Keynoters Suggest ‘Change is a Choice’ at Atrion’s Annual Leadership Event

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IT Services Firm Commemorates Sixth Annual Event


Atrion, an IT Services Provider

The only way to really bring about change is to bring everyone along with you.

More than 700 Atrion clients and partners, community members and state dignitaries convened at the Rhode Island Convention Center May 19th for Atrion’s AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium, eager to understand how to better affect change at the organizational and personal level. And special guest opener Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo had some salient advice to dispense on the topic:

“The only way to really bring about change is to bring everyone along with you,” she said. “Change is necessary. We have to innovate. We can’t keep doing things the same old way because we will get the same results and in order to bring about change you have to develop buy-in at every level of the organization. You can’t force change.”

Throughout the day best-selling authors, national keynoters and Atrion executives took to the big stage to elucidate on the significance of embracing a growth mindset during Atrion’s sixth annual thought leadership event. The AlwaysOn Leadership Symposium focuses on the intersection of technology, leadership and business and brings together business for a day centered on professional and personal development.

This year’s event attracted a record-breaking number of attendees and featured keynoters and best-selling authors Steve McClatchy and Chris McChesney, as well as symposium powerhouses, Atrion presenters CEO Tim Hebert and Chief Strategy Officer Dave Ramsden.

“In 2009, when I first conceptualized this event, I dreamt of maxing out the fifth floor of the Rhode Island Convention Center—a surefire sign that we had a created an event that resonated deeply with our clients, partners, stakeholders and community members,” said Hebert. “Standing on the stage at this year’s event, glancing out to a packed crowd, it’s incredibly humbling to know that we achieved that vision.”

“The concept of change struck a chord, and it’s because as leaders, all too often we find ourselves trapped in ‘the middle’—vacillating amongst choices,” he added. “This ambivalence gets in the way of our ability to drive change, even when it’s imperative. But change is a choice and we can elect to be the catalyst for change.”

Fellow presenters echoed Hebert’s sentiments, with McClatchy urging attendees to make room for gain-oriented tasks, rather than just pain; McChesney elucidating on the Four Disciplines of Execution Framework that helps individuals stay disciplined; and Ramsden discussing that any great transformation requires a change in mindset first.

Moving forward, the concept of change will continue to be explored across Atrion’s blogging platform, digital magazine ON, and community-held events.

“We can’t stop talking about change,” Hebert said. “We have an imperative to identify when change is needed, determine how to support it and get others on board with our movement. Change starts with us.”

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