GOING ALL IN WITH A DECENTRALIZED CULTURE: Closing the Gap between Planning & Execution

Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Session Description

Most organizations find it difficult to do what they regard as important; they are good at planning but struggle to put these plans into action. This is not a new problem; this is a widespread & enduring problem for most organizations. Learning how to close this gap is the purpose of this presentation. It’s not about creating more detailed plans, rather it’s about creating “clarity & alignment”. This is accomplished by creating a culture where top leadership focuses on “what to achieve & why” and grants autonomy so front line executors can focus on “what to do & how”.

Learning Objectives

  1. You can’t create perfect plans so don’t even try; You must formulate your strategy as an “intent” instead of a “plan”.
  2. Leaders need to aggressively focus on getting the message out; Pass the message to others by focusing on what to achieve and “why”.
  3. Decentralized decision making is imperative; it promotes flexibility, adaptability, & a break from mediocrity.

Richard Rierson

Richard Rierson is a husband, father of four daughters, & Executive leadership coach, trainer, speaker, & American Airlines pilot.

He loves helping professionals & organizations authentically communicate their brand, develop an authentic leadership presence, crush limiting beliefs, & overcome mediocrity.

He’s the host of the top ranked business Podcast & radio show “Dose of Leadership”, a show of over 350 inspiring interviews with high quality leaders & personalities such as Steve Forbes, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, FedEx CEO Fred Smith, Pittsburgh Steeler Coach Bill Cowher, & Dana Perino from Fox News just to name a few. The podcast has been downloaded in over 196 countries across the globe and recently named by Fortune, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, & INC Magazine as a “Top Business Podcast”.

Richard served ten years active duty as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and ten years part-time with the Kansas Air National Guard & Air Force Reserve. He has accumulated over 8,500 flight hours as Captain/Aircraft Commander in multiple types of aircraft and is currently a Boeing 737 First Officer for American Airlines.

Richard is a born & bred Wichita native and received his BS of Computer Science from Wichita State University in 1991. He is also a 2007 recipient of the Wichita Business Journal’s annual 40- Under-40 award.