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IBM i "home boy" shares secrets for driving innovative change

Peterborough, NH - February 20, 2012 - System i Developer, the consortium of top educators on IBM i development technologies, today announced that renowned author, speaker and change-facilitator Robert S. Tipton will deliver the Keynote address for the RPG & DB2 Summit at noon, March 26, at the Sheraton Fort Worth. Returning to his roots in the IBM i market, Tipton will discuss effective methods for fueling innovative change drawn from his best-selling book JUMP! - Get Unstuck.

Each Summit attendee will receive a free copy of JUMP!, and Tipton will be available throughout the afternoon following the Keynote to sign books, answer questions and participate in discussions.

"At the last Summit, Roxanne Reynolds-Lair inspired us all with her ideas on bringing innovation to our shops" explains Jon Paris, System i Developer partner, "but most of us need help to become an 'agent of change.' That's why I was so thrilled that we were able to persuade Bob to join us at the Summit. He is an inspiring speaker and his background in the IBM i marketplace means that he understands our specific challenges. I can't think of anyone better to teach us these skills than Bob."

Tipton shares Paris's enthusiasm. "I can't wait to rub shoulders with everyone at the RPG & DB2 Summit this year. Yes, I've 'been away' for a few years, but my heart remains fully connected to the 'land of i' and I'm eager to share some powerful tools with everyone related to becoming 'agents of positive, forward progress.'"

According to Tipton, every person can unlock the "extraordinary power" of innovative change when it comes to driving higher levels of performance, joy, and results. To facilitate the process, Tipton has developed a set of tools and concepts that he will introduce and explain during his Keynote address. The set includes:

  • a 9-level model in the "Grief then Growth" Transformational Change Curve
  • 8 techniques to overcome the "Great Barriers to Progress..."
  • a 4-stage innovative change model - designed to accelerate energy and build powerful visions

The RPG & DB2 Summit will be held March 26-28, 2012 at the Sheraton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, TX, with four Headstart Seminars offered in the same location on March 25. The event is sponsored by two leading media organizations, IBM Systems Magazine and System iNetwork.

For more information on attending the RPG & DB2 Summit, visit, email conference registration or call 802-472-3941 (toll-free 866-716-5409).

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