The New Strategic Leader

This webinar will discuss a new approach to long-term, organizational success – one that draws upon a strategic leader who envisions an organization in which people and groups work together in a different, powerful way. Our presenter, Pete DeLisi, will discuss a systems solution, enabled by strategy processes, that change the way that organizations work and are structured. The latter has been the focus of his strategy consulting work for the past 30 years. This is a new strategy emphasis, differing substantially from the emphasis in the literature on the latest strategy concept and idea.

Register now! The webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (PDT). There will be no fee for this event.

Speaker Biography

Pete DeLisi is president of Organizational Synergies, a strategy consulting firm in Fremont, California. In parallel with his consulting work, he was formerly the Academic Dean of the Information Technology Leadership Program at Santa Clara University. Prior to his consulting work, Pete spent over 20 years in senior sales and marketing roles at IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). His educational background includes a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit and post-graduate work in meteorology, philosophy and psychology.

Head shot of Pete DeLisi (speaker)

Book Description


Book Cover - Strategic Leadership and Systems Thinking

The book is about a new strategic leader – one who, inspired by General Systems Theory (GST), envisions an organization in which people and groups work together interdependently across organizational divides to reach a shared, rewarding future. GST has dramatically influenced physics, biology, economics, healthcare and environmental science, but has not as yet had any significant influence on the way companies work and are structured. This new, systems way of working promises a break from the influence of Sir Isaac Newton and René Descartes – thinking that has dominated worldviews for almost 400 years – and offers workers the opportunity to find greater purpose and meaning in their work.

This book is also about leadership that recognizes the potential of enhanced organizational performance that results from the movement of the organization as system, to a new desired destination. Engaging and empowering employees, the leader unleashes their unique talents and energy and uses the previously unrecognized power of strategy processes to bridge functional silos. In the webinar, we will highlight the case study of a company that applied these principles and had the best year in their 60-year-old history.

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