Josh Allan Dykstra
is a sought-after speaker whose energetic presentations are focused on helping leaders and entrepreneurs understand the future of work and how to design astonishingly great places to work.

For video of Josh speaking, go here.

JOSH'S TOP TWO TALKS:

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Self-Management, Change, & the Future Of Work

TALK CATEGORY: Big-Picture Strategy, Business Trends, Future Of Work
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote presentation

Is top-down management hierarchy the only way to organize a company? Most of us have never experienced anything else, but all around we see pioneers utilizing different organizational “operating systems.” How do we make sense of “self-management,” “holacracy,” “agile,” and “responsive organizations?” Are these different, or perhaps somehow related?

In this session, CEO/author/thought leader Josh Allan Dykstra will connect the dots between the latest emerging models of organization design, helping leaders interested in creating great places to work understand how companies are evolving and give them tools to future-proof their business.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • How the “factory" model of work is STILL destroying our ability to change
  • How a more agile organization actually works (hint: it’s not just “flatter”)
  • Case studies showing that self-managing organizations perform better by almost every metric

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Strengths & The Future Of Work: A New Approach

TALK CATEGORY: Positive Psychology, Business Trends, Future Of Work
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

Using “strengths” at work is a familiar idea, but is there MORE we could do with it? Could a fresh approach to strengths even help us "future-proof" our leaders and companies?

The answer to both questions is YES, but it requires us to go beyond the traditional “strengths-finding” model and into a world of "energy intelligence.”

In this very special presentation, CEO/author/thought leader Josh Allan Dykstra will show how to take the strengths approach to the next frontier, tap into energy that overlaps with a person's true calling, and help make our organizations ready for tomorrow.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Why a focus on what people are “good at” is no longer good enough
  • How to apply a fresh understanding to strengths-based development
  • Practical examples of how an energy-based strength approach helps organizations, teams, and leaders build agility and resilience for the future

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Thinking Around the Corner: The 3 Rules of the New Economy

TALK CATEGORY: Big-Picture Strategy, Business Trends, Future Of Work
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

We recognize that the world of work has changed dramatically, but we often don’t have an actionable strategy to help us get ahead of the curve in our businesses. Your group will discover how to shift everyday behaviors to leverage today's incredible marketplace changes, instead of being run over by them.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • The true cause of today’s business changes
  • A simple framework for future-proofing their team or organization
  • How to create a competitive advantage in a rapidly-changing marketplace

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Renewed energy and motivation for facing constant change
  • Greater autonomy, self-leadership, and personal ownership of desired outcomes
  • Increased insight into marketplace trends

"The world of work is currently experiencing the biggest transition it has ever seen—but what is coming is SO much better than where we've been."

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Leveraging Your (And Their) Strengths To Accelerate Meaningful Change

TALK CATEGORY: Change Management, Strengths, Maximizing Performance
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

Many times we feel that organizational change might come easier… if we didn’t have to get the people to change, too! The complexity that exists across our spectrum of leaders, managers, and individual contributors is immense and varied; what resonates with one person can land “flat” for another. Changes that might energize certain people completely suck the life out of others, causing resistance and friction. Is it possible there’s another—better!—way to help people adopt and support our change efforts?

Attendees Will Learn:

  • The 5 secrets to leveraging a "strengths-based" approach to change
  • Why change makes some people "stuck" (and how to get them un-stuck!)
  • How to tap into the unique intrinsic motivators of each employee
  • How to help each person become an enthusiastic champion of change!

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Increased motivation and buy-in for change efforts
  • More personal energy and greater resilience for dealing with organizational change
  • Clear strategies for applying effective change communications to different groups

"There are a lot of technical components to our change efforts, but at the end of the day what makes a change work is the human touch that we bring to it—and a strengths approach helps you do just that."

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Make Your Culture A Business Driver: The 4 'Seeds' To Authentic Growth

TALK CATEGORY: Company Culture, Business Strategy, Future of Work
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

The phrase “company culture” gets thrown around a lot these days, usually followed by words like “Google,” “Zappos,” “ping-pong table,” “organic employee cafeteria” and “20% time.” But what if culture isn’t REALLY about what kind of business you are or what “perks” you provide, but is actually about something much more powerful — something that can be grown like a plant, actively designed like an architect would design a building, or a cultivated like a landscaper would craft a beautiful backyard?

More importantly, what if culture is something your organization could leverage to drive authentic growth in your business right now?

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Where culture really comes from
  • Why fixing problems will never make your company great
  • How to leverage the secret that makes Apple amazing
  • What music, your golf swing, and naps have to do with world-class performance

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Optimized engagement among employees
  • Increased knowledge to connect culture to business strategy
  • A better approach to maximize energy among team members

“If you get the culture right, then most of the other stuff will just happen naturally." — Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

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Energy Intelligence: What We’re Missing About The Science Of Strengths

TALK CATEGORY: Emotional Intelligence, Strengths, Positive Psychology
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

For years, we’ve been told to “focus on our strengths.” In general, this is excellent advice; research has clearly shown how a focus on what’s right with people (instead of what’s wrong) fosters more successful companies and builds better places to work. But what if we’ve been missing a huge piece of the science of strengths? What if “strength” isn’t just about what we’re “good at?” We need to expand our definition in order to truly reap the sustainable benefits of this approach...

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Why a focus on what people are “good at” is no longer enough
  • How to apply a fresh understanding to the concept of strengths-based development
  • How to help leaders, managers, and individual contributors dramatically boost their effectiveness

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Energy for sustainable peak performance
  • A strengths approach boosts employee engagement
  • Tapping into natural energizers builds resilience amidst change and ambiguity

“It’s time to broaden our understanding of what strengths are all about; boosting our energy intelligence is essential to the future effectiveness of our organizations, teams, and individual leadership.”

barThe 3 Secrets of Employee Engagement: Designing An Organization That Doesn't Suck

TALK CATEGORY: Company Culture, Workplace Energy, Employee Engagement
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

Even though the idea of “employee engagement” has been around awhile, many times our organizations still aren’t as energized as we’d like them to be. Your group will discover a refreshingly simple way to approach engagement that creates a more energizing place to work and better business results at the same time.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • What sustainable employee engagement is all about
  • A simple and memorable framework for implementing engagement
  • How to shift personal behaviors and instantly boost workplace energy

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Increased engagement leads to greater productivity and profitability
  • Greater individual and team energy
  • Potentially reduced turnover and absenteeism

“Discovering how to tap into the discretionary energy of your people is the best way to innovate in the new economy.”

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Working In Your Strengths: What the Best Leaders In the World Do Differently

TALK CATEGORY: Maximizing Performance, Employee Engagement, Positive Psychology
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

Research shows that the greatest leaders in the world share one surprising trait: they know their strengths and they work in them almost all the time. In this session, you will discover why a focus on “what’s right with people” is so counter-intuitive and how to put this philosophy to work to re-energize your teams and organization!

Attendees Will Learn:

  • How to motivate and inspire people in a fresh and effective way
  • A new path to boosting collaboration, innovation, engagement, and customer loyalty
  • A better way to lead in a post-”command and control” world

Your Organization's Return On Investment:

  • Promotes more creativity, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Reduction of negative workplace conflicts
  • Increased energy, self-confidence and life satisfaction

“A focus on strengths over deficiencies may be the single greatest differentiator of the greatest places to work in the world.”

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Company Culture Design For Startups

TALK CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs, Startup Accelerators, Co-working Spaces
DESIGNED FOR: 20-30 minute "TED"-like talk / Can also be delivered as mini-workshop

The phrase “company culture” is getting thrown around a lot these days, usually followed by words like “Google,” “Zappos,” “ping-pong table,” “organic employee cafeteria” and “20% time.” But what if culture isn’t REALLY about “perks," but is actually about something much more powerful — something that can be designed like an architect would design a building, or a landscaper would craft a beautiful backyard?

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Where culture really comes from
  • Why fixing problems will never make your company great
  • How to leverage the secret that makes Apple amazing
  • What music, your golf swing, and naps have to do with world-class performance
  • Why you should start thinking about culture before you hire even one employee

"A great culture is one of the most powerful competitive advantages an entrepreneur or startup can leverage, so the time to start thinking about culture is RIGHT NOW (though yesterday would be even better)."

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How To Stay Remarkable: What I've Learned From A Decade+ In The 'Real World'

TALK CATEGORY: Student Leadership, University & College
DESIGNED FOR: Keynote

In college, many of us have grand dreams about the huge impact we'll make in the world with our work — yet sadly, vast disengagement (2 out of 3!) in the workplace tells another story about harsh realities of the 'real world.' Through this presentation, your student group will discover three practical strategies for how to create a career of remarkable significance and purpose post-graduation.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • How to find the type of career you should pursue
  • How to actually make things happen in the 'real world'
  • How to ensure you don't burn out by age 30

"Too many adults end up in jobs they don't like, working with people who annoy them, doing things that will eventually ruin the planet. How can you make sure this doesn't happen to you?"