Keynote Speaker and ITML Executive Director
“He has delivered symposium sessions, workshops and keynote speeches, all to rave reviews. He is a fantastic speaker and an extraordinarily gracious person – the ultimate professional who will ensure the success of your event.”
Amy Ruddell, Group Event Director, Diversified Business Communications
“He provided tremendous educational value to our attendees and was extremely flexible in tailoring the topic for our specific audience. I highly recommend him for your conference and/or corporate speaking and training needs.”
Ira Keltz, President, NEECOM (New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group)
“Eric Bloom is a go to speaker for us at PMI MassBay. He is well respected in his field and consistently rated highly by attendees. I would strongly recommend Eric Bloom for any PMI event. ”
John Todd, VP Professional Development, MassBay PMI
Speaking Topics Include:
IT’s 4 Potential Roles in Digital Transformation
IT’s role and/or participation in Digital Transformation (DX) is neither guaranteed nor cast in stone once initially defined. It can be dramatically enhanced or degraded based on changes on senior company leadership, newly popularized technologies, change in IT leadership, a disruptive innovation by a competitor and other related reasons. There are, however, two key factors that, in the long-term, will help determine IT’s role in DX. These factors are IT’s organizational clout within the organization, and It’s willingness and ability to innovate.
This clout and ability to innovate are driven by a combination of leadership ability, flawless technical execution and other related factors. This talk explains these four roles and how this knowledge can be used to your company’s, IT’s and your personal professional advantage.
This talk will help you:
- Gain insights into how IT’s organizational clout and ability to innovate dramatically affects its role within the organization
- Understand how to simultaneously maximize IT’s business value and enhance your professional stature and reputation
- Learn how to enhance IT’s role within the organization through leadership, innovation, business, and interpersonal communication skills
Digital Transformation: Completing the Picture With Soft Skills for Your Organization
Digital Transformation (DX), by its very name, refers to how digital technologies can be used to generate new revenue streams, create new markets, increase internal organizational productivity and more. While the use of established and leading-edge technologies is, of course, paramount to DX related endeavors, soft skills – such as interpersonal communication, change management, influence and others – are the unsung heroes of successful DX implementations.
In many cases, the technology is the easy part, getting your people to fall in line is where the challenge begins.
This presentation describes the specific leadership, communication and business skills that are needed to truly make your company’s digital transformation a reality!
This talk will help you:
- Understand digital transformation concepts and organizational ramifications
- Gain insights into the leadership, business, and interpersonal communication skills needed to lead and implement digital transformation
- Learn how to integrate soft skills training into your digital transformation planning and implementation
Leadership and Business Skills in a Waterfall, WAgile and Agile World
Project management and Business Analysis, more than ever, comes in many shapes and styles. Traditional projects are generally managed top-down, most often using a Waterfall methodology. On the other end of the spectrum, Agile based projects are led by a Scrum Master using servant leadership principles. In addition to leadership differences, these two methodologies dramatically differ on virtually all other project processes, artifacts, and concepts. WAgile style projects are all those activities containing attributes of both.
In this presentation you will:
- Deepen your knowledge and insights on the benefits and challenges of a blended Waterfall/Agile environment
- Learn which specific leadership, business and interpersonal communication skills maximize the effectiveness of Project Managers, Scrum Master, Business, Analysts, Product Owners, and other project players
Maximizing Value of Technical Certifications Through Leadership and Business Skills
Upon analyzing many mainstream technical and managerial certifications, methodologies and frameworks, one thing becomes very clear. There are a specific set of leadership, business and interpersonal communication skills that are required to maximize the professional and organizational value of technical skills and knowledge. These skills have the power to drive individual contributor performance, accelerate upward mobility to the C-Suite and maximize organizational productivity.
This presentation describes these skills, why and how they are applicable to IT, and how you can use them to your personal and professional advantage.
This talk will help you:
- Learn how to maximize the value and usability of leading technical certifications (PMP. CCBA, Agile, ITIL, Lean, etc.) thought the addition of targeted soft skills training
- Gain insights on how to integrate soft skills training into your hard skills training curriculum
- Receive a roadmap of the soft/business skills required by technical processes that maximize IT professional and organizational success
7 Technology Trends Every Executive Needs to Know: Implications for Your Business
Corporate executives are on the front line of new technology implementations within their industries. The Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Transformation and other technology megatrends are continuing to change the corporate competitive landscape, the role of corporate computing, and the skill sets needed to stay competitive in today’s job market. Each of these leading technologies has different business purposes, success criteria, required skill sets and ramifications on now they must be project managed.
This keynote presentation describes the top seven leading technology trends and their business implications.
In this session you will:
- Gain insights into the short and long-term effects of leading business technologies
- Learn how employing these megatrends can be of advantage to your company, staff, and yourself
- Understand the ramifications of these technologies on organizations of all types
Time Management and the 4 Zones of Personal Productivity
Time management should never be your goal. It should simply be a conduit to free up the time, money and resources needed to drive personal and organizational success. This talk, based on the speaker’s #1 Amazon bestselling book, “Productivity Driven Success” and related TEDx Talk, will widen your perspective on time management and productivity enhancement.
In this session you will learn:
- The 4 zones of personal productivity
- Learn how to enhance your personal and organizational productivity by matching the task to your current level of energy and alertness
- Learn how personal and organizational Circadian Rhythms can be used to maximize productivity
- Management Time Versus Worker Time
- Learn how to enhance work quality and productivity based on when meetings are schedule
Human Resources’ Key Role in Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation (DX), by its very name, refers to how digital technologies can be used to generate new revenue streams, create new markets, increase internal organizational productivity and more. While the use of established and leading-edge technologies is, of course, paramount to DX related endeavors, the human element plays a key role in its success.
By its nature, transformation causes change in organizational structure, corporate culture, job responsibilities, talent management and other employee-related areas. It can also have a significant effect on employee retention, morale, recruiting, career direction and compensation structures.
This presentation describes how Human Resources can dramatically enhance your company’s future by helping drive its digital transformation endeavors!
This talk will help you:
- Understand digital transformation concepts and its organizational ramifications
- Gain knowledge of the risks and challenges the digital transformation causes within the workforce
- Gain insights into how Human Resources can and should be a key partner the digital transformation process
Preparing Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Leading Technology Trends
As companies of all industries continue to embrace major technology trends like Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing, Talent Management must also change to meet these new and exciting challenges.
For example, within IT, the Big Data technologists you’re looking for may already may already be in your midst. They have the ability and the transferable skills, they’re only missing the right hands-on training. Additionally, your Marketing Manager who has an undergraduate degree in mathematics but never used it, may be the ideal candidate to help drive your company’s Predictive Analytics Group, because she knows what questions to ask. Her math degree, hidden, missing or ignored in company files is called “Unidentified Knowledge”.
This talk expand on these types of concepts and provides ready to-to-use techniques to help you prepare your organization for the profitable journey ahead.
This talk will help you:
- Gain insights into the short and long-term effects of leading business technologies on employee skills sets and Talent Management strategies
- Learn how transferable skills analysis, Unidentified Knowledge collection and other similar techniques can help maximize your Talent Management effectiveness