“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.”
– Peter Drucker
Great cultures don't just happen. They awaken.
WELCOME TO THE BUFFALO CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION
With the generous support of McGuire Development Company, The Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation helps companies develop the processes, disciplines, strategies and work environments that support the business advantage of cultural excellence. The BCCI accomplishes this by offering a unique combination of best practice services, professional expertise, and strategic partnerships focused in three strategic areas: Purpose, Potential and Place.
The BCCI is housed inside McGuire’s new offices at 455 Cayuga Road, Buffalo, New York 14225. You can learn more about the BCCI at buffaloculturenow.com and McGuire at mcguiredevelopment.com.
What is Culture?
Culture is formed in response to the experiences people have within an organization. From these experiences beliefs are developed and those beliefs drive behaviors. The best organizations have intentionally cultivated “strong” cultures that shape their competitive advantage. Without a strong culture it is more difficult to attract and retain good people, more difficult to effect change, adapt to new opportunities and weather challenges. Maybe that’s why renowned management consultant, Peter Drucker said,
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
Purpose: Give them something to believe.
The purpose of your organization, your “why,” often emanates from deep within. Powerful brands align who the company is at its core with how it is perceived in the marketplace. In this sense, the personality of a brand is often byproduct of its culture. Imagine Disney saying it’s “The happiest place on Earth” and then having a customer experience to the contrary. When people believe in the purpose of the organization they are unstoppable.
Potential: Unlock the genius of your people.
As organizations grow they generate more complexity. Complexity is the enemy of growth. Entrepreneurial teams require a new set of skills, disciplines and frameworks to order to break through the ceiling. Growth is more difficult relying on the same methods that have allowed success in the past. Owners, leaders, teams and individuals must learn to think and act differently if they hope to unlock the power of potential.
Place: Build a sense of belonging.
AWAKEN2019 is an opportunity for 250+ entrepreneurial business leaders from WNY and Canada to gather, reconnect and revitalize.
AWAKEN2019 is a leadership conference dedicated to three drivers of culture:
- Purpose— What you say about your organization;
- Potential— What you do to unlock the genius of your people;
- Place— How you create a sense of belonging in your physical space.
Entrepreneurial Operating System®
Entrepreneurial Operating System
In three words: Real. Simple. Results. EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, is a comprehensive business system, integrating a holistic business model with a complete set of simple business tools and a proven business process to align and synchronize all the pieces of your business to produce the results you want. EOS will help you do three things we call vision, traction and healthy:
Vision®: First getting the leaders of your business 100% on the same page with the vision for your organization: who you are, what you do, where you are going and how you will get there.
Traction®: Helping your leaders to become more disciplined and accountable, executing consistently to do things well and achieve every piece of your vision.
Healthy: Helping your leaders to become a healthy, functional, cohesive leadership team, because leaders often don’t function well together as a team. From there, as goes your leadership team so goes the rest of your organization. You get to the point where your entire organization is focused, engaged, sharing a common vision, disciplined, accountable, executing well and advancing as a healthy, functional, cohesive team.
EOS is comprised of three elements; the EOS Model™, the EOS Toolbox™ and the EOS Process™. The EOS Model helps to simplify the way you see your business and sets the context for becoming a great company. The EOS Toolbox contains a complete set of simple tools you can use to strengthen each component of your business. The EOS Process is our proven way of helping you apply the right tools at the right time to get you the results you want.
Denison Organizational Cultural Survey
Denison has identified four key drivers of high performance—mission, adaptability, involvement and consistency—that indicate where to focus. The Denison Culture Model measures these four drivers reflected in four primary colors. Simply put, the more color, the better the results.
Take a demo survey to understand more. Then be in touch with us. We can help you do the work of transformation in your firm. It’s an exciting process that generates real results…right to the bottom line.
Through the cumulative responses from the survey, you will gain insight on questions like:
- Does your team understand your mission and where you’re headed?
- Do they believe the firm can stay competitive and adapt to changes in the market?
- Are your people involved, and do they feel they have the training they need?
- Are your values clear and being lived out through consistent processes?
The baseline survey gives you statistical feedback against a global benchmark. Based on insight from this data, you can then confidently take action to improve your performance.
Additional survey modules are available to test trust, innovation, engagement, risk, safety and commitment.
Denison Leadership Development 360
Importantly, the Denison Leadership Development 360 is a developmental tool. By providing data-based feedback, this instrument allows leaders to compare their own ratings to those of coworkers and to identify gaps in perceived strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities.
Denison uses normative scoring to present survey results. We compare your survey data to our global database of over 14,000 leaders (from a wide variety of industries, job functions, management levels and tenures) and tabulate graphical profiles–represented in a Summary Report–that convey the results in percentile scores.
Organizations have used the Denison Leadership Development 360 to help their leaders to:
- Identify specific areas of individual strength and weakness, and establish an action plan for leadership development
- Understand group-level leadership strengths and weaknesses
- Learn how specific skills and practices impact their leadership performance
- Develop leadership skills necessary to adapt to a changing environment
- Understand their role in creating a high-performance culture
Developing the Trusted Leader
Our program is divided into 5 modules:
Loretta Biscaro Smith is the founder and President of Genesis Executive Management Inc. Specializing in leadership development, she has coached and provided leadership expertise to senior executives from around the world. Loretta is currently an Executive in Residence at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey School of Business. She is an accredited certified provider of the Leader Character – Breakthrough Leadership Dimensions program by Ivey School of Business.
Module 2: A four-hour session on the Leader Character program. This program will highlight 11 dimensions demonstrated through live situations. We delve into why it is important, the definition of each of the 11 dimensions and most important understanding what happens when each dimension is present or absent.
Module 3: A four-hour session on breaking down the 11 dimensions. Delving deeper into each of the 11 dimensions individually. We include interactive teaching methodology to enable each participant to fully understand the dimension, the behaviors associated with the dimension and the impact of having too much or not enough affects outcomes/goals/objectives.
Module 4: The Trusted Leader – a four hour session on understanding the 3 pillars of trust, followed by the expansion into the 9 leadership habits that inspire trust. Through the use of videos, discussions and case studies we will review what it takes to be a Trusted Leader whilst incorporating the learnings of Leader Character
Module 5: Round table sessions. Practicing what you have learned in quick order enables better retention. Participants come together for discussion with peers in order to work through problems together. Our format is ‘Hear me out – Help me out’, with each participant openly discussing problems and/or providing assistance. This is an opportunity to speak truths, be vulnerable, demonstrate courage, openness and most importantly our ability to be Trusted Leader = Character Infused Leadership
Developing the Creative Leader
- Participants will recognize the important role creativity and creative problem solving play in 21st century leadership success.
- Participants will develop the creative mindset that will enable them to be more effective as leaders in an era of innovation and change.
- Participants will learn to apply cognitive strategies that will increase confidence and competence in addressing opportunities and challenges inherent in the 21st
- Participants will develop the affective skills required to be successful in a world increasingly defined by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
The program modules include:
- The case for creativity as a 21st century leadership skill.
- Individual feedback regarding participant’s creative-thinking preferences, areas of strength and potential areas for development.
- Tools for complex problem solving, learning to become a more effective creative thinker and problem solver.
- The emotional skills that promote effectiveness in a fast changing, increasingly uncertain, and turbulent business environment.
As a creativity scholar he has written more than 60 articles, chapters and books. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. The Teaching Company selected Dr. Puccio as one of America’s great lecturers and as such released a Great Course titled “The Creative Thinker’s Tool Kit” that features Dr. Puccio and his work.
Who We Are
From 1995 to 2007, Jim was CEO and Owner of Publicom Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm based in East Lansing, Michigan specializing in service brand management for companies throughout the Midwest. Jim has been a frequent guest speaker at Michigan State University, authored numerous articles in local/regional business press and currently produces a regular podcast on michiganbusinessnetwork.com dealing with change leadership entitled, Pocket Change. He has been active in wide range professional, non-profit and civic organizations, including the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he was an active member for seven years.
Following the company’s sale in 2007, Jim held executive positions with McLaren Health Care Corporation, Flint, Michigan and Lifestyle Lift, Troy, Michigan. He is currently Chief Change Agent and Owner of Stitch Brand & Culture, a firm that specializes in developing executive teams for improved strategic execution, entrepreneurial leadership and the cultivation of innovative, collaborative cultures.
Jim is a CEL Reactor and presenter, local speaker, 43North Judge and member of the International Coaching Federation.
Certified Professional EOS Implementer: The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), developed by Gino Wickman (author of Traction and founder of EOS Worldwide), provides leadership teams with a shared vision, greater accountability and a healthier dynamic. It is particularly powerful when entrepreneurial organizations have hit a growth ceiling and are looking to break through.
Certified Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ) Practitioner: The SOQ is an insightful assessment of creative climate backed by 50 years of research. The SOQ is frequently used to assist leadership in cultivating a more innovative and creative environment within their organizations.
Certified VIEW Practitioner: A measure of creative problem solving style preference. Great for improving team performance.
Certified FourSight Administrator: A measure of creative problem solving style preference tied to creative problem solving process. Very effective in team problem solving.
Certified Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Practitioner: The product of 30 years of research in leadership behavior and the offshoot of the best seller, The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes ￼￼and Posner, the LPI is widely used and respected among leadership development professionals for its ability to identify, teach and refine productive leadership behaviors.
Creative Problem Solving (CPS): Professional trained as a creative problem solving facilitator and creativity/innovation coach.
- Are you running your business or is your business running you?
- The Creative Climate: Why creativity is the key to growth.
- Creativity 101: An introduction to Creative Problem Solving Process
- Entrepreneurial “Doer” to Entrepreneurial Leader: What got you here, won’t get you there.
Other topics upon request.
In 2012 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company as one of America’s Great Lecturers and as such was invited to design and deliver a course comprised of twenty-four 30-minute video sessions. This “Great Course,” titled The Creative Thinker’s Tool Box, was released nationally and internationally in January 2014. Dr. Puccio was also a featured speaker at a TEDx event held in New York City in December of 2012. Among many other responsibilities, Dr. Puccio also serves on the selecting committee for the Toy Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.
As the founder and President of Genesis Executive Management Inc., she specializes in developing leaders. Loretta is known for her integrity, candour and broad vision – and for always asking the tough questions. She has a direct, no-nonsense approach that inspires bold, smart action. Her rigorous approach and sought-after expertise enable business leaders to rapidly identify and bridge gaps in their organizations and in their personal performance.
As an Executive in Resident at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey School of business where the focus is on Leader Character, Loretta has facilitated transformational training programs that enable companies to excel in a culture with character and trust as their solid foundation. Her insights have delivered smart solutions, organizational alignment and improved business processes.
She is a frequent keynote speaker, published author and a certified provider of psychometric profiles enabling her to assess and understand people. Loretta excels in building trusting relationships on a global scale one step at a time.
She has served on several boards – locally and nationally and is a Mentor in the Transformational Leadership program at the Ivey School of Business. In her spare time, Loretta is an avid long distance cyclist and gourmet cook, with a special affinity for Italian cuisine. Loretta also runs a farm with her husband Larry and her 3 brave and adventurous children.
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