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Leadership expert, author and consultant advising CEOs and senior leaders at the world’s premier organizations

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The keynote speaker Peter Bregman is an advisor to CEOs and senior leaders at the world’s premier organizations, Peter Bregman offers surprisingly practical ideas that immediately impact the way people approach their work and their lives, inspiring them to take ownership and accountability for their - and their organization’s - most important work.

The Leadership Facilitator

As a bestselling author and Inc. Magazine’s top 100 leaders, our speaker Peter Bregman unlocks the secret of successful leadership in his most recent book Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked – and essential – skill of leading at the highest levels: emotional courage. It shows us that truly great leaders don’t just know what to say or do – they are willing to experience the discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of actually saying or doing it. Bregman guides audiences to become great leaders, no matter their role or level in the hierarchy. Leaders who have the power to align teams, inspire action, and achieve stellar results.

A world’s Top 30 Time Management Professional for 2018, the keynote speaker Peter Bregman is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done; Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, and Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want, a New York Post top pick for your career in 2015. Consistently the most-read blogger at Harvard Business Review, Peter’s articles, and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, CNN, NPR, FOX Business News, The Financial Times and PBS.

People who hear Peter speak often make simple changes that have an immediate and enormous impact on themselves and on their organizations. From helping people show up with Emotional Courage to a new, innovative path to productivity in 18 minutes a day, to teaching people strategies for leading change without resistance, our sought-after speaker Peter Bregman does not just tell people how to improve leadership, teamwork, communication and productivity, he shows them how to do it.

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    Leading with Emotional Courage

    Based on his most recent book Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, bestselling author Peter Bregman unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders – no matter their role or level in the hierarchy – and pinpoints the missing ingredient that makes all the difference: emotional courage.

    Emotional courage distinguishes powerful leaders from weak ones. It means speaking up when others are silent and remaining steadfast, grounded and measured in the face of uncertainty. It means responding productively to political opposition—maybe even bad-faith backstabbing—without getting sidetracked, distracted or losing your focus.

    In this engaging and interactive talk, Peter shows audiences:

    • Why emotional courage is important, and examples of its power
    • Why the best leaders have confidence in themselves, the ability to connect with others, and commitment to a purpose – and how emotional courage is the key to unlocking all of those factors
    • What it feels like—experientially through fun and effective exercises—to have emotional courage
    • How to use emotional courage to initiate hard conversations, create accountability, and inspire focused action on your most important work
    • This speech is a guide for becoming a great leader. A leader who has the power to
      speak with courage to align teams, inspire action, and achieve stellar results

     

    Keynote by Speaker Peter Bregman

    18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

    We squander a tremendous amount of our potential—and organizations waste a tremendous amount of their people’s potential—by focusing on the wrong things or not following through on real priorities. It’s not that people don’t try hard enough; it’s that their efforts don’t reap the benefits they could.

    Drawing from his bestselling book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, Peter sets out the new, simple rules for leading in a way that brings focus to an organization and makes the best use of everyone’s talents.

    In this engaging, story-based and very practical talk, Peter offers ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks and gentle nudges to help leaders bring focus to their people and their organization.

    Peter will show audiences:

    • An 18-minute plan to manage their day—empowering them to get the right things done
    • How to get traction, stick to their focus, ignore non-priorities, avoid the allure of unproductive busyness, and master their boundaries so they can resist distractions
    • How to build a plan that places people at the intersection of their strengths, weaknesses, differences and passions, maximizing their success and impact on the organization

     

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    Managing Change without Resistance

    Seventy percent of all major change efforts fail, mostly because of rampant fear, anxiety and resistance. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Far from inevitable, resistance is a direct result of how we manage change.

    Peter Bregman has successfully designed and executed major change efforts, involving thousands of people, at some of the world’s most prestigious companies of all sizes.

    Peter’s experience proves that resistance is optional, an unintended consequence of the way most leaders try to execute change. His key insight: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” In this speech, Peter teaches a simple mind shift, and a few basic, easily implementable strategies that can completely transform how managers and leaders lead—and how the whole organization perceives—change.

    Peter will share with the audience:

    • Three change rules that must underlie any organization change effort
    • How to use the “Engagement Continuum” to diagnose and describe their own change initiatives
    • Seven strategies for engaging the workforce during a time of change that shift the responsibility of change from leaders to the people who must take the daily actions to make the change successful take the daily actions to make the change successful
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I Don't Know by Peter Bregman at TEDxMillRiver

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A Question of Change by Peter Bregman at TEDxKingStreetEast

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05.28.2015

Interview with Peter Bregman

What fascinates you about leadership?
Leadership is about our willingness to step outside of the norm, to do something differently than the people around us. That takes tremendous courage and I love that. I believe that we all have the capacity to develop that courage and, when we do, anything is possible – individually and organizationally.

Can you provide three basic tips from your program to stop counter-productive habits?

I can actually offer a process. We need three things to stop a counter-productive habit:

  • A moment of awareness.
  • The ability to resist urges.
  • A replacement behavior for the counter-productive habit (in other words, a more productive habit).

I teach all three in the book and in my speeches. The idea is simple, but it really helps to get some practice at doing all three (which I guide in my speech about it).

How can leaders effectively overcome the challenge of emotional courage?
This, it turns out, is one of the most important skills to develop. When you have emotional courage, you are willing to feel everything – and when you are willing to feel everything, you can do anything (for example, if you are willing to feel failure, you can take risks). Again, this takes practice. If you are willing to tolerate unpleasant feelings, you will be free to take ambitious actions toward your own goals and the goals of your organization.

What results can clients expect from your talks?
They can expect to understand what it takes to move from idea to action and they can expect to get a taste of that movement. Once they get that taste, they are unstoppable.

How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
I listen to the client to understand the particular issues of the audience so I can integrate them into my speech. Then, right before the speech, I meditate to get myself in the right state of mind and keep myself focused on delivering a talk that resonates with the audience. Having some quiet time before the speech makes a huge difference.

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