Monday, June 18, 2007

China – June 18, 2007

Here for the last week of a two week tour: Warsaw, Poland to Malibu, California to Beijing .. and finally expected home on June 14. In Poland had the great fortune to work again with Aiki-Management’s founders, Pawel Bernas and Pawle Olesiak, this time for a full-day program serving 140 members of the Roche Corporation. A very energetic group, I think they were beyond surprised at what they could accomplish in such a short time, though I wish we could have taken a full two days. The impact of being in Warsaw was surreal for me. This is a city many hundreds of years old, but everything visible dates from 63 years ago. Ninety-four percent of the city was completely flattened in September, 1944 during a 62-day long battle. Most if not all of the old-city’s generations were wiped out or fled and never returned. Though the King’s Square (central area) has been rebuilt to reflect the old (albeit with Dutch influence) the current inhabitants live in constant remembrance in an eerie and ultra modern way.

From Warsaw I arrive into Malibu on June 13th for the 2007 Organizational Behavior Teachers Conference, held this year at Pepperdine University with hundred sixty of the top leadership and organizational behavior professors and practitioners from the US and the world. What did I hear loud and clear? That theses teachers are concerned that unless things change, environmentally and politically – and rapidly so – that we are set for dire times. Where once only heard in small discussions around the dining room table at OBTC, this weeks’ voices sounding an alarm were quite loud and from the plenary floor. They see an overwhelming need for strong ethical leaders who will take on the hard problems for the long term rather than looking for quick fixes and fasts profits. And they see it throughout our nation – organizations large and small and including on their own campuses.

A side note: I purchased a copy of Bill George’s new book, “Finding True North.” Bill George is the former CEO of Medtronics and now a professor of management at the Harvard Business School. No he was not at this year’s OBTC (though Pepperdine was my first opportunity to see his book in print). He was at the Gallup Leadership Institute conference that Dr. Tim Peterson (Texas A&M) and I attended last year in Washington, D.C. I strongly suggest you buy Bill Georges’ book. I have yet to hear someone of his caliber so strongly state the need for servant leadership and public stewardship.

One of the good things about the OBTC is that the sessions are designed for attendees to take back to their classrooms and implement. And … I will … beginning with July at the sixth Allied Ronin Leaders’ Retreat.

From Malibu I arrived into Beijing yesterday. Here to serve one of three training organizations that has been using the Samurai Game®. I’ll be here five days and am just settling in. But, here’s today’s report. Visibility is three quarters of a mile … max. No it’s not overcast or fog. You can see the sun, in fact you can look directly at it today, staring for a long time no strain or pain to the eye. Smog. Heavy. Wet. Pungent. Skin tingling. Breath-cutting. Normal. Making a bad-day-in-LA look crystal clear. More later.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Coaches Conference and Awards Night - Beijing, China

At the invitation of Top Human Technologies, Ltd., Lance Giroux, Managing Director, Allied Ronin, will attend the Coaching and CSR Conference in Beijing, China on June 22. He has also been asked to be a presenter at the Fourth Professional Coaching Awards Night on June 23, also in Beijing. The China Coach Association, with the support of Global Finance Magazine, is hosting the events. Top Human Technology, Ltd. is the main sponsor. The Conference will be held at The Great Hall in Tiananmen Square and the Awards Night will take place at The Beijing Hotel.

The Awards Night will recognize outstanding persons who have achieved extensive improvements through coaching within their corporations. Over 1,000 corporate executives and corporate coaches are expected to attend from throughout China. For the past two years Lance has been assisting Top Human with trainer development and delivering experiential leadership programs for Top Human’s corporate clients, both involving the Samurai Game®, a creation of author George Leonard

The conference and awards evening will culminate a two week global tour for Giroux: beginning with Warsaw, Poland for a program that he will present hosted June 12th by Aiki-Management for the Roche Corporation; then to Malibu, California, where he will present on June 15th at the annual Organizational Behavior Teacher Conference hosted this year at Pepperdine University; and then to Beijing to conduct a two day leadership program (June 20-21) for Top Human.

Visit for more information about the Coaching and CSR Conference and the Awards Night.