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Adopting three key life strategies led to living life again after suffering the amputation of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Hear Heather Abbott’s story of resilience following that tragic event—and learn how you can apply her life strategies to your daily living. You can “Live. Your. Life.” again, whatever your circumstances.

We expect our health care providers to be skilled, experienced professionals who know how to nurse our wounds and treat our illnesses. But what about the less-talked-about side of medical care—the “softer side” of health care? Hear Heather Abbott’s story of recovery and the major impact individual providers can have on a patient’s recovery, especially those who have suffered traumatic injury. Sometimes the road to recovery is marked by more than just medicine.

At the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott enjoyed a high-powered career as a human resources executive with a Fortune 50 company. Key to her job responsibilities was a focus on equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and ensuring the hiring and retention of women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Little did Heather know that one day she would become the very kind of employee she was entrusted to protect. Learn how Heather’s professional views changed as a result of her traumatic injury, and how all businesses today can benefit from her experience.

Prior to the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott had a career she enjoyed, and the love of friends of family—yet something was still missing. It was, as Heather will tell you, a "passion" in her life—a "purpose" larger than self. Ironically, it would take something meant for evil to help Heather find true meaning to her being. Learn how you can uncover the purpose that will drive your life—and change the lives of countless others.

Jarrett M. Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Going from inmate to exoneree to law student to attorney with the Innocence Project, Jarrett has a unique perspective to share on over coming adversity and criminal justice reform. A thought-leader in those areas, Jarrett continuously contributes to the ongoing discussion around prison reform and wrongful conviction. His story of incarceration, exoneration and redemption has been featured widely in the media, and he has become a sought-after motivational speaker for athletes, students, inmates, attorneys and others.

As we enter the 21st Century, the belief in human rights as fundamental to life everywhere on the globe has taken center stage. Violations of human rights have a particularly devastating effect on people's mental and physical health. As Past President of the non-profit group, Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Atkinson gives a fascinating talk on the intersection of Health and Human Rights. She argues passionately that by protecting and promoting human rights both home and abroad, we can have a major impact on protecting and promoting health: our own health, the health of our children and the health and well-being of our planet. Promoting human rights is not just a luxury, but a necessity that is in our own best interest. Dr. Atkinson delivers this presentation for college audiences, business audiences and health care professionals.

"Good Health" doesn't just consist of the lack of illness and being in good physical shape. Optimal health is only achieved when an individual maximizes five key dimensions in his or her life. Dr. Atkinson will explore these five dimensions of optimal well being, offering practical advice from recent medical research mixed with pearls of wisdom handed down through the ages for improving one's emotional, social, intellectual, physical and spiritual well being. "The 5 Keys to Optimal Health" is down-to-earth, warm, funny, and inspirational with loads of take home messages for both sexes and all ages.

With over 15 years of experience as a medical journalist, Dr. Holly Atkinson gives a fascinating talk on medicine and the media. She explores the challenges that consumers face today in sorting through the glut of medical information reported by the nation's press. One week the headlines rave about the benefits of antioxidant vitamins or calcium; the next week they’re panned. Does a low-fat diet protect you against disease or not? So, how much exercise do you really need? Should menopausal women ever take hormones? Dr. Atkinson gives practical tips on how to read the medical news and sort through the clutter, and in the process, gives answers to many of burning questions that the health conscious audience is dying to ask.

For decades, the medical establishment ignored many diseases of women, conducted medical experiments with only male subjects and virtually failed to recognize the role of gender in healthcare. In this speech, Dr. Atkinson brings the audience up to date on the latest in women's health: what's hot, what's not, what's controversial and what questions women need to ask their doctors. In the question and answer period that follows, she fields questions about the best medical treatments for women; for heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, weight loss, menopause and more. Not to be missed!

Dr. Atkinson wrote what's now considered the definitive book on the subject. After 20 years, Women and Fatigue is still going strong, and Dr. Atkinson is still getting standing ovations from audiences when she delivers this incredibly inspirational speech. Fatigue is a very real problem for women that, too often, families and physicians fail to take seriously. Dr. Atkinson stresses -- to the great relief of women—that fatigue is not a figment of the imagination. Most of time, there are several causes of a woman's fatigue and the good news is that something can be done about them. Dr. Atkinson shares with the audience the major energy drainers and major energy boosters, and gives countless practical tips on how to tip the balance in favor of the boosters. Every woman will come away from this speech having laughed a lot, and learned a lot not only about how to conquer her fatigue, but how to live her best life.

Although we've made significant inroads against heart disease in the last 25 years, it is still the leading killer of American men and women. Dr. Atkinson shares with the audience the latest facts about heart disease, the recent revised weight recommendations, practical advice about diet and exercise and ways to manage stress and anger. This presentation can be specifically tailored to women, who still too often believe that only men have heart attacks. In the women-only event, Dr. Atkinson focuses on the role that estrogen plays in protecting a woman's heart, and whether or not taking hormone replacement therapy after menopause is a good idea especially in light of the new findings of the Women's Health Initiative Study. This presentation will be followed by a very lively question and answer period.

The consumer revolution continues to alter the healthcare landscape. And of course, it is now fueled by the power of the Internet. Having worked in the Internet space since 1993, Dr. Atkinson explores the current consumer healthcare trends, especially those driven by the worldwide web. The Web is empowering patients today in a way that is causing radical shifts in how healthcare is practiced and delivered. Information, education, chat forums, blogs, support groups, drugs on line, eprescribing, direct-to-consumer lab and genetic testing, report card medicine—all of this instantaneously at your fingertips. In this speech, Dr. Atkinson explores the world of health on the web and explains how it is revolutionizing healthcare. She delivers this speech for both a consumer and a business audience to rave reviews.

When Ben Baldanza became the CEO of Spirit Airlines in 2006, the airline had cumulatively lost $350 million dollars since its inception and was quickly running out of cash. Based on a rigorous review of the business and the opportunities available, Spirit embarked on a major transformation that made it the most financially successful airline of the last decade while creating a robust growth profile.

Former CEO, Ben Baldanza shares lessons learned from this transformation and how other businesses can lead their companies to success.

 

 

 

Spirit Airlines completed what is now considered to be a highly successful IPO in 2011, but the plans to take the company public began years earlier. Ben Baldanza can explain what it took to make this happen and what changes it necessitated within the organization. Companies thinking that an IPO may be right for them can learn from his experience and lower their own risk profile.

 

 

 

Ever wonder how plane ticket prices are set? Or why some airlines charge higher baggage fees than others?

With over 30 years of experience in the commercial airline industry, Ben Baldanza gives audiences an inside look at how airlines really work!

Fred Barnes (Exclusively WSB)

Fred Barnes' presentation offers an insider’s look at the presidency and Congress. With over 25 years of reporting on Washington politics, his analysis and predictions are among the most on-target of anyone covering Washington. Barnes takes a hard look at the impact of a Republican-controlled Congress and what issues are front of mind for the American electorate.

Mike Barnicle (Exclusively WSB)

For those who agree with the legendary Tip O'Neill who said, "All politics is local," - Mike Barnicle's thoughtful commentary will provide an informative and entertaining look at how politics, the economic environment and social change affect our lives. Barnicle has a knack for looking at today's news and offering up a point of view that considers the impact on workers, families, children and society. Whether looking at serious news from Congress and the Trump Administration or the less serious absurdities of everyday life, Barnicle's funny, at times irreverent, but always timely blend of humor and content make him a crowd-pleaser.

Richard Behar speaks about what businesses and governments are doing (and not doing) to secure computers, which is essential to national security given that we all are now interconnected.

He wrote a definitive story for Forbes magazine (May 2016) about a clandestine cybersecurity military squad in Israel called “Unit 8200.”  Behar explains why the unit is “probably the best school in the world for entrepreneurship.”  He also wrote a cover story for Forbes about under-the-radar ventures in high-tech between Israelis and Palestinians.

Behar’s expertise in cybersecurity dates to 1997, when he was ahead of the curve on the subject of email security—with a cover story in Fortune magazine called Who's Reading Your Email.  For this award-winning exposé, which was used in college computer classrooms, Behar enlisted top-flight former Air Force computer security experts to hack a Fortune 500 company—with the firm's permission—to show how easy it was to do.  He also spent days with one of the country’s most notorious computer hackers for a profile, soon after the hacker's home was raided by Secret Service.  

Just after 9-11, Behar exposed a radical Arab website based in Texas, which had links to the Hamas terrorist group, that was raided by federal agents five days before the 9-11 attack. He then flew to Pakistan, where he reported two award-winning pieces (for Fortune and CNN), one of which studied the movement of money by radical groups throughout the banking world. Recently, Behar was invited by the Prime Minister's Office in Israel for a private tour of that country's "Cyber City," a collection of buildings rising up from a desert city that may become the world's #1 hub for cybersecurity—both for businesses and governments.  He has also been gathering data on how social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube are facilitating global jihad.

With traditional journalism watchdog groups like the Columbia Journalism Review now asleep at the switch, traditional investigative reporting may be the only way to can stop the downward spiral in journalism standards on the Israeli-Palestinian and other Middle East conflicts.   Behar is one of the only highly-regarded mainstream media reporters who is deeply exposing bias, laziness and sloppiness in the Western media world’s coverage of this region.  He’s done it in Forbes, and more recently in the Mideast Dig, which he and his growing top-notch team aim to become a multilingual, multilingual and multinational investigative news operation.  The Dig’s focus includes Iran; the financing of global terrorism; Islamic extremism; organized crime; the boycott-Israel movement; and the many under-the-radar business ventures between the region’s Jews and Arabs.

State Department cables expose the nature of China's economic march throughout Africa. One document quotes the U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs—in rare candor—describing China as "a very aggressive and pernicious economic competitor with no morals."? ?Behar’s award-winning exposes have long documented this uncomfortable truth—even as every American President since Nixon has embraced the same policy: Trade with China and time is on our side. But what if it’s not true? What if we are only helping cement the Communist Party’s grip on the nation? How can the West get out of this economic and ethical conundrum? China’s economy, at this stage of its development, is vastly corrupt in ways most Westerners can’t imagine. The country is the world’s largest counterfeiter of Western products—and its economy would be seriously impacted if the Party honestly cracked down on those "fakes."?Meanwhile, from Algeria to Zambia, from aluminum on up the resource ladder to zinc, Behar will discuss an economic model of exploitation and corruption that is at once formidably efficient and tragically flawed—and how China’s new "scramble for Africa" is interlocked with America’s economy to the detriment of the world’s poorest citizens. On a planet that's being consumed by those who live on its surface, behind that Made-in-China tag at Wal-Mart and inside our iPods is a parasitical and mutually-reinforcing death spiral. With China now the world’s second-largest economy (and gaining fast on the U.S.), we all need to ask if this matrix is now set in stone.

How can Western businesses work and compete in today’s Russia—a country where the hottest trends are intellectual-property "squatting," raiding companies with armed private-security forces, "commissioning" criminal prosecutions for competitive advantages, and engaging in collusive litigation? How can investors learn what is truly going on in a country where 19 investigative journalists have been murdered since 2000? (Only two of those cases has been solved; the masterminds all walk free.) Behar’s award-winning articles on organized crime inside Russia’s metals trade are widely considered the most penetrating examinations ever done of Russia’s second-largest export industry. He will offer step-by-step advice on how investors can try and avoid the pitfalls, as well as demonstrate how Russian organized crime groups are morphing into transnational corporations—and why all we better be worried about it. He can also discuss "Project Klebnikov," the investigative media alliance he launched after the 2004 murder in Moscow of Forbes editor Paul Klebnikov.

Dramatic events in just the last three years have swept away many of the certainties and assumptions that businesses relied on to advance their global operations. In the broader Middle East, the events of the Arab Spring have radically reconfigured societies and often upended expectations about what kind of security states can provide. Terrorist violence has spread into new regions in Africa, while elsewhere, countries such as Brazil, Greece and Turkey have experienced widespread demonstrations and social unrest. At the State Department and the White House, Daniel Benjamin served at the center of international security policymaking, and he provides the audience with a map of the new global instability, separating myths from realities and explaining the forces that drive these transformations.

Since before the first al Qaeda attacks against American embassies in East Africa to the present day, Daniel Benjamin has been involved in America’s efforts to combat contemporary terrorism. As the longest-serving ambassador-at-large and chief of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and a White House counterterrorism official in the 1990s, Benjamin has been intimately involved in crafting the strategies that have weakened the world’s most formidable terrorist threat. Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations book award for The Age of Sacred Terror—a New York Times Notable Book—Benjamin provides a global perspective on the changing terrorist threat. He describes how the al Qaeda core in Pakistan has been crippled, and gauges the threats that have evolved in Yemen, Iraq and various parts of Africa. He examines the problem of Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of terror, and its partner Lebanese Hezbollah. He describes how the Arab Spring has transformed the security landscape and the approaches we need to take to lock in the security gains of recent years. He also looks over the horizon at the long-term danger posed by the conflict in Syria and the sectarian strife now reshaping the Middle East and Persian Gulf.

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

At a time when American politics are increasingly polarized, political analyst Michelle Bernard brings audiences a refreshingly centered in-depth look at some of the day’s most complex topics and distills multifaceted stories into a thought-provoking analysis. Whether the issues are national security and terrorism, foreign policy, education or the economy, Bernard provides an up-to-the-minute look at the breaking news shaping our world. She provides thoughtful examination on the role of culture, race, gender and religion in electoral politics as well as the media’s role in shaping political campaigns. Bernard is also able to look back on Barack Obama’s presidency, examine what impact the election of the Nation’s first African American president has had on race relations in America and around the world, and if advocacy of personal responsibility and stable families has become a call to arms to minorities and people of color. In this informative talk, Bernard helps audiences understand the challenges both political parties face in these fractious times. Calling for an increase in civil discourse, she firmly believes that this enormous political divide can be bridged, and provides effective policy solutions that are needed on issues of both domestic and international importance.

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

One matter of concern on which both political parties can agree is the drastic need to improve America’s educational system. Right-of-center on issues from personal responsibility, to free markets and economic justice, but left-of-center on issues of gender, racial and social justice, Michelle Bernard is fiercely independent, smart, passionate and candid with her views. In this talk, Bernard discusses:

  • How education remains the great equalizer in American society
  • How school choice is a powerful means of escaping poverty
  • How proposals for the U.S. government to provide all students with a free college education might impact the American economy and the possible unintended consequences of such proposals on public, K-12 education, college readiness in low income, rural, and communities of color, and on private, Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
  • How the education reform plans of various presidential, Congressional, and Gubernatorial candidates and political parties impact all Americans  
  • How comprehensive education reform now is the key to managing a shift in the American economy from industry to service is critical to avoiding another “Great Recession” and truly restoring the economy to health
  • How the American president’s advocacy for better educational opportunities for minorities and all Americans is the ultimate prescription for achieving the American dream

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

After years of struggle, the United States has made tremendous strides in advancing women’s human rights around the world. Michelle Bernard argues that American women now need to move beyond “the first, second and third wave feminism and the notion of women’s issues” and employ for a fourth wave of feminism that recognizes that ALL issues are women’s issues. With astounding successes reached in business, politics and culture, Bernard calls for action toward structural changes that will level the playing field for women candidates regardless of party affiliation, ensure that the voices of women are heard on the most important public policy issues of the day, and advance policies that build strong, 21st Century families and communities—and even a stronger nation—and offers advice to women on how to persevere, work together, build coalitions by seeking areas of common ground, prioritize their lives and be their best selves.

Bernard shows audiences:

  • What the future holds for women, politics and public policy at home and abroad
  • How political candidacies of women shed light on the differences between what she refers to as “Red State, Blue State, and Millennial feminism” and the largely ignored “fourth wave” free-market feminism embraced by many American women today
  • How the lives of ordinary American women, their children and families are affected by the failure of many left- and right-of-center leaders, both women and men, to recognize many of the very real problems facing American women today because they fail to recognize that all issues are women’s issues
  • That the feminist movement, policy makers and others have largely ignored the plight of women around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries who do not enjoy the basic human rights and freedoms that American women enjoy, and that today’s American feminists policy makers and others have a moral obligation to advocate for human rights and equality for women abroad

Leaders today don’t require "help" that sounds good in a PowerPoint presentation and fades under the heat and pressure of reality. They need tools that hold up when the stakes are high so that they can be better practitioners of their leadership craft. Using his 33 years of experience in leading America’s sons and daughters and providing the right support in the toughest conditions, Major General Boles delivers to your team 10 time and battle tested tools that they can begin using right now to ensure their "best gets better." Specifically the:
4 expectations teams have of leaders.
3 critical questions leaders need to ask AND answer.
2 reasons for stress in teams.
1 truth to never forget when leading.

“Juggling” is a verb defined by the Merriam dictionary as: “To keep several objects in motion in the air at the same time by repeatedly throwing and catching them”

Merriam defines “magic” as a noun, specifically: “a power that allows people to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions”

“Leadership” is that topic that, alphabetically, finds itself between these two, and often is confused with these two. As evidenced by these questions and replies often asked of and heard from leaders: “What are you doing? I’m just keeping balls in the air” or; “how did we make that happen? Magic”

Bringing his 40 years of military, business expertise and presentations to groups around the globe ranging from 40 to 4,000; Major General Vincent “Vinny” Boles provides a lens to view your (and your teams) leadership practices, processes and actions along with a structure to ensure they are consciously and proactively providing the maximum value added to any organization’s most precious resource it’s human capital

You’ll learn:

  • The five things to ensure your team learns upfront and early. To include: what your job isn’t; spot checks vs inspections; management doesn’t equal leadership; when to (and when not to micromanage); understanding the challenge of change.
  • How to really help those you lead. Specifically: when do you smile?; coaching and counseling in 15 minutes; handling “news” (good and bad) to ensure your “best gets better”; The two aspects critical in every job interview; feedback, giving it as a gift, receiving it as a present.
  • How to really help yourself be a better leader: Including: four things you have to do every day (and what happens when you don’t); Don’t learn from experience; The model to manage your meetings; work life balance is an equation (balance is a function of how you use your 24 hours, on important or urgent  tasks); the most important thing a leader can do

You and your team will leave with reality based, “battle tested” tools to ensure they stop wondering if they are “juggling” or “magically” having things happen to making the best things happen and in the process being the best they can be for themselves and your organization.

Drawing on his 33 years as a career soldier and logistician at every level, Major General Boles will walk through the links in the worlds largest and most complex supply chain from the port to the Pentagon and highlight 4 critical issues that will snag/kink your supply chain:

  • Standards you use.
  • Systems you put in place to attain those standards.
  • Who is in charge of your standards, your systems? ...the critical intersecting points.
  • Metrics: Leading, Lagging . . .what and how you measure.

Providing real world examples of what worked, what didn’t work and why, Major General Boles will lay out a real world depiction of a supply chain in motion. You and your team will have "news you can use" to better optimize your supply chain, whether across town or around the globe.

Systematic Inventive Thinking allows you to harness patterns mankind has used for thousands of years. In this hands-on experience, Drew leads participants to their “innovation epiphany” so they know what it feels like to innovate in a systematic way. Includes case studies from over 11 years of experience with the method.

Leaders need a new set of behaviors to create the right environment for innovation. In this program, leaders learn the skills of innovation and how those skills translate to behaviors that foster growth. Includes case studies from global companies.

Brainstorming? Open Innovation? SIT?  The landscape is full of methodologies promising to take your organization to new heights. But what does the data say? This provocative keynote reveals the truth behind the innovation industry and shares how to evaluate the plethora of creativity methods.

Social media has become the norm.  To get to the next level, organizations need to innovate new social media applications or discover new ways to use existing media.  This program teaches digital professionals how to apply Systematic Inventive Thinking to social media applications.

Many believe that children have an innate creative advantage over adults.  Not so.  Children need to be taught the cognitive skills of creativity like anyone else.  Parents often “outsource” this to schools that are ill prepared to teach.  In this keynote, Drew shares a framework that any parent or teacher can use to prepare children to be more creative.

In today’s information based economy, ideas are an extraordinarily valuable asset, fueling professional growth and driving your organization’s success.  What can you do to help your organization become a magnet for great ideas?  How can you leverage “The Hunt” for great ideas as a source of competitive advantage?

Professor Andy Boynton has spent a career working with executives around the world answering these very questions.  Most recently, Dean Boynton and his co-author Bill Fischer, have provided executives with powerful insight into how to create an idea-intensive organization in their ground breaking book, THE IDEA HUNTER:  How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen.

Andy shares the essential skills and tools of idea hunting in his highly interactive executive education program, delivered in 90 minute, half day or full day formats.  In all formats, Andy’s speech is customized and integrated with video case studies, participation by attendees, and tangible takeaway tools that can be implemented immediately. 

Andy demonstrates how ideas drive progress for individual leaders, high performance teams, or winning organizations.  He shares stories of great idea hunters from Henry Ford to Pablo Picasso and from Thomas Edison to Warren Buffett.  He highlights four steps to become an effective IDEA HUNTER: 

I -   Become intensely INTERESTED – become a learning machine

D – DIVERSIFY your idea web – take a different path and learn from weird people

E – EXERCISE your idea muscles daily

A – AGILE – adapt, reuse, and test the ideas around you to create new uses

Dean Boynton also demonstrates how creating world-class “IDEA HUNTER” capabilities and culture in your organization will lead to:

  • High performance leadership and teamwork
  • Effective change management
  • Strategy formation and implementation
  • Innovation, creativity and originality
  • Greater engagement and empowerment

Each presentation is specifically customized to the needs of the group and can focus on such areas as:  TEAM INNOVATION, INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY, LEADERSHIP, CHANGE MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY or other management issues central to your organization’s success.

THIS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE IN SESSION LENGTHS OF 90 MINUTES UP TO A FULL DAY

It happens to all successful businesses - the priorities of running the business often create barriers to growth. If your business faces this challenge, this speech has solutions for you.

Research shows that managers of growing businesses eventually face the same challenge: How to be innovative and launch new streams of revenue growth while successfully managing the existing business.  This struggle has been called the "Paradox of Success" and requires "catalyst" actions to move forward.  The Catalyst speech focuses on how managers can break through growth barriers and remove the tradeoffs between current performance and future growth.

Professor Andy Boynton is one of the top executive development program designers and facilitators in the world and offers customized executive experiences that address strategy, organizational change, leadership, teamwork, and professional career enhancement.

In this speech, Dean Boynton demonstrates how barriers to new growth pile up over time and identifies methods to unleashing new growth.  Customized to the needs of the audience, the Catalyst speech will provide a short burst of management prescription aimed at topics essential to unleashing growth in many organizations:

  • Great Execution through the power of process
  • Customer Insight and Value
  • Ideation and Innovation
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Strategy formulation and implementation

Dean Boynton's CATALYST program is a highly tailored, fast paced, interactive, and intensive program that will break the painful tradeoff between managing current performance and finding future growth. Your team will come away with tools and skills to get back on the growth track.

THIS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE IN SESSION LENGTHS OF 90 MINUTES UP TO A FULL DAY

The DeepDive™ program will leverage your team's talents, brainpower and experience to create tangible solutions to a wide variety of business issues such as planning change, creating a vision, formulating a strategy, redesigning a process, or launching new services.

The DeepDive™ Team Approach is a process that is practical, pragmatic, deliverable and innovative.  It creates a flow of ideas that quickly develops strategy with concrete solutions on a short deadline.  DeepDive™ will create BIG Change and Innovation in a rapid and focused approach.  The approach uses strong leadership of your best people that will lead to development of a clear mandate.  The team will not compromise until the job is done!

Professor Andy Boynton is the co-creator of DeepDive™ which has been used hundreds of times with organizations around the world to bring interactive energy, excitement and results to workshops, meetings, and conferences. 

DeepDive™ is a highly customized program that can lead to results that:

  • Create innovative growth strategies
  • Develop new products or services
  • Accelerate post merger integration
  • Redesign the organization
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Manage and lead change
  • Create a positive and tangible vision for the future

The DeepDive™ was created by Andy and colleagues at IMD, the world’s best at executive education. The DeepDive™ program will get your team out of their seats, into small teams where they will energetically and passionately come up with a flow of great ideas.   Results will be prototype ideas and concepts with a commitment from the team to action and results.

THE DEEPDIVE™ IS A HIGHLY CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM THAT CAN BE DELIVERED IN SESSIONS OF 90 MINUTES UP TO A FULL DAY. 

 

In today’s high-velocity competitive environments, the old tried and true approach to customers, clients, product and process innovation, teamwork and strategy simply doesn’t work as well as it used to. New rules of the game are facing every manager and leader.

Dean Andy Boynton understands the new rules and how leaders, managers, and even entire firms can renew themselves and succeed. Andy has the ability to communicate his message in powerful, engaging ways with his speeches or workshops in a variety of effective formats depending on a client’s needs. Andy is an extraordinary facilitator and speaker, and honed his craft over the course of his career at highly ranked business schools and consulting with firms worldwide.  

As a serious academic, not only has Andy engaged with managers around the globe, but he has spent a career gaining insights through serious research into what it takes to win today-winning across all dimensions for any organization: leadership, capabilities, products or services, and technological capabilities.  He has found that there are four ingredients to the new success formula, and Dean Boynton’s presentations speak to all four, and can be adapted to a client’s particular speaker or workshop needs.  Presentation and workshop titles include but aren’t limited to:

Leadership in High Velocity Environments

High Velocity Times Require High Velocity Leadership

Competing and Winning in High Velocity Markets

Innovation for Today’s High Velocity Environments

New Competitive Realities: Strategies that Succeed in High Velocity Environments

Andy’s most recent book, The Idea Hunter, How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen speaks to important issues of innovation. He has authored other books and numerous articles exploring what it takes for leaders and organizations to compete successfully today, versus falling further and further behind in high velocity competitive conditions.  His research, combined with his extensive teaching or consulting with executives around the world have given him an unparalleled platform to learn, understand and derive four key ingredients to achieve high velocity success. Those ingredients are:

  • A new approach to innovation that keeps firms ahead of the pack
  • High performing, collaborative teamwork that produces results in record time
  • Skills and culture to change continuously and proactively rather than merely “read and react”
  • The flow of ideas across the breadth and depth of an organization’s layers and talent pool

Andy can customize his message or approach to help boost any company’s leaders, ranks of professionals, staff, or entire organization towards new ways of competing in today’s high velocity world.

Achieving balance in life is the ultimate barometer of success. In this hectic age, Michael teaches his audience to focus their talents and have faith not only in our system, but in their ability to make the system work for them. Motivation, people management, family life, self-esteem and goal-setting strategies are delivered in a humorous, yet informative style. This seminar, like all of Michael’s messages, is perfect for meetings where spouses are in attendance.

Michael will help your group reach their dreams, but not by putting them to sleep! He believes that our motivation is in direct proportion to our belief in a vision. This stimulating presentation encourages the audience to make the most of their lives by setting specific objectives, overcoming procrastination, learning from adversity, and maintaining a dream or vision. In this competitive age, Michael’s performance principles will give your people an edge. The message will captivate your audience as they listen, laugh, and learn about the principles of achievement.

Michael talks about the basics in dealing with employees, customers, and family. He teaches principles of teamwork and the art of working and living with others. Managing, serving, leading, critiquing, praising, persuading, and listening are the areas of emphasis. Regardless of your profession, Michael declares that we are all in the "people business." This program is emotionally powerful, intellectually penetrating, and spiced with the spontaneous good humor that is Michael’s trademark.

Ulcers don’t come from what you eat…they come from what is eating you! In the midst of so many mergers, downsizing, and buyouts, Michael says stress is still more often the result of what we value than the result of difficult situations or people. Today’s mandate to accomplish more in less time and to do it with fewer people leaves in its wake many who are searching for ways to cope . He teaches techniques of managing pressure, change, fear, anger, and worry. In a nation that nearly consumes its weight in antacid pills, this presentation will help your people overcome burnout. "My presentations are like baths; the effect may not last forever, but everybody could use one." Michael Broome

Jessica Buchanan (Exclusively WSB)

Jessica Buchanan shares her story of the impossible odds facing her during her 93 days of captivity by Somali land pirates and her determination and efforts to survive the harrowing and most painful experience of her life.   In sharing her story with audiences she provides to use in everyday life to help find strength in any situation or challenge. They will be surprised to find that you can scrape out just enough to get through that day. It may not be more than enough—but just enough has got to be ok, and as Buchanan experienced day after day after day—just enough will do just fine.

Jessica Buchanan (Exclusively WSB)

In this joint presentation, Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, share their mutual journey during the torturous three months of her captivity at the hands of Somali land pirates. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators and the U.S. government.  Audiences will be inspired by their courage and resolve in facing a life-or-death struggle and their deeply personal story about digging deep into the human spirit and learning you can triumph over impossible odds.

A leading political columnist, Margaret Carlson offers insightful and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, presenting an overview of the current state of public affairs, the media and public policy. With an eye to the future, Carlson evaluates the Trump Administration, Congress and what today's news out of Washington means for America's future.

Alex Castellanos (Exclusively WSB)

It’s never been more critical to gain perspective on what’s happening next. Look into the future with Alex Castellanos—ABC News commentator, political strategist, and successful campaigner—as he shares what lies ahead for the country and the Republican Party. In this up-to-the-minute analysis, Castellanos explains how the crucial issues of the day will continue to transform our culture, economy, and political landscape in the years to come.

Alex Castellanos (Exclusively WSB)

Though he’s made thousands of both positive and negative political ads, Mr. Castellanos is best known as “the father of the attack ad.” Today, he brings his winning political strategies to the corporate world. Join Castellanos as he reviews the political ads that changed America, from Trump v. Clinton and Obama v. McCain, back to the very beginnings of political TV campaigns, including how the technique of one of the earliest blockbuster attack ads, LBJ's “Daisy” commercial, is still used by political pros today. Learn from Castellanos:

  • Why negative commercials are good for politics

  • Whether fear has a legitimate place in politics

  • What's wrong with so many of the proposals to "clean up politics" that would regulate political speech

  • What corporate America can learn from hard-hitting political campaigns

  • How to react when the competition comes after you – and how should you go after them

Alex Castellanos (Exclusively WSB)

Take an executive-level crash course in how to win a campaign with Alex Castellanos, dubbed a new style media master by FORTUNE magazine. Castellanos will share the secret principles of political success learned through more than 30 years of campaigns, and how he’s now adapting those same principles for Fortune 500 companies. Lighthearted and insightful, this presentation will change the way you look at politics. Most importantly, it will teach you how to win.

Alex Castellanos (Exclusively WSB)

Americans are demanding a different standard from the companies they support through everyday economic choices. Buying a product is now an act of political self-definition. Consumers are declaring their political values not just at the voting booth but also at the cash register, whether they are buying a Prius or boycotting running shoes that exploit cheap foreign labor. Your consumers vote with their dollars and your brand is their candidate.
Learn from a master of political campaigns how to ask consumers not just to buy your product but to vote for your brand. Alex Castellanos will share:

  • Why your company’s narrative is just as important as your brand’s promise

  • How to control your company’s political story

  • Where your brand fits on the “Map of America’s Political Values”

  • How your brand, as a “candidate,” can do more than just survive—it can succeed

Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), will discuss how school systems are reinventing themselves, focusing on their growing edges of innovation in districts, states, and nations. These Edges are redefining the nature of “school” as it was known in the 20th Century and include:

  1. the Thinking Edge
  2. the Curriculum Edge
  3. the Technology Edge
  4. the Time/Place Edge
  5. the Co-Teaching Edge
  6. the Youth Edge.

The Six Edges form the framework of his book, Education Nation, selected as one of the 10 best books of 2010 by the American School Board Journal.

The Edges address fundamental shifts to our thinking about schooling; ways in which technology is transforming when, where, and how students learn; and roles of teachers and students with teachers forming teaching teams with other experts and students taking on more responsibility for their own learning. Dr. Chen will show examples of these innovative practices from Edutopia.org, the Lucas Foundation’s multimedia Web site and its archive of documentaries, available for free download and embedding.

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