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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)
Excelling and achieving success as a professional and a business owner requires commitment.  It often takes 10, 20, 25 or more years to master our craft, make a name, and build our platform.

The commitment required to excel has not really changed over time, and our commitment to excellence is not what causes burnout.

What has changed, particularly over the past two to three decades, is the work environment… and intervening factors associated with these changes, as well as major demographic and societal shifts related to how we view and what we desire in terms of work and life, are contributing to the growing epidemic of burnout and disengagement.

Across industries, more and more high-achievers are pivoting away from organizations that are too slow to adapt to the needs of today, while others are pivoting to early retirement, encore careers, or shifting their discretionary effort and focus into new side-hustles that offer something more or something different.

As individuals and as leaders, we need to understand all the factors that lead to burnout and disengagement and how they manifest in us and our organizations.  We then need to design approaches to address them.  We can also design approaches to build on and leverage the positive aspects of the changes and shifts to increase employee engagement, growth, and development in support of our overall strategic and sustainable growth plans through each of our work and life seasons.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the specific changes and demographic and societal shifts that affect our work environment today.

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

3. Learn how to enhance our employee and organizational awareness to design employee engagement, growth, and development strategies that best meet our organization’s needs while positioning us to become more attractive in the marketplace.

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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