Christopher Avery | 8:00 – 9:30
Field research on the front lines of IT leadership over the last twenty years provides the first how-to approach for taking, teaching, and inspiring personal responsibility—the first principle of success in any endeavor. Many leaders consider it the essence of self-organization, learning, growth, agility, and change.
You were born with the Leadership Gift; everyone is. Every act of real leadership taps into it. But few people ever discover this gift by themselves. Now any individual, team, or business culture can master it.
You can apply this research to expand your leadership power and ability everyday, build unstoppable teams, and develop a culture of amazing agility
Christopher is a sought-after, international speaker, author, and business advisor on responsible leadership, teamwork, and change for companies like GAP, Wells Fargo, and Ebay. Known for his cutting-edge work to demystify and then develop practical team leadership skills for engineers and other technical professionals, Christopher wrote the popular classic Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who is fed up with working in bad teams. Fortune magazine called it the only book on teamwork you need to read.
As the visionary force behind the worldwide Leadership Gift community, Christopher applies groundbreaking discoveries about personal responsibility and performance to support leaders intent on rapidly building highly reliable, agile, sustainable, and accelerating teams and cultures.
Christopher is president of Partnerwerks Inc., the company he co-founded in 1991 to document best practices for collaborating under competitive conditions. He is an agile coach with Rally Software, teaching Scrum and Product Owner workshops. Christopher is also a Senior Consultant with the IT and Agile Project Management practices of the Cutter Consortium, a Boston-area think tank. He co-authored the Declaration of Interdependence and co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network dedicated to connecting, developing, and supporting great project leaders.
Christopher earned his Doctorate in Communication of Technology from The University of Texas at Austin where he occasionally lectures. He is a Visiting Scholar at Capella University.
The author of hundreds of articles and commentaries about individual and collective performance at work, Christopher is a popular source for the media.