Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley

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DECEMBER 11, 2018 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Log Cabin, Holyoke, Mass

REBEL TALENT: WHY IT PAYS TO BREAK THE RULES AT WORK AND IN LIFE Do you want to follow a script -- or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives.Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy's fashion capital, to the World's Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify "rebel talent," and whose examples we can all learn to embrace.

FRANCESCA GINO is a professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School; and formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She teaches Decision Making and Negotiation in the MBA elective curriculum and in Executive Education programs at the School; with a research focus on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation, productivity, and creativity. Her studies have been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. She has won numerous awards for teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Francesca was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Gino's latest book, with the same title as this presentation.

ALSO: YEAR END TAX CONSIDERATIONS by Howard Cheney, CPA, of Meyers Brothers Kalicka


MARCH 12, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM


BUILDING A COMPANY PEOPLE CRAVE TO WORK FOR Several years ago, we had a speaker (Jack Stack, father of the Great Game of Business and open book management) who said "Build a great company - because a great company can't help but make great products." But what does it take to make a company great? Tonight's panel is made up of people who have marvelous policies, magical cultures, impressive numbers of high potential employees rising through the ranks. You can hear how they did it, and adopt everything that would work for your company. We are in search of a moderator who is an expert in how to steal and implement the enviable things you see around you, in great companies.

APRIL 16, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM


PECHA KUCHA NIGHT (2nd annual, as it was so great last year) So much of what we have to say can be boiled down to its essence, and also since a picture says a thousand words, you have "PECHA KUCHA" (Japanese for chit-chat). We will have 9 business owners each give a talk that is built from 20 images, each showing for 20 seconds, so after 6 minutes and 40 seconds, you've heard it all. As we did last year, we will have the ultra-talented PechaKuchaCoach Andrew Watt assisting the presenters with all it takes to make your presentation a winner!!

also: a pre-dinner presentation by CHARLIE EPSTEIN, of EPSTEIN FINANCIAL SERVICES, a Strategic Partner of the FBCPV

JUNE 11, 2019 •TUESDAY, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM


AMAZING SPEAKER IN THE WORKS, who will tell you the secrets of winning, and how to know when to hold and when to fold.

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For more information, or to register, call Ira Bryck at (413) 835-0810 or email Ira Bryck

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