Nick Bontis

Speaker, L&D


Dr. Nick Bontis

Leading Strategy and Management Expert

The “knowledge era” is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Dr. Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations accelerate performance by working smarter—with the power of knowledge management. His dynamic and engaging presentations empower audiences to maximize performance to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business world.

Dr. Bontis is an award-winning tenured professor of strategy at McMaster University. He has won more than 12 major teaching awards, and has been recognized as “faculty researcher of the year,” “one of the school’s most popular professors” by Maclean’s magazine, and “one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario” by TVO. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour bestowed only upon the top university professors in Canada.

Dr. Bontis is the director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic-management consulting firm. His consulting services have been sought by leading organizations, including the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, and IBM.

Dr. Bontis is the author of Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught and an associate editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital.


Big Data: Don’t Drown In It -- Profit From It!

The accelerated power of supercomputing has reduced the cost of data collection to all-time lows.   The time has come to match our ability to generate information with an ability to learn from it and use it to our competitive advantage.  Mining Big Data and extracting it’s value is the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity.  Dr. Nick Bontis helps organizations to leapfrog from information bombardment to harnessing it’s power!  During this enlightening and action-packed presentation you will learn how to:

  • cope with information bombardment
  • review world-class cases of “big data extraction for profit”
  • understand the power of predictive analytics
  • leverage data you and your organization collect already
  • determine what leadership action you can take tomorrow

Ranked among the Top 30 management gurus world-wide, Dr. Nick Bontis is recognized by the former Editor of Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine as “a pioneer and one of the world’s real experts in intellectual capital.”  Maclean’s magazine has rated him as one of “McMaster University’s most popular business professors for six years in a row!”  He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country.

Think Ahead! Take a Knowledge Journey

Are you overwhelmed by information bombardment? Do you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? By the 1930’s, all the information that existed in the world doubled every 30 years. By the 1970’s, this rate shrunk to 7 years. Today, all the information that exists in the world, doubles every 11 hours! Information bombardment is the single most damaging threat to productivity. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not transform this threat into a sustainable competitive advantage for you and your firm?

During this enlightening and action-packed presentation you will learn how to:

  • Cope with information bombardment
  • Improve your ability to manage change
  • Lift productivity and efficiency
  • Speed up innovation
  • Achieve industry leading competitiveness

The Ultimate Performance Accelerating Activity for Teams

Employees spend in excess of 50% of their time looking for answers and then spend 20% of their time replicating answers for others. Is your team suffering from the same dilemma? Does your team seem to be spinning its wheels? High performance teams are supposed to harvest the synergy embedded in all of their members to create value above and beyond what each person could do on their own.

During this inspirational and engaging presentation you will learn how to achieve your team’s full potential as well as:

  • Enhance team collaboration and coordination
  • Avoid waste and duplication costs
  • Promote knowledge sharing vs. hoarding
  • Accelerate your team’s productivity
  • Unleash new ideas and creativity

A Competitive Edge for Leaders

The average Fortune 500 company loses $64 million dollars a year because of ineffective knowledge sharing. Firms generally leverage only 2% of their employees’ talent, which is also the #1 reason why employees leave their jobs. As your organization’s leader, it is your responsibility to make sure that your firm is fully engaged and operating at optimum capacity. Unfortunately, some leaders misallocate their resources. Or worse, some leaders have no clue what strategic initiatives are necessary to achieve great performance. Let Dr. Bontis navigate you towards the best performance you have ever experienced.

Using a unique causal modelling methodology he developed you will learn how to:

  • Understand exactly what impacts revenue and profit
  • Decrease expenses by reducing waste
  • Retain loyal and committed employees
  • Appreciate exactly which investments are worth making
  • Optimally allocate your scarce resources

Selling in the Nick of Time

Today’s sales environment is competitive and complex, with businesses selling through many channels including direct marketing, value-added resellers and e-commerce. To stay ahead of the game you need to learn how to sell “in the Nick of time”. The days when customers relied solely on the salesperson for information are long gone. Information is abundant and at everyone’s fingertips. Successful salespeople use customer knowledge as their main competitive weapon for nurturing long-lasting relationships:

  • Learn how to attain loyal and committed customers, with less effort than ever before.
  • Discover tomorrow’s trends today, keeping you ahead of the curve
  • Embrace the concept of “Re” which will keep you current and topical
  • Learn the one sales tool that will have you working smarter not harder
  • Empower the analytical skill within you to provide more than just information
  • Experience synergies never before realized with your sales and marketing team

Combating the Biggest Threat Ever! Organizational Dementia

Baby-boomers carry a massive amount of know-how in their heads and are generally responsible for the smooth functioning of almost every organization. They hold a lifetime of experience and expertise, and soon they will simply walk out the door. Capturing this intellectual capital (brainpower of the organization) before the imminent threat of retirement is a crucial task for every manager. However, do Gen Xers and Gen Yers realize their role in sustaining the memory of every organization. Furthermore, does your organizational leadership appreciate that something must be done now instead of later?

During this presentation you will learn:

  • How to turn this pending threat into an advantage
  • What challenges lay ahead
  • How to ensure a smooth transition
  • Why various scenarios of knowledge loss affect performance in different ways
  • What you can do to retain more critical knowledge in the face of major turnover

Speakers 2.0

Speakers 2.0 is an offering that is redefining expectations in the speaking industry by leading with the idea that a speech can be just the first step in a more comprehensive and effective solution to your organization’s needs. Speakers’ Spotlight wants to sustain the value that you and your organization experience during a live speech, long after the conference is over.

Dr. Bontis is happy to customize a package that fits the needs of your organization. A few examples of offerings that he has created in the past include:

 

  • One-page hand-outs that highlight the key takeaways of the original keynote presentation
  • Email newsletter
  • Password protected access to on-line tools on his personal website
  • Follow up video clips, articles, and publications
  • Follow-up reminder in the form of a custom video a week after the engagement
  • Follow-up reminders of tools and tips 30 days, six months, and one year after engagement
  • Opportunities to purchase books, CDs, or DVDs on-line
  • Opportunities to partake in an employee survey
  • Opportunities to engage in a human capital benchmarking analysis

 

Please contact us for more information about how Dr. Bontis can provide long-term support for your organization.

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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

Speakers' Spotlight: The Key Ingredient To Finding Your Perfect Speakers

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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