Keynote Presentations on Leadership

New Keynote Presentations

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When to Lead, When to Manage
Wearing the right hat at the right time — and knowing the difference between them

The words "leadership" and "management" are ocmmonly used interhangeably, as though they are one and the same thing. But people instinctively recognize the difference between working with a good manager — perhaps an exceptional one — and working with a genuine leader.

In this presentation Dr. Armour delves into the distinctives between leadership and management. He shows how they need to work in tandem in organizational life, like the two pedals of a bicycle. And he describes in detail the kinds of situations which call for leadership and the ones which call for management.

He then explores the contrast in outlooks, priorities, and initiatives that distinguish a leadership approach to a situation from a mnagement approach.

Mike can deliver this presentation as a keynote or provide an expanded treatment of the subject in a half-day or full-day workshop."

Speed, Agility, Innovation
The three king-makers in today's business world

The margin between success and failure in today's hyper-competitive marketplace is the ability of a corporate culture to embrace speed, agility, and innovation:

  • the speed to be more responsive and to bring products to the market than the competition
  • the agility to change direction on a dime as conditions change in the industry, market, or supply chain
  • the innovation to overtake, surpass, and stay ahead of competitors

Speed, agility, and innovation have thus become the king-makers for modern businesses. Failure to pay them homage can be fatal.

This keynote presentation offers proven, practical insights into building a culture that pays these king-makers their due respect.

Change Management
Five things You MUST get right!

In today's topsy-turvy marketplaces, transformational change is often the only choice for survival. The change process itself, however, puts added strain on organizations. And with that strain come increased demands on leadership. Unfortunately, the entire process easily goes awry because leaders overlook pivotal considerations for managing change.

Dr. Armour knows the challenges of change management well. For decades he has been a "go-to" man for organizations wanting to turn around or get back on track. In this presentation he lays out five of the most important lessons he has learned for effecting lasting, dynamic change. He ties each lesson to unforgettable examples and illustrations.

In particular he addresses the following dynamic of change management.

  • Because change raises uncertainty and anxiety, Mike shows how to keep anxiety in check.
  • Because clarity is essential to overcoming uncertainty, Mike identifies five arenas of essential clarity.
  • Because the workforce must be inspired to embrace the change, Mike lays out seven ways to create inspiration.

Expanded versions of this presentation are available in a workshop or breakout format.


Trust-Centered Leadership

While Dr. Armour speaks regularly on a variety of topics, he is particularly noted as a professional keynote speaker and trainer on Trust-Centered Leadership®, the skills to practice it, and the return on investment from building a high-trust organization. His presentations enlarge on key concepts from his book, Leadership and the Power of Trust: Creating a High-Trust, Peak-Performance Organization. Here are some of his more frequently-requested topics.


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Trust-Centered Leadership: Unleashing Peak Performance
How leaders build trust to tap into the very best in their people

All of us reach our fullest potential and maintain our highest motivation in settings of high trust. Trust frees us from fears, anxiety, misgivings, and guarded communication that otherwise thwart performance. This presentation provides solid "know-how" for creating a high-trust culture. It also explores the vital link between organizational performance and trust.

Seven Hallmarks of Highly Trusted Leaders
Leadership character and behaviors that Inspire trust

Even in organizations where trust is otherwise low, it's common to find a particular leader who is widely and thoroughly trusted.

What's the difference that leads to some leaders being trusted, others distrusted? In his book Leadership and the Power of Trust Dr. Armour identifies seven qualities of highly-trusted leaders. In this keynote presentation he revisits these seven qualities and explores them at greater depth.

Scoring the Trust Trifecta
The three dimensions in which leaders must build credibility

Trust in leadership has added dimensions from trust in social or professional settings. In fact, there are three critical arenas in which leaders must demonstrate credibility if they are to be fully trusted. Dr. Armour calls this "the leader's trust trifecta."

This keynote explores how trust in leadership differs from other types of trust. And it details specific things that leaders must do if they are to build credibility in all aspects of the trust trifecta.

Trust, Speed, and the Bottom Line
How the depth of trust has a direct bearing on profits

The world of business is no longer merely competitive. It's hyper-competitive. For today's leader, managing change is a way of life. Forces of change are relentless, no matter what the size of your organization. Success, if not survival, depends on how fast we can respond to change and implement appropriate change ourselves. This presentation sets out the direct correlation between depth of trust and the speed at which leaders can effect change in any organization. Using current research, it also maps the correlation between high trust and profitability.


Other Keynote Speeches

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Leadership FIRST
Five qualities which distinguish great leaders

Most of us immediately recognize the difference between reporting to a good manager and reporting to a genuine leader. In this presentation Mike highlights the distinction between good management and solid leadership. He looks at five vital qualities that characterize truly great leaders, using a simple acronymn to help the audience remember them. The presentation examines each of the five qualities and uses unforgettable examples to show how they reinforce one another. (Complete workshops on any or all of these principles are also available.)

Communication Isn't Difficult — It's Impossible!!
Simple steps to enhance leadership communication

All companies share one thing in common — communication problems. In this presentation Dr. Armour takes a light-hearted, but thought-provoking look at why communication goes wrong so often and so easily. As a certified specialist in business communication, Dr. Armour appreciates the challenge of maintaining clear, effective communication. He has therefore reduced vital communication principles to simple concepts, richly illustrated with real life examples, to show leaders how to make interpersonal and corporate communication more powerful, effective, and inspiring.

Aligned Execution
From brilliant strategy to brilliant performance

Strategic planning is vital. Execution is even more so. Execution is the difference between a good idea and a great company. So, how do we convert smart plans into dramatic execution?

The process begins by creating corporate alignment around the strategic direction. We might call it "strategic alignment." To succeed, strategic alignment must get ten things right.

In this presentation Dr. Armour lays out these eight elements, explores the interplay among them, and shows how to use them as a map for strategic alignment.