David Irvine

Speaker


David Irvine

The Leader's Navigator

Are you committed to attracting and retaining the best talent to reach your organization’s fullest potential? If the answer is yes, then David Irvine―a mentor whose work has contributed to the building of hundreds of vital and engaged organizations throughout North America―can give you the competitive edge. With a vision to create workplace cultures that unleash greatness, Irvine clarifies complex issues and offers pragmatic solutions to renew and rekindle the vitality of your organization, your work, and yourself.

As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, Irvine  has authored five bestselling books, has taught courses at three universities, including at the Banff School of Management. He has advanced degrees in human development, science, and social work. With more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, workshop facilitator, psychotherapist, professional speaker and advisor to executives, he has developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders. Every year, thousands of people attend his inspiring and thought-provoking programs on authentic leading and living, culture alignment, and accountability.

Irvine consults with and presents to thousands of people each year across North America in a wide range of venues—from huge conventions to small retreats. He has worked with government officials and staff, CEOs and senior executives, as well as all levels of management, front-line service providers, salespeople, educators, and health care professionals.

Irvine is a formerly nationally-ranked distance runner and trained with the US Olympic team, but today exercises more slowly.


Building a High Performance Culture: Your Competitive Advantage In The 21st Century

If you are committed to attract and retain the best talent and reach your fullest potential as an organization, culture will be your most critical competitive advantage. This is because your best people now have a low tolerance for compliance and insist on engagement.

 

Take this rare opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. In this inspirational and thought-provoking session, David Irvine provides practical perspective and strategies to achieve values alignment that will unleash the potential of your organization.

  • Learn the essentials of organizational culture and your role as leaders in building a high performance, aligned organization.
  • Learn the fundamentals of creating a Values-Aligned Culture™ that will attract, retain, and inspire greatness.
  • Learn the key leadership imperatives for building a culture that engenders trust, loyalty, open communication, engagement, and renewed commitment.
  • Discover the key to employee engagement, motivation, and sustainability in the midst of relentless change.

 

Authentic Leadership: It's About PRESENCE, Not Position

Leadership is not a title. You get promoted to being a boss, but leadership is something you earn by the choices you make and the actions you take. It’s about PRESENCE, not position.

 

Now more than ever, power, purpose, and privilege do not reside at the top of an organization. They potentially live at every level. We know that great cultures – organizations that exhibit qualities such as employee engagement, credibility, sustained commitment, camaraderie, and pride – can be created at every level. Regardless of your title, leadership is a decision to discover and express your unique talents in the service of others.

 

You are invited to take this opportunity to step back, gain new perspective on this leadership responsibility, and strengthen your competence in the practice of leadership. As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, David Irvine offers a new view of who you are as a leader and what you and your organization can become. Leave with practical insights and strategies for building a culture that attracts, retains, and unleashes greatness.

  • Learn the difference between a boss and a leader, and the true source of leadership power — your authentic, accountable presence.
  • Discover the vital leadership accountabilities that will inspire others, renew your culture, and engage people in what matters most.
  • Learn the key leadership strategies that engender trust, loyalty, open communication, and renewed commitment.

 

NEW: Building A Culture Of Safety: The Power Of Accountability

Health and safety for employees and customers remains the top priority for the best organizations. We all know that safety in the workplace is a key to operating a sustainable and profitable business. If people don’t feel that their work environment is healthy and safe, employees won’t be engaged, and if people aren’t healthy and safe, you soon won’t be in business.

For the past two decades, David Irvine has dedicated his career to helping organizations build accountable cultures. As one of Canada’s most respected voices on accountable leadership and organizational culture, he has written two best-selling books on the topic: Accountability: Getting A Grip on Results and Bridges of Trust: Making Accountability Authentic.

We are pleased to announce that David has now taken his in-depth understanding of accountability and applied it to the field of safety.

His new “A Culture Of Safety” program provides a blueprint for building healthy and safe environments. You will leave with a new view of who you are as a leader and a fresh vision of how to build a culture of safety. In this inspiring, thought-provoking, and practical program, David offers a fresh and powerful view of accountable leadership that closes the gap between intention and performance, banishes blame and fear, and gets a grip on results that matter.

  • Move safety “value statements” beyond lip service and off the wall and into the actions of every employee at every level.
  • Develop a practical accountability process that makes health and safety inspiring.
  • Get beyond compliance to sustained ownership and commitment to safety.
  • Learn a practical process for safety that provides renewed clarity about each person’s accountability, conversations at a new depth with the right focus, and energy – to build sustained engagement.
  • Develop a strategy for consistently implementing safe work procedures, control measures, and compliance requirements, while proactively reducing risks in day-to-day operations.

Note: David Irvine’s safety program can be tailored to any audience and presented in a two-hour format or up to a one-day workshop. We are here to offer support and guidance after the presentation to strengthen your existing safety culture.

Bridges of Trust: Accountability Starts With You

Great leadership cannot be reduced to technique or position or power. Great leadership comes from the strength of one’s authentic presence – the identity and integrity of the leader.

A crucial issue in the world today, trust is the bedrock of success in work and in life. Trust is a new global currency and is mission critical in every organization. It crosses cultures and generations. Building and restoring trust in your family, community, workplace, and with those you serve is your number one leadership priority.

The leadership required to build a culture of trust does not come from a title. Leadership isn’t something that you can put in a mission statement. It’s not what you describe yourself to be, what you aspire to, or even what you say you are going to do. Leadership is something you earn by the choices you make and the actions you take. Leadership is how you act and the results you get. It’s about how you connect with people, take ownership, model accountability, mentor others, build trust and create an engaging, authentic, respectful environment in which people have a chance to be their best. Leadership is about how you live your life. It’s about presence, not position.

Take this opportunity to step back and gain a new perspective on leadership from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. You will leave with a new view of who you are as a leader and a fresh vision of how to build an engaged, high performance culture of trust. Leave with practical insights and strategies for developing your leadership capacity and your culture that will inspire and unleash greatness.

  • Learn what it takes to lead a high performing, engaged culture – with our without a title.
  • Learn how personal accountability is the key to building a culture of trust, and how to achieve it.
  • Leave with a toolbox of practical steps to build trust in your organization and in every relationship in your life.
  • Discover your true source of leadership power: your authentic, accountable presence.

 

Accountability: Making It Inspiring and Real

Great cultures are built on leadership at every level: leaders who are aligned with organizational vision, values and expectations, and leaders who take ownership to make it happen. While the foundation of a great culture is leadership, the foundation of great leadership is accountability – the ability to be counted on.

With everyone talking about the need for more accountability in the work place, why is it that accountability is so likely to turn people off? You have to get to the deep meaning and application of accountability. If you don’t, it becomes a hammer to blame and punish people or at best, just another organizational buzzword.

In this inspirational, thought-provoking, and engaging session, David offers a fresh and powerful view of accountability that builds trust, respect, integrity, unleashes human potential, closes the gap between intention and performance, banishes blame and fear, and gets a grip on results.

Based on David’s inspiring book, Bridges of Trust, this session illustrates how accountability is not a “program” to be “installed” throughout an organization or a “flavour of the month” management fad. Accountability is an inspiring leadership philosophy that lies at the foundation of both labour and life, and promises five vital results: Clarity – about your role, direction, and promises; Communication – at a new depth, with the right focus; Alignment – of values, purpose, passion, and agreements; Energy – to build sustained engagement; and Trust – the one thing that changes everything.

In this thought-provoking and engaging session, David will share his proven and practical approach to accountability that builds a culture of greatness. Take this opportunity to step back and gain a new and positive perspective on accountability. David Irvine’s proven and practical philosophy and approach helps leaders build a truly accountable organization and life that inspires and unleashes greatness.

  • Discover what it means to be accountable, and how to make accountability inspiring in your organization and in your life.
  • Learn a practical, hands-on approach to build trust and respect in your organization through the power of accountability.
  • Inspire your employees to think like owners: foster an accountable attitude at every level of your company.
  • Discover a practical tool for getting a grip on results by holding others accountable in a positive way – and help develop your people.
  • Transform blame, entitlement, and fear into courage, personal responsibility, and commitment.
  • The accountable performance process: learn a simple and practical process that will inspire your high performers, deal effectively and respectfully with your “non-performers,” and renew your organization.
  • Discover how to assess, inspire and engender deep trust in your organization through the power of accountability.

 

Embracing Change: The Power Of Possibility

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. — Eric Hoffer, philosopher

To survive – and thrive – you have to learn to adapt to change, as well as learn what and when not to change. Once you have made a decision to be a leader, you become the agent of change. But where is your road map? Where are your tools? There are eight stages of change. The first is chaos; the eighth is possibility. Once you lead yourself and others to the point where possibility is embraced, transforming fear into confidence, you have done your job. When you have mastered the art of embracing change, you will not only build a strong, vital organization. You will build a strong, vital life.

  • Learn to make change inspiring – for yourself and those you lead.
  • Turn fear and resistance into confidence and commitment.
  • Leave with a roadmap for leadership through the stages of change.

 

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Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

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Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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