The Canyons: "Exploring the Gaps Between Leaders, Managers & Doers"

  • 16 Sep 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • San Ramon Community Center at Central Park


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The Canyons:
"Exploring the Gaps Between
Leaders, Manager & Doers"

Competency: Leadership

Objective: Engagement Across Organizational Levels

Last year, Bennett Philips spoke to the chapter on the Symphony Performance Management model. That meeting was so well received that we’ve invited him back. This month, Bennett will lead a discussion on how to create engagement by bridging the canyons between senior leaders, managers, and “doers” (employees). 

The premise for The Canyon and the associated workshop is simple – capture how people at any level of an organization feel using icons, infographics, quotations, and metaphors. The key to The Canyon’s success is that it ensures every single person in the business is represented within it. Whether a C-suite executive, a middle manager, or even a newly hired intern looks at it, they see that The Canyon properly captures their reality in a visceral way. It’s about conveying to people at all levels that we know what it’s like to be them – validating their feelings and frustrations.


Using visual metaphors to depict common challenges in engagement allows participants to address issues that may otherwise be difficult to express in words. It also provides a safe space to raise concerns and frustrations. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about common causes of disengagement in the workplace and how to avoid them
  • Tactics for overcoming poor communication between senior leadership, management, and the front line
  • Explore how visual metaphors provide a great setting for productive conversation and peer learning
You're invited. Join us!


About the Presenter:

Bennett Phillips Image
Bennett Phillips is a Partner with learning & performance consulting firm, Advantage Performance Group (APG). Bennett’s background is in implementing leadership development and performance management systems, as well as succession planning. Bennett holds a Bachelor in Business from Miami University and is currently an MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He works with numerous companies across the bay area to help execute important business initiatives by getting their people aligned to the strategic vision and providing new skills through dynamic learning experiences. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Dawn and infant son, Owen.


The Registration Process

Use the "REGISTER' tool to the left as follows:

  • TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "credit card" button and continue. 
    • ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • TO RSVP & PAY BY CASH OR CHECK AT THE DOOR: Using the registration tool, on the third screen select the "MANUAL" button and continue. 
    • ALSO, select "show name on list of attendees" at the bottom of the next page to indicate you'll be there. 
  • If you have questions, email or call Joe Novosel at 707-332-8972.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us order the right number of dinners. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds or credits.

The Price Includes Your Meal

  • Discounted Rate for Mt. Diablo Members: $28
    Guest / Non Member Rate: $35
  • Student Rate: $25
    (please show student ID at registration upon arrival)

Typical Monthly Meeting Agenda

  • 5:30 pm Networking
  • 6:00 pm Dinner begins
  • 6:30 pm Keynote presentation
  • 8:00 pm Meeting Adjourns /
    Optional "After the Show" Networking Begins

Professional opportunities are usually 

mentioned during the meeting


San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Directions from 680

  • Take Crow Canyon Blvd East
  • Go Right on Alcosta Blvd (past the school and the fire station)
  • Turn right at the San Ramon Community Center and Park 
  • Parking is free

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San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

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