David Irvine

David Irvine

The Leader's Navigator

Are you committed to attracting and retaining the best talent to reach your organization’s fullest potential? If the answer is yes, then David Irvine―a mentor whose work has contributed to the building of hundreds of vital and engaged organizations throughout North America―can give you the competitive edge. With a vision to create workplace cultures that unleash greatness, Irvine clarifies complex issues and offers pragmatic solutions to renew and rekindle the vitality of your organization, your work, and yourself.

As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, Irvine  has authored five bestselling books, has taught courses at three universities, including at the Banff School of Management. He has advanced degrees in human development, science, and social work. With more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, workshop facilitator, psychotherapist, professional speaker and advisor to executives, he has developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders. Every year, thousands of people attend his inspiring and thought-provoking programs on authentic leading and living, culture alignment, and accountability.

Irvine consults with and presents to thousands of people each year across North America in a wide range of venues—from huge conventions to small retreats. He has worked with government officials and staff, CEOs and senior executives, as well as all levels of management, front-line service providers, salespeople, educators, and health care professionals.

Irvine is a formerly nationally-ranked distance runner and trained with the US Olympic team, but today exercises more slowly.

Building a High Performance Culture: The Power of Alignment

If you are committed to attract and retain the best talent, provide the best possible service to customers, get a grip on results that matter, remain profitable, and reach your fullest potential as an organization, then culture will be your most critical competitive advantage. This is because organizational culture trumps everything else in business.

If you are committed to attract and retain the best talent, provide the best possible service to customers, get a grip on results that matter, remain profitable, and reach your fullest potential as an organization, then culture will be your most critical competitive advantage. This is because organizational culture trumps everything else in business.

After helping organizations build aligned, engaged cultures for more than a quarter century, the passion and promise in David Irvine’s work is to build cultures of trust that attract, inspire, and unleash greatness.

Take this rare opportunity to learn the essentials of organizational culture from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. In this inspirational and thought-provoking session, David Irvine provides practical perspective and strategies to build an aligned, high performance organization that will unleash the potential of your people.

  • Discover the power of alignment, and why organizational culture is the key to employee engagement, retention, motivation, accountability, and sustained commitment.
  • Leave with practical ways to build a cohesive, engaged, high performance organization – that engenders trust, loyalty, safety, and ownership.
  • Be inspired to be a Culture Maker: a leader who defines, owns, and fosters a great culture around you, with or without a title.

Authentic Leadership: It’s About PRESENCE, Not Position

Great leadership cannot be reduced to technique, position or power.

Great leadership comes from the strength of one’s authentic presence – the identity and integrity of the leader.

While you might get promoted to be a boss, you don’t get promoted to be a leader. Leadership isn’t something that you get from your title. Leadership – your capacity to influence others – is something you earn by the decisions you make and the actions you take. Leadership is about building trust, enrolling people in a compelling vision, engaging others, and achieving results through those you serve. Leadership is about accomplishing this with presence, not position.

Step back and gain a new perspective on leadership from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. Based on David Irvine’s best-selling book, The Authentic Leader, you will be inspired by a new view of who you are as a leader and a fresh vision of leadership in today’s changing, demanding world.

  • Learn the difference between a transactional boss and a transformational leader, and the true source of leadership power: your authentic, accountable presence.
  • Discover how a strong leadership presence can inspire trust, engender loyalty, engage people, dispel entitlement, and get a grip on results.
  • Be inspired to be a leader, with or without a title.

Accountability in an Age of Entitlement: The Power of Agreement

With everyone talking about the need for more accountability in the work place, why is it that accountability is so likely to turn people off? Why is it that unearned entitlement remains so prevalent, both in the workplace and in society? You have to get to the deep meaning and application of accountability. If you don’t, it becomes a hammer to blame and punish people, or at best, just another organizational buzzword.

David Irvine’s proven and practical philosophy and approach to accountability helps leaders build trust, respect, and integrity. It reveals how to banish blame and fear, transform entitlement into ownership, close the gap between intention and success, and get a grip on results.

Leave this session with a renewed and positive perspective on accountability. Based on David’s inspiring best-selling book, Bridges of Trust, this session will illustrate how accountability is not a “program” to be “installed” throughout an organization or a “flavour of the month” management fad. Accountability is an inspiring leadership philosophy that lies at the foundation of both labour and life.

Accountability promises five vital results: 1) Clarity – about your role, direction, and promises; 2) Communication – at a new depth, with the right focus; 3) Alignment – of values, purpose, passion, and agreements; 4) Energy – to build sustained engagement and commitment; and 5) Trust – the one thing that changes everything.

  • Inspire people around you by being accountable.
  • Inspire your employees to think like owners and foster an accountable attitude at every level of your organization.
  • Transform blame, entitlement, and fear into courage, personal responsibility, and commitment – through the power of agreement.

Embracing Change: The Power of Possibility

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer, philosopher

To survive – and thrive – you have to adapt and embrace change. When you have made a decision to be a leader, you become an agent of change. But where is your road map? Where are your tools? There are eight stages of change. The first is chaos; the eighth is possibility. Once you lead yourself and others to embrace possibility, transforming chaos into confidence, resistance into wisdom, and fear into possibility, you have done your job. Once you’ve mastered the art of embracing change, you will not only build a strong, vital organization, you will build a strong, vital life.

Leave this session with a new view of embracing and leading change from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. You will leave this inspiring session with renewed clarity, confidence, and compassion to lead those you serve through the stages of change.

  • Make change inspiring, productive, and creative – through the power of possibility.
  • Turn fear and resistance into confidence and commitment – through the power of connection.
  • Recognize and lead people through the stages of change in a way that supports both people and change.

The Art of Caring Leadership

Too often we discover at the end of a day that if we aren’t careful, our lives are reduced to looking down at our devices and accomplishing whatever’s on our to-do lists. In the process, we lose our connection with the deeper human need to be present to what surrounds us. Caring connects us with each other, making us the best of who we are and what we can be. Caring is a decision to engage with the world around us.

Caring enriches all facets of our lives. It makes workplaces worth working in, schools worth learning in, our relationships worth being in, and the world worth living in. Caring is everything.

This session, applicable to leaders at any level and in all walks of life, gets to the heart of creating a workplace and a life that matters. Based on David’s upcoming book, Caring Is Everything, you will leave with an inspiring and thought-provoking message about the vital role that caring serves in every aspect of our lives.

  • Learn how caring impacts everything you do: it fosters trust, engages employees, builds loyalty, creates meaning in our lives, and leads to business success.
  • Understand the true meaning of service leadership and how to build a more fully human organization.
  • Leave with a renewed approach to self-care that will be life-changing: it’s not about work-life balance!

Building Bridges of Trust: The Power of Interpersonal Excellence

Building and restoring trust is mission-critical in organizations today. At the core of effective and productive organizations and teams lies an abundance of mutual trust and respect based upon authentic and accountable connections. Regardless of what you do in your organization and your life, to be successful you must be able to connect with people in a way that builds trust.

With a background in family therapy, David Irvine offers an in-depth approach to interpersonal relationships that you won’t find in mainstream leadership training programs. Leave this engaging, and practical session with the interpersonal skills necessary to build bridges of trust with those who depend on you, and those upon whom you depend.

  • Understand how the action of every employee either builds or destroys the culture you work in.
  • Inspire deep trust in your organization through the power of interpersonal excellence.
  • Embrace conflict in a way that builds trust, respect, and focus.
  • Create an environment for your team that encourages participation and creative problem solving and decision-making.
  • Build a cohesive, positive, and productive work and team environment through connection and communication skills.
  • The accountable performance process: learn a simple and practical process that will inspire your high performers, deal effectively and respectfully with your “non-performers,” and renew your organization.