"Keep your eyes on the prize" - Alizabeth Calder

Alizabeth Calder

Business Strategy and Business Growth Expert

Alizabeth Calder is a senior business leader with over 30 years of experience delivering business transformation, and organizational change through proactive strategy and practical execution. She is an experienced meeting facilitator and speaker, capable of building strategy for and leading a broad range of business events that inform, motivate, and get results. Alizabeth Calder has the strategic ability to set vision and direction, and the tactical experience to work with a team to get the job done.

Calder is an excellent listener with the proven ability to distill a great deal of information from diverse sources, support discussion to enable understanding and decision making, and help stakeholders to buy-in where there cannot be full agreement. She is at her best in situations that carry multiple, highly complex ‘moving parts’, to ensure that all activities drive to targeted and measurable outcomes. Alizabeth Calder received her MBA from the Ivey School of Business in 1982, and joined the world of retail financial services as a planner and facilitator. Leveraging her experience introducing practical strategies and sustainable solutions, she then moved into the world of consulting and spent five years with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Calder then returned to the financial institution sector, acting as a change agent in the leadership of high potential customer service improvement programs. Returning to consulting in 1995, she joined IBM Canada, taking progressively senior leadership roles including participating at an Executive Committee level in her last IBM role. Leaving IBM to build her base of experience in smaller and more entrepreneurial enterprises, Alizabeth Calder has seen what it takes to adapt and enable sustainable growth based on business maturity regardless of company size. As a business leader with experience in many industries, she commands a presence based on significant leadership credentials in small and large enterprises. Bringing her unique sense of humor, practical knowledge, and easy credibility to your business program.

Alizabeth Calder provides customized presentations for clients which helps businesses become more effective, productive and increase profits. She is a leading expert in helping business leaders and their management teams identify keys areas for intimidate personal and business growth.

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Leveraging the Investment to Deliver Sustainable Shareholder Value. Nearly 90% of Board-level leaders feel that Information Technology is important for creating long term shareholder value; However, 50% of those same Directors say that they are not adequately engaged in the decision making process. Success depends on having practical ways to leverage the conversation to get the right focus and funding for the opportunities that will differentiate. Make every investment discussion an opportunity to improve Board level confidence by addressing practical challenges in a balanced view of risks and outcomes.

How does your dog miraculously know that it is time to go for a walk? You’re only watching him 1% of the time, but he’s watching you all the time. How you perform as the Leader has a fundamental impact on almost everything in your organization. Looking beyond the conventional leadership wisdom has amazing impact on your bottom line. Leverage your intuitive leadership talents for real-time results by applying these critical lessons from leaders like Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, and Barak Obama.

In our rapidly changing Global economy, few career paths are well defined straight lines. Whether you aspire to be a C level executive, an entrepreneur or a recognized Global expert in your field, you need to optimize every change as an opportunity to build your foundation. Make every new situation a relevant building block to always be at the top of the headhunter’s candidate list.

Research shows that one in three business leaders make critical decisions without the information they need. Successful strategy demands that you build the right business dashboard to steer through the hazards, and arrive at your destination without being blindsided! Master the defensive driving techniques that let you measure and demonstrate effectiveness. Understand what’s working and what isn’t. Leverage the right strategic initiatives for your best bottom line.

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Growing Up

Independence isn't doing your own thing. It's doing the right thing on your own. The same can be said for raising children or for managing employees. Your business needs to have people you can rely on to 'do the right thing on their own’; Otherwise, you spend more time babysitting than managing. The people, process, and leadership demand of building a business are a lot like the demands of raising children. By looking at your business activities through a child development lens, you quickly can identify the things that will help you (or hold you back) as your business grows. You would approach a four-year-old differently than a fifteen-year-old, and this book explains how to use age appropriate tactics to be most effective as a business leader. No one grows up overnight. Growing Up provides a simple and easy way to look at the maturity of specific business activities, providing an effective tool for planning and managing growth. Growing Up helps you answer questions such as: * As an entrepreneur positioning for a major growth program, how do - you make sure that your people, process and leadership can keep up? * As an experienced leader looking for your next career opportunity, how do you test against your expectations? * As a parent who knows how to manage the kids effectively, how do you apply that intuitive strength to be more effective in your day-to-day work?

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