Fit To Compete

Join us for a conversation with Michael Beer

Event Details

Event Type
Way Forward Webcast Series
Date & Time
May 7 @11:00AM EST

We are very excited to have Michael Beer, the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, specializing in organization effectiveness, organizational change, high commitment, high performance organizations, leadership, as well as HR management, speak on our The Way Forward Webcast Series on May 7th. Professor Beer will draw from his award-winning research and new book Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations about Your Company’s Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy, to discuss the importance of the honest conversation in preparing an organization to successfully strategize, pivot and execute with success. Fit to Compete’s insights and frameworks are extremely relevant to what we’re faced with today as we contemplate how to engage with our people and develop our next steps forward.


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Michael's key discussion points:
The Power of an Honest Conversation: Why discussing the undiscussable is transformative? The six barriers that arise and the real reason why failure exists when it comes to strategy.
Honest Conversations in Action: How do you have one? The courage of the leader. Creating the framework (structure and processes) to enable the honest conversation to take place.
Michael Beer
Organizational Change & Effectiveness, High Performance, and HR Management Expert
Harvard Business School

Mike Beer is Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, co-founder and Director of TruePoint Partners, a management consultancy that works with senior executives to develop effective high performance and commitment organizations, and the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, a not for profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of companies and leaders committed to creating economic and social value. He has researched and written widely about organization effectiveness, organizational change, high commitment, high performance organizations, leadership, as well as human resource management.

Professor Beer has taught in HBS’ MBA program and executives in the Advanced Management Program, the International Senior Management Program and Managing Organizational Effectiveness and Change, which he founded and chaired.

In addition to numerous book chapters and articles in academic and business journals, Michael is author or co-author of eleven books. Among them is the ground breaking Managing Human Assets and the award winning The Critical Path to Corporate Renewal. Some of his other books include High Commitment, High Performance (2009), and Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value (2011).

The recipient of professional honors and awards, Michael is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and the recipient of its Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award, a Fellow of the Academy of Human Resource Management, a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and recipient of its Distinguished Professional Contributions Award, and recipient of the Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for outstanding contributions to organizational consulting psychology from the American Psychological Foundation.  He is the 2007 recipient of the Society for Human Resource Management’s prestigious Michael R. Losey Research Award and the 2013 recipient of the Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management. Prof. Beer and Russ Eisenstat received the 1998 Organizational Development Institute Award for the most outstanding contribution to the field for the development of the Strategic Fitness Process at Becton Dickinson and its application there and in numerous other corporations around the world.

Prior to joining the Faculty at Harvard, Mike served as Director of Organizational Research & Development at Corning Inc., a department he founded and led for eleven years.  The work of the department led to several innovations in organizing and managing the company’s businesses and people.  He holds a B.A. from Queens College, a BA from Harvard University (honorary), an M.S. from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology and business from Ohio State University.

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