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John Foppe Missouri
John Foppe

Born without arms, John Foppe has had to break down and re-think every aspect of day-to-day life. He learned that the inability to do something didn't rest on the lack of resources or vision. Instead, it has more to do with one's subconscious perception to meeting a challenge head on.

In the field as part of his master's degree in social work, John saw this scenario play out repeatedly. To his surprise, he discovered that many people subconsciously substitute personal improvement with systems to support their perceived limitations. As an advisor and speaker, John also witnessed this resistant mindset operate in all sort of companies. He repeatedly heard leaders complain about how difficult is to motivate their people.

John has addressed this common performance challenge through years of research, clinical study and field testing, which ultimately led to the discovery of the primary cause of failed vision execution. In light of this important, personally-significant discovery, he has developed a variety of solutions to help individuals and leaders overcome their exasperation and translate their visions into outcomes.

His compelling story and methods caught the attention of the legendary Zig Ziglar, who broke his long-standing rule of promoting from within and recruited and mentored John. He is the author of What's Your Excuse?, which has been translated into six foreign languages. In addition, John has been a contributing editor for U.S. Business Review.

John's insights on how the biggest vision can be derailed by the smallest bit of reticence are now being used to orchestrate the missions of visionaries and change agents around the world. Since 1995, John's work has taken him to 15 different countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE and State Farm. Moreover, he has worked with international companies such as Fortis, ST Microelectronics and UniCredit.


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  • Getting It Done or Making It Happen? Encoding Excellence into Execution - In "Get It Done" organizations, people show up and do their jobs. Work is fine, but not fantastic. In "Make It Happen" companies, employees don't just do their work - they love their work. Employees don't just meet their goals - they exceed them. Customers are not simply satisfied - they're elated. In this inspiring presentation, John Foppe, a veteran author, trainer, and adviser to executives, reveals how a "Code of Exasperation" can unwittingly exist within an organization defining the difference between "getting it done" and "making it happen". It's no secret employees can become burnt out, fearful, and complacent. Instead, the secret is how these reactions kill vital initiatives.

  • Being an Executor, Not an Executioner: How to Get Everything Done Without Destroying Anything - Have you ever felt like a hamster on a wheel? The faster you go, the better you get, but better probably isn't enough, so you have to go even faster...an exhausting cycle. Eventually, work falters. Enter the Executioner! Managers crack down with tighter controls. When controlled workers feel they have no choice, they stop taking initiative. Workers also become executioners and slowly kill initiatives with inaction. John explains how to break the cycle by showing people they can choose to be Executors where making things happen becomes a way of life.

  • You Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Strong Business Execution Practices - When it comes to creating a culture of business execution, leading thinkers and visionary executives realize that employees need to make every practice an execution practice. In this presentation, John defines execution practices and reveals how cultivating these practices positively impacts an organization's culture. John highlights the four root purposes of an execution practice and presents how our daily mindset influences the way we fulfill these purposes.

  • Within Reach (John Foppe's Signature Speech) - John Foppe was born without arms, but he believes all things are within reach. As a child, he had difficulty doing the simple things most of us take for granted, and he led a life marked by dependency. At ten-years-old, John couldn't put his own pants on. Today, he travels the world as an author and owner of a successful international training company. In this fascinating, poignant, but ultimately inspirational speech, John recounts his transformation from victim to victor. But, more importantly, he helps you discover your own place in the world. Applying his own experiences and the special insights he's developed as a trained counselor, John dispels common motivational myths. In addition, John reveals how to silence your internal self-critic, do more with less, and stay motivated. "All things are within reach, when you reach within."
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