Bill Benjamin is the CEO of the acclaimed Institute for Health and Human Potential, a successful international business, recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies”. As a speaker, Bill has inspired and educated audiences of 30 to 2000 at leadership retreats, sales meetings, IT forums and association events. Bill’s practical and scientific approach to leadership, combined with his advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, make him a hit with analytical audiences. His experience in sales gives him a high degree of energy and enthusiasm, which he brings to every presentation. Bill takes a straightforward and practical look at what is driving your leadership behaviors by examining the brain science that drives your emotions. He provides practical tools that leaders will apply immediately to help them engage their teams and drive higher performance. Over and over again, attendees share what the like about Bill’s presentations: he offers practical techniques they can immediately use.
Are you an Exceptional Leader?: Why Meeting Your Biggest Challenges has Everything to Do with Leading Under Pressure
Your organization, like others, is facing big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, threat of disruption, ambitious targets or aggressive competition. Your people experience these organizational challenges as pressure, which can result in diminished performance, lower engagement, and an inability to deal with change. It doesn’t have to be this way. Research is clear that some leaders are better prepared to handle and lead their people through these challenges more than others. In this powerful keynote, based on the NY Times best-selling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, your audience will learn how to leverage pressure to help them get to the other side of performance and succeed in achieving their most challenging goals. In this cutting-edge keynote your team will learn:
- What exceptional leaders do differently from the average, to help their people manage change and perform at their best.
- How to build a culture ready to take “smart risks’ and innovate.
- Specific tools to leverage pressure and help others get to the next level of performance.
The Science of Emotional Intelligence: The Missing Ingredient Behind Building a Highly Engaged Organizational Culture
Why would anyone want to be led you? This is the single most important question a manager or leader needs to ask themselves if they want to unlock the potential and creativity of their people. The reason your employees get up in the morning and choose to be engaged and productive has nothing to do with a manager’s level of IQ or technical capabilities, it has everything to do with their manager’s level of Emotional Intelligence (EI).
The research is clear that Emotional Intelligence is the single most important driver of an engaged, results-driven, highly effective workforce, especially in environments that are undergoing significant change and disruption.
In this interactive keynote, your team will discover:
- What the brain does under pressure and specific tools to manage it more effectively.
- Self-awareness: understanding the impact your leadership style has on your people.
- Strategies to manage emotions when there is tension and conflict.
- How to win the hearts and minds of your people by connecting to the emotions that drive their behavior.
- Engaging stories from the frontlines of leaders who are stepping up and winning in the most challenging pressure-filled circumstances.
Why the Conversation You are Not Having is Holding You Back: Getting to The Last 8%
When facing a challenging conversation, most managers adequately cover the first 92% of content they want to cover. When they get to the more difficult part of the conversation, more often than not, they avoid the last 8% of the conversation. What’s missed is the critical information and feedback an individual or organization needs to improve performance, grow and achieve objectives.
Having the “Last 8% Conversation” is one of the key differentiators of world class organizations and while having them is not easy, it is a skill that can be learned and mastered.
In this powerful keynote, your team will learn:
- What is a “Last 8% Conversation” and why most people avoid them.
- How to have these conversations in a way that the other person can hear us.
- How to navigate the difficult emotions that typically prompt us to avoid the Last 8% Conversation.
- How to inspire your team to be more courageous and skillfully step into having the conversations they need to have.
All Change is Personal: Why Leading Through Disruption and Change is About People Not Technology
If the Hippocratic Oath main directive is ‘first, do no harm,’ then the brain’s is ‘first, keep alive.’ Yet the usual approach most organizations take in managing change and disruption does not take into consideration this neurological reality. Leaders bring their ‘five-point strategies’ or get overly focused on the latest technology and completely miss that real change happens in the mind, and more specifically, in the operating systems (the brains) of their people.
To get your organization to successfully adapt to external disruption and the new world of work, requires managers and leaders to accept that all change is personal and that until they start managing from this point of view, their people will not step into uncertainty and take the risks required to achieve successful change efforts.
In this provocative keynote, your team will hear about other organizations that have succeeded in adapting to change and disruption by leveraging the operating system of the brain.
Your team will learn:
- How to identify the traps leaders fall into as they attempt to manage the pressure of change.
- How to create an environment of risk-taking and learning to adapt to disruption.
- Concrete tools to help leaders manage their emotions, thoughts and conversations to lead more effectively in the face of change and uncertainty.
- How to help your organization take action and approach the pressure associated with change and disruption with more confidence and enthusiasm.
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
Why are some people able to deliver under pressure while others fall apart? This program, based on the ground-breaking New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, answers this question. After studying more than 12,000 individuals from around the world, over seven years, IHHP learned what the top 10% performers do to succeed under pressure.
In this innovative, case study- driven program, you will learn:
- How to better manage pressure so instead of becoming a ‘derailer’ it becomes a competitive advantage to grow your career and help your organization drive performance.
- Research from our study of 12,000 people and what the top 10% did to excel under pressure.
- Three pressure insights that will help you avoid the sabotaging effects of pressure.
- Stories of leaders and organizations who have managed pressure effectively to get to the other side of performance.
- How to build your ‘COTE of Armor’ (Confidence, Optimism, Tenacity, Enthusiasm) to help inoculate you against pressure and increase your confidence as you walk into any pressure situation
“Best keynote presentation I have been to in years! Very different than the usual: extremely interesting and powerful – yet highly entertaining. It is not often I hear someone who can really ‘put it together’.”
“Excellent training! You did a terrific job of applying your topic contextually to mission safety at NASA. I wanted to hear more. Great program!”
This was an insightful and practical training session. I was able to connect this directly to my own behaviors. I liked the way you had us practice the strategies rather than just telling us about hem so we could internalize the behavior. That way, I’ll actually remember it!”
“You were the perfect late afternoon speaker, you really kept everyone’s attention with your great stories and analogies. Your passion for what you do is refreshing. Thank you for making the conference a truly inspiring event.”
“I loved that your session on Reputation was backed with research and was very interesting. I truly like how you make information easy to understand and provided useful tools I can put into action. You also had great presentation skills, voice, projection, tone, pace and kept people engaged!”
“This was one of the best Keynote I have ever attended. Bill was enthusiastic and engaging, and the learnings can be easily applied in my day to day job. Thank you!”