Four months from today, the Center for Operational Excellence will kick off its second-annual Leading Through Excellence summit, a three-day experience designed to develop and sharpen the leadership and problem-solving skills crucial to any organization committed to process improvement.

We’re thrilled to open registration for Leading Through Excellence today, kicking off a three-week window where registration for COE members and non-members is discounted by 15 percent. So what are you waiting for?

In case you missed Leading Through Excellence ’13, we hosted Charles Duhigg (pictured), a New York Times reporter and the author of bestseller The Power of Habit in addition to Jon Waters, the director of the Ohio State University Marching Band. For Duhigg, the summit marked his last stop before winning a Pulitzer Prize. Waters at the summit briefly discussed a new program in the works where band shows would be organized and taught using iPads, an initiative that brought international attention to TBDBITL. That’s in addition to a wide range of breakout sessions hosted by top Fisher College of Business faculty and plant tours to Columbus-area companies practicing operational excellence.

We’ve set the bar higher for 2014, bringing in Chip Heath, a Stanford University professor and co-author of the books Switch, Made to Stick, and Decisive. The first two books have become key organizational behavior biz books in recent years, and Decisive presents a compelling framework for making smarter decisions inside and outside of your professional life. Heath will be joined on our keynote roster by Helen Turnbull, a renowned expert in diversity and inclusion, and Lawrence Funderburke, a one-time Buckeye basketball and NBA star who started his own Columbus-area nonprofit.

And that’s not even the end of our list – or the beginning of all the other programming we’re set to offer. Leading Through Excellence is expanding its plant tour offerings by adding full-day, out-of-town trips, and running a pair of half-day workshops on the first day of the summit.

This is a low-priced, can’t-miss opportunity to bolster your leadership and problem-solving skills and meet hundreds of others around the country committed to doing the same.

You can learn more about Leading Through Excellence and register by visiting our website.

See you in April!

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