OD SIG ~ “Chemistry” & the Politics of Business

  • 07/10/2012
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Brandman University, 16355 Laguna Canyon Rd., Irvine


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Things are not always what they seem. Have you ever scratched your head over why a certain job search candidate is chosen for the job? Ever wondered why one coworker gets the nod over another seemingly more qualified coworker? Why talented professionals seemed to be passed over? What do they really mean by “chemistry?”

Establishing your individual brand starts with the interview and takes shape during the first 90 days in your new position. In today’s fierce business environment, talent is the price of entry. In this session, we’ll explore why the political intangibles can add up to more than half of the career success and longevity equation and discuss what you can do to get the job, be more effective at work, and at the same time stack the odds in your favor for long-term success.

About the Presenter: Bob Kurilko, MBA, BSME, a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience, has a passion for reorienting underperforming businesses with a strong record of clearing paths to profitable, sustainable growth.  Bob has enjoys increasing the effectiveness of all traditional functional departments, including high tech and Internet groups, and leading them to work together with a shared, common focus. 

Bob is currently COO of an Intellectual property company specializing in automotive insurance as well as managing Director of Cohesive Solutions, LLC, a firm that provides executive leadership to companies aiming to breakthrough to their next level of growth.  Bob also currently serves on several company boards including companies in the insurance, entertainment/media, hydroponics, and automotive arenas.

A multi-industry veteran, Bob has held senior leadership roles, including Chief Executive Officer, in Automotive, Biotech, Healthcare, and Internet-based companies including Nissan Motor Company Ltd., Edmunds.com, HealthBanks Biotech, Aspen Marketing Services, and PriceDoc.com.  His career tenure includes overseas assignments where he worked directly with foreign subsidiaries in 9 countries.

Moreover, Bob is an active public speaker who has addressed major industry conferences in the United States and Europe and has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media to provide insights into events relating to his industries and to speak on a variety of leadership topics.  Bob earned a BSME degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude, and an MBA with Distinction from Edinburgh Business School located in the United Kingdom.

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