STC-Rochester 2018 Spectrum Conference hosts Dr. Judy Glick-Smith as Keynote!

Keynote Session Description:

Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You about Leadership and Making Hard Decisions

Dr. Glick-Smith’s Keynote “smokin” presentation will cover flow-based leadership from the perspective of firefighters! “Firefighters know what it means when they arrive on the scene of a house fire and find a frantic woman in the driveway: There is a child inside. They immediately enter “the zone,” because they know what to do. This is based on their training and experience. The feeling of being “in the zone,” is referred to in the field of positive psychology, “the flow.”

Multiple studies have shown that, if people have the proper training and experience, they will make better decisions in emerging situations while in a flow-state. How can your organization help your people experience flow more often, thereby improving their decision-making?

This presentation describes what flow is and what flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership look like. It also details a flow-based leadership model for implementation, based on an extreme, experiential training program in the fire service called Georgia Smoke Diver (GSD). This model consists of

  • Leading by example
  • Communicating purpose
  • Committing to a stable infrastructure
  • Binding the group through ritual, knowledge sharing, and collaboration
  • Honoring individual creativity to promote innovation
  • Using positive motivation techniques
  • Facilitating team flow

GSD’s success and longevity is a result of rigorous commitment this model that helps firefighters stay safe, ensure excellence, and live a life of well-being, both personally and professionally. It is a model any individual or organization can adopt to better the lives of the people within the organization and the lives of the people you or your organization serve.

Dr. Glick-Smith’s Biography:

Judith (“Judy”) L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions. She is, also, a contributor and co-author of Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Leading in the New VUCA Context, which made the Forbes’ Summer Reading List for 2017. She has been a communication expert, knowledge architect, and organizational development consultant in the world of Technical Communication and Information Technology since 1983. She is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., which focuses on helping organizations prepare for the unexpected by facilitating flow-based work environments.

Judy has been studying flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service for over 10 years. Her Ph.D. is in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. She lives in the Atlanta metro area with her two English Springer Spaniels and near her daughter and two granddaughters.

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This year’s conference is held from Sunday, March 25 through Tuesday, March 27 at the Rochester Institute of Technology.