Tim Arnold

Speaker, L&D


Tim Arnold

Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert

Leaders are often in a tug-of-war, facing countless conflicting demands such as planning vs. action, competition vs. collaboration, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. In order to thrive, leaders must wrestle with these competing values and tackle crux issues head on. Tim Arnold provides his audiences with a unique framework and powerful tools to understand and succeed in mastering the complexity they face in their professional and personal lives.

Tim has spent the past 20 years pushing the boundaries in the field of team-building and executive development, working with organizations including Bombardier Aerospace, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota Canada, Workopolis and The United Nations.

Beyond executive development, Tim oversees a 35-bed homeless shelter, facilitates community outreach programs that serve migrant farm workers and kids at risk, and manages international development partnerships that focus on child survival in Ecuador, Uganda, Rwanda, Nicaragua and Indonesia.

He is the author of forthcoming book, The Power of Healthy Tension.


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.

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

The Leaders Edge

Program Length: 1 To 2 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 personal leadership to the project that we are working on.

At times, the pressures of leadership can be overwhelming and have us wondering if we really have what it takes.

The Leaders Edge is an experiential keynote that will guide participants in developing the skills and confidence needed to take their leadership to the next level – no matter what environment they work in. By integrating relevant business theory with unique interactive experiences, participants will understand the key ingredients needed to deploy highly effective leadership, and develop strategies that will help them to move forward with all the leadership challenges that they face.

Program Overview

Through a dynamic keynote address, participants will be introduced to three core characteristics that are foundational to developing The Leaders Edge:

  1. Experiential Learning – Becoming a real-time and life-long learner
  2. Full Engagement – Leveraging strengths for a competitive advantage
  3. Polarity Thinking – Managing complexity, paradox, and conflicting values

Each element will be introduced through a combination of relevant business theory and real-world examples. After each concept is introduced, it will be brought to life through a fun and insightful experiential challenge. These challenges will get participants out of their seats, interacting, and learning together.

The keynote will conclude with an opportunity for everyone to transfer the concepts and ideas to the ‘real world’. This will result in a personal action plan that will guide participants in moving forward with The Leaders Edge. In this Experiential Keynote You Will …

  • Challenge unproductive and limiting mindsets
  • Learn to avoid unwarranted conflict while learning to benefit from healthy opposition
  • Find the winning balance between planning and execution
  • Develop effective problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Increase drive, motivation, and confidence

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.