MEGA SESSION: Build “Best Bosses”: Developing Extraordinary Leaders in Your Organization

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Learn how to identify the beliefs, assumptions, and habits of thought found in managers who consistently get great results in an increasingly complex business world.
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Some managers excel as leaders and their employees would call them their “best boss ever.” Other managers are well meaning, dedicated, and hard-working, yet are often uninspiring and guarded managers, which leads to less than ideal business results. This session links levels of adult development to leadership effectiveness to map out the internal shift managers must make to handle the complexity of today’s environment and generate extraordinary results.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:45pm

Ian Cook, MILR, CSP



Through his keynote presentations, interactive workshops, leadership coaching, and custom-designed facilitation service, Ian helps his clients achieve greater results from their managers and teams.

He specializes in what he calls "micro leadership," helping managers lead successfully at the "micro" level–in that vital interpersonal space between the manager and his/her individual employee. He shows managers how to generate strong results through effective conversations with staff around (1) job performance, (2) job satisfaction and motivation, and (3) ongoing development.

He began the independent consulting firm, Fulcrum Associates, Inc., back in 1988, following seventeen years of corporate experience in both the high tech manufacturing and transportation industries. His extensive client list includes some of the largest corporations in the private sector, major trade and professional associations, small business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and, from Cornell, a Masters degree in Industrial & Labor Relations, majoring in Human Resources Management, and has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Business of Ryerson University. In addition, from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto he earned a (3-year) Diploma in Gestalt Theory and Methodology that significantly deepened his ability to achieve results as both a facilitator and executive coach.

He is author of Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever?: Practical Tips and Insights for the Successful Manager.


Ian is actively involved with the community leadership organization Leadership Fairfax Inc. A graduate of LFI’s Signature Leadership program class of ’04, he has served both on the Board and as Chair of the Program Committee, and has been a keynoter in their Speakers Series. Currently he facilitates a one-day Open Space event for the Emerging Leaders program and, for the Signature program class, facilitates individual team process debrief meetings following completion of their projects.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Mega Session
Relationship Management
Leadership & Navigation
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