Lecture I: “Uncovering the Difference Between Surviving and Thriving”

David E. Morrison, M.D.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our nation and the world has had more than two years of extremely tough times. Many people are concerned with surviving this crisis. At the same time, “thriving” has become a popular word. What is the difference between thriving and surviving?

From the 2000 executives who have participated in Morrison Associates’ Executive Consultations, we examined the profiles of the top 20 who thrived in tough times. They were compared with the 20 who did poorest at thriving and even surviving. Additionally, we interviewed those who were successful and got their opinions on what it took for them to thrive. An important part of this lecture will be the discussion with the Series’ experienced participants.


Lecture II: “The Dodd Frank Act in Comic Relief”

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Guest speaker: William (Bill) Kovacs

The Dodd Frank Act of 2010 is the most significant Federal financial legislation since the Great Depression. The Act is over 2,000 pages.

The prediction is that 200,000 pages of new regulations will have to be written to implement this new financial structure for the United States. Some of the new laws do address the causes of the Great Recession of 2008, but most reflect the triumph of political power over common sense.

This is Part III of a series of lectures presented by our guest lecturer on the legal aspects of the 2007 – 2008 financial crisis.


Lecture III: “Madoff, Grey Markets, Regulatory Capture and Affect Script Psychology: A Synthesis of Ideas on Corporate Fraud from Law Enforcement, Economics and Psychiatry”

Daven Morrison, M.D.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The competency gap: Because the motivations for senior executive fraud are virtually unknown to those people (law enforcement, accounting, forensic) who investigate the actions, managers lack the capacity to know what to look for in terms of danger signs to protect their employment, their profession and/or their investments.

This lecture will review the current understanding of fraud so that participants will be able to recognize and avoid the emotional warning signs as well as the ideological and cultural factors that contribute to fraud in the organizations in which they work.


Lecture IV: “Getting Aligned, The Working Alliance”

David E. Morrison, M.D.

Satureday, February 12, 2011

When times get tough, organizations need to be more aligned than ever. Working at cross-purposes increases the risk of disaster. Unfortunately, in tough times conflict is more common, intense, and difficult to constructively manage. Therefore, aligning the people in an organization is more difficult when it is most necessary.

Alignment is more than just agreeing on goals and the process to accomplish them, which is most discussed in business literature. Interpersonal alignment among groups of diverse individuals is the challenge.

This presentation will examine the human components required for meaningful alignment of the people doing the work. The concept (from psychotherapy) of the working alliance will be used to discuss the tools managers and leaders have to align their teams.


Lecture V: “Coaching from Reality”

Thomas (Tom) Tischhauser

Saturday, March 12, 2011

There are numerous areas to focus on when coaching key executives. Many are based on peer, subordinate or boss perceptions in addition to subjective personality assessment. This presentation will discuss leveraging a science-based assessment as the core element of coaching, much like a patient relies on getting a physical prior to engaging specialists.

After the assessment, the executive must apply that new understanding at work. Too often the typical executive leadership program has no follow up relevant to the business. To quote one person, “In my mind, I might have sent my direct reports on a cruise: I spent money, they went and were happy, but I had no idea as a supervisor what to look for that was different.”

Lastly, coached executives need to apply what they learned. This is the “lecture-lab.” First, the leader hears the lecture about a concept, and then applies it in the “lab” with his or her team, in board meetings, or with outside resources like analysts, business partners, or consultants. Our guest lecturer will present this in the context of his work with many industries and with a focus on the automobile industry.


Lecture VI: “The Power of the Leader, Power and Authority”

David E. Morrison, M.D.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

In tough times, the power plays get nastier. Leaders must get work done and at the same time, manage those power plays from and among peers, subordinates and superiors. This lecture will review power, its function, its relationship to authority, and the different sources of the leader’s power. This is a good time to reflect on power.


Morrison Associates’ speakers include:
Daven Morrison, MD
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David Morrison, MD
Work and Family Balance: A 75,000 member organization sets work-family-self balance as an objective.

Additional Expert speakers include:

William (Bill) Kovacs, Esq.
Many people who have attended our lectures are familiar with Bill Kovacs dynamic presentations on the Great Recession. This year will be his third lecture in this series.

Bill has been practicing law since 1974 concentrating on private placements and public and private investment funds. He has served as General Counsel to several mutual fund complexes and investment advisers with a particular focus on insurance-affiliated financial services firms. His professional activities have focused on trade association committees and bar groups.

After serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army and graduating from Wabash College, he obtained his JD degree from the University of Iowa.

Thomas J. (Tom) Tischhauser
Executive Coach

Tom is the founder of Wynstone Partners, a leadership development firm focused on improving business through the development of key leaders. His experience as a General Manager, his global P&L, merger/acquisition work and experience in functional areas enables him to create powerful coaching relationships that drive behavior change with demonstrated business improvement. Tom has coached individual executives and teams from the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

With international experience gained from his expatriate experience as European General Manager, Tom launched new businesses and built a multi-national team. He held senior positions in Business, Quality and Strategy and was also responsible for business groups in Shanghai. Tom holds an engineering degree from Cornell University and is a board member for Kimball International.


Morrison Associates Winter Lecture Series is a free symposium intended to encourage discussions on unique challenges of leaders from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Please call 847-991-2260 or e-mail us for further information.