Speaking, Workshops, and Consulting

Shawn’s ideas are a wakeup call to any leader to embrace their team and create an environment that drives engagement and innovation. Many times we look outside for innovation when it really lies within our own organization, right under our nose.

We had the pleasure to have Shawn speak, and work with a group of our leaders for a half-day at our global annual meeting. His engaging style is refreshing and feels as if you are having a conversation with a neighbor. He is not a “talking head” but a captivating and practical speaker who grabs the audience and keeps them hooked.

Jim Hackbarth, President & CEO, Assurex Global

Shawn is a “high-content” speaker at companies and conferences throughout the United States and Canada, although occasionally he has traveled to Europe and Asia for consulting and presentations. In each keynote, workshop or interaction, Shawn delivers these key things:

  • provocative and contemporary evidence-based insights from researchers and leadership practices around the world,
  • memorable, fun, interactive, and engaging content
  • hard-hitting, pragmatic, actionable ideas people can put to work immediately

Shawn believes that every audience participant should walk away with not only a higher awareness of the effective traits of leadership and innovative cultures, but also a simple plan of action to put these ideas to work.

Following is an outline of current presentations, which are customized for each engagement. These presentations are tailored for individual contributor audiences, emerging leaders, middle managers, and top executive workshops.

For Speaking inquiries please contact me directly:
Phone: 207-749-4141

Small Acts of Leadership: Making Leadership Accessible to Everyone

SmallActs-3DLeadership is accessible to anyone. Leadership is an act of kindness. Leadership is listening intently. Leadership is taking action when everyone is hesitant. Leadership is showing gratitude to those around you. Leadership is lifting people up.

In business today, there is no offline and there is no downtime. Professionals are both exhausted and depleted. Being constantly tethered to our work through technology makes us overwhelmed and shortsighted, and deprives us of time for meaningful reflection or thoughtful connection to our professional communities, and often even to our own families.

For us to thrive—not simply survive—in this accelerating economy, we need to adopt small, intentional behaviors and practice them each day. From simply taking care of our rest and exercise to building our self-confidence and embracing challenges, this presentation will guide you through a series of incremental steps you can take to build a stronger version of yourself and make a broader impact in the world.

Drawn from original executive interviews, and real-life examples on the emerging traits of next-generation leadership, this presentation focuses both on understanding those new mindsets of effective leaders.

This presentation is designed for both developing and senior leaders, and those groups responsible for developing leadership talent in organizations.

Resolve: Thriving Through Resilient Leadership

Drawing from stories and research of Olympic athletes, wilderness adventurers, entrepreneurs, and thriving business leaders today, this interactive presentation presents four of the primary attributes resilient leaders posses in today’s volatile and turbulent work environment, including:

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Developing Self-Efficacy
  • Turning Negative Stress into Positive Pressure
  • How Challenge Drives Tenacity in Yourself and Those Around You
  • Why Energy Accretion is More Important than Capabilities and Short-term Outputs
  • How Strategic Stories Align Values

This engaging, provocative, and actionable presentation is designed to build purpose-driven and resilient leaders, and organizations.

Flipped: How a New Leadership Style is Turning the World Upside Down

The #1 reason (at 46% surveyed) people leave their job is their direct manager. The #2 reason (way down at 15%) is that they don’t like the work they are doing. In other words, people find the quality and integrity of their boss even more important than the actual work they are doing.

A new style of Flipped Leadership has emerged that is creating the biggest innovations, attracting talent, and driving the greatest impact in the world. These Flipped leaders have shed the dogma of the past, and adopted a new style of leadership that is generous of credit, inclusive of diversity, highly communicative, and driven by purpose.

Having great managers at companies has enormous impacts on innovation, efficiency, culture, mood state, talent acquisition, retention, speed-to-market, and ultimately the bottom line.

This presentation takes participants through the behaviors of the very best managers including:

* Avoiding the Power Poisoning Effect
* Clearing clutter and removing bad bureaucracy
* Mining the organization for dormant expertise
* Praising Positive Deviance
* Making the comfortable uncomfortable

This presentation is designed for high-potential and emerging leaders, as well as existing managers.

Kind Words

“Shawn was one of (if not the) best speakers we have ever had!  Thank you so much.” ATD

“In a word mate, “wow”! You really nailed it today with your presentation in Auckland.  Let me tell you how impressed the clients were during and after your session.  You really lifted the ante in the room and left the audience wanting more.  Full of actionable ideas for them to put into practice immediately.” –Perspectives Auckland, NZ

“Wow! A very dynamic and thought-provoking presentation – Shawn is definitely a very talented and engaging speaker.” Workforce Management

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for such an inspiring and engaging session this afternoon. As an avid learner, I have or currently am, reading a lot of the books you referred to, and I am fascinated by the topics contained within your presentation.” –Audience Participant

“It was an honor for us to have Shawn keynote our annual conference. He succeeds in being at once insightful, relevant, witty, and interesting. Not many people are so thoughtful yet also practical. A triumph!” Louis Biggie, Director of Learning, Johns Hopkins University

“The presentation today on Emerging Leadership was fantastic. Even though it was virtual, Shawn was engaging and compelling online.” –Training Magazine

“"Shawn, thank you for the terrific session with our Employee Engagement leadership team! The dialogue was candid and we walked away with many practical tips for changes we can make to have a bigger impact. Going through the exercises brought the team closer together. And the personal stories and photos from your cycling trip were a big hit! I enjoyed meeting with you throughout the preparation process and will stay in touch. I imagine you’ll be getting plenty of calls from my colleagues to come out and speak with their teams."” Director, Global Employee Engagement for a Fortune 200 Company

“It was fantastic to have Shawn work with our organization. His content and ideas are cutting-edge, engaging, and most importantly, applicable. He had the best reviews of all guest speakers we have had this year. Everyone remarked on how well prepared, passionate, and interactive the event was. I absolutely recommend a chance to work with him.” Jennifer O'Brien, President Canadian Community of Corporate Educators

“Shawn pulls his audience into an exciting and compelling story about this new era of leadership. His model of "Actionable Leadership" weaves together a variety of new and emerging perspectives, studies and personal observations from his years interviewing business leaders, thought leaders and academicians. Shawn brings truly infectious passion, energy and humor to this topic! Don't miss an opportunity to learn from Shawn's work!” Kathy Doiron, Global Talent Lab, Starbucks

“Shawn is a total rock star! He was so great, and his onstage presence was awesome and engaging. He really shined. You could tell the difference in caring and approach. Shawn rocks.” NTT Data

“Shawn was great to work with as he listened intently to what we were looking for and provided possible keynote topics for us to consider. The timing of the release of Out Think was perfect as the tone we were striving to set was one of ingenuity and innovation. Shawn delivered an insightful and engaging presentation that got more positive feedback than any other workshop for the entire event! Shawn’s humility, vast knowledge of leadership traits and colorful stories, make for a profound learning experience.” Paul Reevs, Organizational Development, The Triumph Group

“I have had the pleasure of attending several different learning sessions as a participant in the Leadership Now program, and this one was my favourite by far. I loved having action items, something to take the theory presented and make it real. I have always supported people, and although my team of 8 is small, they are very diverse in their tenure, skills, and mindset. This session gave me tools and ideas I can use to help create a culture of innovation not only within myself, but for my team as well.” –Audience Participant

Out•Think is a wakeup call to any leader to embrace their team and create an environment that drives innovation. We had the pleasure to have Shawn speak, and work with a group of our leaders for a half-day at our global annual meeting. His engaging style is refreshing and feels as if you are having a conversation with a neighbor. He is not a "talking head" but an captivating and practical speaker who grabs the audience and keeps them hooked.” Jim Hackbarth, President & CEO, Assurex Global

“Absolutely fascinating, loved the analogies you used, and you made me laugh out loud, which is always a good thing” –Telus

“The closing session on emerging leadership ideas was GREAT! I am glad that I stayed to hear Shawn's presentation on leadership, he had a great message and some great video clips!” –Perspectives Toronto, CA

“It was such a pleasure to meet you yesterday! Thank you so much for the phenomenal presentation you gave at the Skillsoft Boise Learning Summit! Wow! I appreciate your energy, drive, knowledge and enthusiasm. Your presentation was informative, interesting and extremely beneficial! Thanks again for everything!” –Oaas Laney, LLC

“Your presentation today on leadership was one of the best I’ve heard in a long long time. You blended story, research, metrics, and real-world application seamlessly.” Great West Insurance