Session Date: June 10, 2020

Is strategy broken?

In early 2020, the COVID-19 virus ripped across the globe, causing disruption on a scale never seen. Markets tumbled, supply chains fell apart, business models collapsed and global leadership suffered.

Tectonic shifts typically occurring over years jolted organizations in the span of mere weeks, highlighting a painful truth: reliance on outdated strategic frameworks will not protect firms from existential risk. In a context of disruption, hyper-acceleration and exponential change, incremental approaches are not sufficient. Listen to the perspectives of our senior leader panelists.

Meet the Guests

Ted Fleming

Head of Talent Development at CVS Health

Ted Fleming is responsible for talent development and succession for all colleagues and providing business consulting solutions across the company. Ted has more than 30 years of experience across healthcare, financial services and education industries as a strategic planner, consultant, business owner and general manager. Ted has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Colonel Kevin W. Farrell, PhD

CEO of Battlefield Leadership, LLC.

Colonel Farrell spent over thirty years in uniform and commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he served as an armor officer in a variety of leadership assignments in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and led American soldiers in combat in three different wars. He acted as an advisor to the Afghan National Army and, most significantly, as the commander of a 1,000-soldier combined arms battalion conducting extended combat operations in East Baghdad, Iraq. Kevin holds MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Columbia University in New York. His most recent book is The Military and the Monarchy: The Case and Career of the Duke of Cambridge in an Age of Reform.

Ryan McManus

CEO and Founder of Techtonic

Ryan McManus is an expert in digital transformation, business model evolution, growth, and entrepreneurship. Ryan has served as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, startups, governments, and non-profits and serves on the boards of public, private, and nonprofit boards. He received his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

About Executive Edge

Hosted by David Welsh, Duke CE’s Regional Managing Director of North America, each episode of the Executive Edge Roundtable Series puts a single topic (e.g. strategy, leadership, etc.) into the hot seat, as our guests analyze current approaches, debate methods and philosophies, and share their own personal perspectives and experiences against the backdrop of current events.

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