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Mark Federman

Organizational Philosopher, Organizational Therapist & Adult Educator

An unconventional, yet strategic thinker, Dr. Mark Federman, has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the high-technology industry as executive, manager and consultant, spanning disciplines including research and development, marketing, sales, operations and strategic leadership. A dramatic and thoughtful speaker, Federman presents new ways of looking at the world that encourage audiences to open their minds to new ways of thinking.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Take me to Your Leaders: Collaborative Leadership and Trust
Mark Federman suggests that it is time to rethink what we mean by leadership in the context of highly collaborative – and highly effective – organizations that are more consistent with the realities of a massively interconnected world than with the Industrial Age. Simply put, what does it mean to be a leader when it is no longer to lead?

Everything you Learned in Business School is WRONG!
Based on new, ground-breaking research and a fresh, new model of organizational principles, Mark Federman will demonstrate why Everything You Learned in Business School is Wrong!” and what you can do about it to effect organizational transformation.

No Educator Left Behind: The Present Future of Educator Reform
Mark Federman maintains that it is long past time to rethink the role of education in contemporary society and set a new course for today’s youth: he calls for replacing the “3 Rs” with “4 Cs” that more appropriately prepare tomorrow’s global citizens. This lecture was featured on TVO’s “Big Ideas” series, and continues to garner wide acclaim among educators throughout North America.

Generation Gap: Why Today’s Youth are Living in Tomorrow’s World
According to Mark Federman, to breach the generation gap requires a new understanding of what it means to experience the contemporary world on its own terms, whether you teach, hire, or market to today’s youth.

Leadership in Complexity (Workshop)
This session introduces participants to concepts that enable effective leadership in complex organizations and situations. Much as been written about the nature of organizational and environmental complexity and the need to develop leadership skills that do not rely on traditional command-and-control techniques. However, aside from promoting great teams and encouraging collaboration, there seem to be few available analytic tools consistent with the emergent nature of complex human systems. This workshop provides a practical introduction to complexity theory, demonstrates specific tools that can be used in participants’ workplaces, and introduces a new, theoretical frame for organizational analysis, change, and transformation.

  • "Over the years, I have had the opportunity to attend a great number of speakers on various subjects. Rarely have I come across a thought provoking presentation such as yours. if there was nor restriction on time, I am sure many of us would have stayed with you the rest of the day - and your thoughts will surely be with us for many days, fi not years to come. It was a pleasure indeed." - PMI South Saskatchewan
  • "Federman is a brilliant storyteller whose lecture content was as rich as his delivery. I enjoyed the talk immensely ... it incited a great deal of challenge and further thinking over the course of the day."
    - Attendee at Educational Developers Caucus, February, 2009

Summary Profile

An unconventional, yet strategic thinker, Dr. Mark Federman  has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the high-technology industry as executive, manager and consultant, spanning disciplines including research and development, marketing, sales, operations and strategic leadership. He is co-author of McLuhan for Managers-New Tools for New Thinking. Some of his recent explorations have examined “Take Me to Your Leaders: Collaborative leadership and the power of trust,” “No Educator Left Behind: The present future of educator reform,”  “Generation Gap: Why today’s youth are living in tomorrow’s world,” “How Do We Know: The changing culture of knowledge,” and “Creating a Culture of Innovation.”

Mark provides thought leadership on the consequences of the epochal changes occurring throughout society. His recently completed research at the University of Toronto, From BAH to ba: Valence Theory and the future of organization, strives to re-theorize the concept and consequences of organization for our contemporary circumstances. His research findings provide a wider range of questions that can reasonably be asked of practical situations, and substantially more humanistic options for decision making that are not otherwise available to managers. Mark’s practice focuses on Organizational Therapy: assisting leadership teams to develop effective approaches in response to complex challenges of organizational transformation and culture in an environment of continual change. Mark has recently been named Dean of a new faculty that intends to offer a master’s degree in leadership and organization development, and coaching at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto.

A dramatic and thoughtful speaker, Federman presents new ways of looking at the world that encourage audiences to open their minds to new ways of thinking.