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ACHIEVING EXCELLENT CULTURE INTENSIVE – BUILDING CULTURES OF UNITY THAT CELEBRATE DIVERSITY – September 2021
Sep 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - Sep 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pmFree – $795.00
LIVE IN PERSON EVENT (LIMITED SEATING) AND VIRTUAL WEBINAR
A two day intensive workshop catalyzing personal and corporate transformation building Cultures of Unity that Celebrate Diversity.
Wednesday and Thursday, September 29 & 30, 2021
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stonebridge Country Club (Dye Course)
7003 Beacon Hill Rd.
McKinney, TX 75070
International Sales Operations
Special Orders Project
Toyota North America
Dan Swartz grew up outside Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Business. Dan’s first job in the Automobile business was picking parts for America Motors at the age of 18. Since then he has held multiple operational positions for American Motors, Chrysler and Toyota. Dan has over 40 years of Automotive experience. In 1990 he joined Toyota and has held various positions during his 31 years in the company. Among them, 6 years as Lexus General Manager of the Central Area, General Manager of Toyota’s San Francisco Region and Corporate General Manager responsible for private distributors and public companies.
In 2018 Dan moved to Puerto Rico as General manager and Vice President of Operations of Toyota de Puerto Rico (TDPR), the main auto distributor on the Island. There he supervised the operations of the local office and its 75 employees, as well as the relationships with 23 Toyota and Lexus dealers on the Island as well as 2 in the US Virgin Islands. After 3 years in Puerto Rico, Dan has been recently reassigned to Toyota Motors North America where he is serving as General Manager – International Sales Operations, Special Orders Project.
Dan will be sharing the story of how his team at TdPR utilized the Excellent Cultures process to build their culture to the extent of breaking performance, market share, engagement, and other industry records during a season of devastating hurricanes, political upheaval, earthquakes and a global pandemic. This is an amazing story of how a resilient people surpassed all expectations and outperformed competitors in a manner that some would deem miraculous while they say “it’s just the normal” for the Excellent Culture that they’ve built in Puerto Rico. His story demonstrates a 95% employee engagement and market share second only to Japan successes.
Founder and Principal
Laukes & Associates
Formerly Group Vice President
Toyota Division Marketing
Ed Laukes is currently the Founder and Principal of Laukes & Associates. He recently retired from 31 years of service at Toyota Motor North America in January 2021. At Toyota, Ed was responsible for all Toyota division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives, NASCAR and motorsports, and all social and digital media. He also served on the board of directors for several organizations, including Toyota Racing Development, Texas Rangers Youth Academy, Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow, The Family Health Centers of Georgia, and the Kyle Busch Foundation.
Mr. Laukes joined Toyota in 1989 and held positions in both Toyota and Lexus divisions, including management roles at multiple field locations. In his earlier position, Ed was vice president of
Integrated Marketing Operations, and vice president, Engagement Marketing & Guest Experience.
Ed will be sharing the story of his personal transformation experience leading the Toyota Marketing Organization through one of their most challenging seasons in history to a tremendous victory. His story demonstrates an 81% improvement in their corporate culture, 14% increase in Leadership Effectiveness along with his own personal transformation of a 62% increase in leadership effectiveness all of which moved them from #27 to #1 in employee engagement and a significant increase in their National Market Share.
In this 2-day intensive workshop you will learn both how to recognize him in your life, your business and your team and squash him in his tracks. You’ll embrace the latest tools and techniques to maximize your individual excellence as a leader as well as your team’s and experience real transformation. You’ll acquire the tools to master the healthiest and most effective ways to improve yourself and your team and build team unity that celebrates diversity rather than tolerating it. You’ll also receive a 10-week audio podcast sustainment program so you can maintain your excellence and keep the culture monster on the run at home as well as where you work.
Workshop Sneak Preview from a Seasoned Client’s Perspective
This workshop will specifically address:
How to build a Service-Over-Self Relentless Commitment to Excellence in your life, leadership and team.
What culture is and isn’t:
- Why and how culture really does “eat strategy for breakfast”
- How cultural mindsets control the reality of what your people and team either embraces or misses
- Why and where you and your people are unknowingly resisting change and innovation
- What can and cannot be changed so you stop wasting time trying to be something you’re not
- How to change what you want to change to excellence with real, sustainable transformation
How your individual personal, leadership and team culture can cause below the surface:
- Forced diversity that destroys unity instead of celebrated diversity that creates unity
- Resistance to change and anti-innovation
- Team members kissing up to your face and then doing the opposite behind your back
- Buck-passing and finger-pointing instead of holding each other accountable and winning
- Passive reactivity instead of proactive accountability and innovation
- Conflict avoidance, fear & the resulting inferior performance
Participating leaders will:
- Receive a scientific culture assessment benchmarking their own individual leadership culture to benchmark against high performing leadership cultures around the world
- Gain clarity on the 2 basic types of organizational or team cultures and how transformation works
- Learn the 3 warning signs of an unintentional sabotage culture and how to avoid them
- Identify the characteristics of a Relentless Commitment to Excellence Culture and how to build it
- Find out how to win the culture war between the default of mediocracy and excellence
- Identify and Understand:
- The characteristics of intentionally excellent teams in depth
- The stages of successful team growth and how to make the most of them for your team
- The concept of real accountability and how it creates unity that celebrates diversity
- How to produce voluntary team co-accountability that results in breakthrough innovation
- Becoming effective at the skill of self-management innovation that produces excellence and true transformation
Steve Gandara has spent over four decades helping leaders create High Performance Business Cultures. He has served clients including Fortune 500 corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, labor-union leaders, sales executives, and educators as well as nonprofit and clergy leaders, as a professional leadership mentor and business architect. Clients praise his expertise in helping them devise strategies that build leaders and cultures with a relentless commitment to excellence making up the dynamic and aggressive teams demanded in today’s global economy.
David Kobelin is a Certified Professional Coach, international speaker, and trainer. He has spent over 35 years successfully encouraging, equipping, and empowering leaders and their teams. Providing clarity and clear step by step goals, David enables his clients to meet and exceed their desired performance results.
$795/participant or $3475/5 participants
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What Graduates are Saying
“Principles and practices that change your organization for the better. They are truly timeless as I’ve seen them work for over 25 years now.”
“Helped me with personal development with my teenage daughter, as well as, of course, professional development with my team.”
“Helped create our Charter that has resulted in 0% Employee Turnover”
“Talking with other managers and getting their feedback and ideas while being able to share my perceptions with others is really valuable.”
“We can accomplish so much more when working together and believing bigger. Excellent Cultures hits this hard!”
“This is an excellent deep dive into the “What’s but more importantly the “whys” & “How’s” of creating & sustaining and Excellent Culture.”
“Excellent Cultures has done great things for our young management team. We are not only performing well, we are developing people which is always a good feeling.”
“Shifted my thinking and actions on many levels. I became aware of my own roadblocks to excellence & was given the tools to change.”
“This is a very effective tool for teams and business.”
“An amazing learning experience for young to old alike. The experience with Excellent Cultures was extremely inspiring both to improve ourselves and our surroundings.”
“This is the most powerful & useful event I’ve ever been a part of. There is so much meat and actionable material. The outstanding manual is something I see as a true guide to taking our firm to a much higher level.”
“In terms of growth and new business, we’ve had great success. Sales have gone up, and we finished months ahead of schedule on the integration project, finishing $10-$12 million under budget.”
“Excellent, overwhelming, exciting, insightful, genuine, authentic…totally worth my time.”
“As a result of our outstanding sales performance, we became the fastest growing Toyota region in the U.S.”
“You will come out of this changed and better equipped to lead, wherever you are in your career.”