10 Important Paradoxes of Business and Life

Business Book Roundtable

Consulting Roundtable

March 26, 2009: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All of us, whether starting our careers or deep into them, want to become leaders and/or further improve our leadership skills. We’ll have built up the analytical tools, developed areas of expertise and have worked to discover, then strengthen the characteristics we must have to move up the ladder. Al Ritter has worked with executives from Fortune 500 and small companies, and has found that many of the secrets to success are counter-intuitive. Join us as he shares his experiences, findings and his book.


Gleacher Center, Room 600
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Al Ritter will present the major themes of his new book, Life is a Paradox, sub-titled Counter-Intuitive Secrets to Personal & Professional Effectiveness. The book stems primarily from Al’s extensive experience as a management consultant and the counter-intuitive nature of the most important lessons in business and life. Each of the ten chapters covers an important paradox. In the March 26th Consulting Roundtable, Al will cover each chapter, highlighting those which relate most directly to our work as consultants, leaders and business people. Al will discuss ten critically important behaviors which most people don’t know—because they are paradoxical---and how to implement those behaviors for success and satisfaction. Al will also address the application of these ideas to the effective handling of the current economic downturn.


No Charge


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Deadline: 3/26/2009

Speaker Profiles

Al Ritter (Speaker)
Founding Principal, Ritter Consulting Group

Al Ritter is founder and president of The Ritter Consulting Group. He has consulted for the past 20 years to thousands of people across many industries, in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors. Al works with leaders and teams who are committed to achieving breakthrough results in their own and their organization’s performance. Before starting his own firm, Al worked for Accenture. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president for Citicorp, chief financial officer for Swift & Company, and early in his career held marketing and operations positions with PepsiCo. Al holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College, and played basketball and baseball for The University of Connecticut.


Rachel Patterson 


Other Information

Mark Your Calendars: Consulting Roundtables are the 4th Thursday of each month. Upcoming presentations are: April 23 Generational Diversity: Boomer vs. Gen Y: Whose Generation Rules and Does it REALLY Matter? Elene Cafasso and Luisa Buehler, of Enerpace, Inc. May 28: Innovation Lock-In & The Phoenix Principle – keys to adaptability and long term sustainability of a company Adam Hartung, Managing Partner, SparkPartners; Author of FT published The Phoenix Principle.