Speaker, L&D


Tim Arnold

Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert

Leaders and teams are often in a tug-of-war, facing competing demands such as planning vs. action, structure vs. flexibility, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. In order to thrive, they must tackle these tensions head on. Tim Arnold provides his audiences with powerful tools that help them understand and breakthrough the chronic issues they face in both their professional and personal lives.

Tim Arnold has spent over two decades helping organizations unite teams, spark change and get unstuck, with clients that include The United Nations, Citibank, KPMG, Toyota, and Siemens.

Tim provides his clients with a real-world perspective through his experience launching successful for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, overseeing community outreach and healthcare programs, and managing international development partnerships in four continents.

Tim is the author of the bestselling book, The Power of Healthy Tension: Overcoming Chronic Issues and Conflicting Values.


The Power of Healthy Tension: Overcome Chronic Issues and Conflicting Values

Often leaders have a clear vision but fail to live it out.  They get stuck because of conflicting values, division within the team, and resistance to change.  The Power of Healthy Tension helps leaders get unstuck by providing a simple 4-step framework that allows them to unite their team, spark change, and achieve their goals.

Keynote Outcomes:

  • Unite Your Team – Give your team the shared language they need to move from conflict to collaboration, where everyone is heard and understood.
  • Spark Change – Find out why it is hard for people to shift their thinking, and learn the skills to promote healthy change that your team will support.
  • Get Unstuck – Break through chronic issues and conflicting values to regain effectiveness, energy and enjoyment.

Why Healthy Tension?

  • Relevant & Timely – It feels like the world around us is becoming more polarized each day. Embracing healthy tension has never been more critical to success.
  • Practical & Actionable – Real-world examples make sense of the framework and provide skills you can apply right away.
  • Interactive & Fun – No one wants to hear another boring talk. Audience interaction and just the right amount of humour bring the keynote to life and make it memorable.

The Power of Healthy Tension has helped hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders move from surviving to thriving.  The research is clear:  Leaders and teams that understand The Power of Healthy Tension outperform those who don’t.

**Please note that this presentation can also be adapted into a workshop.

The Leaders Edge

Program Length: 1 To 3 Hours

In today’s fast-paced and competitive workplace, to move beyond survival and mediocrity we must become highly effective leaders. This is true whether we are responsible for leading other people or simply need to provide ownership and vision to the project that we are responsible for.

At times, the pressures of leadership can be overwhelming and have us wondering if we have what it takes.  The great news is that effective leadership can be developed!

The Leaders Edge is an experiential keynote that will equip participants with the skills and confidence needed to take their leadership to the next level. Relevant business theory will be brought to life through interactive activities and discussions, so that participants can develop strategies that will help them to move forward with all the leadership challenges that they face.

Throughout the keynote address, participants will be introduced to three core skills that are foundational to having The Leader’s Edge:

  1. Growth Mindset – Becoming a real-time and life-long learner.
  2. Full Engagement – Leveraging strengths for a competitive advantage.
  3. Healthy Tension – Managing complexity, chronic issues, and conflicting values.

Each skill will be introduced through a combination of current business models and real-world examples. The skills will then be brought to life through a fun and insightful experiential challenge that will get participants out of their seats, interacting, and learning together.

The keynote will conclude with an opportunity for everyone to transfer the concepts to the ‘real world’ by developing a personal action plan. This will provide the confidence and strategy needed to move forward in harnessing The Leader’s Edge.

The Power of Healthy Tension: Thriving in a World of Increased Polarization and Complexity

As hard working professionals, our goal is to thrive both at work and home; however, we can get stuck in survival-mode due to increasing complexity, conflicting organizational values, and chronic team issues.

It often feels like the world around us is becoming more polarized each day. This can leave us frustrated, discouraged, and a times, questioning if we have what it takes.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way!

The Power of Healthy Tension provides a simple four-step framework that will allow you to distinguish between a problem to solve and a tension to manage; identify the tensions that matter most in your organization; and leverage these tensions for breakthrough conversations, mindful decision-making, and unified team effectiveness.

The Power of Healthy Tension has helped hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders get unstuck and realize their true potential.

It will provide you with the hope and confidence needed to rise above polarization and unnecessary conflict, while allowing you to break out of survival-mode and thrive both at work and home.