We’re honored to thank two supporters who came together for an exclusive event on August 28. First, we’d like to thank Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, who donated his time and expertise on our behalf. He spent the morning detailing the common characteristics of the “superbosses” he meticulously researched over ten years. As someone with firsthand knowledge of the techniques that some of the greatest talent incubators have in common, he was eagerly sought for one of our exclusive corporate readings.
Second, we’d like to thank The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp (DTCC) a critical financial markets infrastructure provider who works to ensure the stability of global finance markets, and who was also our corporate sponsor for this reading. DTCC has supported our work and volunteered in the classroom for several years. For this event we worked with their START network, an employee resource group which supports early to mid-career employees with professional development and networking opportunities.
The DTCC START network has over 1,000 members globally, representing 20% of the corporation’s growing workforce with members in 11 global locations. Each of DTCC’s seven employee resource groups host a month of activities each year, and offer other events throughout the year.
An author as respected as Sydney Finkelstein has strong appeal outside START’s core membership, and his speaking engagement garnered approximately 200 attendees across DTCC’s offices in Jersey City, Boston, Tampa and Dallas. The earliest registrants were provided with copies of Sydney’s book, courtesy of the START network, and questions from participants indicated that people did their reading in advance.
Sydney’s presentation was followed by a panel of DTCC professionals, all of whom were familiar with Superbosses and who were able to give concrete examples of the techniques being put to use in their workplace. One leader, for example, hired an oboe player for a finance job, to insert outside thinking into a group dynamic (key superboss technique). Other leaders spoke of being mentored by superbosses, who had encouraged them to move upward and onward when the time was right, but who also took them back when new positions became available. All of the panelists agreed that the community of past employees surrounding a superboss is a clear indicator of their success.
Those of us at Behind the Book and all our present and future employees are happy that we got to attend and learn as well!
Many thanks to Sydney for appearing on our behalf, and many thanks to the team at DTCC for organizing a flawless event.