas experience and has a proven track record of finding quality oil & gas reserves. He has held numerous senior management and Directorship positions in both private and publicly traded oil and gas companies. He has been an Independent Director of Hemisphere Energy Corporation since August 2008. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and served as its President in 2002. He has a Professional Geologists Designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists . He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Geology from Carleton University. View Guest page

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Rod McKay

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Jeanne McPherson

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Dana Meise

Dana had dream to walk to all 3 Oceans of Canada on the Trans Canada Trail...and so. Dana set a world record as the first person to hike the 24,000 plus km's of the across Canada section of the trail. Beginning in Cape Spear Nl. and ending in Clover Point Victoria B.C. Between April 2014 and the fall of 2015, he solo hiked from Fort Sask. Alberta to Inuvik NWT setting another record. Dana will canoe the Mackenzie Peace River to the Arctic Ocean setting yet another record being the first person to complete the entire 24,000km that makes up the worlds longest trail. Dana is now writing his book and producing his film to document the essence of each province and territory. He made many friends along the way getting into the mind sets of fellow Canadians while capturing the spirit of this glorious land. View Guest page

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David Milia is a management professional with proven success leading large multi-disciplined teams in meeting company short and long term objectives. He has broad progressive experience in general management, project management, strategic planning and financial modelling. David is adept at generating significant cost savings and promoting innovative solutions in complex environments. David is an enthusiastic and innovative team leader that consistently meets commitments with integrity. David Milia is Associate Director - Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Haskayne Energy Initiatives Haskayne School of Business. David and I explore ideas and collaborative initiatives to encourage shared value, sustainability and better ways of working together. View Guest page

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David Mitchell is the Vice President, College Advancement & Chief External Relations Officer at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta. He has a broad professional background, spanning the private, public and education sectors. A former member of the British Columbia Legislature, he has also served as Deputy Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. His significant private sector business experience includes executive positions in the resource industries in western Canada and he has also served as a vice-president at three Canadian universities: Simon Fraser, the University of Ottawa and Queen’s. Mr. Mitchell is a Governor and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and past president of Canada’s Public Policy Forum. He also previously served on the boards of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Parliamentary Centre, the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre and the Vancouver Art Gallery. More at http://davidjmitchell.ca/ View Guest page

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Julie Murray is a professional coach, facilitator, and educator with over 20 years of experience working in the education sector. She is a big-picture thinker who is passionate about leadership, creativity, and amplifying human potential. In her work, Julie advocates for slowing down and digging below the surface so that deeper meaning and greater understanding can emerge. She is recognized for her ability to listen deeply, integrate learning, forge strong relationships, and communicate effectively. Julie is also a writer, an artist and a student of Integral Theory and mindfulness meditation. View Guest page

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Martin Parnell


Martin Parnell is author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential”. Martin has written for, or been covered by CNN, BBC, CBC, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s. In a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. Find out more about Martin at www.martinparnell.com and see what he can do for you in the long run. In November, 2016, Martin supported and ran a marathon in Afganistan in support of girls and women's right to play. He is a long-time fundraiser for Right To Play. Martin is, also, a professional speaker. View Guest page

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Kathy Porter

Kathleen (Kathy) Porter, B.P.E., PBDE is a Chartered Mediator and a Specialist Public Consultation and Decision-Making.Kathy is a leader in the Collaborative Global Initiative. She has worked extensively in the resource sector (mining, oil & gas, and fisheries), health and social services and in labour management disputes. Her work in public consultation, led her to combine her facilitation expertise in group dynamics and decision processes with her experience as a mediator. She conducts public policy mediations where the outcomes include signed settlement agreements in instances where the dispute might otherwise have been settled in court. She also mediates public policy cases where consensus among stakeholders, jurisdictions and government agents results in a recommendation for a regulatory change or other substantive agreement. She has successfully mediated terrestrial and aquatic environmental management frameworks, and infrastructure development. View Guest page

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Ryan Robb

Ryan Robb received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Upon completion, he accepted a position in Calgary with a supply company working in the Oil & Gas Sector to manage and grow their Western Division. Ryan was most recently the Chief Executive Officer for both Treaty 7 Management Corporation and the Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs’ Association. For the past 12 years he has worked for these organizations (and their predecessor Treaty 7 Tribal Council) in a number of different capacities including as Director of Business Development and Information Technology. Currently he is the Regional Manager of Government and Aboriginal Affairs for Opus Stewart Weir, where his skills are being utilized to increase business through a balanced approach between contemporary business practices and respecting traditional values of all parties. View Guest page

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Chuck Rose

Chuck Rose is a team building and customer service consultant and that I help leaders to get their teams to buy into their vision and mission. Chuck does this through stories, songs, humor and activities that get people up and moving. He believes in abundance: there is enough for everyone if we can just choose love over fear. The Break Through to Yes with Collaboration theme song Win or Walk Away was written and performed by Chuck Rose. More at www.chuckrose.ca View Guest page

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Tara Russell

Tara Russell is the president of fathom, a social impact company that offers a new category of travel, and global impact lead of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure company.

Russell generated the idea for fathom in 2013, and led research, design and development of the brand, business model and experience from January 2014 to launch in June 2015. She now leads the fathom team as it offers a unique experience to purpose-driven travelers who desire authentic, meaningful social impact opportunities. fathom provides the opportunity to immerse in another culture and community, and systematically work alongside that community to make relevant contributions that endure. fathom is the newest addition to Carnival Corporation, which is also the world’s largest cruise company with nine global cruise lines providing extraordinary vacations at exceptional value for nearly 11 million people around the world every year. View Guest page

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Prabha Sankaranarayan

Prabha Sankaranarayan is the President and CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders, an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. Prabha is a conflict transformation practitioner who has mediated, facilitated and trained in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Her public and private sector work includes conflict analysis for public/private partnerships, consultation & assessment for industrial development zones, design and implementation of trainings for multinational corporations; inter-faith dialogues as well as facilitation of multi-stakeholder mediations. Prabha is actively involved in regional, national and international civic activities focused on civil liberties, sexual violence prevention, conflict mitigation & mediation and the recovery & rehabilitation of trauma survivors. View Guest page

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Dan Savage

Dan Savage has been in the game industry for 8 years spending his time at Neversoft where he worked on the Guitar Hero series. When Infinity Ward acquired Neversoft, Dan went on to develop Call of Duty: Ghosts. During his career at both studios, the games he's developed have sold over 50 million copies world-wide. Dan is currently the lead vehicle artist at Infinity Ward and lives in Woodland Hills, California. View Guest page

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Richard Schultz

Richard and his company WisdomWays support individuals and organizations in discovering, integrating and actualizing their true potential; creating the ultimate, authentic, success and fulfillment experience. Working internationally, Richard facilitates and coaches leaders in re-inventing their lives and work from the inside-out. Richard is an expert in shifting the limiting subconscious beliefs and fears that hold people back from contributing their true voice and their innate talents. Richard’s training and experience is deeply embedded in the practice of facilitating the 'whole person' and the 'whole system'. His style and processes actively engage his clients in discovering where change needs to occur and empowering them to achieve their individual and collective goals in the most efficient and effective manner. Richard has worked extensively with whole system processes such as “Open Space Technology” and other large group facilitation methods. View Guest page

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India Sherret

India Sherret is a young ski cross racer from Cranbrook, BC. Growing up in the Kootenays she grew to love the mountains and all the possibilities that they have to offer. She started skiing at the age of 8, and racing at 10. Her first taste of ski cross came when she was 13, and fell in love instantly. From there she began racing ski cross full time and competed in FIS Nor-am races with the Alberta Ski Cross Team when she turned 15. At 18 she qualified for the Canadian development team and hopes to make the Canadian National team within the next 2 years. India has represented Canada at many international events including the 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games and World Junior Championships, and has earned the titles of 2015 Canadian National Champion and World Junior Champion. In her free time and cross training she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. View Guest page

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Don Simmons

Don Simmons, B.Sc., P.Geol. President and Chief Executive Officer, Hemisphere Energy Mr. Simmons has extensive experience in petroleum geology and a proven track record of discovering oil and gas in Western Canada and internationally. Initially, Mr. Simmons served as the Company’s Vice President Exploration and became President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2008. Prior to joining Hemisphere, Mr. Simmons was a Geologist at a private oil and gas company, Sebring Energy, until its sale in 2007. Prior thereto, he spent five years with EnCana working on various projects in southeast Alberta and Ecuador. Mr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Queen's University and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. View Guest page

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Stephen Smith

Stephen is a 1979 graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Petroleum Tech program and has been with the Regulator in its various forms, since his graduation. Stephen has worked throughout the organization doing Reserves, Applications Audit, and led the Facilities Applications areas. In 1996 Stephen worked with several consultants and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce to assist in the development and implementation of the AER’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution program and has been an advocate of alternative dispute resolution ever since.

In his subsequent work in Fort McMurray as Executive manager of the Oil Sands Branch and then as the Executive Manager of the Applications Branch at the ERCB Stephen has had ample opportunity to utilize and learn the value of collaboration and dispute resolution.

Stephen is now working with the National and International Stakeholder and Government Relations Division. View Guest page

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Atul Tandon

Atul Tandon is a serial entrepreneur, non-profit leader, humanitarian & author with a 30-year track record of successfully birthing, building, scaling and turning around some of the world’s largest, best known and impactful for-profit and non-profit enterprises. Mr. Tandon has impacted industries, including consumer banking, e-commerce, consumer marketing, microfinance, humanitarian relief & development and donor engagement, worldwide. In 2011, Mr. Tandon launched Tandon Institute, a global advisory firm serving select non-profit and social sector organizations worldwide to rapidly accelerate their impact, revenues, public engagement and leadership effectiveness. He currently serves on the Boards of Wycliffe USA and CLA. He has been named one of America's Most Influential & Effective Fundraisers by the Non-Profit Times and was a catalyst for the ONE campaign, which has brought more than 3 million people together to fight extreme poverty and disease. View Guest page

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Mike Thompson


Mike Thompson is the CEO of SVI, a talent development company on a mission to create irresistible companies and extraordinary people. Mike and SVI partner with complex global organizations to engage, train, assess and develop their entire workforce. As one of the most forward thinkers in leadership, Mike coaches executives and next generation CEOs at many of the world’s largest companies. Mike is the author of three top-selling business and leadership books, The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level; The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment; and, most recently, Forging Grit: A Story of Leadership Perseverance. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University, serves as the president of the Dallas Chapter for the Association of Talent Development. Mike also served six years in the Air Force and Air National Guard. View Guest page

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Dee Ann Turner

Dee Ann Turner has worked for Chick-fil-A for more than 30 years and currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Talent. Over the years, she has played an intricate role in growing Chick-fil-A’s unique and highly regarded culture while overseeing recruitment, selection, and retention of corporate staff and the recruitment and selection of Chick-fil-A Franchisees. Dee Ann’s insightful knowledge and applicable tools to building an incredible and influential company culture are revealed in her upcoming book, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and A Compelling Culture. Dee Ann serves as a Board member for the Kenya Project, an organization that provides education, homes, food and spiritual growth for children in Kenya. Additionally, she serves as a Board member of Proverbs 31 ministry in Charlotte, NC. She has a passion for missions that support women and children and strengthen families. View Guest page

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Viki Winterton

Viki Winterton is founder of Expert Insights Publishing, home of best-selling and award winning books and magazines, where visionaries and those on the rise come together to create immediate impact.

Expert Insights Publishing is built on the solid foundation of over 25 years of expertise in promotion, publishing, product development, networking, and success. Fortune 100 companies and individuals across the globe know Viki for fostering powerful and loyal relationships and supporting her communities in wildly creative, unique, and wonderful ways.

Viki is also a multiple #1 International Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Publisher, founder of Bestselling Authors International Organization, Write Now! broadcast and Write Away, Write Now!, the global community where writers find everything they need at each stage of their journey! View Guest page

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