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When: Friday, July 12, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 1-2 PM E
Ecology of Leadership
Guests: David K. Hurst and Felix Ankel

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The New Ecology of Leadership Presentation (pdf)

In his book The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World, David K. Hurst weaves together proven managerial concepts with insights from other fields—cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, history, and our natural environment. He argues that the human mind is rational in an ecological rather than logical sense. In other words, it takes cues to action from the situations in which it finds itself. As a result, contexts matter and reason, passion and power can be used to change organizations for good or ill. He integrates management thought and practice from a systems perspective.

David K. Hurst is a speaker, consultant and management educator, who helps managers and organizations learn from their past, understand the present and create their future. He spent twenty-five years working in corporations in several countries in a series of organizational "train wrecks” as the Western World began its radical transition from the industrial era to the age of knowledge and information. He extracted from his experience some highly innovative ideas about leadership, the management of change and the dynamics of organizations that promote creativity and learning His articles have been published in leading business publications such as the Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and several academic journals. His previous books are Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change, and Learning from the Links: Mastering Management Using Lessons From Golf.

He served for 10 years as executive vice-president of a large North American industrial distributor with more than $1 billion in sales and 1600 employees. He was part of a senior management team that saved the organization from bankruptcy during a severe business recession. He was born in England, grew up in South Africa and now lives in Canada. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.He is an adjunct professor at the University of Regina’s Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, associated with the Center for Creative Leadership, and a contributing editor to Strategy+Business.

Dr. Felix Ankel is Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr Ankel serves on the board of directors for the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) and as oral board examiner and item writer for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). Dr. Ankel is the recipient of the 2012 ACGME Parker J Palmer Courage to Teach Award.

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