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John K. Coyle      

Design Thinking & Innovation Expert, Olympic Silver Medalist, Founder of The Art of Really Living

John K. Coyle, is a world leading expert in innovation and Design Thinking, and best-selling author of Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (2018) and The Art of Really Living Manifesto (2016). A graduate of Stanford University’s Product Design Program, John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter and sought-after keynote speaker. He also happens to have an Olympic silver medal for speedskating.

Known as “TheTimeGuy, John is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how humans process time. He teaches innovation classes at Northwestern, Marquette and CEDIM University Graduate School in Mexico. His mission is to innovate the human experience.

John offers the data and analytics of a professor coupled with the inspired storytelling of a champion athlete. His talent of weaving facts, frameworks, and case studies into experiential learning sessions will activate both your intellectual and emotional centers.

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The Hero’s Journey: The Essential Role of Storytelling in Leadership and Business

Is leadership bred or born? What if, for most, it is neither? What if a large subset of great leaders, influencers, and change-makers throughout human history shared only one highly learnable trait: the ability to tell powerful stories? Explore the Hero’s Journey or “monomyth" through the lens of business and leadership. In the process learn the 8-step process on how to architect the business and customer stories that lead to legendary outcomes.

How to Sell a Service: The Neuroscience of Time Perception and How to Make Moments that Matter

Neuroscientists have made dramatic progress in understanding memory creation. Recent advances show us that our ability to stand out, to be remembered, to be recalled, to win the sale is directly correlated to the kinds of memories generated within the brains of your partners, clients, or customers. What if you could design the kinds of interactions, experiences, and memories that would lead to being the last recall or “first call?”

Life 2.0 - Innovating The Human Experience

John takes his Design Thinking and innovation expertise, leveraged by dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and applies it to the human experience. Step by step, John applies creative destruction to our standard operating procedures related to strengths, resiliency and time, and reframes a new approach to innovate your life.

Leadership 2.0 - Innovation Mindsets and Why they Matter

From an empowering primer on leadership mindsets that are necessary to drive innovation, to more advanced topics such as: 1) Design Thinking overview and activation, 2) Ideation best practices and ideation session to solve a problem specific to your organization, 3) Innovation Antibodies (victim vs. creator), 4) Innovation Culture Kryptonite (knower mindset vs. learner mindset), 5) How (not) to create a culture of innovation, and more.

Time 2.0 - Move from Time Management to Time Mastery

Our days are filled with experiences and memories, some stored and retained and some not. What creates a memorable memory? What is the nature of the relationship between memory and time perception? How do we measure the true value of our time? This mind-bending talk delivers breakthrough ideas on how to rethink your relationship with time and design time-stopping experiences for yourself, your loved ones and your customers.

Resiliency 2.0 - Applying Design Thinking to Stress and Resiliency

Instead of trying to manage or reduce stress or get work-life balance back, learn how to perform better under greater stress (and enjoy it)! Explore a new model of resiliency, one where proactive challenges are designed to build capacity for ever greater performance under pressure, while learning the latest neuroscience of recovery. Change your relationship with stress by using the 3R method - Reduce, Recover and Reframe.

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Strengths 2.0 - Applying "Design Thinking" to Individual and Team Strengths and Weaknesses

Learn about the "design thinking" process, and through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use that process to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to solve old problems in new ways and achieve breakthrough results.

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