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Leadership is about being better for others, not better than others. When each person on a team chooses to take responsibility to positively contribute to the collective culture, work becomes a place we want to be, not a place we have to be. That powerful insight has made David Mead one of the world’s most sought-after leadership experts. David’s keynote addresses leave audiences inspired to pursue daily, purposeful leadership.
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Leadership speaker David Mead is a consultant who focuses on bringing humanity to the workplace. Over the past 13 years, he has worked with more than 300 companies in 21 countries, gaining valuable insights into effective leadership. Through his experience, he has identified a pattern that is common among leaders who inspire others to follow them.
In 2004, David Mead started his career in corporate training. He joined Simon Sinek’s team in 2009 as the second member. David spent the next decade sharing Simon’s inspiring ideas through workshops and speeches.
David Mead co-wrote the book Find Your Why in 2017 with Peter Docker and Simon Sinek. Drawing on his years of practical experience and learning, the book offers a practical guide for discovering the “why” of an individual, team, or organization. It has become a bestseller, selling over 500,000 copies and being translated into 25 languages.
Starting from December 2019, David Mead has shifted his focus to helping leaders implement the powerful ideas he advocates. He provides a simple framework that enables individuals to lead and influence others with authenticity, regardless of their position. The outcomes of this approach are numerous, including improved performance, innovation, collaboration, retention, and overall well-being for individuals and their teams.
David Mead is known for his engaging and low-stress presentation style, which clients appreciate. He helps attendees identify easy daily practices they can implement immediately after the session.
Every leader wants their people to care about the business and its outcomes as much as they do. Those outcomes require high performance, engagement, productivity and a commitment to results. And often, those things are hampered by friction that naturally arises among messy, complex human beings.
Friction can look like:
- Office politics & gossip
- Low engagement
- Lack of accountability
- Remote work challenges
- Poor collaboration
Policies and processes aren’t enough to reduce that friction, at least not for the long- term. The solution to reducing friction lies within the human beings who are causing it. And everyone on the team, from the senior leader to the newest hire, whether working in the office or in their bedroom, has a part to play.
The key lies in our ability to activate our innate humanity. That is exactly what David can help you do. In this interactive talk, David draws on science, case studies and a pattern he has discovered in working with leaders and organizations around the world.
You’ll learn and apply a simple framework you can draw on a napkin, that unlocks trust and connection - the foundation of our collective humanity. The principles you’ll explore, with David as your guide, will help you have productive tough conversations, mix accountability with empathy, engage remote team members and so much more.
In this session, participants will:
- Identify simple daily practices they can use immediately to reduce the friction on their teams
In this session, participants will:
- Internalize a framework that guides behavior and naturally increases performance, innovation, retention, transparent communication and well-being
- Shift their perception of leadership and the role they play in shaping the culture based on trust, connection and psychological safety
It’s human nature to seek the sense of comfort we feel with consistency and stability. Yet, we look toward the future and see more change and uncertainty than ever - economic downturn, shifts in the workforce, residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more unknowns to come. A Stanford University survey assessed business uncertainty is at its highest since 2015, with the level accelerating at an unprecedented rate. So, the only thing that’s certain is that there is more uncertainty ahead.
This state of instability can leave us feeling unsettled, demoralized, and anxious about the future. As a result, decision-making tends to become short-term and fear-based. As a result, progress slows; we become more rigid, and effective leadership declines. Rather than becoming adaptive, organization tend to be reactive.
During these times, leadership expert David Mead urges you to stop resisting uncertainty and choose to run toward it by building and maintaining a resilient culture. In this interactive talk, David will share simple ideas to shift your perception of challenging situations and how you can see them as opportunities.
Through polling and Q&A, David will encourage active participation that can prompt ideas for action for attendees. Audiences will walk away with tangible tools that can be practiced daily in order to fully engage their hearts and minds when obstacles arise.
Key concepts of the session include:
• Our two primary drivers - Love and Fear
• How to understand and manage the way we lead and influence others
• Leading when we don’t know the answer
• How to see humility as a strength and use it effectively
• Activating trust on our team
• How to create an environment where we can unlock the “collective genius” of
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