BECAUZ Accelerators

A Comprehensive Approach to Change

The BECAUZ Accelerator program utilizes proprietary Processes, Tools and Systems to install transformational change in Leaders, Teams and Organization. This process accelerates change because of our proven processes, dynamic facilitation and an integrated, systemic approach.

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

How can we create a leadership team to transform our firm?

Mike PongonCOOPoint B

How can we most effectively communicate our Real Estate Repositioning offering to add value for our clients?

Tony StewartVice PresidentMcKinstry

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

BECAUZ tailors the programs they offer us to closely align to our business needs. Each and every interaction has its own dynamic, and they are able to adjust what they do, live in the moment, to maximize results and value. That kind of adaptability and dynamism is a core skill you don’t often find.

Walter PuschnerVice President, User ExperienceMicrosoft

BECAUZ are savvy social architects who create environments that lead to extraordinary learning and results. With your help, our 80-person extended leadership team has moved from a “command and control” focus to an “inspire and involve” culture, with alignment and ownership embedded into the leadership ecosystem.

Jacky WrightVPMicrosoft SESIT

With BECAUZ we have consistently generated breakthrough results and have been able to align our teams around transformational strategy. We have built an adaptive organization that flourishes in the midst of uncertainty and innovates to create solutions that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

B.J. MooreVice PreidentMicrosoft - Enterprise Commerce IT

How can we engage our entire organization and partners as leaders to realize our vision?

Senior Director of a field readiness group

How do we get our engineering leads and their teams to perform at even higher levels as we grow and scale our business?

Brett HelselSr. VP EngineeringIsilon Systems, Inc.

What would be possible across teams if we collaborated?

Andrew ClaphamSenior DirectorDesign & Construction

How can we drive team performance, build client relationships and generate a better bottom line?

Erika SchmidtPresident & COOFrause

How can we build a global innovation engine without adding people or additional dollars?

Tyson HartmanChief Technology OfficerAvanade

Key to a Successful Corporate Event: Location, Location, Location


Key to a Successful Corporate Event:  Location, Location, Location

“I want us to host a major conference, including all our stakeholders, to address that issue,” says the Chief Person-in-Charge. “Immediately.”

If you’re in the meeting, which reaction do you have? “Yes! Fun project! I’ll handle it!” or “Please… please… don’t put me in charge of it…”

Whichever camp you fall in, if you got the ball, there are some immediate orders of business: establish a date, create at least a high-level agenda, and then find a venue.

It’s tempting to first run out and grab a venue that’s available and affordable. But if an agenda isn’t established first, at least a rough one, you may commit to a venue that doesn’t work for the event purpose and content. Adapting your content to the venue is backwards.

But when it’s time to select a venue, here are some key considerations:

• Walk in your guests’ shoes. Pretend you’re an event attendee when you inspect potential venues. Does the space match the personality of your organization, the event theme and purpose? Are there appropriate amenities for attendees?

• Ensure adequate capacity for all activities. This one sounds obvious, but it gets overlooked. I was once called in to take over a conference where the organizer had booked a venue with capacity for 100—with an expected attendance of 250. It took some fancy footwork, but I scoured the city and booked a new venue. Make sure the main meeting space meets your needs and that there are appropriate spaces for activities like receptions and breakout sessions, if necessary.

• Know which services will be provided. What will the venue provide and what will you have to arrange independently? Audio/visual equipment and support staff are important details to nail down early.

• Check for deals. Are there seasonal deals you can take advantage of? Meeting in Phoenix in August or Helsinki in January might be worth the savings…

• Scrutinize the terms and conditions. Read the fine print. Don’t hesitate to ask for additional provisions and perks. Negotiate creatively and firmly.

If you’re an experienced contract negotiator, you know how to scrutinize terms and come to win-win arrangements with the venue. But if arranging a venue isn’t your strong point, consider engaging an event management resource. A seasoned event planner can save you a lot of money and headaches through shrewd negotiation with venue management.

caz-eventsStay tuned for more keys to planning and conducting successful, memorable corporate events. And if you need guidance or hands-on assistance in hosting the perfect leadership conference or corporate event, please connect with BECAUZ.

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