Speaker Requests

Our executive coaches and career consultants present to leadership teams, work groups, professional groups, conferences and at other events. Our presentations are customized to meet audience needs, and delivered in a fast-paced and engaging format. Most topics can be delivered as a presentation, keynote or workshop. Please contact Kari Berg for information on these sample topics and others.

Leadership Bench Strength

If you knew that 50% of your current leaders would be gone in the next 5 years, would you be ready? Many organizations are in exactly this situation as Boomers begin toexit leadership positions.  This presentation brings generational demographics and global business realities together with innovative solutions to ensure leadership bench strength when you need it. In expanded formats, we will provide customized examples, case studies and group activities to deepen insights and set up back-on-the-job application for learning that makes a long-term impact.

Thriving in the Multigenerational Workforce

Debby Magnuson, author of Work With Me: A New Lens on Leading the Multigenerational Workforce, will help your organization gain an important advantage in today’s workplace by helping employees understand and work with generational differences that currently impact morale, productivity, and employee retention.

Leadership and the Four “C’s”

What do successful leaders share in common?  This presentation addresses leadership requirements in the context of four “C’s”:  Character development (self-awareness and self-management skills), Connection (building and maintaining non-anxious working relationships), Competency (business acumen) and Commitment (the stamina to persist in the face of resistance).

Leading Change

Today’s competitive business environment requires new ways of thinking and innovative ways of working.  The required skillsets, mindsets, and toolsets for change leadership include resilience, emotional intelligence and self management, as well as practical day-to-day performance management practices geared toward helping employees thrive in a fast-moving workplace.

Managing Virtual Teams

Organizations can gain an important advantage in today’s workplace by strengthening trust in virtual teams. Effective virtual teams have established expectations in how they will communicate and collaborate with one another. The benefits of effective virtual teams include, integrated knowledge and skills, increased efficiencies, cost savings, and better customer service.

Build a Branded Presence for Your Team

What message are you sending?  What’s the message received by the internal and external customers interacting with you and your team?  Personal branding has become a hot topic in the media and in business, but have you thought about building a branded presence for your team?  A certified branding consultant will share the latest branding research and recommendations to get you started putting together your team’s brand.

The Executive’s Guide to Career Derailers

Have you ever been blind-sided by events in your career over which you felt you had no control?   Many of us have, and these events can either involve job loss, an unpleasant reversal in our career trajectory, or just a really bad day.The question is, could/should these events have been foreseen?  Was there “writing on the wall” you missed? What can you do when this happens to you? 

Perspectives on Ethical Leadership

This inspirational yet practical presentation can be delivered either for leaders and managers or for a general employee audience.  Both versions focus on fostering a more ethical organizational culture by understanding different ethical perspectives, exploring ethical decision making tools and discussing real-world ethical dilemmas.

Employee Engagement

What is the “secret sauce” of employee engagement?  Employers and managers have been surveying, analyzing and discussing the topic for years, but the measurements continue to be dismal.  How can employers increase levels of satisfaction, commitment and personal responsibility, all of which are part of engagement?  This workshop reviews the most recent research on employee engagement and what works (and what doesn’t) to positively impact engagement levels.  Then we’ll do an in-depth exploration of ideas, tools, and real-life scenarios to help deepen understanding of this issue and move into action toward a more engaged workforce.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional Intelligence training is helpful for leaders at all levels!  This interactive presentation addresses the meaning of EQ and the five domains of Emotional Intelligence.  The discussion includes practical strategies for applying EQ principles at work.

Five Functions of a Team

Based on Patrick Lencioni’s book Five Dysfunctions of a Team (but framed in positive terms), with the goal of enhancing trust, accountability, results-focus and improved communication.  A workshop format of this presentation includes a team assessment that diagnoses strengths and development needs of the team and provides structure to develop action steps based on team and individual learning.

Driving a Culture of Innovation

Clarify leaders’ roles in fostering cultures of innovation, discusses what works and what doesn’t in enabling creativity and risk taking. Expanded sessions also explore case studies and tools for applying learning back on the job.

Turning Good Intentions into Action

Explore what it takes to move from ideas to action using a structured process that has worked for hundreds of executive coaches and participants in our leadership productivity workshops.  Includes activities to “Tame your gremlins”, dig into what’s holding you back, and create a roadmap for action.

Courageous Conversations

Build skill and confidence for having productive, courageous conversations with direct reports, peers, and bosses.   Authentic communication is the linchpin for effective leadership and lasting employee engagement – this program offers insights and tools to deepen learning in this critical skill.

Executive On-Boarding

Did you know that 40% of executives fail in the first 18 months of employment?   Were you aware that many others will not reach their full leadership potential due to poor on-boarding practices?  This presentation highlights key land mines and how to develop an on-boarding plan consisting of critical learning, influence, and alignment strategies.

Engage and Retain Physicians through Effective On-Boarding

Demographic projections for the available physician workforce vs. the need are daunting—thinking about the coming “doc deficit” keeps many of us up at night.  What can you do to make a meaningful impact?   You can take action to implement more effective physician on-boarding practices, and this program lays out research, ideas, and a process to step into action.

Personal Branding

Each of us has a brand, whether we know it or not.  Personal brand is a reflection of our impact on others – how we’re perceived and how much our contributions are valued.  What’s your value proposition?  Are you sending the right message? These questions are even more important in the age of social media. This fast-paced intro to personal branding will result in important personal and career insights and ideas for strengthening Brand You.

Own Your Career

Personal responsibility for one’s own engagement at work and career advancement is an important topic in today’s changing workplace.  What can employees expect from their employers/bosses vs. what they can do for themselves? This program brings the real world of workforce demographics, job opportunities, and career planning into focus to help employees move forward to take ownership of their careers.

Mapping Your Path to Retirement

The definition of “retirement” as we know it is changing. The options are limitless. Only by exploring all these options – in the context of personal circumstances, dreams, and needs – can one begin to develop a retirement plan that brings the fulfillment we aspire to achieve. Begin to explore the possibilities with a certified career consultant who has coached hundreds of clients through their personal journeys.

Working Identity

Whether as a daydream or as a spoken desire, most of us have entertained the idea of reinventing our careers. Feeling unfulfilled, burned out, or just plain unhappy with what we are doing, we long to make that leap into the unknown. But we also hold on to the years of time and effort we have invested in our current profession. The Working Identity model is based on the work of Herminia Ibarra that outlines an active process of career reinvention through experimentation, networking, and interpreting and making sense of all our experiences. The expanded workshop format of this presentation includes interactive exercises that bring into focus our passions, interests, past experiences, and hopes for the future.