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The Toronto CFO Leadership Council Presents: "Leading Through Complexity"
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Leading Through Complexity

When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
7:30 AM
Where: Net Suite's Offices
5800 Explorer Dr Suite 100
Mississauga L4W 5K9
Contact: Lauren Pasternak
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The dramatic changes in our society have created new requirements for business leaders to know how to lead in a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). The new expectation is that leaders can gain insight and discover innovative solutions to complex situations. Effective senior leaders struggle with ambiguity and uncertainty as they resolve complexity and they avoid the mistake of oversimplifying complexity.  This business dynamic creates new kinds of challenges which has implications for how finance executives are expected to contribute value. The presenter, Dr. David Weiss, will explore ideas and practical approaches from his co-authored book: Innovative Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation in Your Organization (Wiley) and his subsequent work in this area.  This insightful, entertaining and interactive session focuses on the following:  

·       What are the differences between complicated and complex situations?

·       How are senior leaders resolving complex issues through user insights, ideating and iterating?

·       What are the implications for CFOs as these business dynamics unfold?

About the Presenter:


Dr. David S. Weiss, Ph.D., ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500, social enterprise and public-sector organizations. David has provided consulting on more than 1000 business and organizational projects, delivered over 200 conference presentations and he has written over 50 journal and trade articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books including Innovative Intelligence (Wiley, also available in Chinese and Persian) which was reported by CBC News as a “top 5 business book” in the year it was published. David has conducted executive sessions in Canada, USA, China, Russia, Israel, Uganda, South Africa, Malaysia, Chile, Hungary, Paris and England. Previously, Affiliate Professor of Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University, and VP and Chief Innovation Officer of Knightsbridge, David currently teaches at four university executive development programs, including Rotman, Schulich, DeGroote and St, Mary’s University. David’s doctorate is from the University of Toronto and he has three Master’s degrees. He has been honoured by many organizations globally including by the Government of Canada with the “Distinguished Lecturer” certificate, by the Asia-Pacific HR Congress with the “HR Leadership Award,” and by HRPA with the lifetime designation of “Fellow HRPA.” Download many of David’s articles at , read an article about David’s innovative ideas at  and join over 10,000 followers on Twitter at @DrDavidWeiss


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