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, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. He has been a pioneer in employee engagement, leading change, shifting employee and consumer values and corporate social responsibility, and is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling and the lasting impact he has on organizations.

Dr. Izzo has advised some of the best companies in the world on activating purpose including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic.

He is the bestselling author of seven books, including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, Stepping Up, and The Five Thieves of Happiness. His next book, The Purpose Gap, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2017.

Frequently profiled in the media, Dr. Izzo has been profiled by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Inc. magazine.

Dr. Izzo is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.


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 accountability 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 three women with no business experience helped thousands of women get out of poverty in Africa.

 

The Purpose Revolution: Winning the Emerging Customer, Employee and Investor

The new economy is being driven by an emerging group of people all over the world who want their employment, investments, and purchases to shape a better world while at the same time meeting their personal needs.

Dr. John Izzo shows how consumers, employees, and investors are using purpose and community as a major driver of their commitments. This trend is present worldwide and cuts across almost all demographic barriers including age, political and religious affiliations, and income level.

Companies who understand and respond to this aspirational person will create game-changing competitive advantage. Rather than thinking of this person as simply a consumer, employee, or investor, companies need to realize this is all contained in the same person, and need to attract them on all three fronts at once.

This new person wants to shop, loves brands, is active on social media, and loves to share stories. They want to consume but want “consumption without conflict”, whereby they feel they are helping society, the planet, and themselves.

Winning this new rising class of people who want good for self, good for people, and good for the planet alongside a sense of community is a spot of true differentiation. These people want doing well and doing good to sit side by side as they live their lives.

In this presentation, your audience will:

  • Understand this rising class and how different they are from every class of buyers, investors, and employees that have come before them;
  • Discover the drivers of their choices;
  • Learn practical ways to grow your market share, brand loyalty, and engagement of this new group;
  • Hear incredible examples of how companies are already winning these people worldwide and find out how you can do the same;
  • Discover how to use your own power as a Conflict Free Consumer to change the future; and
  • Customize your approach to your industry.

Stepping Up Your Sales Game: 100% Responsibility/Zero Excuses

The secret to stepping up your sales game and achieving greater success in both work and life can be found in a simple principle called 100/0.

In fact, research on sales effectiveness shows that the most consistently successful sales professionals rarely focus on
why they can’t sell but focus on how THEY must adapt to sell. By taking 100% responsibility and not letting any excuses keep you from achieving your goals, each one of us can focus on what we can do right now in the situation we are in.

This keynote shows the power of taking full responsibility to help sales professionals grow their business and grow their skill. Among other things your audience will discover:

Why focusing on what you can’t change ensures failure
• Why some excuses are true but none are useful
How seeing yourself as the agent of change wherever you go leads to an action focus
• Proven methods to be more liked and admired by clients and colleagues
• Why those who take responsibility to give away their best ideas and seek the best ideas from others always get ahead
• Learn the two magic questions to get you ideas out of victim mode and into can do mode
• Discover the five attributes of people who step up to grow their sales success over time
• Find out why those who sell with higher purpose always achieve more than those who focus on sales
• How sales leaders can hold people 100% accountable in a positive way

 

Leading in a Purpose Driven World: Thriving in the Age of Social Good

Attracting, engaging, and keeping talent is a key driver of success for every enterprise. Although top talent still want all the things they have always desired, there is shift happening that is changing the war for talent.

Across every demographic of age and country, there is an emerging purpose focused employee who want to be a part of organizations that are creating social good both for customers and society.

Over 50% of employees globally want to work for companies that have a purpose and half of millennials say they would take a pay cut to be at a company whose purpose they believe in.

Research also shows that when employees believe in the purpose of the company, they are more productive, more engaged, and more willing to put in discretionary
effort. This desire to be part of a purposeful company cuts across all demographic categories of age, gender, and country though it is most pronounced among millennials.

Customers are also increasingly saying that they want to buy from and be associated with sustainable brands that are adding value to society.

Your Audience Will:
• Understand the emerging purpose focused employee and how different they are from every class of employees that have come before them
• Discover how team members define purpose and social good
• Learn practical ways to connect employees to our purpose and involve them in your efforts in social good
• Hear powerful examples of what leading companies are doing to win the war for talent in an age of social good
• Find out the three things leaders can do every day to connect team members to your purpose
• Know the three biggest mistakes organizations and leaders make in connecting with the purpose focused talent (and how to avoid them)
• Discover how to make your team members ambassadors for your brand every day
• See how every team member can help their company become a force for good in society

 

The Secrets of Highly Engaging Workplaces and Leaders

Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high- engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, stronger productivity and a better reputation with customers than those with moderate engagement.

In fact, the average highly engaged team member can be up to 40%more productive than a disengaged performer.

But what are the secrets to highly engaged teams and highly engaged companies? Why do some leaders consistently create highly engaged associates?

In this keynote, John shares:

  • The four keys to creating high engagement teams and shows why some leaders are consistently able to get high levels of commitment from people.
  • John gives your leaders daily practices for how leaders can immediately drive engagement for better results.
  • How to implement simple disciplines and routines guaranteed to create highly engaged teams.

Your leaders will not only see their role in driving engagement but will leave with ideas they can implement right away that will lead to significantly higher engagement.

John has a great track record of getting leaders to become engagement champions. He’ll leave the audience with a leadership checklist that shows leaders the most important things to do every day to drive engagement and ultimately profits.

Leading for Transformational Change: Turning Resistance into Results

Would you like your people to consistently embrace change and create ongoing innovation? Almost every organization today is experiencing unprecedented change and also needing to drive innovation and transformation to stay successful. Dr. John Izzo has spent an entire career helping leaders and organizations not only embrace change but inspiring them for transformational change.

Your audience will discover proven methods for getting others to embrace change. John explains the neuroscience behind change and how to use that knowledge to help others embrace change. The audience will discover the keys to personal resilience and learn how to create a climate for innovation and understand the true source of change resistance and how to overcome it in yourself and your organization.

This talk is hard hitting, practical and guaranteed to get your people stepping up to change.

You will discover:

  • Why people don’t resist change, they resist being changed
  • Find out the three keys to getting people to embrace change
  • Learn to drive the why and empower people on the how
  • Find out how to become more change hardy and able to embrace change 

Stepping Up Your Sales Game

The secret to stepping up your sales game and achieving greater success in both work and life can be found in a simple principle called 100/0. In fact, research on sales effectiveness shows that the most consistently successful sales professionals rarely focus on why they can’t sell but focus on how THEY must adapt to sell. By taking 100% responsibility and not letting any excuses keep you from achieving your goals, each one of us can focus on what we can do right now in the situation we are in.

This workshop explains the power of taking full responsibility to help sales professionals grow their business and grow their skill. Among other things your audience will discover:

  • Why focusing on what you can’t change ensures failure
  • Why some excuses are true but none are useful
  • How seeing yourself as the agent of change wherever you go leads to an action focus
  • Proven methods to be more liked and admired by clients and colleagues
  • Why those who take responsibility to give away their best ideas and seek the best ideas from others always get ahead
  • Learn the two magic questions to get you out of victim mode and into can do mode
  • Discover the five attributes of people who step up to grow their sales success over time
  • Find out why those who sell with higher purpose always achieve more than those who focus on sales
  • How sales leaders can hold people 100% accountable in a positive way

Leading in a Purpose Driven World

Attracting, engaging, and keeping talent is a key driver of success for every enterprise. Although top talent still want all the things they have always desired, there is shift happening that is changing the war for talent. Across every demographic of age and country, there is an emerging purpose focused employee who want to be a part of organizations that are creating social good both for customers and society.

Over 50% of employees globally want to work for companies that have a purpose and half of millennials say they would take a pay cut to be at a company whose purpose they believe in. Research also shows that when employees believe in the purpose of the company, they are more productive, more engaged, and more willing to put in discretionary effort. This desire to be part of a purposeful company cuts across all demographic categories of age, gender, and country though it is most pronounced among millennials.

Customers are also increasingly saying that they want to buy from and be associated with sustainable brands that are adding value to society.

This workshop will help leaders and companies see how trends are changing the talent game and how to thrive with a work force focused on doing good.

Your Audience Will:

  • Understand the emerging purpose focused employee and how different they are from every class of employees that have come before them
  • Discover how team members define purpose and social good
  • Learn practical ways to connect employees to your purpose and involve them in your efforts in social good
  • Hear powerful examples of what leading companies are doing to win the war for talent in an age of social good
  • Find out the three things leaders can do every day to connect team members to your purpose
  • Know the three biggest mistakes organizations and leaders make in connecting with the purpose focused talent (and how to avoid them)
  • Discover how to make your team members ambassadors for your brand every day
  • See how every team member can help their company become a force for good in society

 

The Three Secrets of Highly Engaging Leaders

In this five-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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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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