Richard Farson to speak to business leaders at Southern Nazarene University

Richard Farson will be the speaker for this year's first Peer Learning Network seminar at Southern Nazarene University, Thursday, September 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Royce Brown Business Building, located off of NW 39th Expressway and Peniel. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m.

Farson's presentation, "MetaManagement: Transcending the Conventional," will address his unique approach to business management. Author of both Management of the Absurd: Paradoxes in Leadership and Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: The Paradox of Innovation, Farson challenges corporate leaders to step back and learn a powerful new way to cope with the dilemmas of leadership. He goes on to encourage a business culture tolerant of set-backs, what he terms the necessary footsteps toward long-term success.

Farson is co-founder and president of Western Behavioral Sciences Institute (WBSI), an independent, non-profit organization devoted to research, education, and advanced study of human affairs, where he currently heads the development of WBSI's pioneering International Leadership Forum (ILF), an internet-based think-tank. Farson was the founding dean of the California Institute of Arts School of Environmental Design, president of the International Design Conference in Aspen, and a fellow on the Human Relations Faculty of the Harvard Business School. Farson's consultant clients include IBM, Westinghouse, General Dynamics, United States Army, and the World Economic Forum. Farson attended the University of Minnesota as a naval officer trainee, and received a bachelor's and master's degree from Occidental College, a master's degree in psychology from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago.

Farson's workshop is a part of The Peer Learning Network, a program facilitated by Southern Nazarene University. Peer Learning Network partners, comprised of chief executives of 10 local corporations and their management teams, pool their resources to bring world-class presenters to the leaders of Oklahoma's premiere companies, four times a year.

The three remaining sessions for this year include the following:

November 13
Gus Lee
Applied Business Ethics: A Call to Integrity in Action

February 5
Ann Rhoades
People-Centric Cultures Pay Big Dividends: Lessons from Great Companies

April 1
Kenneth Cooper
Steps for Life: How to Increase the Odds for a Lifetime of Good Health and Reduce the Cost of Healthcare

Tickets are $40 each and may be reserved by calling 405.491.6600 or faxing 405.491.6381. For further information about this or future Peer Learning Network workshops, contact 405.491.6600, e-mail, or log on to