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[Houston]The Noble Employee Myth:
8/8/2006 5:30 PM - 8/8/2006 8:30 PM
8/8/2006 - 8/8/2006
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Catagory:Events
Event Type:Intraday
Time Zone:Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]
Location:Houstonian Hotel

Texchange Houston presents:

The Noble Employee Myth:
Understanding Why Your Most Strategic Asset
May Be Your Least Strategic Liability

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Time: 5:30 PM (cocktail hour/cash bar) 6:30 - 8:30 PM (dinner/forum)
Location: Houstonian Hotel, 111 N. Post Oak Ln - Map
Fees: Entrepreneur Members $35, Other Members $47.50, Non-members $60
Late Registration (after August 4th) - Add $5
Walkup attendees (first come, first served) - $65
Speaker: Dr. E.L. Kersten, co-founder of Despair, Inc.

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For the last 75 years the dominant management theories have advocated that businesses become more employee-centric. Despite decades of dramatic accomplishments in this regard, employees still tend to report widespread dissatisfaction with their jobs, managers, and the companies they work for. It's time to rethink our priorities, assumptions, and approaches to employee relations.

Dr. E.L. Kersten is the co-founder of Despair, Inc., a publishing and media enterprise dedicated to the dissemination of contrarian wisdom. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Southern California and is the author of The Art of Demotivation® and several of the company's popular Demotivators® products. He has been quoted by, appeared on, written for, or written about in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NPR's Marketplace, BBC's Business Daily, Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Business Week, Time, and many other outlets.

"The Art of Demotivation is the most daring, funny and subversive management guide ever written."
- Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times, May 31, 2005

Texchange Event Format:

Meetings start with refreshments and informal conversation followed by a sit-down dinner where attendees can become acquainted with others at their table. After the speaker's presentation, each table discusses a pre-set technology or entrepreneurial topic among themselves. Everyone is encouraged to share their viewpoints and, especially, share knowledge gained through their own unique experiences. Afterwards, there is a moderated "open table" discussion.

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Upcoming events:

Sep 12, 2006 Mergers & Acquisitions Best Practices with Paul Pryzant moderator, Jeff Beachamp, Stuart Page
Oct 10, 2006 Motivating Your Direct Salesforce with Lisa Walla
Nov 14, 2006 Raising Capital in Houston – Survey results by Richard Scruggs, President Houston Angel Network; Co-founder Align Networks; and Director Mays Business School Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.
Dec 12, 2006 Holiday Party

Houston Texchange Board of Directors:
Manish Asthana, President, Verum Solutions
President: Paul Schatz, VP Sales and Marketing, INT Inc
Treasurer: Michael Pattison, president, StrAIT Advisors
Secretary: Deborah Mansfield, Director Life Sciences, Houston Technology Center
VP Communications: Brad Cyprus, Director Operations, Vendor Safe Technologies
VP Membership: Reid Pennebaker, Financial Consultant, Mainspring Partners

Program Co-Chair: Leslie Butterfield PhD, VP Business Development, Trelligence Inc.
Program Co-Chair: Carole Kernohan, Business Development Consultant
Joe Barber, President, Total Excellence Management Corp.
Richard Burgess, Dir Bus Dev Venture Services, Air Liquide America
Austin Goings, Manager, Schlumberger Information Solutions
Tom Rubenak, Manager, Forrester Research
Kala Marathi, Managing Director, Houston Angel Network
Jeff Williams, Managing Director, Mainspring Partners
Ken Williams, Executive VP, Frost Bank

For more information about Texchange, visit our website at http://www.texchange.org/