January 13, 2009-Tuesday

Stephen P. Anderson and his presentation "Rock Bands, Guitar Heroes, and Management Theory"

Stephen P. Anderson
Stephen P. Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson is the VP of Design at Viewzi, where his group is focused on changing how people experience search results. He is passionate about elegant design, remarkable customer experiences, and managing maverick teams- topics he loves to write and speak about.

Prior to Viewzi, Stephen grew and led the user experience teams at both Sabre Travel Network and Bright Corner, a small creative and technology services company he co-founded in 2001. There he worked with a variety of businesses to create valuable online and offline customer experiences, with a special focus on custom business applications. Stephen has worked on Web 2.0-style applications with small startups as well as larger usability and information architecture projects for enterprise clients such as Nokia, Frito-Lay and Chesapeake Energy. A former high school English teacher, Stephen brings a love for language and cognitive learning theories to the design profession.

As time permits, Stephen enjoys sharing his thoughts at poetpainter.com.

Rock bands are a a great petri dish for exploring team dynamics. You have the egotistical frontman (who may or may not have any talent). The group of passionate musicians who just want to create music. The studio musicians who simply do the job for which they are hired. And of course, the rock stars.

So what does this have to do with management? Groups and organizations, just like musicians, don't all work and behave in the same way. Speaker Stephen P. Anderson will look to the music industry to describe four organizational archetypes-each with a different set of values and way of working. By understanding each of these work cultures, the culture you work in, and the work style that best fits you personally, we can make sense of the conflicts we face at work and become more effective at our job, whether we're employees, managers or-rock stars!

January 13, 2009
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reeves Uptown
1639 Ryan St.
Lake Charles, Louisiana


Your RSVP must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2009.
Lunch: $13 AAFLC members; $17 nonmembers/guests (please pay at door with cash or check to AAFLC)
RSVP to aaflakecharles@gmail.com or call 478-7396.

(The RSVP deadline is important because we have to send the number to Reeves for food preparation. We will be charged one meal for every RSVP, so if you RSVP and do not attend, we must bill you anyway.)