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Date(s) - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Radisson Hotel–Milwaukee West


Ian MacDougall

“The Theory of Organization Lifecycles: An Analysis of How Organizations Grow, Why They Die & What to Do About This”

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In this presentation, MacDougall describes the four roles that an organization must perform in order to be profitable in the long and short run. MacDougall then analyzes how and why these roles change in importance as organizations grow and age. The lifecycle theory suggests that all organizations will experience predictable problems depending upon where they are in their lifecycle. Some of these problems are transitionary in nature or “normal.” Others are “abnormal” or pathological and may include affairs, infant mortality, the founder’s trap, premature aging, suicide, sell-out or divorce. Unless treated, these “abnormal” problems will prevent the organization from reaching the prime of its life. MacDougall also identifies the causes of organizational aging and explains how to recognize and treat these symptoms.

Ian MacDougall has been a TEC/Vistage resource since 1987 and has delivered hundreds of presentations to groups from Shanghai to Sheboygan. He is the Founder of Corporate LifeCycles Inc – a consulting firm which specializes in large-scale organizational change – including lifecycle diagnosis, organization mission, values, strategy, structure, accountability and reward systems. The mission of Corporate Lifecycles is to make organizational change more effective and to liberate the client from reliance on consultants as quickly as possible. Corporate LifeCycles recognizes that consultants can never match the cumulative knowledge resident within the client organization, and so our core change management process — Pathway to Prime® — seeks to incorporate that knowledge and experience into each diagnosis and prescription. We help our client discover their own solutions and in this way build ownership and commitment to implementation. We believe that while ideas are a commodity – execution is not.

Prior to founding Corporate LifeCycles, Mr. MacDougall was President and Senior Associate of Adizes Associates, Inc in Los Angeles, California. Ian MacDougall has consulted with government agencies as well as small, medium and large corporations worldwide in a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, defense, manufacturing, publishing, retail, high technology, financial services, telecommunications and higher education. His clients have included the New York University Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Hunt Oil Company, The Conference Board, Rip Curl, Domino’s Pizza, Bank of America, The Franklin Mint, Los Angeles County Department of Children’s Services, Banc One Leasing, TEC Florida, Vistage, Thomson Professional Publishing, Earle Palmer Brown, EDS, Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance, Truworths Stores, United States Naval Weapons Research, Shell Oil, Thomson Newspapers, The Thomson Corporation, Charles Schwab & Co., Knight – Ridder, The Automobile Association of America (AAA), Vodafone, UCLA Graduate School of Business, NETg, Innodata-Isogen, The Reykjavik Art Museum, Medical Media Holdings, MP Investment Bank, Enterprise Ireland, PENTON Media, New Hope, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Ian MacDougall was born in Scotland, educated in Scotland, England and the United States and makes his home in South Florida.

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