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Dialect, Inc. helps CEOs and presidents promote sync-that dynamic state when people and departments are working in concert toward shared goals. Dialect does this through recognizing the impact of cognitive diversity. That is, we are each wired differently
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Andy Kanefield is the CEO of Dialect and author of Uncommon Sense: A CEO's Tale of Getting in Sync.Based on integrating the learnings of raising his special needs son, Parker, and a career in marketing and advertising, Andy and his business partner now work to help clients recognize the impact of cognitive diversity, how each employee is wired differently and motivated by different parts of an organization's identity.
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CEO, Dialect, Inc.
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Founder & CEO, Dialect, Inc.
Presenting: "Changing Your Monkey Mind: The Value of Organizational Focus" (Leadership Track)
Andy is the founder and CEO of Dialect, Inc.
The genesis of Dialect, Inc.
was an integration of what Andy learned as the parent of a son, Parker, with special needs and as a partner in an advertising agency.
As a parent, Andy
learned about the brain, development, strengths, and that there are certain patterns to how our brains are wired.
As an advertising executive, Andy noticed that often organizations weren't wired to deliver what they promised to customers and were often out of sync internally because there was no intentional, coherent system that tied departments and people together.
The integration of a systems perspective for organizations and the built-in filters of individuals led to the development of a model for promoting organizational sync.
Andy is currently a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design).
Andy serves as a board member of The St. Louis Arc, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping individuals with special needs and their families.
Prior to the founding of Dialect in 1993, Andy was a partner in a branding company for 14 years.
Andy served for many years on the board of Earthways, an environmental education and consulting organization, served as President of the St. Louis chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, on the board of The Belle Center - supporting children with special needs, and was on the marketing committee of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Andy received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and has completed behavioral training from the nationally-recognized Judevine Center.
has had speaking engagements in both corporate and academic settings.
Andy Kanefield, Founder & ...
Andy Kanefield, Founder & CEO, Dialect, Inc.
Our current work environments seem to be on a trajectory of greater and greater distraction.
Just a few short years ago, none of us were thinking about tweets, pinning, and geotags, yet today an increasing number of us have them as part of our daily lives.
The challenge is, as one Nobel prize winning economist has put it, ... a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
The future of leadership includes fostering focus amidst a sea of information.
In this session, Andy Kanefield
will describe the key aspects of organizational life that employees need to focus on.
In doing so, he
will address 4 fundamental questions: