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Every quarter, Acumen members engage in a catalytic Leadership Workshop called “Advance.” Advance is an all-community (all affinity teams participate) with industry-leading, best-of-class instruction and training on sharpening leadership effectiveness, influence and impact. All members of the Acumen community are encouraged to include their top key leaders in this catalytic, high-energy gathering. Additionally, Advance affords this members from all teams to gather, network and build relationships across teams.


Previous Advance events

Resources who have led our Advance events to date include:

Cheryl Bachelder

Dare to Serve

Driving Superior Results by Serving Others.” Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. is a passionate, purpose-led business leader who transformed a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick service restaurant chain. The story of the Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others. As a result of her transformative leadership at Popeyes, Cheryl was recognized as The World’s #1 CEO of the Year for 2017 by Inc. Magazine.

David Green

Giving It All Away... and Getting It All Back Again

CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green, believes that generosity and building a legacy based on giving can lead to getting back what you really want: a family that stays together, prays together, and shares life joyfully. Green tells the story of caring for the small things and starting Hobby Lobby in their garage. He shares the difference between the worlds of “having and hoarding” and a world of “giving and generosity,” the principle of working for God and not for men, and that now is not too soon to consider what you want your legacy to be.

John Ramstead

Transformational Leadership

“When Relationships Collide with Transactions: Practical Tools for Every Leader.” Former Top Gun Navy Fighter Pilot, Leadership Coach, International Podcast Host and Author of the Top 100 Leadership Blog for Executives, Managers and CEO’s equips and instructs our community in the virtues of Transformational Leadership. Too often, leadership gets reduced to mere influence. While this is important, REAL leadership—leadership that creates personal and organizational change—is much more!

Mark Sanborn

Accelerate Leadership Effectiveness… Essentials to Maximize Influence and Impact

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Listed by Leadershipgurus.net as one of the top 30 leadership experts in the world, Mark is an award-winning speaker and the author of eight books, including The Fred Factor, an international bestseller and a New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal bestseller.” His message focused on how to accelerate leadership effectiveness.

Brian Willingham

Everybody Matters…The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family

In 2017, Bob Chapman, CEO of $2+ billion firm Barry-Wehmiller, based in St. Louis, was recognized by Inc. as the No. 3 CEO in the World. Barry-Wehmiller has more than 80 acquired companies with over 11,000 team members in more than 100 locations around the globe. Chapman’s book “Everybody Matters,” has inspired organizations and leaders across the globe to embrace the Truly Human Leadership philosophy and set a higher standard on the meaning of impact and influence through business platforms. Brian is a Partner with the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute and Director of the L3 Journey at Barry-Wehmiller.

Acumen Panel

A higher standard of leadership: Strategies to Enhance Impact & Influence

Acumen’s Partner community and platform has grown to include some of Kansas City’s top businesses and business leaders. This quarter, we celebrate the impact and influence our collective businesses have on the community, employees, families, customers, vendors and suppliers and countless others. Literally millions of people in our region! The facilitated and purposeful panel structure will include best practice discussions, Q&A and interactive think-tanking that will enable attendees to engage in a catalytic workshop environment and be encouraged and inspired by other Partners and Leaders from the KC Acumen community.

Verne Harnish

Scaling Up

Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 11,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 180 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. So what are the barriers to scaling? What are the four key decisions driving growth? What are the real key performance indicators leaders track who scale most successfully? And what is the universal #1 focus of all companies and its senior team?

Dayton Moore + Rex Hudler

Crowning Leadership

Dayton Moore is the General Manager of the World Champion Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. Rex Hudler is a TV Color Commentator for the Kansas City Royals and a former Major League Baseball player. Together, they discussed what it takes to have a World Series winning team, grow young players, and lead themselves, their families, and organizations.

Hayden Shaw

People Driven Results: Millennials

Haydn Shaw has been teaching generational leadership to businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies for more than 20 years. Hailed as a “leadership guru” by the Washington Post, Hadyn has been featured in Forbes, Time and the Chicago Sun-Times. He also writes for the Huffington Post on Generations and is the author of “Sticking Points”, a bestseller in the generational leadership book category. Haydn’s most recent publication, “Generational IQ” hit the shelves on October 1, 2015 and is certain to be a best seller.  For the first time in history there are four generations working together – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, GEN Xers, and Millennials. Are you maximizing the contributions of your diverse workforce?

David Nelson

Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Roy West

Strengths Based Leadership: Maximizing your Impact Potential

More than 15 million people worldwide have discovered their Top 5 talents through the Clifton StrengthsFinder [Gallup]. What too few of these people realize is that understanding all 34 of the talents/strengths is a key driver of fulfilling their human potential. Over the past 17 years, Roy West has committed his life to helping people attain their optimal potential/performance by consciously importing how they naturally think, feel and behave [their talents/strengths], into the fabric of their personal and professional lives.

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