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Mastering Human-Centered Leadership

Karin Hurt

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Elevate your leadership game with Karin Hurt, former Verizon executive, and renowned speaker.

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Unlock your organization's potential with Karin Hurt, the visionary keynote speaker. With over two decades of experience as a Verizon executive, Karin empowers leaders to drive innovation, foster courageous leadership, and achieve unparalleled results. Her practical tools and techniques are the key to conquering challenges and inspiring high-performance teams. Elevate your next event with Karin's insights for transformative growth. Book now and take the first step toward a brighter, more successful future.

Why you should book Karin Hurt for your next event

  • Transformative Insights: Karin Hurt delivers actionable strategies to drive innovation and cultivate courageous leadership, resulting in measurable improvements for your organization.
  • High-Performance Teams: Karin’s expertise inspires teams to reach their full potential, fostering a culture of excellence and boosting productivity.
  • Courageous Leadership: Karin is renowned for building courageous leaders, a skill set she imparts through her engaging keynotes.

Karin Hurt is a dynamic and accomplished keynote speaker with a rich professional background and a proven track record of delivering transformative insights. With over two decades of experience, including her tenure as a high-level executive at Verizon Wireless, Karin has honed her expertise in sales, customer service, and human resources.

As the Founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, a globally recognized leadership development firm, Karin is dedicated to helping organizations and leaders unlock their full potential. Her keynote speeches offer a wealth of practical tools and techniques, equipping her audiences with the skills and strategies needed to drive innovation, foster courageous leadership, and achieve breakthrough results.

One of Karin’s key selling points is her ability to provide actionable solutions based on her real-world experience. Having navigated the corporate world at the highest levels, she understands the challenges and opportunities that leaders face today. Her insights are not just theoretical; they are battle-tested and proven in the competitive arena of business.

Karin’s passion for leadership excellence is evident in her work, where she inspires high-performance teams and cultivates great cultures within organizations. Her expertise empowers leaders to gain clarity in times of uncertainty, allowing them to make informed decisions that lead to success.

Furthermore, Karin’s commitment to making a global impact extends beyond the boardroom. She and her husband, David, have impacted tens of thousands of leaders on nearly every continent through their leadership development programs and engaging keynotes. Their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells, exemplifies their dedication to giving back by providing clean water to communities in Cambodia.

When you book Karin Hurt as a keynote speaker, you’re not just getting a speaker; you’re gaining a trusted partner on your journey toward organizational excellence. Her presentations are a blend of inspiration and actionable insights, leaving audiences equipped and motivated to tackle their unique challenges.

With Karin as your keynote speaker, you’re investing in leadership that drives results, innovation, and cultural transformation. Her remarkable journey from the corporate world to a globally sought-after speaker is a testament to her ability to inspire and lead, making her the ideal choice for organizations seeking lasting impact and growth.

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Keynote by speaker Karin Hurt

Courageous Cultures: How to Help Your Team Solve Problems Faster and Surface Remarkable Ideas

Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you’ll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams. Teams who don’t just bring you more ideas, but practical ideas you can use to make work, work better.

You’ll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and ways to turn your team’s fears and frustration into practical innovation. You’ll learn easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving; how to respond to wacky ideas without crushing your team’s hearts and spirits; and techniques to encourage courage and deeper dialogue up, down, and sideways.

Your audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to be a role model of innovation and problem solving.
  • Researched-based, practical techniques to inspire more confidence and competence sharing ideas.
  • Tools to lead make it easy for team members to share practical, remarkable ideas
  • Techniques to respond to ideas (even if you can’t use them) in a way that inspires future innovation and problem solving

Based on our award-winning book Courageous Cultures: Building Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins 2020)

Keynote by speaker Karin Hurt

Courageous Leadership: Practical Ways to Be More Daring

As a leader, you’re barraged with problems every day, and sometimes it’s easier to take the path of least resistance. You don’t speak up because it might rock the boat. You procrastinate on a decision or don’t try that new idea because you’re afraid of failure. Or, you don’t invite feedback because you might not like what you hear.

In these moments, you’re missing opportunities, you’re wasting money, and you’re eroding your team members’ trust.

Building your reputation as a courageous leader doesn’t necessarily mean making big, bold, game-changing moves. It happens every day, little by little, as you own your team members’ strengths, speak up, stand out, and dare to take appropriate risks.

The audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to own their strengths and contribute at a deeper level.
  • Practical tools and techniques to present their ideas with confidence.
  • Techniques to prepare for and hold difficult conversations up, down, and sideways, including our I.N.S.P.I.R.E. approach to performance management.
  • Tools for gathering and responding to feedback.

Based on our award-winning book Courageous Cultures: Building Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates (Harper Collins 2020)

Keynote by speaker Karin Hurt

Navigating Workplace Conflict: How to Have More Influence, Less Drama, and Better Collaboration

When there are problems to solve, and people who care (and there are so many things to care about) you’ll face conflict. And if you want to have more success, influence, and joy in your work, you’ve got to navigate it well. But conflict is hard. You weren’t born knowing the perfect words to say when you’re angry, dealing with a jerk, or when someone calls your game-changing idea “stupid.”

This highly experiential program is based on findings from our expansive World Workplace Conflict and Collaboration research (5000 participants in 45 countries) and our new book, Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict (Harper Collins, May 2024).

You’ll leave with the courage, confidence, and competence to navigate even the trickiest conflict scenarios and build better, lasting collaboration.

You’ll learn:

  • Researched-based reasons why conflict is so hard now– and inspiration to have the conversation you would rather avoid.
  • The 4 Cs of more productive conflict and how to apply them to even the most challenging scenarios.
  • 12 Powerful Phrases for navigating any workplace conflict.
  • Practical techniques and tools to foster deeper trust and collaboration.
Keynote by speaker Karin Hurt

Respectful Rebellion: How to Say No for a Bigger Yes

Every time you or your team says “yes” to something or someone, you’re saying “no” to something or someone else. Balancing this challenging cocktail of conflicting priorities and demands on limited resources can get tricky. You want to be viewed as a highly collaborative team player AND a results-focused leader making an impact on your organization’s most strategic priorities.

In this highly interactive keynote, you’ll learn practical tools and techniques to say “no” with poise, assurance, and tact, positioning you as a leader who effectively balances demands with overarching organizational goals.

You’ll gain confidence and courage by focusing on your bigger “yes,” propelling innovative solutions and fostering a collaborative environment.

The audience will leave with:

  • Practical tools and techniques to gain better clarity and communicate what matters most
  • Communication strategies to navigate competing priorities and conflicting goals
  • Powerful phrases to communicate in even the most difficult workplace scenarios
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I have worked with Karin over the last 2 years and have been very impressed with her passion around developing stronger leaders. Her integrity is a characteristic that has resonated with me. I have no doubt that Karin can help improve leadership teams that are in all stages of development.

Global VP of Client Solutions

Karin provided a terrific look at leadership—from external actions to some relevant and insightful self-reflection. Her workshop made everyone think about their role and how they may be sabotaging themselves— and how they can stop it to bring out the best in their leadership style.

President, Women in Homeland Security

Karin's business sense as well as her sense of self combine for incredible insights into authentic leadership and leadership development. From small business owners to educators, she has a special message to deliver. I highly recommend her for your next event or training.

Director Of Learning Experiences At National Speakers Association
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