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10/8/2010
When: 10/8/2010
8:00 AM
Where: Carlson School of Management
1st Floor Auditorium
United States
Contact: Mark Hoekstra
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Management Information Systems Research Center (MISRC) Seminar Series located in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Co-sponsored with The Society for Information Management (SIM) Presents:

Title: Leadership and Motivation in the Knowledge Economy
Speaker: Dr. James Wetherbe, Texas Tech University
Date: Friday, October 8, 2010
Time: Check-In 8:00 AM, Seminar 8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Location: Carlson School of Management 1st Floor Auditorium floor Directions from the 19th Ave. Parking ramp-Proceed through the skyway from the ramp (3rd floor of the ramp) and continue into the Carlson School around the corner towards the right (entrance from the skyway-3rd floor is the entrance to the 2nd floor of the Carlson School) and proceed to the T intersection-go left to the elevators or right down the steps to first floor. The first floor auditorium if off of the atrium to the South side of the building.

Registration: http://www.misrc.umn.edu/registration/  
Seminar page:
http://www.misrc.umn.edu/seminars/2010-10-08/  
Calendar page:
http://www.misrc.umn.edu/calendar/  
Parking page:
http://www.misrc.umn.edu/parking/

Abstract
Technique lags behind technology—that is the way we do things, including leadership, is not state-of-the-art. Today, many organizations are managing based upon leadership principles from the industrial economy—division of labor where employees are told what, how and when to do things. That approach is archaic and dysfunctional in the knowledge economy of the information age. Management often manages organizations like a mainframe computer treating employees like "dumb terminals” instead of like the dynamic network full of intelligent nodes that is possible and will result in higher performance. In the first part of the presentation effective leadership approaches are provided that achieve better results from knowledge and team-based work of today. One straightforward technique is presented that can easily transform leadership style and results.

The second part of the presentation focuses on achieving high performance though motivation. Motivational rewards are often mismatched to employee desires which adversely affect performance. By truly understanding what motivates employees higher performance is achieved in the "social contract” what do our employees want from us so we can best get what we need from them? The biggest mistake managers make is they think that what motivates them also motivates their staff—that is they mistakenly think "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In reality is it should be "Do unto others as they want done unto them!” This phenomenon is vividly illustrated by the use of a software tool named Motivator—part of the presentation—to allow participants to interactively determine their motivational factors. By the way of interest to cost concerned management: powerful motivational alternatives to compensation are made quite clear through this process.

As part of the program participants will be provided a powerful leadership book on communication—"So, What’s Your Point?” co-authored by Jim which can be included as part of the program. Personalization of books is available.

Presenter Dr. James Wetherbe is the Stevenson Chaired Professor of IT at Texas Tech University. He is a highly regarded speaker and author of 30 books and hundreds of articles Experience includes professorial and administrative positions at several major universities and management, consulting, and technical positions in industry. Rated as one of the top dozen consultants and lecturers on management and information technology by Information Week and is the first recipient of the MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award. Served or serves on the Board of several major corporations including Best Buy and Ciber.

Webcast Details
If you wish to ask the presenter questions you can submit your questions by e-mailing misrc@umn.edu or by using the built-in Ask feature of Mediasite.

Detailed webcast information will be sent to all webcast registrants prior to the event.
Additional information regarding MISRC seminars and events, including directions and parking, presenter\'s slides (if available), and the event calendar, can be found at: http://www.misrc.umn.edu/

Questions or comments?

Management Information Systems Research Center
Phone: 612-625-0862
Fax: 612-626-1600
misrc@umn.edu
http://www.misrc.umn.edu/

 

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