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Session B - Pre-Conference Session
Wednesday, June 10, 9am-12pm

How to Lead; When Driving Fails
Presented by Tim Higgins and Dave Troupe

Description: Come examine the distinction between a “We” organization and a “Me” organization. Experience the effects of working in each organization. Explore and discuss application opportunities within your sphere of influence.

Target Audience: people with ideas and a desire to make a difference in their organization, seeking a new model for their role.

Organizational Issues: doing the same things in the same ways is not a competitive strategy for survival in a rapidly changing world. How do organizations engage the ideas, energy, and commitment of their employees with questions such as "what business are we in?" or "what business will we be in 5 years from now?"

Objectives: Experience what it means to be in an organization where results are driven and be able to generate actions to move away from that driving and tap into the inherent energy within people.

Cost: None

Pre-work: None

Materials Needed: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Tim (R), with Rudy Hernandez
Tim (right) with Aerojet Rocketdyne colleague Rudy Hernandez (left)

Biography: Tim Higgins spent nearly 29 years employed by Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) in Canoga Park.  He retired, and returned to the same Canoga Park location as part of the NASA Resident Management Office. Departmental assignments took him from engineering to manufacturing operations to the Total Quality Management Office, to quality in the position of focal point for cause and corrective action.  He now represents NASA’s interests from the System and Mission Assurance viewpoint.   All was preceded by 8 years teaching high school English and mathematics. 

Tim claims that the company paid him to mess with the frontal lobes of those trapped in the prevailing style of management, though they thought he had a different assignment.  In support of AR's "InThinking Roadmap" efforts, he conducts sessions in Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making and organizes discussions of Deming’s last book, The New Economics, obtaining local participants as well as participants from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Tim spends three days a week playing soccer, some portion of  each day adoring a Brazilian wife who saves him a fortune shopping, and some time loving a trilingual-History-Channel-watching-19-year-old son.  He is especially fascinated with books describing the probabilistic and downright weird behavior of the universe and the people in it.  Tim has a Masters degree in English, has an A.S.Q. Certified Quality Engineer card, and a rather large collection of Brazilian soccer jerseys.

Contact: Tim can be reached by e-mail at timothy.t.higgins@nasa.gov for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-higgins/8/890/79


Dave Troupe

Biography: Dave Troupe is an organizational learning and development leader for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Supplier Management, in the Seattle area. As a veteran with more than three decades of service, Dave is very familiar with complex, corporate settings, climates, and cultures. As a curious practitioner, Dave continually questions how he can promote positive change and reflects upon the degree to which he is part of the problem. Both routines keep him busily engaged.

Dave earned his B.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington and his M.Ed. in Adult Education Administration from Western Washington University. He has a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University.

Contact: Dave can be reached by e-mail at david.d.troupe@boeing.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/david-troupe-ph-d/8/3a2/693

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