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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion - "Originals: How Non-Conformist Move the World" (Adam Grant)

  • 08 Aug 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Evans Incorporated 3110 Fairview Park Drive Suite 1100 Falls Church, VA 22042


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CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion

Topic:  Originals: How Non-Conformist Move the World (Adam Grant)

Description: This session is an interactive discussion around the key principles and applications of “Originals”.

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

Facilitator:    Gerald (Jerry) Edgley MBA and MURP, ACC     

Bio: Jerry is a Consultant with over 40 years’ experience with Fortune 200 companies, electric utilities, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Jerry has extensive work in executive leadership coaching, group facilitation, strategic planning, organizational design and program design.  Jerry was instrumental in helping the Board Directors of a major environmental and engineering firm develop a strategic plan to become a major construction management firm. Today, Jerry’s focus is providing leadership coaching, leadership assessments and career planning for senior and mid-level technical, business and policy leaders who are in career transition and/or transitioning to new and higher levels of responsibility. His joy stems from helping people develop fulfilling personal and professional lives.

Source: Amazon.com 

CoP Leader:

Laura Mendelow 



Event Venue: Evans Incorporated, 3110 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 1100, Falls Church, VA 22042

Parking: Free parking in the garage.  From the garage, follow the covered walkway into the building.  

Once inside: The JavaWorks on the main floor by the entrance opens at 7:30am and is a great place to grab coffee or a snack.  The Evans Incorporated suite is on the 11th floor, and will be available after 7:45am.  Bathrooms are located just outside the suite by the elevators and on the main floor.  

Please note that the Waze app may direct you to the north side of Fairview Park Drive that is north of Rt. 50, though Evans is just south of Rt. 50 (across from the Marriott).

Cancellation Policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions.  If federal government is closed, event will be canceled. 

*Please register in advance to ensure sufficient seating. 

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