Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Building Champions, Inc. For the past 20-plus years, he has been coaching business leaders to peak levels of performance, profitability and fulfillment. In addition to serving as a CEO Mentor and trusted confidant to high-profile leaders, Daniel is also a sought-after speaker and best-selling author.
Since joining Building Champions in 2013, Michael has used his strategic mind and passion for leadership to help professional people get clear on what they really want so they can develop better plans to achieve better results. With over 25 years of leadership experience in the manufacturing and mortgage banking industries, Michael has a proven track record of increasing profitability and leading high-performing teams.
As Vice President of Content Development, Todd’s primary job is to understand the story and science behind great leadership—and translate it into messages, content, products and presentations that help others improve how they lead themselves, their teams and their organizations well. Prior to joining Building Champions, he served in various marketing and communications roles all focused on delivering compelling messages that drove measurable outcomes.
Adal Rifai is an improviser/coach/teacher/writer/producer and podcaster in Chicago. You can see Adal at iO Theater with the house team Revolver and in the weekly show Whirled News Tonight and around the U.S. with Pudding-Thank-You. He also teaches improv at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and you can hear him on the comedy podcasts “Hello, From the Magic Tavern” and “Hey Riddle Riddle.”
“With improv, it’s a collaborative effort . . . We’re trying to make our teammates look like geniuses and artists and poets, and we’re going to trust that they do the same for us versus trying to elevate our own ideas or make ourselves look good, and everyone else be damned.”
“When leaders focus on getting it right, they are able to put their egos aside in order to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the team and the organization succeed.”
Healthy teams function at their best when every member of the team is supporting one another and working together to make sure the best ideas and solutions are brought to the table. But whether you’re a leader or a team member, we’ve all had experiences where just the opposite occurs. A teammate dominates the conversation with their own ideas, or we become defensive when our own ideas are called into question. In these instances, our fears and insecurities create an unhealthy environment, one where the team stops working together to get things right and instead, we focus on being right and protecting our own egos.
Join us as we learn from Adal Rifai—improviser, coach and teacher at Chicago’s acclaimed iO Theater—about what the practices of successful improv teams can teach us about how to focus less on being right and start focusing more on what you and your team can do to get it right and achieve better creativity, cohesion and results.
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