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2015 Annual Conference
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DANA's 2015 Annual Conference

"Making Delaware Great"
Being Intentional About Excellence

June 15, 2015
at the Chase Center on the Riverfront

with Best-Selling Author
and Renowned Management Educator

Jim Collins


2015 DANA Annual Conference Agenda

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. -- Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. -- Welcome and Introductions

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. -- Keynote Presentation and Discussion with Jim Collins

11:30 - 12:45 p.m. -- Networking and Buffet Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. -- Thank You's and Dismissal

Jim Collins

“The moment you think of yourself as great, your slide toward mediocrity will have already begun.” - Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick.

Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide. They include: GOOD TO GREAT, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work GOOD TO GREAT AND THE SOCIAL SECTORS; the enduring classic BUILT TO LAST, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; HOW THE MIGHTY FALL, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and most recently, GREAT BY CHOICE, which is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don't – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams.
In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits. In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the US Military Academy at West Point.

Jim holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
He is an avid rock climber, with one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
Good to Great
and the Social Sectors

Why Business Thinking
Is Not the Answer

“We must reject the idea—well-intentioned, but dead wrong—that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become ‘more like a business.’ Most businesses—like most of anything else in life—fall somewhere between mediocre and good. Few are great. When you compare great companies with good ones, many widely practiced business norms turn out to correlate with mediocrity, not greatness.”

“We need a new language. The critical distinction is not between business and social, but between great and good. We need to reject the naive imposition of the ‘language of business’ on the social sectors, and instead jointly embrace a language of greatness.”

Get to know Jim's work!

Circles of Greatness™
Book Discussion Forums
for Good to Great and the Social Sectors
by Jim Collins

Join us for these FREE Circles of Greatness™ 
Book Discussion Forums to begin or continue your journey to Greatness...

Join us on these dates!

Feb. 24  Wilmington
Feb. 25  Dover
Mar. 17  Georgetown
Mar. 19  Wilmington
Apr.  21  Dover
Apr.  22  Georgetown











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