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September 21, 2023 Chapter Meeting: Get a Grip: Behavioral Triage Methods for Leadership Optimization

  • 21 Sep 2023
  • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC
  • 47


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ATD Charlotte Chapter Meeting


Join ATD Charlotte for our monthly chapter meeting. Meet other talent development professionals in the Charlotte area, discover job opportunities and - if you're recruiting - connect with job seekers, hear about the latest chapter news, and participate in a fantastic program.


Session Description:

Get a Grip: Behavioral Triage Methods for Leadership Optimization

ATD Capabilities:

Professional: Learning Science

Professional: Learning Impact

Organizational: Business Insight

Organizational: Talent Strategy and Management

Organizational: Data and Analytics

Topic Overview: 

Executive coaching often fails to bring urgency and a hyper-focus on what is required of individuals to execute under pressure when the stakes are high. Some behaviors limit us, and others that propel us in the most important moments of our business. If only we could grasp those behaviors to manage complexity and its ever-changing and unpredictable nature. This is an adaptation of behavioral triage – making quicker assessments and subtle but impactful shifts in how we interact with key stakeholders to achieve our business outcomes.

In this session, Stephen Belenky, “the anti-coach,” and Abimbola Akintolayo, “the business therapist,” will share insights that led to their adaptation of behavioral triage and tools designed to unlock and optimize what is distinctly effective and ineffective about us when it really counts.

1. How to use "causal mapping" to identify leading ineffective behaviors. 

2. How to contextualize these behaviors and assess their risk.

3. How to calibrate a leadership response that serves your business objectives.

Energy is the word. Stephen is direct and vision-oriented, while Abimbola brings a teacher’s mindset and is grounded in tactics. Their appreciation for one another is undeniable, as is their passion for the topic. If you’ve ever questioned the impact of executive coaching, you should also know they have. You’ll find their skepticism isn’t condescending but comes from curiosity about human potential and what it takes to be highly effective. Being provocative goes with the territory, but they promise to be playful above all else.


Abimbola Akintolayo - Oke is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology professional specializing in Leadership and People development. With more than 15 years of experience in Organizational Psychology, Training, and Education, she leverages her talents to help people become the best version of themselves and to help organizations achieve their business goals by developing and executing bespoke Leadership Development strategies for groups, teams, and individuals.

Abimbola has had a wide range of experience with various L&D roles in multiple industries, including Manufacturing and Higher Education. Most recently, she was the Global Learning and Development Manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is currently running her firm as the Principal Leadership Coach and Strategist at Leaders Lane, which specializes in bringing out individuals' strengths and superpowers to enable them to live optimally, flourish and transform their communities.

Abimbola lives in the Charlotte area with her wonderful husband of 14 years and their three amazing kids. In her spare time, she indulges in various creative pastimes, including writing, podcasting, and painting with her kids. She also enjoys traveling and watching movies with her husband.

Stephen Belenky - Stephen has worked globally for 15 years as a human-centered strategist to create the conditions for effective culture and leadership. He intervenes with big corporations and scale-ups in high-pressure-high-stakes transitions and serves as a human capital partner to private equity and venture capital.

Stephen founded Hiddn Ventures™ and [its leadership optimization technology] Hiddn Edge©. He co-founded Hiddn's parent company Align Collective™, a management consulting agency built to create the conditions for highly effective leaders, teams, and organizations in growth and transition.

He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Tel Aviv University and certifications and accreditations from Northwestern University, Cornell University, and the International Coaching Federation. Stephen is an ongoing neuroscience student passionate about demystifying leadership and untapped potential.

He draws on every experience spanning six countries and four continents, including his service in the Israeli Defense Forces and his collaborations with organizational psychologists and behavioral scientists. Stephen also speaks regularly about leadership, culture, trauma, and the limitations of coaching.

Stephen and his partner Rachel are currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina, building a second home base in New Mexico. They travel extensively, plan to retire abroad, and have made it their mission to know and understand people and cultures worldwide.

Location:  Palmer Building;  2601 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC  28204

Parking:  112 spots on location around the building

Registration:  5-6pm

Meeting start time:  5:45pm

Note:  for any guests attending (without a guest pass), please select 'Guest-In Person' for your registration; the cost is $20 to cover the meeting and food.

We are looking forward to seeing you! Remember that in order to protect food costs and your membership dollars ATD charges a $20 no-show fee. So if something comes up please cancel by Monday 12noon before the meeting. Thanks!!!

Meeting Schedule:

All times Eastern Time (US & Canada)

      • 5:45pm - Meeting starts
      • Dinner!
      • Networking & Job Forum
      • Chapter Announcements
      • Presentation
      • 8:00pm - Meeting Concludes

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