Categories: BMT Courses, Conference, Leadership, Training, WorkshopsAuthor:

John Austin, PhD

Despite a multitude of books on leadership, it really is not a complicated topic.  Behaviorally speaking, leadership amounts to what a person says and does every day.  It is this behavior and the downstream impact of it that determines organizational culture, drives results, and it is largely this that causes people to be happy, frustrated, engaged, or disengaged at work.

The Reaching Results team has pulled together a group of international experts to talk about the notion of Simplicity in Leadership at this year’s conference in Chicago on June 14.  This year’s leadership conference will feature 3 well-known keynote speakers, as well as a series of business leaders and behavioral science experts including the Reaching Results team.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare.  Full conference details can be found at www.reachingresults.com/2012conference

Keynote Speakers

Alasdair Cathcart is President of Bechtel Power Business Unit.

Blogger’s Note: We’ve seen Alasdair several times and he always delivers a fabulous talk along with memorable stories and useful tips.    

He has worked at Bechtel for 22 years in such places as the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the United Kingdom. As president of the Power GBU, Cathcart oversees its four business lines: Fossil, Nuclear, Renewables, and Communications & Transmission. He has full responsibility for the GBU’s operations, including business development, project execution, customer satisfaction, and unit profitability.  Mr. Cathcart has spoken at BMT conferences in Manchester, and always receives rave reviews.  Here’s a sample:

• “Absolutely FANTASTIC truly inspirational, I’m so glad I came to the conference for this session – I loved the idea of reverse mentoring and also spot bonuses for good behaviors – I plan to implement both within my division with immediate effect!”

• “Wow – what can you say about this man. A confident, informed and insightful presentation. Bravery, imagination and belief perfectly articulated amongst real life stories. Never be afraid to try, engage with all and fail fast – great takeaways”

• “Really good the guy is on a different level and demonstrated that doing what you say really does produce benefits. Thought the ‘Fail Quickly’ idea was brilliant. I need to be brave enough to use it more! “

Mr. Cathcart is one of the best leaders out there, at the leading construction contractor in the US.

Dr. Aubrey Daniels is Chairman of Aubrey Daniels International (ADI).

Blogger’s Note: I’ve known Dr. Daniels for 20 years now, much of what I learned early in my career is due to his writing and support.  He’s had a huge influence on our understanding of behavior in business. His presentation style is world-class and he will undoubtedly deliver some memorable stories and useful tips.     

Dr. Daniels is the world’s foremost authority on applying the scientifically-proven laws of human behavior to the workplace. For more than 30 years, he and his esteemed colleagues have helped the world’s leading organizations employ the timeless principles of behavioral science to re-energize the workplace, optimize performance and achieve lasting results.

Aubrey is the author of six best-selling books widely recognized as international management classics, including: Bringing out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement, and Performance Management: Changing Behavior That Drives Organizational Effectiveness.  His books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and French and have been licensed in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Romania and Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Daniels is often cited as the “Father of behavioral science in business.”

Howard Lees is Managing Director of Hollin Consulting.

Blogger’s Note: We’ve called Mr. Lees a ‘behavioral savant’. He constantly surprises and amazes audiences and clients with his insightful and expert understanding of behavior and how to create the environment necessary to achieve long term change.    

He has authored 7 books including Behavioural Coaching, and BBS for Leaders.  Howard started Hollin Consulting in 2004 after a career in Civil Engineering and Project Management, holding a senior position with the Bechtel Corporation. Hollin is focused on delivering training and coaching in behavioral management techniques (BMT) which is a blend of behavioral science and project management skills. Howard was also a founding member of the international group, the BMT Federation which is a collection of like-minded enthusiasts in the use of behavioral science to improve business and safety. BMT members collaborate on research, delivering courses and speaking at international conferences.

A recent review of one of Mr. Lees’ talks simply said, “More learning per word than any other presenter.”

Pre-Conference Workshops – June 13

On June 13, we will hold two ½ day workshops at the conference hotel (details are at www.reachingresults.com/2012conference).  In the morning, we will hold a BBS Leadership workshop – presenters include Dr. John Austin, Howard Lees, and Bob Cummins.  They will discuss the BMT approach to BBS and how to teach behavioral leadership skills through the organization.

In the afternoon, we will hold a Behavior Management & Lean workshop, to discuss behavioral ideas for unlocking the power of lean for your organization.  That workshop will be led by Dr. Nicole Gravina and Shannon Loewy.

Registration information for the conference is at www.reachingresults.com/2012conference





  1. Michael Sofis says:

    This conference looks unbelievable. Are there any scholarship or grant opportunities to apply for? I just graduated from an undergrad OBM program and would love to attend!

  2. John says:


    Sure thing, send me an email at john@reachingresults.com and we’ll work something out.


  3. Charlene Donahoe says:

    Hi John,

    All day long I hear that I sound like Barney. I would love for others to understand why I sing all day long. I believe in postive reinforcement with the saying if your not having fun than something is not right. How can I help you bring many to the conference on Leadership conference. 😉

    Charlene Donahoe


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