Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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October 4, 2019 

Exploring Three Tendencies That Retard Our Journey to Greater Effectiveness

As leaders, whatever our field or industry might be, we strive to ascend to higher levels of effectiveness; to creating greater results.

But the most effective leaders do not arrive there just through the passing of time, nor simply by honing their technical skills nor mastering a set of interpersonal skills. They get there by evolving a default inclination to build strong relations, embrace self-awareness, show up in authenticity, adopt a systems perspective, and unleash a passion for achieving outcomes that matter to them.

The path toward leadership excellence, however, runs through a region where our inner beliefs, assumptions, and habits of thought cause us to worry FIRST about caution, playing not to lose, self-protection, and being liked. This is the area of the "Reactive Mindset.” It is a development quagmire for leaders and managers because roughly 80% of them show up daily with their feet firmly planted in Reactive behaviors that, in fact, limit their capacity to create greater results.

We will explore this region by looking closely at the three tendencies that comprise the Reactive orientation–Complying, Protecting, and Controlling–and where they might be holding each of us back from achieving our true potential as a leader.

Take-Aways From This Session:

How our unaware beliefs and assumptions place a ceiling on what we can achieve                    through others.

What leading from a Reactive orientation looks like in practice.

One area where we might shift from Reactive to Outcome-Creating in how we show up            as a leader.

About Our Facilitator: 

Ian Cook
Fulcrum Associates
Ian Cook, MILR, CSP Ian is a professional facilitator and executive coach.

His expertise and passion lie in helping mid-to-executive level managers lead effectively at the “micro” level, in that interpersonal space between themselves and the individual employee.
In Ian’s words, “Effective micro leadership practices yield macro results!”
Since founding his company, Fulcrum Associates, back in 1988, he has worked with thousands of managers from over 250 clients from the private sector, major trade and professional associations, small business, government, and not-for- profit organizations.
Ian is a Certified Speaking Professional. CSP is the highest earned designation conferred by National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill and, from Cornell, a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations. In addition, he has been a lecturer at Ryerson University’s Faculty of Business.
Ian channels his volunteer energies through the community leadership organization, Leadership Fairfax Inc.

A 2004 alumnus of the LFI signature program, he has served on the Board of Directors and chaired their Program Committee.
As a member of Faculty, Ian collaborates on the
program’s curriculum design as well as leads two of the sessions.
He and his wife Linda reside just a rowboat’s ride across the Potomac, in

Contact Information:

Ian Cook

Fulcrum Associates


Phone: 571-226-6610

Register NowIf you have any difficulties registering, please just send an email to: jacklgates@leadershipbreakfast.org and indicate your plans (attend or not), and your name and organization as you wish it to be shown on your name badge at the meeting.


The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman Rogers, P.A.
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)

Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking
Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman Rogers,  P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem-solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.