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Camille Nelson
Camille Nelson
Rhythm – Effective Leadership during Change

The good news is that life is always changing, but that’s the bad news, too. The one thing you can always count on is that everything is in flux. Your meeting schedule? Cancelations and additions. Your goals? Met, missed or somewhere in between. Your family? Growing older with different needs. Your spouse or partner? Maturing and evolving. You? Trying to keep up without going under. Nothing stays the same.


All of this change can overwhelm a person, especially if the changes are frequent, large or damaging. Leaders understand that change is inevitable. Good leaders manage change. Great leaders embrace it. Excellent leaders influence it.


As any musician can tell you, a musical composition’s timing can make it almost unplayable. Musicians can’t move their fingers fast enough to play a Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Conversely, modern composer John Cage created organ music made of single notes or chords that change very, very slowly. It’s called As Slow as Possible. Whether the pace is slow or fast, change is challenging. It’s up to you to adapt to the change, master it, and lead others through it while improving and growing.

Key Learning Outcomes

• Discover your rhythm and the role you play in leadership.


• Describe how individuality is key for establishing a rhythm to support change and leadership.


• Discover your rhythm and channel it to improve performance, not weaken it.


• Syncopate team members’ rhythms with your own.


• Develop change rhythms and patterns to harmonize with others.


• Assess your personal rhythm to ensure it evolves over time, adapts to changes and adjusts for different circumstances.

Evolve 3.0 – Accelerating Progress through Change

Musician David Bowie’s career spanned five decades. Just before he died, Bowie released an album that was later nominated for a Grammy award. Over the years, he has sold over 140 million albums, won countless awards, and topped the popular music charts many times. South Korean native Psy released the single “Gagnam Style,” a world-wide internet hit that earned him over $25 million. Psy’s music continues to do well in his homeland, but as far as the world’s concerned he’s a one-hit wonder. What separates musicians who have enduring careers and create timeless music from the one-hit wonders? It’s the musician’s ability to evolve and adapt their art to listeners’ fickle and changing tastes.


As a leader, you’ve made tough calls and smart decisions. It’s why you’ve been chosen as a leader. At times, the workplace, like the music industry, seems capricious and cruel. It’s tough to understand why new rules, regulations or processes have been implemented or why the marketplace has changed. What worked well for many years suddenly doesn’t work and it’s the leadership’s job to make sure the organization is able to not just survive in the economy, but thrive. After all, employees and consumers count on you and the other leaders to meet consumer demand while fulfilling your own obligations.


It’s tough to lead and reach outcomes when the target is shifting, but like all good leaders, you need to evolve along with the changes you’re experiencing. This presentation will give you the knowledge and tools you need to recognize change, embrace it and evolve to meet its challenges. You’ll learn that you possess not just good judgment, but the resilience you need to continue evolving so you can be the David Bowie of your organization.

Key Learning Outcomes

• Recognize that change is a constant and develop a method to master it.


• Identify your perfectionist tendencies and fruitless quests and develop methods to overcome both.


• Appreciate learning and experience. Discover the reasons behind true evolution and distinguish them from imposters.


• Collect strategies to eliminate comparison shopping from beliefs and mindsets, and realize how comparison shopping is destructive to evolution and improvement.


• Examine change management theory and its best practices for businesses.


• Apply change management theory best practices to your organization.


• Honor your best efforts and your journey to evolve as a person and a leader. Appreciate that your best efforts are good enough.

Overcoming Obstacles and Change through Creativity

As a leader, you develop a plan to take the best course of action for your team and your organization. Somehow, despite everyone’s best work, the plan fails to meet its objectives. As individuals, we experience loss, too. Some losses stem from our own actions, but some are just part of life, like losing a loved one after a long struggle with cancer. People lose jobs, suffer economic setbacks and watch their marriages and relationships crumble. Change can be devastating, but it can also be good, too.


Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel once said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” He’s right. No change is entirely good or entirely bad, but doing those big things is only possible through creativity.


In this workshop, musician and speaker Camille Nelson will lead you through the grieving process using creativity. Sure, there’s a path that people can take to cope with grief or setbacks, and Camille will teach you about them. Then, she’ll lead you to the next step: creating your own personal path to overcome your obstacles. Camille will share how she uses music as her creativity method to overcome obstacles. She’ll show you how you can use your own creative process as a tool to recover from setbacks, to be resilient and to create the next big thing in your personal and professional life.

Key Learning Outcomes

• Identify the five stages of grief as emotions, not experiences


• Acquire the creative tools needed to cope with grief with creativity


• Adapt to changes from a personal perspective and allow yourself time to grieve


• Recognize different methods of grieving and the importance of inattention


• Involve others in the grieving process in a positive way and avoid unhealthy ways of grieving with others


• Analyze your own process of letting go and decide when and whether it’s necessary


• Develop your own, personal and creative process for overcoming obstacles and moving on to the next big thing

#Tune Up Your Goals – Leading the Cacophony of Change

“He who pays the piper calls the tune” may be a proverb dating back hundreds of years, but it’s one that couldn’t be more relevant today in the context of organizational leadership and change.


Everything changes constantly, especially in business. And when tasked with leading, affecting and managing change, you have to call the tune. In other words, you can’t react to changes; you must anticipate them and take charge. Unfortunately, sometimes when change is in the mix, that tune can sound more like a jarring discord, not a harmonious melody. More likely, it sounds like a monotonous drone with no beginning, middle or end.


Drawing on her vast expertise and experience in Leadership and Change Management, Camille Nelson, a highly-accomplished musician and songwriter, discusses how fine-tuning goals can be your greatest accompaniment when leading the cacophony of change in business. Camille weaves in music to illustrate her points in this engaging and entertaining seminar.

Key Learning Outcomes

• Develop the capabilities and tools to make sure that change sounds like a symphony and not an overwhelming racket


• Prepare for change, whether it occurs in an instant or over millennia. Prepare for both and practice that preparation so you’re always in tune with the changes and neither sharp nor flat


• Set the tone for change in your organization with your leadership style. You can be either the conductor or the soloist, but not both at once. Choose the best fit for you and find out what to do when your team is out of synch.


• Recognize and adapt to change’s tempo so your change implementations occur at a regular beat and not at a chaotic pace.


• Differentiate minor changes from major ones and identify which merits your notice and when to take your performance up an octave


• Discover how to help those around you adapt to the new “sheet music” of your organization and how to play along with this new tune





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