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Dr John Izzo is the bestselling author of seven books including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, The Five Thieves of Happiness and Stepping Up. Read More >
John's passion in helping organizations activate purpose with employees and customers has inspired him to write his 8th book, The Purpose Revolution-How Leaders Create Engagement in an Age of Social Good, scheduled for release in early 2018.
Over the last twenty years he has spoken to over one million people, taught at three major universities, advised over 500 organizations and is frequently featured in the media by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and INC Magazine. He has advised some of the best companies in the world on activating purpose including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald’s, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft, and the Mayo Clinic.
John was a pioneer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability movements and is an Adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia where he is a co-founder of The Men’s Initiative which is dedicated to creating a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable world through enhancing the wellbeing and integrity of men.” John also serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands. Read Less ^
Meet Dr. John Izzo
Responsibility and Excuses
The Challenge of Healthcare
Companies today struggle to find a place of true differentiation that grows lasting competitive advantage. Differentiating by products, service, or price is becoming more difficult in an age of fierce global competition. What’s even more disturbing is that consumers say they wouldn’t care if 70% of brands they buy from disappeared! Read More >
The good news is that there is a great source of brand advantage emerging that few companies are taking advantage of. There is a revolution of expectations happening globally among customers and employees, and this shift represents perhaps the greatest opportunity to grow your brand. Dr. John Izzo calls this The Purpose Revolution. Research shows that brands that truly connect customer to their purpose have much higher levels of loyalty.
Over 80% of consumers say that they want to buy from companies that are improving society and planet. Over 35% of these consumers are highly motivated by purpose and are demonstrating a willingness to pay a premium for brands that they believe in. This trend towards buying with purpose is global, it’s growing fast, and the smartest brands in the world are already reaping the benefits.
In this powerful keynote or workshop based on his book The Purpose Revolution (How Leaders Create Engagement & Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good), Dr. John Izzo shows your audience what customers want, what converts that desire into loyalty, and how you (and your organization) can connect consumers to your authentic purpose.
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Attracting, engaging, and keeping talent is a key driver of success for every enterprise. Although top talent still want all the things they have always desired, there is shift happening that is changing the war for talent. Across every demographic of age and country, there is an emerging purpose focused employee who wants to be a part of organizations that are creating social good both for customers and society. Read More >
Over 50% of employees globally want to work for companies that have a purpose and half of millennials say they would take a pay cut to be at a company whose purpose they believe in.
Research also shows that when employees believe in the purpose of the company, they are more productive, more engaged, and more willing to put in discretionary effort. This desire to be part of a purposeful company cuts across all demographic categories of age, gender, and country though it is most pronounced among millennials and end of career boomers.
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Taking responsibility means “Stepping Up” and seeing yourself as the agent of change, whether it is changing your company or changing the world–it starts with you. In this hard hitting keynote, Dr. John Izzo talks about a concept he calls 100/0 (100% Responsibility 0 % Excuses) and how each one of us can take greater accountability when we put our excuses aside by focusing on what we can do and the role we play. He gets leaders from the CEO to the front line thinking about what they can do personally to step up.
Your leaders will leave knowing the main reasons why people don’t step up to take responsibility; the keys to getting people to take ownership; and how to influence people to create a culture of ownership.
John brings compelling examples of how leaders and companies achieved optimal results by creating true ownership. Your audience will get practical ideas and proven methods for getting people to “own” it by inspiring people to see what’s in it for them personally when they step up and how it improves their personal brand.
If you really want your people to be engaged and bring their best to work then you need to make sure they have a deep sense of purpose. Research shows that people who see the purpose of their work are more productive, work longer hours and are more engaged. Read More >
We also know that when people feel inspired by the purpose of your company or organization they are more deeply committed, more willing to change, and serve customers more powerfully. Dr. John Izzo first introduced the idea of higher purpose at work in his book, Awakening Corporate Soul and has been showing leaders for over 20 years how to create a workplace where people are connected to the highest purpose of their work.
In this keynote, John not only shows why purpose is so critical but provides audiences proven methods to drive purpose and the “why” with their teams. Read Less ^
Would you like your people to consistently embrace change and create ongoing innovation? Almost every organization today is experiencing unprecedented change and also needing to drive innovation and transformation to stay successful. Dr. John Izzo has spent an entire career helping leaders and organizations not only embrace change but inspiring them for transformational change.
Your audience will discover proven methods for getting others to embrace change. John explains the neuroscience behind change and how to use that knowledge to help others embrace change. The audience will discover the keys to personal resilience and learn how to create a climate for innovation and understand the true source of change resistance and how to overcome it in yourself and your organization. This talk is hard hitting, practical and guaranteed to get your people stepping up to change.
Organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, stronger productivity and a better reputation with customers than those with moderate engagement. In fact, the average HIGHLY engaged team member can be up to 40% more productive than a disengaged performer. But what are the secrets to highly engaged teams and highly engaged companies? Why do some leaders consistently create highly engaged associates?
Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate, high engagement teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. In this keynote, John shares the four keys to creating high engagement teams and shows why some leaders are consistently able to get high levels of commitment from people. John gives the audience day-to-day practices for how leaders can immediately drive engagement for better results.
Based on his work with many of the best workplaces in the world, John shows leaders how to implement simple disciplines and routines guaranteed to create highly engaged teams. Your leaders will not only see their role in driving engagement but will leave with ideas they can implement right away that will lead to significantly higher engagement.
John has a great track record of getting leaders to become engagement champions. He’ll leave the audience with a leadership checklist that shows leaders the most important things to do everyday to drive engagement and ultimately profits.
This inspiring talk shows what happens when individuals decide to be “agents of change” in both work and society. Pushing beyond limits requires each one of us to step up and be even stronger agents of change in our workplaces, communities and personal lives. Based on his bestselling book, Stepping Up—How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, Dr. Izzo will challenge each one of to see ourselves as people of influence. Through engaging stories of individuals and groups that created change in business and society, he will help us understand why some people push the limits of their influence and how we can grow ours. He will also show the power of personal responsibility in our personal lives and careers. Read More >
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The new economy is going to be driven by an emerging group of people all over the world who want their employment, investing and buying to shape a better world while meeting their self oriented needs. This book shows how a new driver of choice is happening worldwide whereby consumers, employees and investors are using purpose and community as a major driver of their commitments. This new driver is present worldwide and cuts across almost all demographic barriers including age, developing/developing world, politics, religious affiliation and income level. Those companies who understand and respond to this Aspirational person will create a game changing competitive advantage. Rather than thinking of this person as a consumer, employee or investor we need to begin to realize this is the same person and we need to attract them on all three fronts at once. This new person wants to shop, loves brands, is often active on social media and loves to share stories. They want to consume but want “consumption without conflict” where they feel they are helping society, the planet and themselves. Winning this new rising class of people who want good for self, good for people and good for the planet alongside a sense of community/tribe is a spot of true differentiation. These people want doing well and doing good to sit side by side as they live their lives. They simply want it all and if you can give it you will succeed. Read More >
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"It went really well! I received many positive comments on the event. John’s speech was very relatable and I truly believe everyone was able to take something away from it to help them grow as a professionally as a leader. Thank you from the entire team at the USPI Phoenix Regional Office. John has inspired all of us to 'Step up.'"
"You did an excellent job, thank you for your inspiring and thought-provoking program. We are already planning next year and our attendees want you back!"
"Dr. John Izzo’s message on stepping up resonates with every level in an organization. It inspires each of us to do more, be better, and make a bigger difference. His session delivered motivation in real world terms that makes you want to go out and take 100% responsibility. Well done and well delivered!"
"Dr. Izzo was motivating, please have him back! He gave us things we can do to change our workplace immediately."
"John Izzo’s program was both humorous and full of great ideas. A fine combination to open our annual manager’s conference."
"Thank you for your insight and wisdom John, your program was so inspiring and motivating. Our work with you is far from over."
"We went from 38th out of 40 hotels in service to number 3! John Izzo was a key part of this service excellence change effort and we highly recommend him!"
"For the second time you have commanded the attention of our managers. You know your stuff and it was a sincere pleasure to work with you again!"
"Workforce issues in healthcare are diverse and hearing John Izzo today was THE most timely information I could have received. He is ahead of the curve and hopefully healthcare will strive to catch up!"
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