Deploying Disruptive Technologies with a Disruptive Approach to Leadership – Adam Lawver

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost every routine in our professional and personal lives. Uncertainty is on everyone’s mind, but change can offer an opportunity to reset and accelerate transformation. Leaders that understand and embrace how critical a foundation of trust between them and those they lead will more rapidly disrupt their business model post-crisis.  The greatest company resource is an invisible fabric of interwoven relationships between leaders and followers – a fabric of trust. How you create, foster and advance trust in your culture will directly impact the level of performance you achieve as a team. You cannot be a leader if you do not have followers and you cannot create trust if you do not have a relationship.  This session will dive deeper into the disruptive leadership approaches you can take to deploy disruptive technologies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn important factors for why someone would want to follow you
  • Learn how you can modify your leadership approach to deploy principles from a followers-first leadership perspective
  • Understand how the dimension of trust is vital to your success deploying disruptive technologies
  • Gain insights and lessons learned for deploying emerging technologies to disrupt your business model pre- and post-crisis

Sponsored by: Gold Partner in Professionalism


Adam Lawver

Serves as the Director of Campus Services at Michigan State University to provide leadership and strategic vision to 775+ support and professional staff including temporary, on-call and student employees. Responsible for shaping the culture to reinforce collaboration, accountability, and create a work environment that recognizes and supports diversity and inclusion, Adam oversees the business areas of Custodial Services, Landscape Services, Surplus Store and Recycling Center, and Transportation Services. He has served as a national Malcom Baldrige examiner, a certified educational facility professional through APPA, landscape industry certified manager through NALP, and State of Michigan licensed landscape architect. He has served in multiple roles beginning as a student employee and obtained three degrees, all from MSU.