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Judy Ryan

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Culture & People Development Specialist, owner of LifeWork Systems, author, consultant, trainer, and coach.

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Keynote speaker Judy Ryan has made guest appearances on TV, podcasts and radio, spreading her message: that it’s possible to create a world in which all people love their lives - and we can start by improving workplaces! Over a decade ago, she set out on her path to make a difference when she founded LifeWork Systems, an award-winning training and consulting company specializing in leadership development and culture change.

Speaker Judy Ryan has been the owner of LifeWork Systems, an award-winning training and consulting company specializing in performance management and culture transformation practices since 2002. Her work has been both her mission and her passion for over 30 years and her work and model for organizational change is finally beginning to trend nationally and globally.

Judy is the author of “What’s the Deal With Workplace Culture Change?” (Published by PeopleTested Media in 2015), a columnist on Emotional Intelligence in The Women’s Journals nationally since 2005, a columnist on The Extraordinary Workplace in St. Louis Small Business Monthly since 2012. She is also a consultant, trainer, coach, and keynote presenter, with guest appearances on TV, podcasts, and radio.

Judy is responsible for creating a fully scalable, digital platform and support processes for distributing skills to all people and sustaining them within an organization, for greater emotional intelligence, as it is highly needed in this period of globalization and digital transformation, when many people are seeking to successfully navigate 21st-century techno-human ecosystems. Judy Ryan’s purpose is to create a world in which all people love their lives. She and her team translate theory into actionable, concrete realities. She provides a new language and toolset that relies on intuition, pushes past shame and allows everyone to step into a powerful future.

Judy Ryan’s message makes an impact and stays with her audiences long after her keynote presentations. This is because she provides a way of thinking and a way of life that becomes instilled into her clients. Speaker Judy Ryan has a wonderful ability to see the unseen beauty and truth beneath the surface of people and help to uncover it. Uncover your potential together with the transformational speaker Judy Ryan. 

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    Your Extraordinary Workplace: Creating Exceptional Cultures of Resilience and Agility in the 21st Century

    Change is happening at the speed of imagination, often causing high levels of confusion and strain on individuals and organizations. Outdated, autocratic approaches no longer work and new systems are needed that promote high levels of emotional and social intelligence and personal responsibility especially in this period of globalization and increased use of technology.

    The glue that holds us together in the future must be based on trustworthy teamwork and collaboration, through mentoring and mutual respect that expand human potential, and through a human system framework proven to bring about stability for our rapidly changing times.

    People are the greatest asset of any organization. Knowing how to offer them a compelling and uniquely supportive culture is key to attracting and keeping the best, building upon their strengths and expanding their human potential.

    Participants learn a proven process to creating a healthy workplace culture, including what and why emotional and social intelligence and healthy culture are needed for success. This presentation is focused towards executives who understand the need for and seek to create a healthy workplace culture because they know it is required in order to empower people to be exceptional and to stay agile as they embrace digital transformation.

    This program covers the following:

    • Why it takes every person to create an extraordinary workplace
    • What and why a responsibility-based, values-based culture
    • Cause and effects: what to transform from, into
    • The crucial role of trust in the development of emotional intelligence and ultimately critical thinking
    • Why and how to develop leader/follower skills in everyone; from C-Suite to front-line staff


    Keynote by Speaker Judy Ryan 

    Did You Hear What I Meant to Say? Communicating to Build Trust, Collaboration and Teamwork

    Most people do not realize when they are thinking or speaking in ways that demoralize themselves or others. I recommend a program designed to provide awareness and strategies for noticing and transforming communications to create more positive and encouraging relationships and effects.

    Participants learn the difference between listening and hearing, and how to use language to impact positive change. Each draws upon new skills, including how to make accountable requests and agreements, encourage one another, transform frustrations, and eliminate gossip. People often simply need a common language and tools to acquire greater awareness and a larger repertoire of responses when communicating with others.

    This workshop provides participants with a powerful means to become conscious of the power of their thoughts and words in causing a wide range of effects. Each person leaves this program with tools for consciously creating communications that build morale, improve relationships and restore encouragement.

    This program reviews the following:

    • Flexible listening
    • Making accountable requests and agreements
    • How to communicate effectively when frustrated
    • Communicating that people are more important than beliefs
    • How to reduce gossip and learn to vent in a healthy way


    Keynote by Speaker Judy Ryan 

    Optimizing Your Human Capital: Dismantling Control and Harnessing Intrinsic Motivation Instead

    People are always motivated! They’re just not always motivated to do what you want! There’s a difference between being a boss and a leader. Effective leaders empower people, thereby creating other leaders.

    In this presentation, participants learn what systems from the past to dismantle, and what systems need to replace them for the development of responsibility and intrinsic motivation in all.

    This presentation introduces the four intrinsic motivators that must be understood and cultivated within individuals and in groups to ensure integrity, internal alignment, problem solving and follow-through on commitments. Steps and roles are described for developing them in self and others. This becomes the basis for all people becoming authentically powerful, influential and self-directed.

    This program reviews the following:

    • Introduction to the four extrinsic and four intrinsic motivators
    • The role of leaders in identification and realignment of intrinsic motivators
    • Mentoring to encourage people and strengthen intrinsic motivation
    • Transferring responsibility through a leadership development process


    Keynote by Speaker Judy Ryan 

    Redirecting Negative Behavior: Strengthening Maturity and Right Behavior Harmlessly and Holistically

    When most people are challenged by poor behavior in others they don’t know how to respond in a helpful and harmless way, with firmness and respect together. They think, say and do things when people annoy, anger, hurt, worry, scare or insult them.

    In this program, everyone learns a powerful alternative to harshness, punishment, permissiveness, or bribing to effect positive change when faced with under-performance and counter-productive behavior.

    This program covers the following:

    • Personal responsibility and accountability
    • Four presentations of negative behavior
    • Causes of negative behavior and what really works to eliminate it
    • The harmful effects within our existing remedies/reactions
    • Introduction to the redirecting negative behavior process and tool



    Other topics by Speaker Judy Ryan

    • Techno and Human Eco-Systems Collide: Bridging Globalization, Technology and Emotional Intelligence Together
    • A Digital Transformation Crisis is a Leadership Crisis: Helping Employees Develop Staying Power
    • Generational Agility: Bridging Gaps so all People work Collaboratively to Expand Human Potential
    • Corporate Social Responsibility: Healing Communities so we Contribute Solutions to Today’s Challenges
    • Inspiring Moral Courage: Dismantling Apathy and Paralysis to Bring About Necessary, Value-Based Change
    • Game-Changing Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Questions to Build Upon Strengths and Successes
    • Failing to Plan Equals Planning to Fail: Building Your Individual and Corporate Blueprint for Succes
    • Confessions of CEOs: Achieving Incredible Outcomes and The Systems Needed to Sustain Them
    • Exceptional Employee Engagement and Experience: Cultivating Value-Driven Responsibility
    • Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Unwrapping the Core Systems Behind Harassment, Bullying and Objectification
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