Why Do Some Executives "Get It" But Others Don't?

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

April 19, 2010: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Drawing on his book I Get It!, organizational psychologist Neil Witmer explores how top management perceives the performance of their managers, directors and VPs. He outlines twenty-four simplified fundamentals that CEOs and senior executives badly want their people to master and apply.


Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
First Floor Lobby & Auditorium
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, Illinois

Driving Directions:From I-88, take Naperville Road exit which will take you to a "T" at Freedom Drive. Turn south onto Freedom Drive (that is a left turn if coming from the East on I-88). Take Freedom Drive to a "T" at Diehl Road. Turn right onto Diehl Road. Go 2-3 blocks. NIU will be on left, across from the Hampton Inn. Turn left onto driveway at west end of NIU property to park. From parking lot, enter center door of building.

Event Details

Witmer explains that getting it requires no private club or secret sauce. Witmer provides numerous examples and stories to outline best practices for hiring and developing key management staff. For this roundtable program, the emphasis is on entrepreneurs, but the themes apply across all types of organizations and industries.


$25.00 for general public; $20.00 for Chicago Booth alumni/faculty/students Register by April 14th for $5.00 early registration discount


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Register by April 14th to get $5.00 early registration discount

Deadline: 4/19/2010


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking & Hors d'oeuvres

7:15 PM-8:45 PM: Program with speaker

Speaker Profiles

Neil Witmer, PhD (Speaker)
Founder, Witmer & Associates

Witmer founded Witmer & Associates in 1987 and has consulted in over thirty industries since 1983. He specializes in partnering with CEOs and private-equity boards to provide talent solutions to execution problems. He has expertise in assessing high-potential managers for hire, promotion and career development. Neil has been an adjunct consultant to an international quality consulting firm, helping senior executives apply leadership to process improvement. He has conducted workshops internationally on the "human" aspects of organizational change and reengineering. He is the co-creator of Unleashing The Leader Within™, a nationally acclaimed leadership coaching program that produces eyebrow-raising impacts on both leaders and organizations. In addition to his book, I GET IT!, Neil has authored numerous articles and management tools including Diagnosing Performance, CEO Skill Profile, The Misunderstood Values of the CEO and Have Your Senior Managers Outgrown Leadership Training?


Bill Wentz, `88 
Roundtable Coordinator