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The Change Specialist - recognized as one of today's original thinkers and motivators on transition.

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Dr. Mark DeVolder   The Transition Specialist

An expert in the dynamics of organizational change, Mark DeVolder reveals why 70 percent of all change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. Most leaders focus the majority of their time on the numbers, but it is the people issues that often make or break a deal.  With straight-forward strategies and convincing business examples, Mark shows leaders how to improve the bottom line.

Mark's presentations are a skillful balance of cutting-edge content, engaging stories with hilarious audience interaction. People leave with tools and a template to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplace.

Dr. Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a transition specialist. With a doctorate in Applied Cultural Anthropology, Mark has successfully guided change management projects worth more than 500 million dollars. DeVolder's success is due in part to his expertise as a highly-skilled mediator with an enviable 95% success rate.

Dr. DeVolder's clients have included IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Genivar, AIG Financial, as well as many Federal Government departments and Aboriginal First Nations.

Mark DeVolder is the author of Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement. 
Resilience:  Springing to Success
We live in a VUCA world:  volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.  It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient.  But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned. Mark shares how to rewire your brain to bounce back from adversity, overcome obstacles and adapt to constant change.  Audiences will learn success strategies to create a winning mindset, increase tenacity and decision-making instinct.

Change - “Harness the Hurricane:  Adapt to Extreme Change and Achieve New Heights”

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, disoriented and dazed, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming.

Help is at hand. Change expert, Dr. Mark DeVolder, throws a lifeline to you, your C-level executive team, managers and employees with change strategies and tools he’s developed to clear away the fog. Mark equips audiences with cutting-edge principles that energize people in the midst of change.

Mark’s transition model enables people to Accept and Let Go of the past and discover opportunities buried in the rubble.

During Mark’s high-energy presentation, you will learn tools and techniques to:
•    overcome deer in the headlights syndrome
•    develop change-ready people, thinking and behaviours
•    gain a competitive advantage through shift-ability©
•    cultivate exceptional leadership skills through flexibility, vulnerability and trust
•    dramatically improve personal engagement with breakthrough happiness habits
•    implement strategies to increase productivity, profitability and morale

Key Take-Aways- You will learn to:
•    Be mobilized rather than paralyzed by change
•    Make decisions quickly with 5 minute model
•    Enhance personal resilience through targeted change ready behaviours
•    Rewire your neural pathways with daily happiness/engagement tips


Engagement - “On Fire!  Energized Together”

When individuals lose their spark, organizations lose their fire. This predicament has a devastating effect on productivity, profitability and company reputation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Mark’s test-driven model of engagement equips people to identify the causes of “flame out” and recognize behaviours and leadership decisions that act as a fire extinguisher.

Mark kindles the process through the pillars of engagement: clarity, competence, influence and appreciation. As relationships strengthen, trust burns brightly.

Mark shows leaders how to:
•    identify behaviors to increase engagement
•    re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation
•    build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation
•    accelerate performance and productivity

Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire.


Trust - "Solid Gold: Create a Foundation of Trust"

Trust is the intangible asset in business today. Yet we live in an increasingly low trust world. Public trust has been eroded by high-profile scandals involving unethical behaviours, fraudulent investment schemes, covert data collection and phone hacking, to name a few. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain customer confidence and loyalty in a transparent world where a small mistake can become a big problem.

Mark DeVolder presents a compelling business case for the ways that trust affects the bottom line: a company’s reputation, its ability to collaborate and innovate, attract and engage employees and respond quickly.

At the heart of Mark’s presentation is this maxim: relationships are based on trust and business is based on relationships.

You will discover how to:
•    master essential actions that build high levels of trust
•    take the right action quickly to correct a misstep
•    recover trust and regain a client
•    maintain loyal relationships in business

Unlock the secret of high performing organizations by building sustainable high-trust relationships – no matter what. There’s nothing more important.


Safety - “Sixty to Zero in Your Workplace: Engage High-Performance Safety”
Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety.

The most common barrier however is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen.

Mark DeVolder’s proven transition model enables people to accept new practices and let go of the unsafe past. As people become Change Ready their level of engagement rises. DeVolder supports this progression with his easy to apply strategy increase clarity, competence, influence and appreciation.

During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:
  • get change-right and change-ready
  • defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach
  • significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability
  • identify behaviours that enhance engagement
  • implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety
Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”


ENTREPRENEURSHIP - “Shape-Shifting Your Way to Business Success”

Have you wondered why some people have the ability to change frequently, easily and quickly? Are you amazed at their creativity, tenacity and results? These people are masters of reinvention.

In Dr. Mark DeVolder’s ground-breaking presentation, you will learn:
  • about the heart and mind of an entrepreneur;
  • how to reinvent yourself, overcome obstacles and seize new opportunities;
  • the three keys of entrepreneurship: vulnerability, courage and synergistic partnerships.
Don’t settle for being the best. Learn how to be the only one who does what you do.
"Mark, you were nothing short of awesome!!!"  
Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe

"DeVolder’s drive and high energy presentation certainly contributed to the success of our event.  I confidently recognize Mark’s solid and reliable expertise with regard to the management of change.   
Deputy Minister Michael Wernick (Clerk of the Privy Council appointed by PM Justin Trudeau)

"Dr. Mark really reached new heights in change management!"  Omantel, Oman
"We all left with a better grip on our own humanity and tools to soar higher." 
Spaceport Operations, NASA

"Dr. Mark DeVolder has tremendous charisma and made his message so powerful that we will all benefit from it!" 
CEO, Oman Air                                  

"Dr. DeVolder was very insightful. He speaks with lots of humour and engagement of the crowd." 
CEO, Purolator     

"Thought-provoking and dynamic. Moving and powerful. Remarkable energy. Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged." 
PricewaterhouseCoopers

“Mark DeVolder was fun, brilliant, charismatic, refreshing and truly inspiring.”
Human Resource Management Association-Estonia

“Nearly a month after the conference, my colleagues are still talking about his presentations.”
California Dental Association
PepsiCo Europe    
NASA
Medtronic
Boehringer Ingelheim
BD Medical
G4S
Suncor Energy
Enbridge
Oman Air
Purolator
Union Bank
Kuwait Finance House
Almirall Pharmaceutical- Spain
Siemens
Produce Marketing Association