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Ann Coombs

Innovative Thought Leader

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Ann Coombs: Innovative Thought Leader

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Ann Coombs believes in taking risks, breaking rules and encourages others to do the same.  She creates world first programs that have changed lives and organizations world-wide.

Ann is committed to making a difference with workshops and focus groups that have been conducted in Alcatraz and the Vancouver General Hospital Burn Unit to name just a few. Ann’s passion for her work touches those she serves.

She is the author of the best selling The Living Workplace – Soul, Spirit and Success in the 21st Century (HarperCollins – Forward by Sir John Marks Templeton) and recently compiled New Beginnings – Resources for Renewal and Transition a world-first for the adult burn community.

Her programs are unique and support holistic working environments and authentic leadership in order to sustain true living workplaces where human values are as important as profit.

First Canadian Woman Chair of the International World Futurist Conference, 2006 her views are widely known and published.  

Ann has successfully managed her own consulting firm for over 26 years, and has served non-profit organizations, multi-nationals and worked internationally in Australia, Europe and England. 

A former broadcaster, she publishes the Creating Living Workplaces Newsletter that is read by 250,000 readers worldwide along with her Hot Topics Blog.  A true survivor that include a stroke, terminal diagnosis of cancer and a near fatal fish attack , she brings a real knowing of support to those in transition and experiencing change.

Ann Coombs is a dynamic presenter, facilitator and story-teller speaking to the needs of her audience.
Aging Workforce – Rethinking the Roles
Few organizations are prepared to look at the aging workforce and how their roles will be realigned to new working patterns and schedules.  What are these employees going to want and need?  Will they be important to an organization given their knowledge and expertise?  New strategies will have to be developed - and are a long way from succession management… Futurist Ann Coombs will share current research and approaches that will bring support and a new thinking to your team.

Session addresses:

•    Overview on the future of work
•    New strategies for understanding the aging workforce
•    Current research/demographics on a global level
•    Unique approaches to create bridge employment
•    Flexible thinking to deal with shortage of qualified workers

What is provided:

•    Needs Assessment
•    Support Documentation
•    On-line support following presentation

How Sensitive is Your Workplace?
What is the SQ (Sensitivity Quotient) in your workplace? This presentation is not for the feint of heart when examining your present working environment. Ann brings awareness and tools to achieve a high SQ that will impact everyone when conducted. A pre-session assignment is included.

Session addresses:

•    The current levels of sensitivity in workplace
•    Results of pre-session assignment
•    Framework and tools for positive actions in workplace
•    Ongoing assessments on critical elements of SQ for visionary leaders

What is provided:

•    Needs Assessment
•    Pre-Session Assignment
•    On-line support following presentation 
Life Balance – Reality or Myth?
Everyone wants to obtain life balance, both in the workplace and in their personal lives.  This powerful presentation will bring home the realities of a life out of balance, when Ann who is a cancer survivor and stroke survivor provides the key touch points to maintain balance under most real life circumstances.  She brings humor and truly thought provoking memorable messages to her audiences in this cutting-edge presentation.

Session addresses:

•    Key wellness/balance issues
•    Survival tools that are needed for today’s world
•    Role of spirit, courage, humor and resilience
•    The power of control and the critics

What is provided:

•    Needs Assessment
•    Pre-Session Assignment
•    Support Documentation for duplication
•    On-line support following presentation
"Ann is a dynamic communicator and facilitator...she demonstrates creativity, empathy and courage!" 
Imperial Oil 
"...insightful and thought provoking presentation on the changing workplace and ways we will have to attract and retain talented people for our success." 
Canadian Newspaper Association

"...your keynote address was thought provoking and relevant, making our Conference a success! Your professional approach is rare and to be highly valued." 
International Association of Career Management Consultants 

"Our gratitude and appreciation for your session for our professional leaders - your timing was PERFECT" 
The Pan Pacific Hotel
Ford Motor Company
Bank of Montreal
Imperial Oil
British Columbia Human Resources Management Association
Procter & Gamble
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
US Federal Government - Office of Personnel Management