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Adam Kreek

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Adventurer and Social Entrepreneur who can help organizations improve their performances

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Keynote speaker Adam Kreek is a corporate trainer, olympic medalist, adventurer and social entrepreneur. Adam Kreek uses his personal story to show audiences their own undiscovered excellence. He shares practiced and science-based strategies that allow individuals to put their newfound inspiration to work.

“You row an ocean by taking one stroke at a time. You build a business by solving one problem at a time. Make forward progress one inch at a time. Inch by inch. Repeat!” says Adam Kreek’s and sums up parts of his most important message. The former professional sportsman won over 60 medals, including 43 gold medals during his active career. In 2013, Adam Kreek made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

Holding a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford, Adam Kreek now Chairs the Board of Directors of Greasecycle, a Biodiesel start-up company on Vancouver Island. Furthermore, Adam is a freelance journalist with CBC Sports; in his columns he shares health and wellness strategies for peak performance. Adam Kreek is also a Champion of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-based strategies.

In his Corporate Trainings, the adventurer teaches strategies of high performance to clients globally. He offers practical, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork that result in changed perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, revitalized organizational culture. His engaging and humorous speaking style leaves the audience with a long-lasting impression and fosters empowerment.

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    Keynote by Speaker Adam Kreek

    How to Empower Drive, Engagement and Growth – Why Our Fear of Failure Fails Us

    We’ve got the balance wrong. A healthy fear of failure is essential. It reminds us of our accountability and emboldens the threat of consequence. But excessive emphasis on failure can paralyze productivity and stop us from achieving our best work. It’s time to reframe our fear of failure.

    Learn Key Lessons to Empower Drive, Engagement and Growth:

    ● How an inaccurate conception of failure cripples engagement, growth and ability

    ● How to separate self­worth from past success and failure

    ● Dif erentiate between blameworthy failure and praiseworthy failure

    ● Reclaim lost confidence: the action­growth connection

    ● Big dreams and small steps can increase your capacity for achievement


    Keynote by Speaker Adam Kreek

    Inches: Creating and Sustaining Peak Performance – It’s not Sexy and it’s True: Slow and Steady Separates the Best from the Rest

    At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Adam Kreek and his team won Gold by just over one second—or 220 inches. The inches add up. The same is true in business, entrepreneurship, career and life: quick fixes do not drive excellence. Too often in life, we cling onto the easy solution and run for the qucik success. It’s time to take time. Step back and implement the inches that will create and sustain peak performance.

    Learn Key Skills for Sustained Results, including:

    ● Focus on what you can control

    ● Embrace a growth mindset: inspire intrinsic persistence

    ● Reject instant gratification: find happiness in effort, drive and process

    ● Harness the power of authenticity

    ● Capitalize on the value of active listening

    ● Do the work


    Keynote by Speaker Adam Kreek

    Strong Teams, Shared Leadership – Strengthen team culture, improve communication and energize staff

    An incredible power is released when we work effectively together. When teams function optimally, they can be excellent tools to ensure resiliency, manage risk, and maximize achievement.

    Learn Key Lessons to Empower Shared Leadership:

    ● Why we must have clear roles in our teams

    ● Why it is important to “debate ideas not people’

    ● How airing our grievances in the Sahara Desert created a stronger Ocean Rowing Team

    ● How disagreements can be overcome by focusing on shared objectives

    ● Communication tips for better teamwork and team leadership


    Keynote by Speaker Adam Kreek

    Manage Change and Overcome Obstacles – A Healthy Dose of Inspiration, Entertainment, and Education

    Stress, change and perceived obstacles can help us when we use them as intended: to motivate action. Failure in the mid-Atlantic? A crippling back injury months before the Olympic Games? Volatile markets while building a businesses? Adam has been there and will share his first-hand experience on overcoming adversity.

    Learn Key Lessons to Overcome Obstacles and Manage Change:

    ● Learn the correlation between energy and positivity in the face of change

    ● Understand the change curve to stop resisting change

    ● Learn to let go of the past

    ● Remember that we must focus on what we can control



    Early Morning Fitness Session with Adam

    At no additional cost, we offer all clients the option of booking Adam to lead a pre-breakfast outdoor fitness session for all conference attendees. This guarantees a refreshed and energized start to the conference day for all!

    Join Adam for a fun and invigorating early morning fitness session.  All abilities welcome and encouraged to attend! Adam will lead conference attendees in a pop-up November Project inspired outdoor fitness session. This worldwide movement provides participants with fun, motivation and vigorous exercise that guarantees renewed energy, increased confidence and the best start to your conference day. Most importantly, this session is all inclusive: all age, all body shapes, all fitness levels welcome. If the only two people who show up are the three exercise freaks training for their next seven marathons, Adam will sweep the halls knocking on room doors. He looks forward to meeting the mother of four who hasn’t put on her running shoes in three years, and the manager who knows his beer gut needs to shrink.  Get out of bed and get moving: 6:29 am, rain or shine.

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I Seek Failure: Adam Kreek at TEDxVictoria 2013

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Interview with Adam Kreek

Probably winning an Olympic gold medal was your favourite moments as a sportsman, but what is your favourite experience from your speaking career?

In particular, Gold Medal Moments arise in my speaking career when I watch participants experience epiphanies in the audience. Perhaps they’ve heard an idea time and time again and for some reason, on this day, the stars align and it hits them.  Using business, Olympic and adventure stories as metaphors for life is a powerful craft because each story influences everyone uniquely. Hugs, warm handshakes and thank you notes remind me of why I continue to speak.

What is the most important thing about goal setting, be a realist or think big?

Both. Too often we like to use the excuse of being a “realist” to set goals that are too small. In fact, realists should know that research consistently demonstrates that you will achieve more when you think big, dream big and act big. You also need to be realistic with your results. Failure happens regularly when you think big.

Really, a fear of failure is what prevents us from thinking big, and setting goals that are too attainable. I have spent my life uncovering secrets that reduce our fear of failure, and energize personal and group resilience post-disaster. I love sharing these strategies with my audiences.

What is the most challenging part of being a corporate trainer?

Travel exhaustion. I have a young family, and returning home is just as exhausting as travelling. Some weeks I will spend more than 36 hours in the low-oxygen environment of airplanes changing time zones. Add hotels, taxis and rich food. I approach this challenge like an athlete. I keep my fitness level high, my sleep-debt low and my body fully hydrated and fueled with quality input. I teach strategies of health for high performance routinely to corporate audiences and I walk the talk – it’s a key ingredient for sustained personal success.

How do personal leadership and good teamwork go hand in hand? Doesn’t the teamwork suffer if everyone wants to lead?

Too many people correlate leadership with titles and positions of power. Leadership is an attitude of personal responsibility, not a free pass to let ego reign. Leadership works best when it is shared. People in power can be horrible leaders. Bad leaders use power to hoard resources and serve themselves.

They displace the notion that the core of leadership is service to others. The new recruit at the bottom of the org chart can lead should she choose, because leadership is about taking responsibility for your personal opinion through action. Action is communicable both up and down the org chart.  Leadership is about using personal action to influence positive change for the common good.

One of your topics is men’s health. Do you think men are not conscious enough about health issues?

Do you know the #1 influencer of men’s health? Women. Men think very little about their health, especially when we are young. We are wired for thrill-seeking behaviour, and that can become destructive. Men are more likely to experiment with drugs & alcohol, become addicted and die from abuse. Men are more likely to kill themselves or die in thrill seeking activities. More men are addicted to pornography and risky sexual behaviours. This drive for short-term benefit also shows itself in more moderate behaviours. Men are less likely to have an annual visit to the doctor, and are more likely to turn to burgers, pizza and pasta for comfort.

Although I am not a woman, I advocate for Men’s health. Without focusing on health in middle age, men will decline into dependency and become a burden to others in the last decade of their lives. No one wants that. My hope is that my experience and stature as an athlete and businessman can help other men find their own path to health.

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