Chapter Meeting: "Bear In Mind - Influence without Authority" - September 10, 2015


September 10, 2015
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Sun Life Learning Center, Wellesley MA
112 Worcester St, Bldg. 4 (Learning Center)
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

IIBA - GBC Monthly Chapter Meeting - September 2015

  "Bear In Mind - Influence without Authority"

Speaker: Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting

After hiking towards a glacier in Denali National Park Alaska, we were making camp near a small lake. Suddenly I heard my friend saying "Michael, there's a bear here, on this side of the lake."  And there he was, a "young" 150 kg Grizzly not more than 4 meters away!  Influencing a bear in the Alaskan outback is quite similar to handling the bears  -  or, rather, stakeholders  -  of the modern organization.  Both have their own agenda, and will have you for lunch if they think it serves their interests and appetites.


In this presentation we learn best practices for leading and influencing without authority, including the three essentials model: stakeholder leadership, team orientation and individual adjustment.  Do you have the proper toolset to influence the bears when you lack the authority?

After Michael's presentation you will be able to:
  • Use your personal power to lead and influence without authority
  • Align your leadership with the team situation
  • Be able to make individual adjustments to influence through difficult business situations 

About the Speaker

Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting US LLC - PMP, Scaled Agile Consultant - has been helping clients overcome bsuness challenges and achieve their potential for over 16 years.  He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background (M.Sc. and B.Sc.) and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business.  Michael authoried bestsellers on Influencing, Agile, Teams, and Leadership.  His experience includes significant know-how in the telecoms, hi-tech, banking, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries.  He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building.


PRIMARY Meeting Location: Sun Life Learning Center, WELLESLEY, MA 

Address:  Location Information:
 112 Worcester St.
  • The Sun Life campus is located off I-95 (Route 128) at exit 20 (Route 9)
 Building 4 (Learning Center)
  • From Route 9, use the "jug handle" to enter Sun Life by turning right into the Harvard Pilgrim Complex
 Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
  • Building 4 is the first building on the right
  • Parking is available to the right (just before the building), or in front of the building
  • Check in iwth Security
  • Learning Center is on the second floor


REMOTE Meeting Location: Hanover Insurance, WORCESTER, MA

Address Location Information: 
440 Lincoln Street
  •  From 290 West - take Exit 20
Worcester, MA 01653
  •  Straight through light, then right onto North Parkway
  •  Right into the second entrance
 Park in the NP2 Lot
  •  First left into the NP2 parking lot (next to basketball court)
Enter North Wing 
  •  From 290 East - take Exit 20
  •  Stay right when exiting
  •  At second light, turn left onto Lincoln Street
  • Turn Right onto North Parkway
  • Turn right into the second entrance, then left into the NP2 Lot


 Meeting Agenda (all locations)

5:30 - 6:30PM  Registration opens, networking time and refreshments (Worcester 6PM)
6:30 - 6:45PM  General Announcements
6:45 - 7:45PM  Speaker presentation
7:45 - 8PM   Q&A, Wrap-up


$0.00 Chapter Member

$15.00 Guest / Non-Member
$20.00 after 5:00 pm September 10


Bear in Mind