The Power of Team: Coalition Building From the Inside Out

Friday April 13  //  11 AM – 1 PM

Dana Fieldman Boals

Former Amway Corporation VP and current Ferguson’s Lawn Equipment, Stove and Fireplace Center business owner

Featured Speaker

Dana Fieldman Boals

Former Amway Corporation VP and current Ferguson’s Lawn Equipment, Stove and Fireplace Center business owner

Dana Boals is an inspiring leader whose career has included executive positions in one of the largest private corporations in the country as well as in several international non-profit organizations. Dana served as Vice President of Global Amway Brand/Corporate Citizenship and Vice President of International Finance where she gained invaluable expertise in leadership of global teams.  Ms. Boals has also served as Director of Global Partnerships at Partners Worldwide, a global Christian network of businesspeople faithfully pursuing a world without poverty. There she led a global team that built the capacity of Local Community Institutions to catalyze entrepreneurs and job creators in communities around the world.

 

Ms. Boals’ strengths in servant leadership, innovation, and strategic planning and execution, as well as tremendous compassion have significantly contributed to positive and lasting impact in companies and communities around the world.

 

Ms Boals has pivoted from her role in corporate leadership and is currently  an entrepreneur and business owner operating Ferguson’s Lawn Equipment, Fireplace and Stove Center with her husband. She remains active in a variety of community organizations serving on the Board for the Traverse City based Single MOMM organization, Grand Rapids based Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Chicago based Greenline Coffee and as Board Chairperson for Washington based Alliance for Children Everywhere.

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Presentation Description

Leadership is often characterized by the vision and action of an individual and their ability to move a team of others forward.  Ms. Boals professional life has challenged that norm.  Her singular focus, whether as a Finance professional, Marketing leader, Non-Profit employee or Board member has been to build a coalition of committed stakeholders from the inside out.  She believes that helping team members find their voice, their passion and their strengths brings forward collective results beyond the capacity of any one individual or team.

 

Ms. Boals will share examples from her leadership career from many sides – finance and marketing, for-profit and non-profit, corporate and private ownership – to bring to life the power of coalition building to motivate your team, move your vision forward and energize your change efforts. She will also share practical advice to implement similar strategies within your organization, no matter the structure, size of the team or area of expertise.

Agenda

  • 11:00am – Doors Open // Sponsor Expo // Networking
  • 11:20-11:45 – Lunch Buffet // Open Networking Continues
  • 11:45-12:50 – Welcome, Featured Speaker Presentation
  • 12:50-1PM – Q & A and Wrap-up

Presentation Description

Leadership is often characterized by the vision and action of an individual and their ability to move a team of others forward.  Ms. Boals professional life has challenged that norm.  Her singular focus, whether as a Finance professional, Marketing leader, Non-Profit employee or Board member has been to build a coalition of committed stakeholders from the inside out.  She believes that helping team members find their voice, their passion and their strengths brings forward collective results beyond the capacity of any one individual or team.

 

Ms. Boals will share examples from her leadership career from many sides – finance and marketing, for-profit and non-profit, corporate and private ownership – to bring to life the power of coalition building to motivate your team, move your vision forward and energize your change efforts. She will also share practical advice to implement similar strategies within your organization, no matter the structure, size of the team or area of expertise.

Agenda

  • 11:00am – Doors Open // Sponsor Expo // Networking
  • 11:20-11:45 – Lunch Buffet Open // Networking Continues
  • 11:45-12:50 – Welcome, Featured Speaker Presentation
  • 12:50-1PM – Q & A and Wrap-up

Featured Book

This book is a 2005 Pulitzer prize winner and should be on every leader’s reading list.  It is especially relevant today when division and strife within corporate structures, leadership teams, communities and government factions provide on-going challenges to leaders across the globe as they strive to align those they work with and lead around a common vision.  It is the fascinating biography of Abraham Lincoln who was able to help put the “united” back into United States in the midst of one of the most hostile divisions our country has ever experienced. The book illustrates how instead of battling his opponents, Lincoln chose to recruit them as part of his key advisory team, not because they supported him, but because he felt they were the best and the brightest and most capable of helping him lead the country.  Most of them later came to respect Lincoln’s leadership abilities and became key players in restoring the Union. This book will inspire leaders to look beyond their personal ego and focus their decisions not on what will necessarily make them comfortable or inflate their self-esteem, but what will best serve the mission, vision and values they were charged to oversee.

The main message of Maxwell’s book is that leadership is not so much about title and position on the organizational chart as it is about the ability to influence others. He says “leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit.” The book discusses the importance and organizational benefits of employees learning to effectively lead from the middle when they may not have much formal power. Maxwell emphasizes that leadership is learned in the trenches and that is also where it is less risky to learn from mistakes since the stakes are lower.  He provides some tips on how the reader can maximize opportunities for growth while in a middle position. The book also debunks some myths that keep people from believing they can influence and lead others from the middle, including their boss. Maxwell also provides some specific tips on how to address the various challenges including how to gain fulfillment when you are in the middle of the pack waiting for a higher level position and how to respond when reporting to an ineffective leader. The 360 Leader was voted best business book of the year by Soundview Executive Book Summary subscribers and was the 2006 recipient of their Harold Longman Award. You can take a free 360 Leadership self-assessment based on this book on Maxwell’s website here.

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