Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm. Breakfast starts at 7:30am
Where: Meyer Library Auditorium – Missouri State University 850 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65897 (park free at Lot#19)
Completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the challenges faced by today's business leaders. While all certified marathons are the same distance, the dangers, terrain, altitude, and weather offer unique and varying challenges.
- Running the 3,600 steps of the Great Wall Marathon relates to managing a 3,600-task project schedule.
- Dealing with predators on Kenya's marathon course was like facing risks on projects.
- Setting realistic project goals is like running in the frigid Antarctica Marathon.
The manager weighs the advantages of a short term sprint with finishing in the long run. You must become a marathoner, who successfully uses his knowledge to mentally and physically push beyond his comfort zone towards new limits. Successful endurance athletes and managers exhibit the same characteristics to thrive. They must incorporate change, manage risk, and motivate people to go up hill at a time when they want to quit.
Anthony R. Reed, CPA, PMP has over 30 years of business experience, including 25 years in management and executive positions. He's led international, multi-generational teams to successfully implement global, multi-million dollar projects. Mr. Reed has also completed over one hundred, 26.2-mile marathons around the world. He became one of about 225 people in the world to complete marathons on all seven continents, including Antarctica. He's won marathon age group and weight division trophies.
His business and athletic exploits have been featured on TV, internet, and radio programs and in business, IT, travel, and sports sections of newspapers and publications worldwide. This includes Runner's World, Ebony, Southern Living, and the Journal of Accountancy.
His two graduate degrees are in management and accounting and two undergraduate degrees are in management and mathematics. He holds various professional certifications. He's taught undergraduate and graduate project management, accounting, IT, and management courses. And he's authored five books and over 50 articles.
His latest book is entitled "Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons on All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success." It's available in paperback at www.Amazon.com and in eBook formats at www.BarnesandNoble.com and www.Smashwords.com.