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Based on morning workshop assessment people will learn their strengths and weaknesses, and can then meet with others to discuss and dive deeper in some of these areas/ competencies.

Use the Business Model Canvas for strategic conversation and solutioning

Business models are the underlying structures that power all businesses, both for-profit and nonprofit. The Business Model Canvas is a tool for comparing and building models to foster innovation and growth. This workshop is for anyone who is tasked with helping teams consider multiple strategic options for value creation and will explore the nine square canvas designed by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. Learning Objectives

  • Gain the confidence to bring BMC into your own work as a strategic business analyst or business architect
  • Gain the ability to help a client to creatively ‘solution’ around an area like partners, value streams or channels.
  • Understand common ‘design patterns’ for BMCs like: longtail, lean flow, multi-sided platform, etc. and how to evaluate business models for strength, scale and sustainability.

(Competencies: Discovering: What Is, What If, What Wows, Futuristic, Architecture)

Open Systems Leadership: learn the philosophy behind these Next Gen Business Competencies

As designers of new business opportunities, working in the new dynamic VUCA space, we start from a new set of working assumptions:

  • Complexity not just Complicated
  • Organic not just Mechanical
  • Irrational not just rational
  • Evolutionary not just linear growth
  • Ecosystems not just systems
  • Services not just products
  • Polarities not just Qualities

Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate a new mindset into your own practice
  • Learn how the next gen competencies relate to this mindset
  • Be able to quickly articulate them to leadership

(Competencies: ALL of them)

Decision Making for Agile Teams

Many organizations are faced with excessive cost overruns and challenges to deliver anticipated value during project execution. In working with many clients and reading study after study, a root cause almost always points to issues associated with business. It could be missing needs, inability to prioritize, conflicting needs. In the end, this challenge and struggle commonly relates to how organizations are making and communicating decisions before, during and after projects. Decisions need to be made with the information available at the right time.

This workshop takes an in-depth look at how teams should look to improving decision making to help increase project success. By looking at a project as a path of decisions teams will be able to determine what activities will add value to the initiative and the optimal time to perform them. At the end of this session you will see it is all about helping organizations make great decisions

Session Objectives:

  • The Importance of Decision Making to increase the success of projects
  • When you need to make decisions and the tools to help make them
  • How you help others make decisions

(Competencies: ocializing and Decisioning, Innovation Culture: Adhocracies, Integrating; Personal Practice: Adaptive, Trust; Learning: Fail or Pivot, Measure; What Works, Desirable, Viable, Feasible)

Applying Improvisation to Your Team

To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming.

In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you stay in the present, temporarily suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously. These skills are needed to build positive, trust based, results oriented teams. With Kupe’s background he will be able to help you directly apply these skills to your job.

Session Objectives:

  • The ability to think on your feet and keep a conversation, with anyone, moving forward
  • Learn lessons that will make you a sought after team member
  • Gain confidence and trust in yourself and others 

(Competencies: Innovation Culture: Adhocracies, Integrating, Pacing; Personal Practice: Adaptive, Trust, Integrity; What Wows: Ideation, CoCreation)


Curtis Michelson Founder, Minds Alert, llc

Curtis MichelsonFounder and principal of the Orlando-based consulting studio Minds Alert. Minds Alert facilitates strategic conversations with clients in publishing, media and academia to envision new products, services and business models aligned with emerging trends. As a global speaker and trainer, Curtis covers topics related to strategic innovation approaches, new business competencies, agile transformation, business modeling and enterprise design. As an Agile Coach & Certified facilitator through Agile Transformation he helps teams engage in critical organizational conversations that are challenged or blocked.

Kupe Kupersmith, KupeTalks and the Atlanta Engagement Director

kupe kupersmithKupe Kupersmith is quested speaker and workshop facilitator for conferences all over the world. As a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh even with business subject. For the past 20 years Kupe has been helping organizations achieve business value with an Improv advantage. Kupe serves as a mentor for business professionals and he has excellent success in building and maintaining relationships at all levels of the organization. Kupe’s main objective is to help you connect, collaborate, and be ready for the future.


Curtis & Kupe are co-authors of the NextGen Business competency wheel

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