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Leadership Thought Forum Speaker Series - Strategic Discomfort Webcast

A message from Marylka Empey CMC, founder of the Leadership Thought Forum


The Leadership Thought Forum is presented by the GTA Chapter of CMC-Ontario and jointly sponsored with CMA Ontario. The LTF series began in 2012 and was created to provide a mechanism to foster thought leadership and discussion regarding the range of strategic issues affecting organizations. Our keynote speakers are leaders in business, consulting, academia, or government, who bring a global perspective to the issues at hand. The GTA Chapter is pleased to offer the series via podcast to share access to our Thought Leaders. Your comments and suggestions on topics for our 2014 series are welcomed! Kindly contact Maryka Empey

Session 1 of 3 in a series: 

Strategic Discomfort
February 22, 2013
Are you playing in a dynamic industry, where the competitive landscape is fast changing and unforgiving? How do market leaders lose their lead? How can a company with a dominant market share allow a new entrant to steal their momentum? How can successful leaders not see a fundamental change to the basis for competition in their space?

One controversial concept to combat this is to foster an entrepreneurial culture that generates the right attitude, creates urgency, and encourages out-of-the box thinking and breakthrough product development. It is all about, ‘Strategic Discomfort.’ It is about managing the culture, keeping the firm nimble, on edge, uncomfortable and hungry… and being focused. Find out how to make the competitive difference in an organization’s success and sustainability by applying the principles of Strategic Discomfort.

Keynote Speaker:

David Tait
David Tait is a Director with AlixPartners in New York City. For the past 20 years, David has consulted to leading companies in North America, Asia, and Europe on business and organization strategy, merger integration, and large-scale change. His focus has been primarily in the telecommunications sector, helping clients implement and improve their execution of major strategic initiatives. David has helped structure new lines of business and channels to market to commercialize new technologies, and has developed market entry strategies for many successful businesses. In addition, David has implemented major strategic and operational initiatives for companies in the manufacturing and service sectors. 

Previously, he spent 10 years with A.T. Kearney in North America and Australia, and was a Vice President in both their Operations and Strategies Practice. David has been a Partner with SECOR and a Vice President in Hay Group’s organizational effectiveness practice. He also founded Tait + Associates, a leading consulting firm to the telecommunications industry. David holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, and a BA from York University and is a member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

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