Liane Davey

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Improving Communication, and Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

Known as the “teamwork doctor,” Liane Davey knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face — and how to solve them. Her mission is to transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, and, using her expertise in strategy and group dynamics, she delivers the perfect combination of education and entertainment that leaders and teams need to make an immediate impact on their organizations.

New York Times bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done, Liane has worked with a variety of renowned businesses including Amazon, Walmart, TD Bank, RBC, Bayer, KPMG, Aviva, Maple Leaf Foods, and SONY Interactive Entertainment.

She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is sought after by media outlets, including CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and Forbes, for her expertise on increasing productivity, enhancing engagement, developing leaders, and as one client put it, “dealing with the damn drama!”

Liane has a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo.  She is also passionate advocate for mental health and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Psychology Foundation of Canada.


The Good Fight: How to Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team Back on Track

Business today is more competitive than ever. Getting ahead and staying ahead requires you to make tough calls, face hard choices, and work through conflict. But no matter how much you invest in conflict workshops and training, productive conflict is still rare. Why? Because productive conflict is about more than the right skillset — it requires the right mindset and the right processes, neither of which come naturally.

In this keynote, Liane Davey walks audiences through the process for creating productive conflict that will improve results and enhance engagement. Audiences will learn how to:

  • Identify the costs (in lost productivity, reduced engagement, and heightened stress) of avoiding the difficult issues.
  • Reframe people’s perception about conflict so that their natural conflict aversion doesn’t turn into conflict avoidance or worse, passive-aggressiveness.
  • Systematize conflict to neutralize and normalize even the most difficult issues in your business.

You First: How You Can Change Your Team for the Better

Organizations of all sizes depend on teams for productivity, growth, and innovation. Unfortunately, even with the most talented teams, dysfunction is the norm, not the exception. To make things worse, most teams are doing little to make it better, either because they aren’t aware of the problem or because they’re waiting for “someone else to fix it.”

The good news is that you don’t have to wait. You don’t need the jerk to get fired, your boss to move on, or a pricey consultant to turn your team around. In this keynote, you’ll learn how you can change your team from any seat at the table and take steps to help your team get along and get stuff done.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Proactively identify toxic behavior before it results in lost revenue or customers.
  • Discover how your attitudes, choices, and behaviors are affecting the dynamic of your team.
  • Learn the five things you can do immediately to help your team be happier, healthier, and more productive.

Change has Changed: How to Create High Performance in a World of Perpetual Change

As a leader, managing change is nothing new. So, why does it feel so much harder now? Because change has changed. It’s no longer an event to prepare for, but a constant reality to cope with. With this unrelenting pace and intensity, your employees don’t have a chance to recover from the last initiative before moving on to the next one. Over time, even the best employees will either stop caring and check out, or try so hard they eventually burn out. While you can’t stop the tsunami of change, as a leader, you have more power than you think to create calm within the storm.

In this session, you will learn how to inspire high performance even in the midst of significant change and competing priorities. You’ll learn the mindset and the language that will allow you to surface and move your team through resistance and drama rather than getting stuck in it. Most importantly, you’ll receive practical strategies you can use to develop your own resilience, so you have the energy, patience, and endurance to be there for your employees over the long haul.