Dr. Tim Lewis engages participants at multiple venues to share work experiences, life stories, and scholary research to promote growth of leadership skills and personal development.

Public and Private Events

Speaking Topics

Writings on Leadership

Speaking Events

BCA Supply Chain & Fabrication Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council - 14 Nov 2023 2
Disability:IN Conference - 10 Jul 2023 8
BCA Supply Chain & Fabrication Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council - 13 Jun 2023 7
Women in Aviation International Conference - 24 Feb 2023 7
Boeing Leadership NeXt Red Region New Member - 12 Jan 2023 3
Boeing Leadership NeXt Alumni Summit - 14 Dec 2022 6
Boeing Women In Leadership (BWIL) - 25 Mar 2022 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 18 Mar 2022 2,5
2021 Fall Diversity & Inclusion Expo, Theme: Striving Forward! - 28 Oct 2021 2
AnitaB 21 Grace Hopper Celebration - 27 Sep 2021 4
IT&DA Strategy Operations Service Demo - 11 Aug 2021 3
Boeing Capital Corporation University - 29 Jul 2021 2
Leadership NeXt Alumni Association - 10 Jun 2021 2  
Boeing Women In Leadership OKC Chapter - 7 May 2021 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 11 Mar 2021 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 6 Mar 2020 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 16 Mar 2019 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 24 Mar 2018 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 4 Mar 2017 2
US Coast Guard at WAI - 2 Mar 2017 2
Women In Aviation International Conference - 6 Mar 2015 1
   In Person   |    Virtual   |    Pre/Recorded Session
  8 Disability Awareness in Aircraft Design
  7 Stymie the Stigma
  6 Quiet Quitting vs Working to Rule
  5 Post-Pandemic Parenting
  4 Your Inner Vulcan - Alternate of PvP focused on self-care through communication
  3 Perception vs Perspective - Shortened 30 minute version
  2 Perception vs Perspective
  1 Project Management with SharePoint

Perception vs Perspective

You didn't hear what I said I meant
A discussion of how we communicate with individuals through the dynamic meaning of our discourse. Learn how the connotation of words becomes distorted through personal filters of each person’s perception and perspective. As we communicate in business environments, the unintentional bias of each person changes their perspective of the dialog and ultimately changes the perception of the conversation. We will discuss how to recognize and objectively assess a situation to identify the common bias that will help guide positive discussions with the intended message and results.
Percpetion vs Perspective Handout

Cognitive Biase Codex Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cognitive_Bias_Codex_-_180%2B_biases,_designed_by_John_Manoogian_III_(jm3).jpg Derivative of original by Jm3 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Cognitive and Unconcious Bias

A person who feels they have no bias, has just experienced their first bias. We are primitive creatures at our base and instinnctually categorize people based on known information; often to our detriment. Learners review how the filters we apply contribute to Cognitive and Unconcious Bias through understanding of Emotional, Philosophical, and Intentional drivers.

Emotional Quotient

Communcation in a global culture is difficult, and only becomes more challening as ethnology and culture impact our ability to efffectively communicate. The ability to recognize and appreciate the diversity of each person and how to leverage everyone's talent is the first step to breaking down barriers. This level of emapthy is a learned skill and recognizing our own emotions to Know State.

DiSC - Dominance Influence Steadiness Conscientiousness

DiSC is one of many personality assessments that enable a person to have a deeper insight in theirself. The key is that the assessment to not define you, but give clarity to what you instinctual know about yourself and how you work with others. The discussion support a simple excercise to discover your base style and view those high level qualities to build and improve to Know Self.

Appreciative Inquiry

A theory of organizing and changing social systems in companies, schools, teams, and social groups. AI was started in late 80’s at Case Western University to focus on social side of organizing, not problem solving. The purpose is to view conflict as opportunity, not as issue, to take away blame and focus on understanding. The discussion shows a practical method to apply the practive in daily interface to improve communication through structured discourse to Know Others.

Post-Pandemic Parenting

Moving from surviving to sustaining. A collaboration with Mrs. Cory Scott
The challenges, the triumphs, the victory of a career with parenting in a pandemic. The impact of the pandemic has been a staggering impact socially, medically, politically, and “parently”. The impact of balancing a career with the duty as a parent created unprecedented challenges leaving some struggling, and others feeling defeated. The discussion will explore how we are more alike than apart in our journey and identify what can be done to get your family, your foundation, back on track to have a solid place to stand your ladder for personal success. Participants will hear discussions, provide experience, hear solutions, and learn tools that can promote broad life success.

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Symptom Leadership

Treating the symptoms of business rather than curing for success
Leaders often develop metrics, measures, and maxims to manage the challenges of corporations. Too often the focus is on the symptom rather than the underlying issue. We build metrics, status reports, and endless meetings to address the sniffles without addressing the underlying bacterial infection in the organization.

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Stymie the Stigma

Valuing nerodivergence as diversity rather than a disability
The chance of a person not having a single mental illness is rare, but you would never know, because we don’t talk about it. The culture has been conditioned to treat mental health as fault or abnormality, when it is common as brown hair and freckles. The discussion will address the stereotypes of common mental health challenges and how we can understand, appreciate, alleviate, and accelerate past our misperceptions to embrace the strength of our diversity. Learners will hear common traits and tales of mental health, understand the stereotypes, and learn how they can be leveraged and managed for yourself and your work to promote personal and professional success.
Stymie the Stigma Handout

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Quiet Quitting vs Working to Rule

When leaders stop listening to contributors
As generational impacts change how we execute business, the expectations of both leaders and contributors fluctuate. Quiet Quitting became a term to villainize contributors where leaders where expecting people to constantly go above and beyond for less pay and benefits. Working To Rule became the moniker of contributors that were no longer permitting leaders to exploit them. The discussion addresses the business needs vs individual needs and how we can adjust our perspectives to create new perceptions.

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Disability Awareness in Aircraft Design

Designing with purpose to create function
In Work

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Writings on Leadership

Dissertation: Organizational Structure Effect on Communiciation Efficiency for Management Information System Supported Organizations: A Delphi Study

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to examine the effects a bureaucratic organizational structure has on communication capability of management information systems to develop a new organizational design alternative. The study used a qualitative method with supporting quantitative data to collect information from a set of participants. A Delphi study was used to allow 15 experts in the field to share their knowledge and beliefs using collective intelligence to achieve consensus during a three round process. The results identified traditional organizational structures create vertical and horizontal boundaries impeding communication. The findings determined the critical aspects to improve communication through the reduction of boundaries was direct leadership support for a centralized management information system team with clear responsibility, accountability and authority to facilitate organizational communication. The recommendation was an organizational design composed of an Integrated Product Organization at the leadership level with membership at the sub-team level utilizing Cross-Integrated Teams. The benefit is an organizational design with a centralized team for common solution to mitigate horizontal boundaries and working level support to mitigate vertical boundaries. The recommendation may improve organizational communication to facilitate organizational success for leaders.
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Tim Lewis PhotoDr. Lewis is a leading designer for information system solutions to promote organizational communication. He has published a paper on designing organizations to limit the impact of horizontal and vertical communication boundaries. Tim began his professional career in St Louis after graduating from Purdue to work for The Boeing Company writing technical publications for the F-15, F-18, Apache and several additional military assets. The culmination of experiences led him to Philadelphia in 2002 supporting the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor program and then later to Ft. Walton Beach in 2005 developing the sustainment program’s communication infrastructure for Air Force’s Special Operations Command CV-22 Osprey program. The roles presented challenges working with diverse organizations and individuals to reach a shared understanding and promote the business. In 2010, he obtained his doctorate of management in organizational leadership, which he now applies advising, designing and implementing information system communication solutions. He currently integrates these solution in Huntsville for strategic missile systems, commercial airplane engineering teams, and teams across the enterprise.

Shorter Biography

Dr. Tim Lewis currently leads an information systems team for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, and a logistics team for the Space Launch Systems program. His work prior to these roles has been to develop information system solutions across the enterprise to bridge communication gaps. Tim joins us today to talk interpersonal communication about our perspectives, often driven by bias, that inform our perceptions of communication.

Less Wordy Biography (Preferred)

Tim has been in the aerospace industry for over 25 years and enjoys sharing his meanderings with those who will listen.