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John Izzo, PhD        

Leadership Expert & Best-Selling Author

Dr. John Izzo is a business leadership expert, a best-selling author, and a community leader. He consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe from Brazil to Russia and from New York to London.

Izzo has devoted his life and career to helping leaders create workplaces that bring out the best in people, help them find purpose, and make them feel fulfilled. For over 20 years, he has conducted pioneering work on employee engagement and helped leaders create exceptional corporate cultures.

His client organizations range from high-tech companies, hotels, and hospitals to government agencies and entrepreneurial start-ups.

Izzo is the author of five books, the first of which is Awakening Corporate Soul, in which he identifies four paths employees can take to become more engaged at work. In Values Shift: Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce, he identifies major shifts in work values and creates a blueprint for the 21st-century workforce. The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die was the basis for a five-hour Biography and PBS series in which Izzo interviewed 250 people from 60 to 106 years old and asked them to reflect on what they had learned about life. This bestseller was named the best self-help book of 2008 by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Izzo's latest book, Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, offers inspiration and practical advice on how ordinary people can step up and make a difference in their work, family, community, and the world.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Izzo was a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente and vice president of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy. He holds a master's degree in psychology and a PhD in organizational communication.

Izzo brings a unique combination of practical ideas and high-level "big picture" thinking to organizations. He inspires people to search for greater vision, challenges them with new insights, and leaves them with practical strategies to create the organization of the future. Above all, he ignites the spark in all of us to live a more authentic and purposeful life.

Speech Topics

Building Your Business Through Engaging Your People

The key to business success and growth is to have engaged people who will be great ambassadors for your business. In this program Dr. Izzo focuses on how business owners and leaders can build the business through highly engaged employees who are passionate about the business, who know what matters and deliver it to customers and clients on a consistent basis.

Leading In Tough Times: Engaging Your People During Change

How do we keep people engaged and motivated during tough economic times? What are the keys to keeping people on side and leading them through change? This session will explore the keys to leading people during tough times and engaging them through change. The session will help leaders understand what people need in changing times and practical ways to engage people during such times. Filled with real life examples from working with over 600 companies, Dr. Izzo will help your leaders learn the secrets to companies that navigate tough times effectively. Among other things, leaders will learn: How to keep people focused on the long term? How to engage people in change so that they help you stay successful and dont act like victims? How to keep a climate of recognition and success even when things are tough? What are the five things people need from leaders during times of change and how can leaders deliver it? How to become the employer of choice when things are tough?

The Buzz Factor: What Great Workplaces Teach Us & How to Become One

Some workplaces have a buzz, a definable, palpable energy that makes people want to commit and do their best. Buzz is hard to define but we all know it when we experience it. It is characterized by high commitment, passionate belief, deep trust, and a tremendous sense of pride. We have heard about such workplaces, but what is their secret? Why do some companies and organizations have what some have called magic. In this keynote, Dr. Izzo shares a lifetime of learning from working with and researching many of these unique places where passionate commitment reigns as normal everyday reality. He will help leaders and colleagues understand the key factors that create buzz, gain practical ideas on how to create it, and be inspired to strive to become one of those truly engaging places to work.

Branding from the Inside-Out

You are wasting your money if you think a logo is all you need to brand your company. Its in the daily interaction between your staff and your customers that makes your brand memorable. Who you hire, how they are treated, whether they are engaged or not and whether they believe in the services and products they sell, has everything to do with how the world sees your brand!

In this inspiring program Dr. John Izzo will explain why brand power is more than a company logo or corporate colors. He will describe the changing values of the workforce and provide practical ideas about how leaders can foster an engaged workforce that supports company branding. Over the past 15 years John Izzo has helped more than 500 organizations including IBM, Fairmont Hotels, Rogers Video stay a successful course!

Spirited Teamwork: Everyone is Responsible

Successful teams and successful organizations are places where every associate is responsible for creating a great place to work where excellence and high morale drive success. But what are the keys to spirited teamwork? How does each team member create a place of truly spirited teamwork?

Dr. Izzo shares insights and practical ideas on how each person can become responsible for a great workplace. This program has been successfully given to entire companies, large divisions and associates at many levels in a wide variety of industries. Clients often speak about how associates come back on fire for their role in creating a better team and a better workplace.

Values Shift: Engaging a Changed Workforce

Worker motivation and retention now rank evenly with customer service as the key to holding market edge. Never has it been so important to see the workplace through employees eyes, and cater to their beliefs and needs. This represents nothing short of a sea of change from values of even ten years ago. This keynote focuses on six major value shifts in terms of what people expect from work and are looking for in a company. It offers practical ideas on what companies and leaders can do to win commitment and increase loyalty of employees companies, Dr. Izzo will help your people understand these shifting values and how they differ across generation and gender. Find out what successful companies are doing in response! (Based on his book, VALUES SHIFT: The New Work Ethic & What it Means for Business)

Sustainability Conservation Green Business Keynotes

A Sustainable Future: The Challenge of Our Generation

Sustainability has become one of the emerging global issues of our time. From melting Arctic Ice to disappearing forests, there are signs everywhere that we must meet this challenge. Dr. Izzo shows how sustainability is not one challenge among many but THE challenge of our generation akin to the war the last generation fought to free the world from tyranny. Many talks on sustainability leave attendees discouraged but this program will leave your people inspired, challenged and stepping up to make a difference. This program helps individuals find the truth amidst all the noise about the challenges that we face and leaves everyone knowing how we can meet the challenge ahead. Using beautiful images, startling facts and inspiring examples of how we are already stepping up to meet the challenge of our generation, this program works for every level of the organization or for clients.

The Green Advantage: Making Your Business a Sustainable Leader

Surveys show that an increasing number of consumers and employees rank the environment and sustainability near the top of their list. Whats more, companies that take the green challenge can save costs while gaining a real advantage in the marketplace. But how does a company go green and become a sustainability leader? Dr. Izzo brings twenty-five years of experience helping companies to help your organization understand the advantages of sustainability while implementing practical steps to become a sustainability leader in your industry.

Business & the Green Challenge: How Business Will Save The Planet

If you are tired of green talks that beat up on business, this talk is for you. Business is often blamed for damaging the environment but in this program Dr. John Izzo shows that business is and must lead the way to meet the challenge of sustainability. He shows how individuals cannot do enough alone and why government is important but unable to meet the challenge. Through inspiring examples, startling facts, personal stories and practical ideas, your audience will leave seeing the important role businesses and corporate leaders will play in meeting the sustainability challenge.

It’s My Job - How Stepping Up Creates Change

Taking responsibility means stepping up and seeing yourself as the agent of change - whether it is changing your company, improving customer engagement or changing the world. This hard hitting keynote shows how “stepping up” and seeing it as “my job” creates positive change while improving our satisfaction at work and in life. Dr. Izzo shows how a simple concept called 100/0 transforms a company and a business when each of us decides to put aside our excuses. His message on taking initiative helps teams and leaders act like owners. Izzo shares a simple formula: “change begins in this room, it begins with me, and it begins now.” Filled with inspiring examples of how people have stepped up and made things better, your audience will leave knowing that the more each of us takes personal responsibility the better the workplace, the better our life and the better the world. From Global Warming to improving customer service, this keynote will show how making the choice to step up changes everything. (100% responsibility/0 excuses)

Engage Your People…Grow Your Business - The Secrets of Highly Engaged Teams

Studies show that organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, higher productivity, and better reputations with customers than those with moderate engagement. But what are the secrets to highly engaged teams and highly engaged companies? Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. In this keynote you will discover the four keys to creating a high engagement team and see why some leaders consistently get high levels of commitment from people. Filled with inspiring examples and practical ideas that can be implemented immediately, you will see an impact on engagement beginning the day after your leaders hear this talk. Based on his work with many of the best workplaces in the world, Izzo will show your leaders how the implementation of simple disciplines and routines will create highly engaged teams. Your people will also leave seeing how they personally impact engagement while taking responsibility to engage team members. Based on his groundbreaking work in his best-selling books Awakening Corporate Soul and Values Shift, Izzo will include how to win and engage the emerging workforce.

Becoming an Admired Brand - Being Good is Good for Business

The value of being an admired brand can add as much as 30% to your profitability. Over the last decade the percentage of a company’s value that is related to “goodwill” has quadrupled which means that increasingly we are only as good as our “good name.” Social responsibility, trust, and being “green” have made the largest gains in terms of who we buy from and who we want to work for in the last decade. Being an admired brand matters not only outside your company, but inside, where studies that show that the single best predictor of employee commitment is how proud they are to work for your company. This hard hitting keynote shows what makes a brand admired by customers and employees; your attendees will leave with 5 keys to creating an admired brand that will be a magnet for talent and customers. Your attendees will also learn the three things that can derail your brand and how to avoid them. With inspiring real life examples of how companies create great brand image, Dr. Izzo will show how everyone from the CEO to the front line associate can help create an admired brand that customers trust.


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