Leading From the Middle With Agility and Influence

Friday November 3rd  //  11 AM – 1 PM

Mike Carey

COO of Atlas Space Operations Inc.

Featured Speaker

Mike Carey

COO of Atlas Space Operations Inc.

Mike is a Founder and COO of ATLAS Space Operations, Inc.  In addition, Mike’s leadership experience also includes serving as a Major General in the United States Air Force.

His company, ATLAS Space Operations, which has recently relocated to Traverse City, provides communications services for satellite owners and operators. ATLAS was founded on the ideal of providing affordable access to space for all, at the highest possible level of service. By moving hardware to the cloud and utilizing the revolutionary ATLAS FreedomTM Software Platform customers gather information from space for use on the ground.  The innovative ATLAS LINKSTM aperture array is a game changer for cost-effect antenna receiving systems globally.

Mike brings over three decades of relevant experience in satellite and space-related operations.  As an experienced veteran from the Air Force Satellite Control Network, the Eastern, Western test ranges and founder of the Space Test and Training Range, General Carey has a comprehensive technical and political appreciation of American technical prowess in space command and control markets

Mike is helping to lead ATLAS into the future through strategy development, business planning and market engagement.  His leadership perspective has been developed through formal training and life experiences ranging from elite small units comprised of 11 people to large organizations of over 9000.  Mike believes one needs to be effective in several leadership applications, in particular how to lead from the middle.

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Presentation Description

Leadership expert John Maxwell states that 99% of all leadership occurs not from the top of an organization, but from the middle.  Mike Carey will share experiences from his 32 years of military service to illuminate how leading from the middle not only allows you to pivot and still be in position, but how such an approach motivates your associates, whether subordinate or not to lead when and where appropriate.  The naval practice of a senior officer leading from the midst of a fleet, or the army practice of comprehending and implementing the intent of orders and mission from two echelons above are powerful formulae for leading in today’s dynamic world of business. Mike will illustrate how to create a culture where staff is encouraged to lead where they are and how this can contribute to full participation from your workforce and higher levels of engagement, quality and organizational effectiveness.

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 expert John Maxwell states that 99% of all leadership occurs not from the top of an organization, but from the middle.  Mike Carey will share experiences from his 32 years of military service to illuminate how leading from the middle not only allows you to pivot and still be in position, but how such an approach motivates your associates, whether subordinate or not to lead when and where appropriate.  The naval practice of a senior officer leading from the midst of a fleet, or the army practice of comprehending and implementing the intent of orders and mission from two echelons above are powerful formulae for leading in today’s dynamic world of business. Mike will illustrate how to create a culture where staff is encouraged to lead where they are and how this can contribute to full participation from your workforce and higher levels of engagement, quality and organizational effectiveness.

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

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.

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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