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Speaker Profile

Marcia Zidle
Founder, Leaders at All Levels

Marcia Zidle, MS, NCC, BCC is the CEO of Leaders At All Levels and a board certified executive coach based in Dallas Texas. She works with executives, management teams and high potential professionals ON THE MOVE! They want to move up to the next level – ahead of their competition – into new areas – over and around obstacles – beyond business as usual – towards a sustainable future.

With over 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience in the areas of business transformation, talent management and leadership development, she provides strategic focus, alignment and guidance to business leaders and their teams to ensure they get on the right track, stay on the right track and not get side-tracked in their drive for higher performance and profitability.

Marcia’s expertise includes coaching high performers for senior and mid-management positions, developing effective executive teams, positioning organizations for significant growth and facilitating business and team performance. Her specialties include strategy and culture, change management, employee engagement, team building, career management, leadership assessment and development. Her clients include Southwest Airlines, Dr Pepper / Seven Up, EDS, FCCI Insurance, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Texas Health Resources, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Nokia, Plymouth Steel Tubing, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Southern Methodist University, Global Leadership Executive MBA at Univ. of TX at Dallas. U.C.L.A and U.S.C. (California), Texas Workforce Commission, Banking Operations Institute, National Management Association, National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Society of Human Resource Management, Young Presidents Organization, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Texas.

Marcia is the author of “The Effective Manager: What Really Works” handbooks and “Career Savvy: Life Preservers for Today’s Rough Seas and Tomorrow’s Raging Waters.” She has a Masters in Organization Effectiveness from University of Southern California and is a Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc.

She’s also the host of The Business Edge, a weekly internet radio show on the business channel of Voice America Media, giving practical advice to executives and managers on how to take their company, firm or practice to that next level with less stress and more success – in other words: how to take the growing pains out of growth.

Finally Marcia’s “claim to fame” is as a global citizen – living as an expatriate with her family in Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, one of her children is an “Aussie”. She’s traveled in over 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Far East, and the South Pacific.

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Change Management: The Four Key Skills and Four Key Steps for Leading Change

Is change occurring in your organization? Are these changes causing stress or conflicts? Do you know how to get everyone on board the change train that's rapidly heading out of the station? How do you get employees to not only go through the motions, but also actually buy into the changes that are necessary?

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Onboarding New Hires: How to Get them Quickly up to Speed, Engaged and Productive

You have made your decision about whom to hire.You have gotten them excited about their new job.You are excited about what they can bring to your team.Now what? If you are like most good organizations, you are doing something more. The Aberdeen Group reported that 70 percent of all organizations currently deploy some sort of onboarding program with leaders entering new roles.

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Succession Planning: It's Not Just for Emergencies - It's a Leadership Development Strategy

In the early morning hours of September 11,the world watched in horror as commercial jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon. In the midst of this national disaster, several organizations had to face the reality that they had lost, on the planes or in the buildings, key talent and brainpower. They immediately had to identify people and competencies to replace those who were no longer there. There's no way to plan for a disaster of the magnitude of the World Trade Center attacks. But, there are specific actions an organization can take to ensure it has the leadership it needs in case of a crisis, as well as, for their future sustainability.Best-practice organizations use succession planning to not only prepare for potential leadership challenges but they also rely on such plans to develop and maintain the strong leadership that's required to grow and keep pace with changes in their business, industry, and overall marketplace.

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Virtual Teams: How to get them to Work Effectively

Virtual team is the new reality of 21st century workplace. Owing to the increasing competition in the marketplace, decentralization and globalization of work processes and advances in information and communication technologies, companies, to remain competitive, require flexibility and agility in their delivery of products and services. Virtual teams play a key role in order to meet these demands. Also these companies are adopting the virtual team approach to reduce their operating costs, encourage knowledge sharing among their employees to promote organizational learning and expand their business hours to 24/7.

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Leadership Skills: Power, Politics and Influence

When was the last time you thought about how you influence others - how you change minds, shape opinions, move others to act? Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager said, "The key to leadership is influence, not authority." That's why it's important to have influencing skills as part of your professional portfolio.

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Employee Engagement and Retention

The critical talent management issue businesses face today is how to keep engagement high and retain those key employees who are right now thinking about seeking greener pastures as the economy and job market improves. Some may think employee engagement is primarily a human resource concern. Yet Gallup's research has found that managers are the ones primarily responsible for their employees' engagement levels. Learn how managers can accelerate employee engagement and boost the performance of their department or business unit.

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Managing Conflict and Difficult People

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Conflict arises when the people we work with have different ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, values, goals or expectations. Yes, conflict can be destructive! It diverts energy from more important activities and issues; it polarizes people and reduces cooperation; and it can produce irresponsi-ble behavior. And conflict can be constructive! It opens up and improves commu-nication; it strengthens working relationships and teamwork; and it leads to better quality decisions and problem solutions.

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Leadership Intelligence: How to Use Your Power and Influence Effectively

When was the last time you thought about how you influence others - how you change minds, shape opinions, move others to act? Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager said, "The key to leadership is influence, not authority." That's why it's important to have influencing skills as part of your professional portfolio. To be an effective leader, it is necessary to influence others to support and implement decisions that are crucial for your team, department, business unit or company's success. Even with a solid foundation of credibility and competence you, as a manager, may fall short if you don't understand the dynamics of power, politics and influence.

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