10 things to know about shrm17 keynote speakers patrick lencioni and laila ali

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This year, Patrick Lencioni and Laila Ali are two of four keynote speakers at the 2017 Annual SHRM Conference. Lencioni will talk about the traits he has identified that make for ideal team players, and during her closing keynote, Ali will share as the mind-shift process she uses to win in all areas of her life.

Below are ten facts about these two speakers to give you an idea of what they will bring to the #SHRM17 stage:

  1. Ali retired from her professional boxing career undefeated. She comes by those boxing skills naturally; she’s the daughter of legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali.
  2. Lencioni attributes the idea for his company, The Table Group, to his family’s dinner table at which he heard his father discussing dysfunctional workplaces in the 1970s.
  3. Of bad days, Ali is quoted as having said, “We all have them. You do have to let yourself have them. And then go within and figure out why you’re having it and prevent it from happening again.”
  4. It’s not just about being a smart organization; according to Lencioni, it’s also about being a healthy organization which he describes as one with limited internal politics, minimal confusion, high levels of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good people.
  5. With appearances on television shows including Wife Swap, Chopped, The Apprentice, and American Gladiators, Ali continues to make an impact outside of the boxing ring.
  6. Lencioni’s 11 books have sold over 5 million copies and are available to read in more than 30 languages.
  7. An active participant in community and charitable organizations, Ali has supported organizations such as Feeding America, Peace 4 Kids, and the American Dental Association.
  8. What do you get when you have anonymity, irrelevance, and immeasurement? Job misery, says Lencioni.
  9. In her book, Reach! Finding Strength, Spirit and Personal Power, Ali shares her personal story and offers advice about “how to transform the demons of self-doubt and stagnation into positive, winning energy.”
  10. “I am convinced that there has never been a better time to be a human resource executive,” writes Lencioni in HR Executive Magazine. “No other member of an executive team is better positioned today to help an organization realize a lasting competitive advantage.

Whether you’re looking for tips about creating strong teams, or strategies for a personal mind-shift, these two speakers are sure to provide you with insights you can put to use in every aspect of your life.

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