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Recent speaking topics have included:

How to Excel as a Professional and as an Organization Without Burnout (Click to Read More)
For virtually all professions, excelling, having success, and achieving standing requires commitment.  It could take 10, 20, 25 or more years to master our craft, make a name, and build our platform. Success as a professional is as much or more about applied knowledge than it is information alone.  We need to make judgments. We need to operate in gray areas. To get to this point, we need to gain both experience and understanding. There is no other way to do this than to spend the appropriate amount of time in our craft to learn, do, fail, seek more opportunities, and repeat.  The more time and the more focus, the more growth – and the quicker the path to success. There is so much to learn on the job, especially in the early years, and our commitment to do so can be consuming. This can be consuming in a positive and productive way… but this can also work against us.  Over time, our commitment to our careers can cause us to lose touch with ourselves and others, lose track of our accomplishments, and lose clarity of where things may be heading.

Unfortunately for professionals, this loss is resulting in a growing epidemic of burnout and disengagement with more and more professionals looking to pivot away into early retirement, encore careers, or shift their focus into new side-hustles.  This is not good news for many industries and not good news for even more organizations.

Despite the commitment, excellence in our craft by itself will not result in burnout – that is caused by intervening factors.  As we embark on and progress through our lives and careers, we can’t let intervening factors control us – and, as leaders, we can’t let intervening factors cause burnout of employees.  Instead, we must seek to understand and anticipate the challenges we will face as we grow and implement solutions to not only work around and through them… but to leverage them. Only then will we be able to create the impact in the marketplace and on society that we are uniquely skilled and trained to do over the long haul.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain an inside perspective on what it takes to succeed as a professional as we progress through our different work and life seasons.

2. Be introduced to the Burnout-Disengagement Cycle and learn how to avoid it as employees, leaders, and organizations.

3. Understand the opportunities we have as professionals to make a difference both inside and outside of the office – which improves our ability to both reverse and avoid burnout.

Additional Learning Objectives are integrated to meet specific needs and opportunities.

Designing Corporate Social Impact as a Talent Retention and Business Growth Strategy (Click to Read More)
Business and the marketplace today is being shaped by major demographic and societal shifts.  Many experienced professionals and business owners are also shifting into different work and life seasons.  These shifts are changing the way many of us look at our work and personal lives.  Today, there is a growing desire for more meaningful work and connections that are integrated as part of our success.  At the same time, however, we are becoming more and more consumed with the expectations and demands for work.  As a result, burnout, disengagement, and career pivots are on the rise.

This divergence creates opportunities for leaders and organizations who embrace the realities of work today and strategically act to tackle burnout and inspire their employees.  Corporate social impact and community service learning initiatives can be designed to reverse burnout and immediately engage.  These actions can then help differentiate and grow our organizations.

Despite convincing data that well-designed corporate social impact programs have a positive return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations.  Our leadership mindset and understanding of the changes that are happening are key aspects to eliminating these internal barriers. Both the data and the barriers will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define professional burnout and disengagement, explain why it is so prevalent today, its impact on both individuals and organizations, and what can be done to both reverse and avoid it.

2. Explain the four archetypes of how corporate social impact is being practiced today in terms of “shareholder maximizers”, “corporate contributors”, “impact integrators”, and “social innovators” based on a study by Deloitte.

3. Outline a specific 5-step process leaders and organizations can follow to begin to address burnout, engage employees, and differentiate themselves that follows the acronym I.M.P.A.C.T. which include Inventory, Mission, Planning, Authenticity, Capacity, and Trigger elements.

Additional Learning Objectives are integrated to meet specific needs and opportunities.

Defining the Personal Significance and Corporate Social Impact Movements for You and Your Business (Click to Read More)

Business today is being shaped by major demographic and societal shifts. These shifts are changing the way both business leaders and employees look at their work and personal lives.  There is a growing desire for clarity and purpose, engagement in meaningful work that allows for personal success, and the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of others. This creates opportunities for business owners and executives who embrace these changes and act to strategically inspire their employees. These actions can then help differentiate and grow the business.   

Once established, strategic philanthropy, partnerships, or corporate social impact programs could be vehicles considered for both employee engagement and development.  These vehicles can also be used for building business brand and influence.

Despite convincing data that well-conceived corporate social impact programs have a positive return on investment, barriers still exist for many businesses.  Deciding on our desired personal and organizational significance is a key aspect to eliminating these internal barriers. Both the data and the barriers will be shared. 

In addition, the latest ‘serving well’ practices will be shared. These are changing the way work is being done in the service and non-profit sectors. Understanding these will test what we learned in the past, and will allow us to be better partners individually or as a part of a successful corporate social impact program.

‘Serving Well’ Principles and Practices (Click to Read More)

When people are exposed to human need or poverty and all that surrounds it, many are moved to want to help. Meeting urgent needs is essential, but a distinct strategy is necessary for the successful long-term development of both people and their communities. This presentation will share the experience gained in serving locally here in the U.S. and abroad.

Impactful community engagement and development projects will be shared.  Projects include those designed to build both awareness and support, as well as, projects designed to build the capacity of others – both the servers and the served.

The presentation will highlight the challenges and opportunities of serving today in general, as well as, the challenges and opportunities of serving in specific contexts where needs exist. The presentation will also reveal the important role an asset-based community development strategy plays in project outcomes, the distinctions between relief, rehabilitation and development efforts, and convey how professional skills can be leveraged in the process.

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