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SIM Wisconsin Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 | 7:45 AM  - 9:00 AM

Speaker:  Mark Richards, Founder & Managing Partner, The Crucible Group

Topic:  Five Ways to Build Highly Effective & Inclusive Teams

As business leaders, we are expected to motivate our teams to overcome challenges and achieve organizational objectives in an increasingly dynamic, complex and resource-constrained environment. To deliver results, our teams must be more than just "high-performing" and "highly effective” – they must embrace a culture of inclusion that empowers each member to contribute their unique strengths to solving problems, and capitalizing upon new opportunities.

This session will explore the differences between high-performing, highly-effective and highly-inclusive teams, and will provide five actionable strategies to move your team in the right direction. These strategies draw from leadership tactics employed with great success across corporate and combat environments.

Mark Richards is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Crucible Group, a guild of government, academic, and private sector leaders that believe that development as a leader is grounded in the challenging experiences they have.  In this capacity, Mark has worked with leaders at FedEx, MITRE, GE, Johnson & Johnson, and Northwestern Mutual to name a few. Mark has served over 23 years in the United States Army.  As an Aviation officer and UH-60 Blackhawk pilot, his leadership assignments included Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Bahamas.  Additionally, he was assigned to the US Military Academy at West Point to develop future Army leaders.  His current role as a Lieutenant Colonel and instructor in the Army Reserve focuses on strategy, doctrine, and leadership development. His last 10 years in Corporate America include time training engineers and suppliers at GE Healthcare and progressive leadership roles at Northwestern Mutual including the oversight and delivery of all leadership development programs for the national salesforce. Mark has a BA in Business Management from Colorado State University and an MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.


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