Georgia LEARNS 2016

Georgia LEARNS 2016 will be a series of interactive segments for learning leaders and investors across the spectrum of learning. It will be held on October 19th and 20th at the following University of Phoenix location:

University of Phoenix
DeKalb Learning Center
2600 Century Parkway NE
Atlanta GA 30345
Room 208

Our theme for 2016 is "Winning to the Nth Power" - How successful leaders create outcomes that are exactly what is needed for all those involved - including clients, employees, members, partners, owners, donors, investors and the communities we belong to.

We will have 10 Segments focused on Problem Areas that are "Impossible to Solve" and yet - "Worthy of Achievable Outcomes" - which we will implement with a "Winning to the Nth Power" approach.

  1. Georgia National Ranking and US Global Ranking for K-12 Education
  2. Student Loan Debt related to Higher Education
  3. Safety of Emergency Responders
  4. Classroom Expense and Efficiency
  5. IT Workforce Pipeline
  6. Training and Consulting ROI
  7. Inclusion in the Workplace
  8. Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate Reduction
  9. Sales Representative Assurance of Performance
  10. Effectiveness of Initiatives Involving Change
The "Winning to the Nth Power" approach will build on these six elements:
  1. Improv: Thank you - Lisa Fey
  2. Smart Simplicity: Thank you - Sunil Narang
  3. Accountable Learning Organizations - ALO's: Thank you - Martin Pearson
  4. Internet of Things -IoT: Thank you Todd Peneguy
  5. 21st Century Business Models - Canvas and Blue Ocean - Thank you Amelia Fox and Mark Larsen
  6. The Avoidance of Groupthink (October 15, 2016) - Thank you guilty conscience

Here are some resources to help us understand these elements:

Each of the panels on Days 1 and 2 will feature the BYOL - Bring Your Own Learning format that was introduced by Georgia LEARNS in 2015. Panelists will have three to five minutes to present questions related to what they want to learn from the audience as well as present what they believe the audience can learn from the panelist's experience. Each panel will be followed by 20 minute breakout discussion sessions. This year we will also include a 5 to 10 minute closing presentation for each segment on a remarkable topic by a remarkable speaker - BYOL Plus!

Day 1 – October 19th Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 Check-In and Informal conversation

8:30 to 9:00 Introductions and Opening Comments

  1.    9:00 to 10:00       Segment 1(16) - Student Loan Debt related to Higher Education
  2.   10:15 to 11:15      Segment 9(16) - Imani's Choice
  3.   11:30 to 1:00        Segment 3(16) - Classroom Expense and Efficiency
  4.    1:15 to 2:15         Segment 4(16) - IT Workforce Pipeline
  5.    2:30 to 3:30         Segment 5(16) - Training and Consulting ROI
  6.    3:45 to 4:45         Segment 6(16) - Georgia National Ranking and US Global Ranking for K-12 Education

Day 2 – October 20th Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 Informal conversation

8:30 to 9:00 Day 1 Recaps and Day 2 Expectations

  1.    9:00 to 10:00       Segment 7(16) - Inclusion in the Workplace
  2.   10:15 to 11:15      Segment 8(16) - Sales Representative Assurance of Performance
  3.   11:30 to 1:00        Segment 2 (16) - Safety of Emergency Responders
  4.    1:15 to 2:15         Segment 10(16) - Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate Reduction
  5.    2:30 to 3:30         Segment 11(16) -  Effectiveness of Initiatives Involving Change
  6.    3:45 to 4:45         Segment 12(16) - Georgia LEARNS 2017 Planning

Please contact Paul Terlemezian pault@ifivealliances.com 404-252-8330 with any questions.

Comment by Paul Terlemezian on October 15, 2016 at 1:10pm

Today I included the "Avoidance of Groupthink" as an element of Georgia LEARNS 2016 and included a link to the Wikipedia definition. In that definition are 8 techniques to avoid Groupthink:

  1. Leaders should assign each member the role of "critical evaluator". This allows each member to freely air objections and doubts.
  2. Leaders should not express an opinion when assigning a task to a group.
  3. Leaders should absent themselves from many of the group meetings to avoid excessively influencing the outcome.
  4. The organization should set up several independent groups, working on the same problem.
  5. All effective alternatives should be examined.
  6. Each member should discuss the group's ideas with trusted people outside of the group.
  7. The group should invite outside experts into meetings. Group members should be allowed to discuss with and question the outside experts.
  8. At least one group member should be assigned the role of Devil's advocate. This should be a different person for each meeting

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