SMART Power Speaking
People often ask me if I am a motivational speaker to which I reply, “No, I am a motivated one.” I’ve been giving issue-centered leadership speeches for decades at many of the world’s most notable enterprises, from Nike to Nestlé from Gap to GE.
I give speeches for one reason and that is to change people’s minds. In fact I often begin a speech with this challenge: “if you do nothing different now, what will be the result in a year from now… and is that okay?” You might be surprised with the number of people who don’t seem to think seriously about this question before I pose it. So change happens to them instead of making change happen. Yet leading change, executing change, and creating a change-thirsty culture is the core job of leaders today. It all starts with changing minds.
I deliver three core speeches, always tailored to how you want your audience to think differently, feel differently and act differently. I help you change minds by combining my years of practical experience with the latest science of behavioral psychology.
I use a unique framework called the Brain Achievement Map, or BAM, that taps the five forces of human performance. It is heavily rooted in my years of working directly with Stephen Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) and the renowned performance psychologist, Dr. Jim Leohr (Human Performance Institute). The five forces are:
- mental focus
- inspired commitment
- social collaboration
- physical initiative
- emotional optimism
These five forces are the built-in sources of potential power each of us has to become extraordinary.
All my presentations are based on the five forces and interlace research, stories, metaphors and experiences in a systematic framework:
- Emotional and intellectual relevance – a powerful “what if you could… “ vision challenge that has both personal and enterprise pay off.
- Motivational energy – starkly contrasting the good that can happen if change is successful versus the bad that will occur without change.
- Raising intellectual curiosity – providing proof that conventional responses and strategies do not work and may make things worse.
- Creating optimism – making the research-based case for the surprising solution.
- Igniting initiative – simple, high impact, actions that individuals can take to start the change now.
- Driving personal responsibility-tapping the human drive for self-effectiveness, growth and mastery.
Here are my three presentation topics:
1. Leading to Win: The 5 Habits of SMART-Power Leaders
This presentation draws from a proprietary research project called Apple to Zappos and looks at what successful leaders are doing today that most are not. It focuses on the five proven essentials of extraordinary leadership. A meta-analysis of leadership research reveals that only 3% of mid and senior-level business leaders do these five things well. Leading to Win instills five new leadership habits that enable leaders to create a unique value advantage, ignite a self-inspired culture and scale success.
2. Coaching to Win: Creating an Agile Culture that Executes
Much of what we’ve been taught about leadership is obsolete. The speed of disruption and the ferocity of competition has made old approaches to management simply too slow and bureaucratic to respond to the rock ‘n roll nature of real business life. Coaching to Win lays out the new 5 Star management process being implemented in large corporations to make their cultures more agile. It is based on the Brain Achievement Map (BAM), which constantly creates clarity and collaboration. Best of all is it’s simple to understand and easy to implement.
3. Working to Win: Supercharge Your Career & Work Like A Genius
In over 80% of companies, two-thirds of the employees are actively looking for a new job with a new employer. The primary reason is not because an organization is a bad place to work in terms of salary, benefits, policies and programs; rather, employees are restless because they feel ineffective. Most employees feel they are neither making a significant impact nor are they learning and growing and becoming more capable. The underlying cause for mass employee disengagement is the adult-child relationships that are fostered by old-fashioned corporate structures.
The truth is, business today is too competitive to create ideal conditions for employees to thrive. The longer employees wait for leaders to create a ‘great place to work’ the more disengaged they become. The answer is simple. Employees can be taught how to take control of their own work and careers by creating their inner best place to work no matter how challenging the external environment is. This presentation inspires employees to take control of their own working conditions and teaches them the research-validated 10 daily habits of work life happiness. The result is a clear path to a self-inspired culture. (This program always has the most motivational impact and creates immediate individual change.)