Dr. Janet Lapp


Dr. Janet Lapp

Thrive During Fast Change | Leading at the Edge

Dr. Janet Lapp delivers a powerful message: change is not a force to be feared but an opportunity to be seized. With humour and finesse, she confronts her audiences with the truth of what they need to do–and how they need to think–to move into the future with success and optimism. Her energy-charged, exhilarating programs provide usable ideas people can put to use right away.

Dr. Lapp has inspired over 2,500 audiences around the world–with clients such as IBM, AT&T, Allstate, New York Life, Toyota, and Kawasaki–to adopt a mindset that is successful with change, and to overcome challenges. She presents in French or Spanish for appropriate audiences.

She spent over 30 years in health care as a registered nurse, nurse manager, lab director, and clinical psychologist. After earning a PhD from McGill University, Dr. Lapp was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship, and then pursued a successful career as a clinician, researcher, and university professor before founding her own leadership development firm.

She is the author of several bestselling books, including Dancing with Tigers; Positive Spin; Why Won’t They Listen to Me?  and her most recent title, The Four Elements of Transformation: How to Create Radical and Sustainable Change. Her upcoming book will highlight the new leadership mindset needed to guide others through disruptive change.

Dr. Lapp is also the creator of the highly rated CBS series Keep Well, and has appeared on her own health programs on PBS and INN-affiliates.

A former air race pilot and current flight instructor, Dr. Lapp has flown her airplane throughout South America and Africa, and is a long time member of the Flying Doctors of Mercy, volunteering medical care monthly in central México to those who otherwise would not receive it.

Rated by Toastmasters International as one of the top three speakers worldwide, Dr. Lapp was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame.

Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air: How to Thrive During Fast Change

This inspirational business program is a wake-up call to the future. Major up-to-date hard and soft trends that impact your world will be presented in a down-to-earth and entertaining way so it becomes clear why there is urgency to change now.

Examples and case studies of top performing organizations are given where employees were responsible for rapid growth and innovation. Examples are provided of companies who have been able to transform themselves toward a competitive future.

In the end, this is a results-focused program, holding attendees accountable for change within their organizations.  Although about high performing accountable and flexible companies, the focus in the end is upon the individual. All we really can change is ourselves, and we have complete control over what we choose to think and act.  One person can make an enormous difference in an organization. With a critical mass of like-minded people, unimaginable change becomes possible.

The takeaways from this program are:

  1. How to discover opportunities in rapid change. How to stop being problem-focused and how to discover opportunities and positives.
  2. How to keep morale high in oneself and one’s team.
  3. Steps to increasing one’s boldness and outage to act, to innovate, to take charge and act like an owner.

“The worst thing you can do is to sit back and do nothing, with the excuse that you were not told. The most important activity during fast change is to move forward. Don’t wait! The window of opportunity closes quickly.”

Bold Leadership Through Disruptive Change: The Compass You’ll Need to Get to the Future

This is a humor-based high energy Living Lab where leaders test out* their reactions to change, assess both their confidence and resistance levels … and find out exactly what they need to do to move themselves and their people to the future.

Leaders need to understand their own reactions to disruptive change to be able to understand those on their teams. The goal is to remove any resistance within themselves to their own best and most courageous future.

They will leave with the top three skills that research has shown to predict post-disruption growth: optimism, emotional flexibility and courage/mental toughness. That is, they will have the capability to survive any change, and be able to communicate those skills to their followers.

The takeaways from this program are:

  1. The leadership mindset and behaviors needed to break the mold, and push the edges in leadership and innovation.
  2. How to reinvent oneself and develop a capacity way beyond one’s imagination.
  3. Know one’s own reaction to disruptive change and how to help others with theirs.
  4. Learn how to create a true north vision and give people the compasses to get there.

*If requested, a pre-post ChangeReadiness Assessment is included.


This is a special keynote for health care only.

Well researched and evidence-based -— but not business-as-usual, because this is not a business-as-usual climate. Healthcare is experiencing fast, disruptive change, and bold leadership is needed right now.

We are morphing to the digital world. Reimbursement changes are disruptive and provocative. Millennials grasp workplace reins. The greatest need in the workplace is a sense of empowerment – to know that one can navigate safely through disruptive change without markers or symbols, to move beyond fear to bold and courageous action using a new compass instead of an outdated map, and to act inclusively, as one.

CODE HOPE is designed for all health care audiences, from suppliers to direct caregivers.

  1. What are the hard and soft trends in healthcare that make it urgent that we act now?
  2. What are forward-leaning health care systems and leaders doing to get ahead of the curve?
  3. What news skills and mindsets do healthcare leaders need to lead their teams?
  4. What do mission-driven people require before they get on board. What is the key ingredient in reducing turnover and increasing engagement scores?

In this high energy interactive session, people will not just learn what the skills are, but have an opportunity to test them in session and begin to apply them before they leave the meeting. Through video clips, case studies, high impact stories and constant humor, Dr Janet leads people to a mindset of optimism and courage. One result of the program that moves beyond content is a rekindling of passion, and a remembering of the reasons why we entered the field in the first place.

No one is more qualified to deliver quick and lasting results in the health care arena. After many years in the trenches of health care as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Janet Lapp understands the health care culture and current reactions to change, and knows what needs to happen to lead health care people into the future.

Along with her extensive experience in health care, she has over 25 years of experience consulting with all major industries and thousands of organizations of all sizes around the world from St. Petersburg, Russia to Buenos Aires, Argentina and has developed the performance expertise that creates and story that engages and moves audiences.

Change Leader Skill Drill-Down: One to One with Dr. Janet

This is a workshop add-on (No fee when same time period as keynote)

As an added workshop, take advantage of Dr. Lapp’s clinical skill in helping create personal change. This is a personal program, intended to be intimate and inspiring. The exact content will depend on mutual agreement of needs.

  1. Burnout assessment and prevention; re-sparking passion, self-care.
  2. Increasing Emotional Resilience.
  3. Jump-start a Culture of Optimism.
  4. Handling difficult conversations and dealing successfully with the resistant.