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07-18-2017, Meetings, Directors

A genius! I am a genius! We are all geniuses! Yet, when something new comes our way, when something pokes us right in the Comfort Zone, we often react poorly. If I am such a genius, why do I have to change? Why can't I continue being the genius that I am? I have survived thus far, why would I need to change?

The simple answer is that we don't have to. We can remain a genius in a bottle, but that bottle tends to end up on a shelf looking like a collector's antique. And, in the high paced world of technology, many of us have become that collectible - a genius about everything we learned once upon a time, but finding it difficult to adapt, evolve, and move with the times.

Life, however, changes rapidly. Information Technology, however, changes rapidly. And while you may not be the genius-in-a-bottle just yet (hey, you are at a technology conference - presumably to improve your skills) a lot of our peers are already on that shelf and collecting dust.

This session is a perspective from Trevor about change - from someone who regularly motivates people to change. His recent experiences have stirred him to realize that we are all subject to Comfort Zone shrinkage, and, there is hope for each one of us yet. Trevor will attempt, based on a keen observation of the world he lives in and the people who reside there, to answer the questions of how to embrace change for ourselves, and assist in understanding how to motivate and stir our peers out of their own atrophy. And, you will leave with a greater understanding of which finger is best used to poke Comfort Zones - including your own.

Biography

Trevor Perry's role as a FrescheThinker affords him the opportunity to be a thought leader in IT. With regular commentary on the future of IT and IBM i, Trevor is asked to guide and provide innovative strategies to customers around the world. Well-known in the IBM i community for leading efforts to promote modernization, he specializes in setting strategy and direction, aligning business and IT, and guiding entire companies to leverage their IT and IBM i. Outside of his day job, Trevor is a recognized global motivational speaker, author, volunteer, emcee, and storyteller.

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