Barry Pokroy

Barry Pokroy

Clinical Psychologist | Organizational Behaviour and People Performance Expert

Barry Pokroy helps organizations make lasting and sustainable changes in the performance of their people and the business itself. His extensive background in clinical psychology accelerates performance and drives lasting results.

A go-to resource when it comes to training, executive coaching, and long-term consulting, Barry’s approach focuses on factors that traditionally impede both personal and business performance. He excels in resolving deep-rooted and pervasive challenges affecting leadership and teams in an organization.

Barry has worked in a variety of industries and has keen insight into the mid-market and large national businesses in finance and insurance, professional services, retail, transportation, communications and telecommunications, the public sector, call centers and many more.

Talking So People Listen and Listening So People Talk

This keynote focuses on creating enhanced client engagement and increased “employee centricity”. This is done through the use of a psychological model of connection, which highlights the way in which our relational dynamics can shift to create a more positive impact. Audience members are equipped with the skills and insights to listen, connect and respond differently. A shift in mindset occurs from transactional management (task/process) to relationship management (people).

Audiences are exposed to a psychological theory, which provides a user-friendly language to identify, assess and interpret personality.

This approach also provides participants with insight to their behaviour and the behaviour of others in workplace through the use of an Egogram—a tool utilized in different settings to connect and understand ourselves, our clients and our teams more effectively.

The Talking Cure

This keynote focuses on the psychological skill of Debriefing.

In the workplace, where we are often pushed for targets and deadlines in minimal time, the need to debrief around one’s internal and external challenges are often missed—leading to unintended consequences for a business.

This keynote creates awareness of the emotional dynamics that hinder and impede productivity. Participants are equipped with the skills to effectively manage situations that lead to heightened emotions as well as challenging personalities and interactions, through the teaching of a comprehensive debriefing model.

Debunking Change Management

“To some degree, the downside of change is inevitable. Whenever human communities are forced to adjust to shifting conditions, pain is ever present. But a significant amount of the waste and anguish we’ve witnessed in the past decade is avoidable.”  – John Kotter, Leading Change

This keynote looks at redefining the oxymoron that is “Change Management.” Change management is usually driven externally, without sufficient focus on the internal recipients of the change.

In clinical psychology theory, change is experienced as stressful, and companies do not focus sufficiently on the people undergoing the change. This lack of focus is not because of a lack of intention, but rather a lack of a methodology and skills to nurture people through transitions.

The presentation challenges participants to look at managing the transition that people go through during times of change, rather than managing the change itself.

Barry provides insight into the personal ownership of change, as well as the experience of transitions. Audience members are given the psychological insights and tools to manage such transitions both personally and interpersonally, to become empowered in the inevitable times of change.

The Missing Link - Emotional Intelligence

This keynote centres on emotional intelligence (EQ). It equips participants with the skills to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in a constructive manner, thereby providing ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.

Through the use of various psychological principles, participants are able gain a better understanding of their individual style of engaging and impacting others. It also provides a psychological model that enables deeper understanding of others and ultimately improves the quality of interpersonal engagement both with clients and employees.

The Psychology of Disconnection

The Psychology of Disconnection keynote unpacks the unmanageable amount of work and home stressors that people experience.

We know how to make a living, but we seem to have forgotten how to make a life. In the world of doing and profitability, we seem to have forgotten the world of being and the human connection.

The symptoms of this disconnection are often seen in the workplace in the forms of burnout, job dissatisfaction, absenteeism, abuse of sick leave, turnover difficulties, and poor adherence.

Barry’s philosophy provides a lens into managing yourself and your colleagues in today’s pressurised business climate through the use of a workable solution to reconnecting in the workplace and in our lives in general.