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The time has come to be frank: The year 2020 is leaving a mark. On many levels, the impact of the world we’re currently navigating will be lasting and deep. We’re living in the perfect storm of a global health crisis, record unemployment, racial injustice, income inequality, and climate change. New emergencies are colliding with long-smoldering conditions, and there’s no sign of a “return to normal,” whatever that even was, any time soon.
It would be easy to succumb to negativity and toss up our hands, or hide our heads in the sand. Indifference can seem easier than feelings of shock, anger, and helplessness.
Galvanizing people to innovate, focus and serve in the midst of a global pandemic is a team sport that tests the bounds of anyone’s leadership. The message emerging most clearly, however, is that for every ounce of uncertainty, there’s an equal amount of new opportunity to find. Under great adversity our greatest potential can rise. But it requires a new level of focus and perseverance to innovate in the midst of fear, anxiety, ego, bias and incivility organizations are facing today.
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Follow the leader(s)
Entire sectors such as tourism, live performance, in-depth training and conferences are either frozen in time or have fallen entirely away. We must invent the new paths beneath our feet as we go. But there are some innovators forging the way, and whose lead we can follow.
With the help of my friends in leadership training I’ve identified a set of presenters who are transforming crisis into opportunity and moving participants to find their strengths and make positive changes in these challenging times. Each of them is equipped to inspire listeners to achieve more than they think possibl, and to build amazing teams and companies for right now. Their expert advice can shave seasons of frustration and false starts off your journey toward newly defined goals.
Legendary accomplishments aren’t reserved for only elite military forces or “rock stars” in business or sports. Whether you’re looking to create a change in yourself or your team, these presenters can offer a message-and-media-rich experience for virtual conferences and interactive webinars when organizations are dispersed geographically or working from home, as they’ve mastered the art of reaching mass numbers of participants while facilitating two-way communication in real-time and expanding the potential for on-demand participation.
I acknowledge each these individuals for transitioning well and moving fast to meet the needs of our “new normal” in meaningful and powerful ways.
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Edgy, educational, and motivational speaker Risha Grant is an internationally-renowned diversity expert who speaks passionately about reducing bias, building inclusive cultures, and retaining top talent.
Founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, bestselling author, and originator of the Radical LEAP framework (Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof). Farber redefines what it means to be a leader of substance and significance.
Published in more than 45 books, 28 best sellers, five motion pictures, and featured in countless magazines, Greg shares with audiences that the most valuable lessons we learn are also the easiest ones to apply.
Two-time Wall Street Journal best-selling author, keynote speaker, business adviser, award winning inventor and president of private and public corporations and ‘mentor to mentors’; David M. Corbin has been referred to as “Robin Williams with an MBA.”