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SIOP’s 2010 Leading Edge Consortium Focuses on High-Performance Teams

Stephany Schings Below
SIOP Communications Manager

SIOP’s 6th annual Leading Edge Consortium (LEC),“Developing and Enhancing High-Performance Teams,” will take place October 22–23 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL. Registration is open at www.siop.org/lec.

Chaired by Past President Gary Latham, along with SIOP Members Deb Cohen (Practice) and Scott Tannenbaum (Science), this year’s LEC will bring together thought leaders from academia and practice to focus on the robust topic of teams and team leadership. Attendees will hear from speakers covering a wide range of issues, such as team structure, team effectiveness, team leadership, virtual teams, and team engagement.

The consortium will engage speakers and participants alike in discussions about the practice and science of teams and will apply the discussion to public, private, and military settings.

“All of those industries care about teamwork, so there is interest, and of course there is a lot of hunger for solutions,” said SIOP President Eduardo Salas, a professor at the University of Central Florida who will be speaking at the event. “People are asking ‘How do we manage teams? How do we compose teams? How do we deliver effective team performance?’”

Salas said the topic of teamwork is important to the military, aviation, healthcare, and many other industries where high reliability of human performance is needed.

“It’s important because the consequences of an error are severe,” he explained.

Teamwork is not only about saving lives, but it is also important to ensure businesses as diverse as retail and finance succeed, added LEC co-chair and speaker Scott Tannenbaum.

“Organizations and teams that collaborate effectively have a competitive advantage,” Tannenbaum explained. “We are all aware of frightening examples of how coordination breakdowns led to safety problems in settings such as aviation, combat, energy, construction, and medicine. And anyone who has been to a hotel, restaurant, or store can readily see how teamwork impacts the customer experience. Virtually all companies—public and private, local and global—need to ensure that their work teams, project teams, and leadership teams are ready and able to perform together as teams.”  

In addition to Salas and Tannenbaum, this year SIOP once again offers an exceptional list of speakers who are leaders and influential thinkers in their field. The confirmed list of LEC speakers also includes:

  • Deb Cohen: Chief Knowledge Development and Integration Officer at SHRM
  • Scott Tannenbaum: President, The Group for Organizational Effectiveness
  • Michael Beer: Chairman and Founder of TruePoint, a research-based management consultancy, and Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School
  • Richard Hackman: Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University
  • Heidi King: Deputy Director, Patient Safety Program, Department of Defense
  • Kazem Rassouli: Manager, Research and Development, Ontario Power Generation
  • John Mathieu: Department Head, Professor and Cizik Chair in Management, Management Department, University of Connecticut
  • Lily Kelly-Radford: Executive Development Group and owner of LEAP Leadership, Atlanta leadership consultancy
  • Ruth Wageman: Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
  • Casey Haskins: Colonel, United States Army
  • Norby Williamson: Executive Senior Vice President of Studio and Event Production, ESPN Inc.
  • Michael West: Executive Dean, Aston Business School, Aston University

Latham said he anticipates this conference to be a popular one because of the importance and timeliness of the topic.

“Teams are a way of life in this millennium,” he said. “It is rare to find a job setting where one can work primarily alone. Hence, answers to questions are needed as to how to select people for teams, lead and manage teams, train teams, and coordinate them. These questions are constantly asked by SIOP’s practitioner members’ clients. Answers to these questions are also actively sought by SHRM, an organization for whom SIOP provides evidence informed input. Hence, our enrollment capacity for this conference is likely to be at the maximum quickly.”

The LEC is unique in its approach by bringing together leading-edge thinkers—practitioners, researchers, and HR executives—to examine issues in an intimate setting that fosters stimulating dialogue among colleagues. Each presentation takes place in general session, a setting conducive to interaction with presenters and networking with leaders in the I-O field.

Consortium includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, breaks, and receptions on Thursday and Friday evening. Registration fee is $425 on or before August 28, 2010. After the early registration deadline, the fee is $495. You can register now at www.siop.org/fallconsortium.

For more information about the LEC, visit the Leading Edge Consortium page at www.siop.org/lec