Dr. John Izzo

Speaker, L&D, Digital


Dr. John Izzo

Bestselling Author | Business Visionary

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. Now, he shares the secrets to how purposeful leadership translates into sustainable success, with audiences everywhere.

Dr. Izzo is the former senior organizational-development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and former Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer-service consultancy. He advises some of the world’s most admired companies, teaches at major universities, conducts leading-edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people around the globe. He has served on the boards of several large conservation organizations, worked with over 100 companies to create more socially responsible workplaces, and was chair of the North American Environmental Caucus at the UN Conference on Development and Sustainability in Cairo.

Frequently profiled in the media, Dr. Izzo has appeared on CNN and Canada AM, and in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company magazine.

A bestselling author, Dr. Izzo has five books, including Awakening Corporate Soul; Values Shift: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce; The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die;and Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything.


100/0: 100% Responsibility/Zero Excuses: How Stepping Up Can Change Your Company and The World

Taking responsibility means stepping up and seeing yourself as the agent of change, whether it is changing your company or changing the world.

 

Dr. John Izzo shows how “stepping up” creates positive change while improving satisfaction at work and in life. Dr. Izzo’s simple concept, called “100/0″ (100% responsibility/zero excuses) can transform a company when we decide to put aside our excuses and take initiative to create change.

 

Filled with inspiring examples of how people have stepped up to make things better, audiences will leave knowing that the more each of us takes personal responsibility the better the workplace, the better our life and the better the world.

 

Dr. Izzo shares the following examples from companies he has worked with:

  • How a small group of employees got together and transformed service and morale at a large hospital;
  • How a leader took a dying business unit within a large telco and got employees to step up creating a “cash cow” for her company;
  • How a new VP helped drivers take responsibility for the profitability of their individual routes taking his division from worst to first; and
  • How a small group of people stepped up and transformed one of the worst slums in the world into a thriving community.

Leading for Excellence and Engagement

Studies show that organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, stronger productivity, and better reputations with customers than those with moderate engagement. But what are the secrets to highly engaged teams and highly engaged companies?

 

Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high-engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Here, he shares the four keys to creating a high-engagement team and see why some leaders are consistently able to get high levels of commitment from people.

 

Based on his work with many of the best workplaces in the world, Dr. Izzo shows leaders how to implement simple disciplines and routines to create highly engaged teams.

Becoming an Admired Brand: Being Good is Good for Business

The value of being an admired brand can add as much as 30% to a company’s profitability. Over the last decade, the percentage of a company’s value that is related to “goodwill” has quadrupled, which means that, increasingly, we are only as good as our “good name.”

 

Social responsibility, trust, and being “green” have made the largest gains in terms of who we buy from and who we want to work for in the last decade. Being an admired brand matters not only outside a company, but inside it, too.

 

Dr. John Izzo shows what makes a brand admired by customers and employees and shares five keys to creating an admired brand that will be a magnet for talent and customers. He also describes the three things that can derail a brand, and how to avoid them.

The Five Secrets of Engaging Leaders and Salespeople

We all know people who seem to deeply connect with others. We want to work with these people, follow these people and do our best for these people. Why do some people connect with others and make others want to connect with them? What is the secret “presence” that some leaders and salespeople seem to have that others envy?

 

Based on 20 years of research, Dr. Izzo explores five secrets to being an engaging leader and shows proven methods for increasing your connection with others immediately.

The Leadership Disciplines of a Highly Engaged Workforce

Leading business strategy and behaviour expert Dr. John Izzo has been helping organizations improve leadership and create lasting change in their workplaces for over twenty-five years. Join Dr. Izzo as he shares the secrets effective leaders practice to create a team of engaged and loyal employees.

 

In this session you will discover:

  • How to inspire lasting behavioural changes in your leaders and other employees;
  • How to foster a workplace culture that nurtures engagement and a dedicated workforce;
  • How to boost the discretionary effort of employees to positively affect productivity and the bottom line; and
  • How emerging research in neuroscience has helped us to understand how habits form, how they can be altered, and why most of what is done in organizations does NOT lead to sustainable change.

A Sustainable Future: The Challenge of Our Generation

Sustainability has become one of the emerging global issues of our time. From melting Arctic Ice to disappearing forests, there are signs everywhere that we must meet this challenge.

 

Dr. John Izzo shows how sustainability is not one challenge among many but THE challenge of our generation. Many talks on sustainability leave attendees discouraged, but this program will leave your people inspired, challenged, and stepping up to make a difference.

The Green Advantage: Making Your Business a Sustainable Leader

Going green is the emerging paradigm and many companies and organizations are implementing changes to become more sustainable. Doing so not only enhances brand image, but attracts more customers and quality employees whose values are increasingly “green.”

 

By rooting the idea into your company culture and empowering everyone to take initiative, sustainability becomes a practice and not merely a buzz word. Dr.John Izzo shares examples of how other companies developed a “green advantage” and explains the how to avoid the pitfalls of being accused of “green washing.”

 

  • Understand why sustainability matters to society;
  • Discover how consumers and employees are changing in sustainability expectations;
  • Get the bottom line benefi ts of going green;
  • Learn valuable lessons from what other companies have done;
  • Discover the keys to driving sustainability throughout the culture;
  • Find out how to keep from being accused of “green washing”; and
  • Inspire everyone to take your efforts seriously.

Stepping Up for Change: Creating a Culture of Ownership

Duration: Half Day for Front Line Staff; Full Day for Leadership staff
Target Audiences: Leaders at all levels, from C suite to front line supervisors

 

Front line team membersThe Stepping Up for Change session is aimed at getting participants to take greater ownership, bring more innovative ideas, become stronger change agents, take more personal initiative for solving problems, challenge themselves to grow, and to create a climate of ownership around them.

 

Through exploring the dynamics of personal responsibility, taking initiative, risk taking and clarity of vision, participants will learn:

 

  • Why taking responsibility matters- how our lives, careers, relationships, organizations, and communities can be radically better if we look to ourselves to change things rather than looking for others to do it
  • How to do what we can do, where we are, in our own sphere of power
  • Explore what it means to be and act like an “owner” in various realms both in personal and work life
  • Learn the keys to creating a culture of ownership:
    • Giving People A Seat at the Table
    • Giving Responsibility to Foster Responsibility
    • Learning how to encourage ideas and innovation along with divergent thinking
    • Develop a “tight-loose” style where outcomes and goals are clear while giving lots of leeway for the “how”
  • The Keys to stepping up and having more influence include:
    • Naïveté and Optimism
    • Flexible mindset about your own skills and capabilities
    • We are all Leaders- Leadership is a posture and choice
    • Influence is at the heart of Leadership
    • The 100% Responsibility/0% Excuses model
    • Exercising True Grit when the times get tough
    • Cultivating an Initiator vs. Victim approach to challenging situations
    • Leveraging the ‘responsibility ripple’
    • Speaking up-How to Be a Constructive Irritant
    • Ensuring all key players have a seat at the table

People-Centred Leadership

Duration: Five Monthly Half Day Sessions
Target Audiences: Senior Executives, Managers

 

People Centered Leadership is a Four to Five module leadership development program that focuses on helping leaders make actual changes in behavior over a period of time. One of the unique features of the program is that each module builds on the previous module. Participants commit to specific leadership practices and benchmark with other participants at each session.

 

OVERVIEW:

The Izzo Group has designed a unique series of five brief, highly experiential workshops, each specifically focused on a different element of the leader’s role in creating engaged teams. Each workshop runs half a day, followed by four to five weeks of structured application and practice. The exact mix and schedule of workshops will be tailored to the needs of your group. This design allows each participant to develop and pursue a personal action plan for change over the four-five months they are involved in the program.

 

These half-day sessions are taught a month apart so that there is time to practice what is learned within the workplace.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

People Centered Leadership is a Four to Five module leadership development program that focuses on helping leaders make actual changes in behavior over a period of time. One of the unique features of the program is that each module builds on the previous module. Participants commit to specific leadership practices and benchmark with other participants at each session.

 

The modules focus on three key areas of engagement for leaders:

 

Self-Leadership (Modules 1, 2):

Focuses on the leaders’ own level of engagement and commitment at work. Leaders cannot lead others to engagement if they do not first do the work themselves. Therefore, leaders begin by discovering their own “engagement formulas,” the unique combination of personal values, talents, and contributions that lead them to create work that is exciting, engaging, and meaningful. Participants will:

  • Learn a model for engagement
  • Identify their personal learning goals
  • Use personal style instruments to help participants get to know self and each other. The focus is on self awareness but also on how team members can work effectively together.
  • Explore personal values and their impact on one’s level of engagement
  • Explore and determine personal leadership legacy (what each leader wants to be known for) and develop areas of focus for development.
  • Describe the business purpose and “higher” purpose of their work

 

Interpersonal Leadership (Modules 2, 3,):

Focuses on how leaders can more effectively influence and coach other individuals toward increased engagement. In these modules, leaders learn to identify the unique engagement drivers of their team members, to create a climate of appreciation and recognition, and to structure more powerful and productive conversations about engagement with their employees. Participants will:

 

  • Learn a method for identifying others’ key talents and gifts.
  • Learn the keys to leadership and personal presence including how to bring presence into day to day leadership interactions.
  • Learn how to quickly build rapport with others
  • Practice composing more powerful questions
  • Facilitate skillful discussions with their colleagues focusing on engagement issues.
  • Learn how to identify key retention issues with associates

 

Cultural Leadership: (Modules 4 and 5):

Focuses on how leaders can create a climate that encourages high levels of involvement and commitment. In these modules, leaders learn to focus on appreciation rather than exception, to communicate and reinforce desired values, to use stories to create a values-based culture, and to create strong bonds of community among team members.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use stories and storytelling to drive key values. Participants will collect and share stories that illustrate key values of their organization and senior leaders.
  • Uncover their culture’s “unspeakables” and develop strategies for countering them.
  • Practice methods for “speaking the truth” that enroll others in the team’s purpose.
  • Learn how to create a culture of recognition and celebration.
  • Learn the value of vision and explore how to create meaningful visions at all levels.
  • Organize an on-going process of mutual support and continued learning.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BENEFITS:

  • Understand the key factors that drive employee engagement and retention
  • Understand the shifting values and expectations of the workforce and practical methods to respond to these expectations
  • Learn and use a common language for engagement and understand the role managers play in creating a highly engaged team
  • Understand their own strengths and limits as engaging leaders and make significant changes over time in their daily leadership practices
  • Learn and use new tools and methods for engaging associates.
  • Coach direct reports in a way that increases engagement and enhances retention
  • Create a climate that fosters highly engaged teams that value customer focus and high quality work.

 

PROCESS:

  • Consult with key individuals to identify Key Learning Outcomes and establish preference on length and frequency of modular design
  • Conduct telephone and/or site interviews with a sample of potential participants to establish their perceptions of needs and establish entry behaviours.
  • Develop Client Specific Program Objectives.
  • Merge Specific Objectives with Our Template Modules

 

Consult with Internal Experts to:

  • Ensure alignment with existing learning initiatives, HR tools, and management systems
  • Develop reality based role-plays and case studies
  • Customize module templates to achieve Program Objectives and unique needs
  • Consult with your internal experts to identify any content issues

People Centered Leadership focuses specifically on providing leaders with the skills, philosophies and behaviours inherent in creating more engaged teams while retaining talent and respecting differences. This leadership program targets the specific behaviors and mindsets that leaders must develop to achieve this goal.

Four Generations - One Workplace®

Duration: Half Day, Full Day
Target Audiences: Managers, Human Resources Professionals

 

For the first time in history there are four generations in the workplace at the same time and it’s causing a bit of a stir. How do you navigate amidst the differing motivators, strengths, communication styles and needs of the four generations in order to create a long lasting and successful team? This program delivers sound suggestions, builds leadership confidence and takes the mystique out of getting the best from the four talented generations in your workplace.
Leaders today are waking up to the stark reality that it’s no longer about how workers must adapt to their employers, but how employers must now adapt to their employees. Partnership. Balance. Personal Growth. Community. These are only some of the current values shaping the world of work and transforming the workforce.

 

  • Are you seeking unique and innovative recruitment and retention tools?
  • Are you are confused at the different levels of work ethic and loyalty among employees?
  • Do you notice a difference of values and behaviours across generations?
  • Are you looking for ways to build stronger collegial relationships and ways to improve communication?
  • Are you getting the best that each generation has to offer… because there are more benefits than you think!

 

Being able to answer these questions and understand that new workplace transformation is essential for business leaders wanting to attract and retain the brightest stars in their industry.

 

Four Generations- One Workplace promises to deliver sound suggestions, build leadership confidence and take the mystique out of how to interpret, interact, and get the best from the four generations in your workplace.

 

Learner Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the 4 generational styles in the workplace and the imprints that make each generation unique
  • To learn practical methods for improving communication, enhancing performance, de-escalating conflict and how to facilitate learning in each generation
  • To explore in depth what the current trends and research are telling us about the 6 expectations and new shifting values of each generation
  • To gain tips and tools for each generation and each of the 6 expectations by learning what other organizations are doing to recruit, retain and motivate each generations by meeting their individual needs
  • To learn practical tools and tips for motivating & engaging the changing workforce.

 

Course Outline:

  • The four key reasons why the talent crisis is here to stay;
  • How the shifting values in the workplace influence the organizational culture;
  • Understanding personal values and their importance within the workplace;
  • How values imprint and their impact shape each generation and how they see their life and work;
  • Defining the characteristics of the 4 generations and what motivates, frustrates and inspires each of them to become more productive and present at work;
  • Understand the factors that will increase a specific age group’s desire to leave;
  • Understand and explore the four potential areas of conflict in the workplace and how to handle each of them (technology, social skills, work ethic and company loyalty);
  • Understand the techniques to creating a desirable work culture

The Three Secrets of Highly Engaging Leaders

In this three-part video training series, Dr. John Izzo goes deeper and shares with you what he believes are the three most powerful things you can do to feel more fulfilled as a leader, while getting the most out of your people. Dr. Izzo explains why each of these secrets will unlock your leadership potential, making it possible for you to model the way of inspirational leaders.

 

This practical leadership training focuses on subtle shifts you can make in your everyday work life as a leader. The videos will hold your attention with great leadership stories; interesting facts that drive home the importance of each training topic; and practical activities so that you can immediately apply what you’re learning to your own leadership development.

 

As you’re learning, Dr. Izzo asks powerful questions that will shift your perspectives and get you thinking. He encourages you to press pause, right there on the spot while you’re watching the video, to ground the learning for yourself.

 

You will walk away from this training knowing:

  • Why employee engagement is critical for driving success;
  • How to get more fulfillment in your day-to-day work life as a leader;
  • How to drive results from your people by engaging on the why;
  • How to inspire people on even most routine tasks; and
  • How to lead for accountability

 

This training is most suitable for leaders who are seriously committed to their own leadership development and are excited to try new ways to get results.

Companies who have invested in this training have commented how this additional training becomes viral across the organization, making it possible for people to benefit who may not have even seen Dr. Izzo speak before.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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