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

Parlez-Vous International Events?

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BECAUZ international events

Bon jour! Merci! Por Favor! Gracias! Salud! Prost!! Tchin Tchin!

After conducting hundreds of corporate events and conferences all over the world, I can now say hello, please, thank you, and cheers in several languages. Beyond those,
I may need a translator.Bon jour!

I love putting on international corporate events and conferences either events in other countries or events in my own backyard with attendees from around the world. These events mean
extra challenges and work, but I’ve never put on an international affair that ultimately wasn’t fun, exciting and a great learning opportunity.

The learning part is important. If you’re holding a corporate event in a country outside your own, here are things to know long before your event team or guests arrive.

Learn about the local area: Start reading local news early to get familiar with the environment and to be prepared for possible hiccups. (Is a train strike looming? Is a controversial election coming up?) Contact the local tourist office for information and guidance. Get to know the area before the event, in person. It’s best to do an advance site visit, but at the very least, get to the venue a few days before set-up starts so you can learn the surroundings. Don’t rely on your venue partner to direct you to critical services such as transportation, hospitals, and suppliers.

Learn about local culture: Learn about local customs and standard practices with things you may take for granted in your home country. Things such as dress code, meeting/greeting protocols, tipping, customs related to food and drink, local holidays, and differences in accommodations (have you warned your guests how small standard hotel rooms are in Japan?)

Watch for legal and financial differences: Just like at home, scrutinize all contracts with local vendors. Be aware that local contract law and legal requirements may be different in other countries. Understand local taxes, exchange rates, and currency fluctuations. Be sure you and your guests understand the country’s visa and entry requirements.

Help your guests: Clear communication to event attendees is particularly critical when an event is held in a country other than their own. Be explicit with instructions, directions to the venue, guidance on cultural practices, etc. While it’s fun to include local food and drink specialties at an international conference, not all guests like to experiment. Have some less-adventurous food and beverage choices available (especially for breakfast. On a business trip, unidentifiable food for breakfast isn’t an adventure, it’s a rocky start to the day…)

Be prepared: Will your local AV vendor speak your language literally and figuratively? Will they appreciate your requirement for flawless AV? It may help to have a translator to ensure there’s no miscommunication. Be especially thorough in your AV preparations and run-through. Equipment and power sources may differ from what you’re used to. Learn what back-up power options are in place. Caroline Kay, BECAUZ COO and event planner extraordinaire

The most important thing to learn about putting on an international event is this: something is going to go wrong. Probably something you don’t understand or can’t believe is happening. That’s when those words in local language come in especially handy: please, thank you, how much will it cost to get this fixed, and please refill the mini-bar.

Bon voyage!

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