Facilitated by: Alex Lowy and David Hurst

Alex Lowy

Alex consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Metropolitan Toronto Police Force). He is an adjunct faculty member at four business schools (DeGroote in Hamilton, Schulich in Toronto, Saint Mary’s in Halifax and Memorial in Newfoundland) where he teaches business strategy and critical thinking skills to executives. He writes extensively on the topic of strategy and decision-making, with articles in such journals as Strategy & Leadership, Business 2.0 and Group & Organization Studies.

Alex is co-author of several best-selling business books including The Power of the 2 x 2 Matrix (Jossey Bass, 2004, with Phil Hood) and Digital Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2000, with Don Tapscott & David Ticoll). His most recent book, No Problem, was published in 2007, and is being taught in business schools in Canada, the USA and Malaysia.

David Hurst

David is a speaker, writer and management educator.  He spent twenty-five years working in the corporate world as a senior executive in what he describes as a series of business “train wrecks.” He is a reflective practitioner and these experiences, together with his research, have led him to reframe and redevelop everything he learned about business, management and finance. He communicates these ideas to audiences around the world in the form of creative presentations, in-depth seminars and articles that have been published in leading business publications such as the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times of London and Strategy+Business, as well as several academic journals. His first book, Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change, was published by the Harvard Business School Press in 1995 and was reprinted in paperback in 2002. His next one, Learning from the Links: Mastering Management Using Lessons from Golf (The Free Press 2002) broke new ground in understanding what it takes to create excellence through practice. His latest book, The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World (Columbia University Press, 2012), uses an ecological systems framework to embrace and contain economics. The resulting reconfiguration of management resonates with the experience of managers all over the world.

 

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