The Architects of Growth & GSEA Competition

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Venue: Golisano Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship - 150 Sawgrass Drive Room 108, Rochester, New York

Great companies need great leaders who build great teams. Companies that can develop them from within have a distinct advantage. This complex and challenging people game is hard to measure, but can be learned. This interactive workshop will gather your live leadership development challenges, and turn them into case studies that deliver timeless, actionable wisdom on developing leaders. Participants will come away with new tools, concepts, and at least one good idea about what to do in a high stakes leadership development opportunity they currently face in their business. The event is intended for both current and emerging leaders, who share responsibility for the victory.

We encourage members to bring their up and coming leaders to this event! 

Following the event we are hosting our GSEA Competition from 11:30AM to 2:00PM.

We will explore such questions as:

-What is a leader?

  • -The crucial difference between managing players and developing leaders.

  • -Leadership development core skills: Growing coachability, Building exceptional connections, Expanding accountability for leading, Using coaching to test leadership talent

    • -As an emerging leader, how can I optimize my development?

  • -How to distinguish between talented contributors and leaders?

    • -What does high social/emotional Intelligence look like?

    • -The key role of emotional maturity in leadership- how to evaluate and cultivate it?

    • -Can high performers become great managers?

      • -What happens when it doesn't work out- how to demote and retain?

  • -How to hire leadership talent?

  • -The big overlap between family leadership and business leadership.

About Speaker, Erik Thompson:

Erik Thompson, MA is the founder and president of Thompson Leadership Development, a national executive coaching firm based in Vermont. Trained as a leadership psychologist, Erik uses systems leadership theory to strengthen organizations by growing great business leaders. Erik has worked with senior executives and their leadership teams across the country for over 15 years. His innovative Leading by Managing Self Course that has been taught at more than 40 companies throughout the United States. Erik is passionate about helping talented, inspiring people become extraordinary leaders of teams and organizations. His meaningful conversations with senior leaders led to his LeaderSight podcast where successful founders and CEOs share their wisdom about developing highly successful teams, the art of mentoring, succession, and lessons learned from personal loss.

Erik moonlights as the Executive Director of the non-profit Vermont Center for Family Studies, an organization dedicated to strengthening families by training expert family advisors.

A 40 year practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, Erik enjoys reading classic fiction and watching high school girls basketball. He resides in the mountains of Vermont where he hikes with his wife Sarah and a brood of daughters, nephews, and nieces.