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Keynotes & Workshops

All my speeches and workshops are customized to connect with your people and address your challenges. But there is a common theme. Whether you want a 60-minute keynote for thousands of people or a half-day strategy workshop for a team of leaders, you will get a blend of science-based insight, engaging stories, and practical strategies that will turn your most inspired ideas into real world results…one decision at a time.

Check out samples of recent talks below…

Think Strategically & Act Decisively

88% of leaders who are above average at strategic thinking and decisive action are among the top 10% of highest-performing leaders overall. Why? Because decisions are the most basic building blocks of change and growth. The more strategically and decisively you stack those blocks, the faster and more effectively positive change happens in your team and your organization.

Think Strategically & Act Decisively is my flagship program. It has been experienced as a keynote or an interactive workshop by tens of thousands of leaders and teams around the globe including everyone from Fortune 500 executives to local healthcare providers. In this experience, you’ll discover how to….

  1. Bridge the gap between strategy & execution.
  2. Make good decisions faster all day with an elegantly simple Know-Think-Do framework.
  3. Use a Decision Pulse to instantly align your team.
  4. Leverage an “Anti-You” to quickly and easily improve daily judgments.
  5. Keep yourself in a confident and decisive mindset all day, every day.
  6. Use a Sprint and Waitlist to clarify direction and see results faster.
  7. Identify and kill “important” projects that distract from your most valuable projects.
  8. How to use a Value-Variance Matrix to determine what makes your team special to your organization and your customers.
  9. How to use “priori-time” to regain control of your schedule.

What People are Saying

“That was a 10 out of 10.” {MICROSOFT}
“Nick was awesome! His message really resonated with our staff, especially as we are undergoing a good amount of change.” {American Chemical Society}
“It’s hard to find truly great speakers. So when you find one like Nick, you use him as often as you can.” {ConferenceDirect}
“This session alone made the entire 3-day conference worthwhile. In 3 hours we accomplished what it normally takes us weeks of strategic planning to do.” {CEO, Hospice & Palliative Care organization}

Unleash the Change Leader Inside

Nobody is better positioned to create dynamic organizational changes than the team leaders and project managers who make the organization move day after day. Unfortunately, many talented managers and supervisors are held back by a belief that they lack the time, the budget, and the formal authority to drive the needed changes. This exciting keynote shatters that debilitating belief by revealing three simple, yet counterintuitive decisions that will unleash the change leader inside us all.

DECISION 01 : What is the Pulse of your change…and what are the opportunities you’ll have to sacrifice to serve that Pulse?

DECISION 02 : Which powerful people inside your organization do you need to inspire…and which do you need to politely ignore (for now)?

DECISION 03 : What bold, unexpected action will you take in the next 30 days to kickstart your change?

By blending riveting stories like the redemption of Starbucks to the trigger event in the Civil Rights Movement with cutting edge research, I’ll give you simple tools for making these 3 vital decisions. In the process, you’ll discover:

  1. What a Decision Pulse is and why it is the secret weapon of all successful change leaders.
  2. How the most successful and passionate change leaders do not allow their passion to undermine their strategy.
  3. How to use a Value-Variance Matrix to confidently ignore “best practices” that make your company’s culture look just like your competitors.
  4. How to kickstart a culture change by getting the attention of powerful internal supporters who meet 2 key criteria.
  5. Why the idea that “change is hard” is a toxic myth that science has now debunked.
  6. How to use a Sprint and a Waitlist to sustain momentum and keep you thinking and acting like the Decisive Change Leader you were meant to be.

What People are Saying

“Outstanding...one of the most engaging and interactive keynotes I've seen.” {Terex Corporation}
“Nick's blend of wit and wisdom dramatically simplifies the challenge of leading change in a complex world.” {Cargill}
“The session was outstanding. Months later our team continues to see the impact on our business.” {Wells Fargo Home Mortgage}

Ricochet: Super-strategies of the World’s Most Resilient Employees

Give me an hour and I’ll give you a team ready to conquer everything from reorgs and industry meltdowns to natural disasters and new bosses. Science has shown us that 1 out of 3 people are inspired by change instead of imprisoned. What are the secrets of this Adaptive Third?

In this talk, I reveal the 3 super-strategies of resilient employees: Find freedom; Pursue progress; Make meaning. You will discover:

  1. How change is a “seed incident” you can use to unlock hidden creative superpowers.
  2. The decision trick that not only clarifies your new direction, but also restores your confidence.
  3. How tiny tweaks to your posture and your words can expand thinking and uncover better solutions.
  4. Why “bouncing back” is the opposite of what resilient teams and leaders do.
  5. How adaptive employees use 2 simple questions to re-engage in their work when their co-workers have checked out.
  6. Why “faking it until you make it” is a defining feature of resilience.
  7. The right (and wrong) way to be a pessimist.
  8. How to stop fearing stress and start using it by shifting from a “fight or flight” perspective to an “excite and delight” perspective.

What People are Saying

“Whether it’s 45 minutes or three hours, Nick has a way of speaking that engages and excites even our most hard-nosed managers right from the start, and then sustains that level of energy until the very end.” {Royal Bank of Canada}
“This session helped us immensely. You gave us real ways to drive forward and avoid the swirl of indecision. On top of that, it was also fun!” {UnitedHealth Group}

Domino: The Simplest Way to Inspire Change

In this talk I build on the core ideas of the Think Strategically & Act Decisively frameworks and apply them specifically to organizational change so that everyone from shift supervisors to CEOs can align teams around new goals quicker than ever before.

  1. Leverage the new science of inspiration to break through change resistance and hit new, high-value goals in half the time.
  2. Discover how to build momentum & gain buy-in faster by leveraging 30-day Sprints and daily Priori-time.
  3. 10x the efficiency of your planning conversations by talking less about “what’s important” and more about “where to focus.”
  4. Grab people’s attention and earn buy-in by using Permission Ceremonies and Waitlists instead of endless conference calls and overwhelming project plans.
  5. Calm fears and supercharge focus by discovering what really happens inside your brain when change happens.
  6. Learn a simple way to turn a boilerplate strategic plan into a souped-up change vehicle.

What People are Saying

“Fun, interactive, and really made us think... engaging for the entire 90 minutes.” {Hospital Corporation of America}
“ Excellent. Our team routinely applies Nick’s insights to our daily routine.” {The Federal Reserve Bank}