Azione Unlimited Wraps Up First-Ever Middle Manager's Meeting, Presents Brad² Webinar
Azione Unlimited had a busy week. After wrapping up their first ever Middle Manager's Meeting in Chicago, the buying group has also rolled out Brad², a series of free webinars through December. This all comes after Richard Glikes discussed Azione 2.0 initiative, (and rolled out their own Slack) which seeks to enhance communications and collaboration between its members.
Middle Manager's Meeting Wraps Up in Chicago
The Middle Manager's Meeting was a rare opportunity for 50 dealers, and a few select vendor sponsors, to discuss industry trends and explore business strategies among industry peers.
Taking place in the Embassy Suites in Chicago's O'Hare Airport from May 16 and 17, the Middle Manager's Meeting was an opportunity that is usually reserved for business owners and c-suite executives.The meetings offered open discussions on topics such as the biggest challenges managers face and how to create harmony between the sales, design, and installation departments.
Brad Whitehead, Principal of VX Strategy, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational developmental, strategic planning, and tactical execution, gave presentations on Process Management and Rhythm; Talent Development; and process management and rhythm, talent development, and measuring profitability. Whitehead’s presentations were standing-room-only at the Spring Conference, and he’s also co-presenting the Brad2 webinar series for Azione members.
“Brad Whitehead is a wealth of knowledge so I always enjoy hearing what he has to say,” says Azione member Monika Hill of Fusion Media Systems, Kirkwood, MO. “Brad’s presentations and the roundtable discussions both focused on employee interaction and communication within our companies. I'm excited to start working on improving communication between the office and the field as well as making sure that we are defining and encouraging our company's culture.”
Azione notes that attendees found the roundtable discussions enlightening and unifying, bringing members closer through their shared challenges and offering opportunities to brainstorm solutions.
“I thought I was struggling with certain issues, like staffing for instance," said Brian Dempsey, Operations Manager for Residential Systems, Inc. and Valhalla Integration of Lakewood, Colorado. "But found through the sessions held during the Azione Middle Managers Meeting that these types of issues are generally experienced industry-wide."
"Typically, our Spring and Fall conferences are attended by business owners and c-suite executives. While it’s important for these decision-makers to connect with vendors and with each other, not many middle managers have the opportunity to experience the camaraderie, knowledge-sharing, and networking of an Azione session," said Azione Unlimited President and Founder Richard Glikes. "Our Middle Management Meeting was designed to build a deeper engagement with all our members, and to ensure Azione programs, benefits, and initiatives are as deeply understood as possible through every tier of our member organizations."
Two Brads Are Better Than One
Pioneered by Brad Whitehead and Brad Stanek, Brad² is a series of free webinars that aim to educate custom integrators "to increase their business acumen." Both Brad's bring years of financial business and strategy experience to the industry through monthly webinars. Topics include business growth, strategic planning, and financial management.
The Brad2 webinars will begin run for one hour on the second Tuesday of every month, with the exception of July and October. For those who cannot attend the webinar, Azione is making the sessions available for download after the event.
“Our small- to medium-sized dealers, who make up a substantial portion of our membership, want financial insights and advice with regard to business processes. They are asking for help with business acumen, and they want to understand the type of structure their business should take at each stage of growth,” said Glikes. “Our Brad2 webinar series responds to this need with in-depth insights from experts in the field.”
The first Brad2 webinar, held May 9, 2017, and presented by Brad Whitehead, covered “Building Your Strategic Plan.” The webinar provided the foundation for subsequent topics, as a strategic plan is the first step toward attracting and developing top talent, enhancing the customer experience, and growing a business to the next level. The webinar schedule is as follows:
- June 13 at 12pm ET – Company Retirement Plans: How You Can Use Them to Attract the Best Talent and Reduce What You Pay in Tax – Brad Stanek
- August 8 at 2pm ET – Developing Talent - Brad Whitehead
- September 12 at 2pm ET – Eight Key Drivers To Help You Significantly Grow the Value of your Business – Part 1 (Drivers 1 – 4) – Brad Stanek
- November 14 – Enhancing the Customer Experience – Brad Whitehead
- December 13 - Eight Key Drivers to Help You Significantly Grow the Value of your Business – part 2 (Drivers 5 – 8) – Brad Stanek