Dr. Bill Lindsley

 

Lessons in the Art of Strategic Listening

 


About Bill Lindsley:

Dr. Lindsley is an expert in his field and is passionate about helping those he works with to achieve real and substantive results. Listen to what he has to say: "I am passionate about helping those I work with to achieve real and substantive results." See there? In fact, he has worked with numerous organizations in a variety of industries and settings, from manufacturing to high technology, from family businesses to entrepreneurs, from multinationals to not-for-profits. He is a former dean and professor, holding positions at Boston College, Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management, and Belmont University 's Massey Graduate School of Business. But the amazing thing is this - he is still relevant! In fact, his courses in strategic management were consistently rated best of program and students have voted him Teacher of the Year several times. He has been published in numerous books and articles, and his work has received numerous awards. He is a respected keynote speaker who has addressed audiences of all types.

He holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Strategic Planning., was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Virginia , and earned an M.B.A. from Boston College. He has a varied work background - tennis pro, French chef, computer programmer, farmer, and salesman - among others. But he was NOT the model for the movie "Catch Me If You Can." Active in his local community, Bill has worked with many organizations, contributing his time to such organizations as the Nashville Rape and Sexual Abuse Center, The Salvation Army, The Hermitage, Hands-On Nashville, Miriam's Promise and many others. He is active in promoting the arts in Nashville. Having served as past president and chairman of the Nashville Entertainment Association, he was particularly active in supporting music and visual arts in the public schools. He is a competitive tennis player, ballroom dancer, and award-winning fine art photographer. He has three wonderful children and three delightful grandchildren and resides jointly in Brentwood, TN which is world-renowned for absolutely nothing, and Atlanta, which is famous for its traffic.


Keynotes

You're planning a grand event with the most important people in your company or association. And you want to make sure that their meeting experience is entertaining and educational, something that will leave them buzzing with excitement and saying, "Boy that meeting planner was the best!" Well, Dr. Bill has some killer keynotes that will make your toes curl. He packs the wallop of someone with a Ph.D. from MIT that is matched by his sense of humor and great storytelling. So why not double up - book him for a keynote as well as a breakout session for your next event?


Dancing on the Deck of the Titanic: Lessons in the Art of Strategic Listening
Dr. Bill Lindsley's Keynote Speech on Building a Listening Organization.

In this speech, Bill distills his years of expertise and experience into a dynamic, practical, and highly entertaining delivery that will give you real-life strategies and solutions that are always practical, creative, and marketplace-tested. You will remember his stories for years to come - stories about the tango and the Titanic, Starbucks and Digital River, the parent and the professor. With his energy, passion, and humor, Bill will challenge you, inspire you and delight you.

Strategic Planning for Fun and Profit
Dr. Lindsley on the nuts and bolts of Strategic Planning

Every business needs a strategic plan. But often this task appears too daunting to undertake. Some may even have had a bad experience with this in the past. Dr. Lindsley will demystify this and provide you with a very practical, understandable - and enjoyable - presentation on everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask about putting the plan together. He'll also share about what kind of planning process makes sense for each company.

Breakouts: Why don't you consider adding a breakout session?

Possible topics include:
* Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Customers?
* Mining Your Employees For Process and Product Ideas
* Learning from the World Around Us
* Are You Up-to-date with Your Industry?
* How Technology Can Ruin Your Business
* Strategic Planning in Small and Family-Run Businesses


Satisfied Clients

"Our company today is a completely different company - thanks in large part to Bill Lindsley. We now listen better, make better strategic decisions and are far stronger."

Jimmy Stansell, Jr.
President, Stansell Electric Company

"Bill's speech to our hospital CEOs was not only extremely entertaining, it clearly demonstrated the power of organizational listening, and how we could improve our relationships with clients, customers, and employees."

Bob Horrar
VP Human Resources, Community Health Systems

"As H.R. people, we often think we listen, but the truth is we may have the most to improve upon. You inspired many of us to evaluate ourselves and our companies."

Bob McKown
President, The RHM Group, Inc. & Programs Chair, Middle Tennessee Chapter - Society for Human Resource Management


Other reactions (from feedback cards):

* "My passion was renewed."
* "Allowed me to get back in touch with the key aspects of listening"
* "Our company needs this presentation."
* "Motivating! Thank you."

"We are now much more focused on the new opportunities that lie before us at J. Countryman. It is my belief that through your guidance we will have an organization that will be more focused with a common vision and greater profits."

Jack Countryman
Executive Vice President and Publisher,
J. Countryman, Nelson/Wood Publishing Group

"Participants rated it as one of the best programs given at our Center."

Lindsey Trella, Director
Tennessee Family Business Center

 

 

More Satisfied Customers

"Our company today is a completely different company - thanks in large part to Bill Lindsley. We now listen better, make better strategic decisions and are far stronger."
Jimmy Stansell, Jr.
President, Stansell Electric Company


"Bill's speech to our hospital CEOs was not only extremely entertaining, it clearly demonstrated the power of organizational listening, and how we could improve our relationships with clients, customers, and employees."
Bob Horrar
VP Human Resources, Community Health Systems


"As H.R. people, we often think we listen, but the truth is we may have the most to improve upon. You inspired many of us to evaluate ourselves and our companies."
Bob McKown
President, The RHM Group, Inc. & Programs Chair,
Middle Tennessee Chapter - Society for Human Resource Management


"With Bill's assistance we looked at a lot of issues confronting our company, both opportunities and problems. As a result, we developed some major initiatives and strategic plans in important areas of our company. For a family business like ours, which might otherwise operate by the seat of the pants, this has been a very valuable experience. We have continued to develop and work from these strategic plans."

David Rollins, President
Willis Corporation


"Bill Lindsley helped a number of Willis Group companies define their vision and set clear objectives in a changing marketplace."
Ken Pinkston, Chairman
Willis Corporation


"At the retreat, the information you shared about vision, mission, purpose, and plan really helped set the stage for the work ahead...we were able to identify the issues, and you were there to clarify, instruct, and mediate opinions... "
Carl R. Roberts, President
Southwestern Professional Services

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