Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Presentation Summary:

IIBA recently reported that 72% of CEOs globally feel that the next 3 years at their company will be more critical than the last 50 years.  Strategic thinking and leadership are more important now than they ever have been and yet 86% of these CEOs say they have a concern that they don't have enough time to think strategically. Strong leadership is needed during these rapidly changing and competitive times.  We're not in Kansas anymore!
The need for strong leadership isn't limited to the CEO, it's needed at all levels to ensure that seemingly small decisions are aligned with the organization's goals. As business analysts, we are in a position to lead our organizations through these crucial times and help them make better decisions. The problem, however, is that BA organizations are struggling to develop a leadership culture because BAs don't recognize they need to lead, BAs don't have the skills to lead, BAs don't have authority over those that they need to influence, and organizations don't know how to develop leaders.
Leadership isn't a title that is bestowed upon you, it is something that you must work at consistently to grow your skills.  Much like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz; you have power within you to be a great leader.  You just need to find your courage, brains, and heart!
In this session you will:

  • Learn how BAs need to be effective leaders in order to be successful
  • Learn how to Lead From Behind by using storytelling and asking great questions
  • Learn how to develop other leaders to create a more successful community


Kelly Fisher, The Cincinnati Insurance Company

Kelly Fisher is a Senior Business Analyst at The Cincinnati Insurance Company. She is a member of the company's Business Analysis Center of Excellence Leadership team and serves as a Business Analyst on various projects throughout the company. Additionally, she serves a Coach to other Business Analysts and is co-leading an initiative to develop a coaching program within the BA Community. As a leader in the BA Center of Excellence, she diligently works to educate, promote and inspire Business Analysts and peers regarding the BA Role.  Kelly is a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP®) and serves as Director-at-Large on the IIBA Cincinnati Chapter's Board of Directors.  She is an active member in Toastmasters International and serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates 4 Animals Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Josh Maxwell, The Cincinnati Insurance Company

Josh is a Senior Business Analyst at The Cincinnati Insurance Company.  He is a member of the company's Business Analysis Center of Excellence Leadership team and works on projects which deliver new insurance products to customers and various other projects that add value to the organization.  Josh has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University and is also a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).   Josh contributes to the BA community by volunteering for IIBA® Cincinnati Chapter initiatives and serving on the Board of Directors.  Josh  is also an active member and  volunteer at the local club of Toastmasters International.