The Innovator’s Dilemma: Finding Balance Between Leadership & Management

Keynote Summary

A changing environment demands innovation to stay relevant, but innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We often struggle with finding the balance between what we are good at today while adapting or transforming for the future. Similar to the balance required to manage and lead, the answer is found when we approach innovation as a “both/and” proposition, not an “either/or” dilemma. During Mike Lerario’s, President and Principal Consultant for Crispian Consulting Inc., keynote presentation, he shared his experience and expertise in leadership.

Some topics he touches on include:

  • Dilemma vs. Balance
  • Balance as a Framework
  • Leadership Domains & Tendencies
  • Management Domains & Conditions
  • Failed Attempts at Innovation
  • Solving the Dilemma: Balance
  • Managing vs. Leading
  • Innovating is Leading

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About the Speaker

Mike Lerario is President and Principal Consultant for Crispian Consulting Inc., a firm that provides specialized training and coaching in Leadership Development and organizational effectiveness. Additionally, Mike serves as subject matter expert on numerous research projects for the Army and the Department of Defense.

A 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Mike served 23 years as an Infantry Officer in Airborne Ranger assignments and retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006 after serving with the Joint Special Operations Command.

Mr. Lerario’s Army career includes command assignments through battalion level and staff assignments as operations officer at battalion, brigade, and joint staff levels. He has multiple combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Following his retirement from active duty, Mr. Lerario worked as an Operational Advisor with the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) and with NATO training “Attack the Network” and Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations. He returned to Afghanistan in 2013 to assist in the training and development of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) and in 2014 to serve as Senior Command Advisor to the three-star commanding general of all NATO operational forces in Afghanistan.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (with a concentration in Military History) and a Master of Art in Leadership Development, both degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Mike is the author of the 2016 International Best Seller Leadership in Balance: The Fulcrum-Centric Plan for Emerging and High Potential Leaders. His next book, Management in Balance, is scheduled for publication the summer of 2022.