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Neil speaks on four key topics, all revolving around the idea of using our intentions to guide us towards better experiences. Select a topic to begin exploring the various presentations/workshops Neil can share with your organization.

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It is in the best interest of individuals and organizations to create a culture where employees are engaged and productive. Values-driven organizations with dynamic leadership attract talent who in turn deliver great production and service. Success as a leader is directly related to emotional intelligence. By working intelligently, you’ll develop self-awareness needed to transform yourself and your organization.

Work Intelligently

First impressions are everything. Nowhere is that more true than for the new manager.This talk delves into the most common mistakes made by new managers, examining why they happen and how to avoid them. Too many mistakes too soon and your ship is sunk before you’ve had a chance to set sail.

Key Takeaways

  • Gain insights on how to build a foundation of trust with employees from which all future success will flow
  • Learn how a little proactivity with employees will prevent a lot of reactivity (and a lot of headaches!) down the road
  • Discover how to increase self-awareness and develop your managerial style
  • Explore the sociological realities of being in a leadership role
As a leader, you want to be effective – to get results and empower your team. You want to be friendly and approachable...but also authoritative and respected. You try to lead on a macro level, but find yourself slipping into micromanagement from time to time. You want to be relational and yet hold people accountable. If you’ve experienced these tensions, you’re not alone. Dealing with these leadership tensions is a necessary part of developing your leadership style and increasing your self-awareness. The better you recognize the natural tensions that go along with your leadership role, the better off you will be relationally with your team and you will accelerate your ability to make efficient and effective decisions.

Key Takeaways

  • Recognize that leadership is an art and not a science and there are many variables that affect one’s effectiveness
  • Address the fact that a complex leadership is necessary to navigate leadership challenges and a young, savvy workforce
  • Explore various leadership tensions including Results/Relationships, Teacher/Learner, and Perfect/90%
Our world has experienced some once-in-a-generation challenges and industries and agencies faced a lot of unknowns and complex issues. In the midst of challenges, teams and organizations need effective tools to strategize, energize, and focus the culture on solutions. Providing a culture that provides equal parts of psychological safety and accountability is essential. Other tools include emphasizing one’s identity, vision, values, and history. Change management, transparency, and authentic communication are critical. Throw in some timely decision-making skills and a healthy dose of moxie and resilience, and these challenges soon become another successful chapter in your company’s narrative.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the importance of psychological safety and its impact on productivity and engagement
  • Recognize the importance of corporate canaries - i.e. truthtellers - in keeping the organization on track
  • Recognize the importance of finding efficient solutions in the midst of daunting challenges
  • Examine the role of authentic communication in the middle of uncertainty
  • Identify tools to increase speed and confidence in decision-making
  • Explore the role resiliency plays in recovering and learning from challenge

5 Characteristics of Successful Organizations

Organizational cultures, like people, have their own personality and values. You can feel it as soon as you enter and begin interacting with those they employ. In this talk, we’ll cover the five common characteristics found in successful organizations.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the importance of corporate identity
  • Examine the role organizational values play for both internal and external customers
  • Discover the importance of authentic communication
  • Identify how to increase organizational trust

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

The work of a leader is different. The skill set that made you a great individual contributor isn't enough. It's not about what you can individually accomplish, but what you can accomplish through others. And that's where the complexity begins. Success as a leader is directly related to your emotional intelligence - your self-awareness, your ability to regulate your emotions, your ability to empathize and connect with your employees. Intelligence doesn't guarantee your success as a leader, but emotional intelligence will.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the importance of self-awareness
  • Discover the principles and benefits of self-management
  • Examine how to identify other’s emotions and personalities
  • Discover how to influence and impact perceptions and emotions in others

From Pandemic to Sansdemic - Strategies to Attract and Retain a Vanishing Workforce

Organizations are always on the lookout for great talent, but that challenge is getting more difficult by the day. Some have scrapped the idea of finding the ideal candidate and instead are just looking for a warm body...and they are still not having much luck. The reality is that the workforce is shrinking due to a convergence of several concerning factors. To simply sustain their current success (let alone try and grow), companies are needing to become more creative, open-minded, and adaptable to attract and retain employees. To survive and thrive, organizations need to change their view that people are not expenses, but rather understand that they are their most important assets that appreciate over time.

Key Takeaways

  • Define sansdemic and explore its impact
  • Explore the three pre-existing labor conditions exacerbated in 2020
  • Identify strategies to attract and retain a vanishing workforce\

We are social creatures who thrive when we are in relationship with one another. But leaders report that socials skills and social acumen are in decline. We need to increase our ability to be empathetic, to be curious about one another, to explore others’ stories, and to have respectful, but impactful difficult conversations.

Relate Intelligently

Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict

It is a fact that if you combine people, a common environment, and enough time there will be conflict. It is not a possibility, but an inevitability. We must then learn to plan, prepare, and manage this conflict in a healthy manner. Dealing with conflict can be intimidating, but there are tangible team and organizational benefits that transpire when we are not only able to deal with it in a healthy, mature manner, but also harness it’s energy for good.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the common causes for interpersonal and organizational conflict
  • Recognize and manage emotions associated with conflict
  • Explore effective tools and tips on how to dialogue and have productive conversations

How to Deal with Difficult People

Identifying difficult people...that's the easy part. Dealing with them? Well, that's a different story. Hoping and wishing that things will somehow get better hasn't worked. You need tools and strategies to deal with the stressful, emotional, and difficult interactions that occur. Keep your cool. Take a deep breath. (And maybe even bring a mirror to take a look at yourself.) This presentation will give you practical, everyday skills to deal with those challenging individuals in your circles.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the characteristics of difficult individuals
  • Define a “difficult person”Identify effective strategies to cope with challenging people and behaviors
  • Examine how to communicate authentically, calmly, and effectively

Joy Spreaders – Who they are, what makes them tick, and why you desperately need them in your organization

We all should look to spread joy but there is a special breed of people whose very essence is to radiate joy. They can’t help themselves. It’s in their DNA. Over the years, I’ve noticed and encountered these individuals who radiate positivity. I’ve studied the impact that Joy Spreaders make on organizational cultures. These special people breathe life into others, delight in the presence of customers and amplify the potential of their team. And beyond providing just warm fuzzies, these individuals have a profound impact on organizational cultures and can have enough of an effect on the bottom line to make the most stodgy, play-deprived bean-counter sit up and take notice.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the characteristics of Joy Spreaders and what makes them special
  • Explore why we need Joy Spreaders in our organizations and the impact they have on teams
  • Identify techniques to help everyone spread joy

Personality and Building Relationships

How Your Personality Can Hinder or Help Your Personal Effectiveness
Most of us would agree that connecting with others is largely about speaking their language. The problem is that because of our personalities and how we are hard-wired, we are often communicating in different languages. In this session, we will explore the foundational personality principles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and how we can apply that understanding to our everyday interactions with others. The first step is understanding our own preferences of communicating and interacting in the world. Once we recognize that, we then can begin to look for clues on how others prefer to communicate and interact and adjust our influence accordingly. But it begins with a solid foundation of self-awareness of who you are and how you come across to others. This interactive, information-packed session will get you talking (or mulling- depending on your personality) about your relationships in a way you've never done before.

Key Takeaways

  • Accept the notion that we tend to see others as broken versions of ourselves
  • Recognize that individuals have different personalities and communication stylesIdentify your personality, preferences, and communication style
  • Understand how to recognize differences in others
  • Adapt your personality and communication style to improve your interpersonal effectiveness

live intelligently

We need time away from work to recreate, or quite literally re-create. Our lives need space to spend time laughing, exercising, taking in the arts, playing an instrument, walking in the woods, baking, playing a board game, travelling, exploring different cultures, and playing sports, just to name a few. Adults need some silliness. Allowing ourselves to play and have fun breaks us free from the mold and rigors of our worklife.

Life IQ is about living intelligently, or, in essence, living intentionally. It is about figuring out who you are, what kind of life you want to lead, and making the choices to achieve it.

What’s Your Life IQ?

Life is about choices and in this day and age we have more choices than ever.  In fact, we can get overwhelmed and paralyzed by all of the options. Life IQ is about figuring out who you are, what kind of life you want to lead, and making the choices to achieve it.  Simple tools such as self-awareness, personal values, time/life investment, and personal and career goals will bring much needed clarity for the huge questions (marriage, kids, career) and the everyday questions (What should I have for lunch?).

Key Takeaways

  • Make faster and more confident decisions
  • Increase self-awarenessIdentify and incorporate personal values
  • Determine how and where you invest your time and life
  • Explore personal and career goal setting

Recreate Recreation

Recreation contains the word recreate. Recreation is literally an opportunity to re-create ourselves. We need time to play, frolic, explore, and renew. Individuals often report that they had no idea how stressed and anxious they were until they left an unfulfilling job. And even those that love their work, need to take a break. Creating space to learn, relax, and contemplate is a lost art, but essential for contentment.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify why cultures glorify staying busy
  • Recognize how we created our current stressed-out state and the interventions necessary to create a new existence
  • Identify the benefits of vacation, travelling, creativity, and play
  • Explore the concept of contentment

4 Secrets to Becoming a S.T.A.R.

How to Attain Success in Your Personal and Professional LifeSuccessful people have certain characteristics in common. These individuals are in our circles. They encourage us, inspire us...we are better for having known them. Over fifteen years ago, I made a list of my favorite people on earth and began to examine their influence and what made them so special. I found that each of them was a S.T.A.R. and I uncovered the characteristics that led to their personal and professional success.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the importance of self-awareness
  • Discover the power of self-regulation
  • Determine the sources of self-confidence
  • Explore the importance of being teachable
  • Identify the characteristics of ambitious individuals
  • Explore the importance of resiliency in dealing with life’s challenges

Integrating Work and Life

Work/life balance is an outdated concept.  In a technological world where we are constantly available, working with individuals in different time zones and all over the world, the idea that work has a set time that begins and ends is now the exception and not the rule.  We need a new paradigm in how to approach and integrate work and life that reflects our goals and values. Working smarter, not harder involves prioritizing the minutes in our days and applying our values in how we live our lives.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the history of work in our culture
  • Identify the role work plays in our lives
  • Examine one’s ideal integration of work and life
  • Determine the correlation between money and happiness
  • Assess how saying “no” can ultimately get you what you want


I love conducting Myers-Briggs® and StrengthsFinder® trainings because I know that the experience is going to have an immediate and positive impact on individual’s personal and professional lives. I have seen this happen over and over and over again and I never tire of it. I love the insights, the laughter, the understanding, and the occasional tears. This information has the power to transform lives and I consider a privilege to be a part of that process.


The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory® is a useful tool for better understanding ourselves and others by looking at eight personality preferences that all people use at different times. For any team, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® can be valuable in understanding each others preferred ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions, and structuring their world. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, and your natural strengths, as well as helping you appreciate those who differ from you.

    The four goals of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® are:

    1. Increasing self-awareness
    2. Awareness that others have preferences different from your own
    3. Respecting the differences in others
    4. Utilizing the variety of types and preferences in a team to realize its full potential

Neil is not only a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Consultant, but has achieved the prestigious title of Master Practitioner.  A Master Practitioner MBTI® Consultant has demonstrated their expertise through a volume of client contact hours and additional training and workshops.  In addition, Neil is certified to administer the FIRO-B®, Strong Career Interest Inventory®, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument® (TKI) and the CPI 260®.

CPP®, the publisher of the MBTI®, selected Neil as an exemplary ICON® (Independent Consultant) and featured him in a 2008 ad campaign.  Neil has been an author and contributor to the Myers-Briggs ICON website. Neil was also hand-picked to be a featured expert on Myers-Briggs Thinkbox® website, where his instructional Myers-Briggs® videos have been viewed over a half-million times.



Strengths-based development aims to help team members discover, develop, and use their unique talents for greater team engagement and productivity.  It is an approach that helps them identify how they can purposefully aim their talents so that the team is better equipped to accomplish its goals and performance objectives and to respond to everyday situations.  Strengths-based teams have a common purpose, have a clear understanding of their individual and collective strengths and performance gaps, intentionally structure activities to maximize the team’s talents, and are highly collaborative and have a number of complementary partnerships.  When team members discover each other’s greatest talents, they discover their greatest opportunities for team strengths and success.

As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Facilitator®, I can influence organizational team performance in five fundamental ways:

- Increase the team’s awareness of the principles of strengths-based development.
- Increase team members’ awareness of and appreciation for their individual and collective talents and strengths.
- Increase the team’s application of the principles of strengths-based development.
- Increase team members’ application of their individual and collective talents and strengths.
- Track and communicate the achievements (the specific performance results) that come from their awareness and application of strengths.


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