September 6: The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams

Program Description:

There are many definitions of leadership; Curphy and Hogan (2012) define leadership as the ability to get results (the what of leadership) and the ability to build teams (the how of leadership).  Groups and teams are the building blocks of modern organizations, yet there is no agreed upon framework for transforming collections of individuals into high performing teams. This interactive presentation will review some important differences between groups and teams, debunk several common myths about teams, and review a practical, research-based model for diagnosing and improving team functioning and performance.  Participants will apply the Rocket Model framework to a case study as well as a team they have been on or have worked with in the past and discuss interventions to improve team functioning.  The presentation will conclude with a review of some of the resources available to OD practitioners for diagnosing and improving team performance.

About the Presenter

Gordy Curphy, PhD

Gordon Curphy, PhD, President of Curphy Consulting Corporation, is a leading authority on leadership and teams. As such, he spends most of his time helping C-suite and business unit leaders solve complex leadership challenges. His consulting efforts help top leaders develop business strategies, drive organizational alignment and execution, operate as high performing teams, identify and develop potential successors, and use action learning teams to solve difficult business problems.

Taking a scientific-practitioner approach to leadership, Gordon has spent the last 30 years researching, writing about, practicing, and providing consulting advice on leadership.  To date he has written 16 books on leadership and most recently published The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams.  As a practitioner, Gordon held several leadership roles at the United States Air Force Academy, Personnel Decisions International, and The Blandin Foundation before starting his own company ten years ago.


Event Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Location: University of St. Thomas 1000 LaSalle Ave, Opus Hall (MOH) 201

Start Time: 5:30pm

End Time: 7:00pm

Cost: $20 Members, Students, Allied Partners; $25 Non-Members