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John Izzo, Ph.D. Canada
John Izzo

Dr. John Izzo is a leading business leadership expert, a bestselling author and a community leader. He consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe, from Brazil to Russia, from New York to London.

His client organizations range from high tech to high touch, hotels to hospitals and government agencies to entrepreneurial start-ups.

John has devoted his life and career to helping leaders create workplaces that bring out the best in people, plus discover more purpose and fulfillment in life and work. For over twenty years, he has conducted pioneering work on employee engagement and helped leaders create exceptional corporate cultures.

John is the author of five books. In his first, Awakening Corporate Soul, John identifies four paths to more engagement at work. In Values Shift: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce, he identifies six major shifts in work values and creates a blueprint for the 21st century workforce and provides practical ideas on how to win over employees. His book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die, was the basis for a five-hour Biography and PBS Television series in which John interviewed 250 people from the age of 60-106 asking them to reflect back on what they had learned about life. The bestseller was named the best self-help book of 2008 by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Izzo's latest book, Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, offers inspiration and practical advice on how ordinary people can step up and make a difference in work, family, community or the world. Filled with moving stories of how ordinary people accomplished extraordinary feats, the book challenges each of us to step up and create change. He shows how leaders can create a workplace where people will choose to step up.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Izzo was a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente and Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy. He holds a Masters degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational communication.

Leaders say that John Izzo brings the unique combination of practical ideas and high-level "big picture" thinking to their organizations. He inspires people to greater vision, challenges them with new insights and leaves them with practical strategies to create the organization of the future. Above all, he ignites the spark in all of us to live a more authentic and purposeful life -- an uncommon life, where lasting legacy is balanced with every day fulfillment.


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  • Stepping Up Changes Everything - Based on his new book, Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, Dr. Izzo explains how being accountable can radically transform any company, career or business. Being 100% responsible helps teams, leaders, and professionals act like owners and less like victims. This results in positive change and greater personal satisfaction in work and at life. Whether it's improving your company, enhancing customer engagement, managing your career, fostering relationships, or even changing the world-each one of us can become a powerful change agent.

  • Leading For Excellence & Engagement - A culture of high engagement with a focus on excellence is a key driver of business success. Studies show that organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, higher productivity and better reputations with customers than those with moderate engagement. Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate engaged teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Based on his groundbreaking work in his bestselling books Awakening Corporate Soul and Values Shift, Izzo reveals the secrets of how to win and engage the emerging workforce while leading your team to take their performance to the next level.

  • Branding From the Inside Out: Engaged Associates Drive Your Brand - Engaged associates are your best brand strategy. A great logo, a savvy tagline and advertising campaigns are necessary, but none of it matters unless you deliver impeccable and memorable customer service. The intrinsic value that makes your company shine heads above your competition relies on one thing-relationships. Who you hire, how they are treated, whether they are engaged or not, and whether they believe in the services and products they sell, has everything to do with how the world sees your brand! Dr. Izzo shares the secrets of getting your people highly engaged-how to get them aligned with your values, more focused on the customer, and how to create a climate where they act like owners.

  • Stepping Up Your Game in Work & Life - Why do some people keep growing and going to the next level in terms of business success and personal fulfillment? Stepping up means taking the personal initiative to set higher goals, seek feedback and to continually move to the next level. In this keynote, Dr. Izzo will inspire you to make a bigger difference for your clients, connect more deeply with those you serve, and reveal the secrets to life-long success. Based on twenty years of researching and coaching successful professionals, Izzo shows how to keep taking your "game" to a new level not only in work but in your personal life as well.

  • The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die - Powerful keynote based on Dr. John Izzo's Biography/PBS Channel TV Series and book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die. This international bestseller is published in sixteen languages and was named the best self-help book of 2008 by the Independent Publishers Association. Dr. Izzo interviewed over 200 people from the age of 60 - 106 and asked them to reflect back on their lives and discovered five main secrets to a purposeful, successful and fulfilling life. With a combined 18,000 years of life, there was a common thread for everyone: "I am the wisest person I know." From poets to truck drivers and CEOs to Holocaust survivors, you will hear the stories of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary happiness.

  • The Green Advantage: How to Build Sustainability Into Your Culture - Going green is the emerging paradigm and many companies and organizations are implementing changes to become more sustainable. Doing so not only enhances brand image, but attracts more customers and quality employees whose values are increasingly "green." By rooting the idea into your company culture and empowering everyone to take initiative, sustainability becomes a practice and not merely a buzz word. Dr. Izzo shares examples of how other companies developed a "green advantage" and explains the how to avoid the pitfalls of being accused of "green washing."
Stepping Up The Five Secrets Awakening Corporate Soul Values-Shift Second Innocence
Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work Values-Shift: The New Work Ethic & What it Means for Business Second Innocence: Rediscovering Joy and Wonder: A Guide to Renewal in Work, Relationships, and Daily Life

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