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Josh Allison

Josh Allison

Specialist in workplace leadership and engagement

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Fee Range: 5000-9999
  • Founder and Chief Ideator, ThinkCafé
  • CUNA FUSE Institute faculty member
  • Certified as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE)

Josh is the Founder and Chief Ideator for ThinkCafé, a consulting company committed to solutions for the new workplace. He has spoken and worked with organizations from Hawaii to New York and 25 states in between. Josh is a thought leader on a mission to help fix the broken in work. A passionate speaker and trainer, he specializes in workplace leadership and engagement for the finance and communication industries.

In the past, Josh partnered with an Emmy winning TV show to develop a financial literacy program for use by schools across the country. In 2013, he worked alongside international credit unions to study best practices in Gen Y engagement in partnership with the WOCCU. In 2014, Josh was recognized as the CUNA Business Development Professional of the Year for the credit union industry. In 2015, Josh was recognized as a top ten speaker for the 2015 World Credit Union Conference. Josh also serves as a Senior Consultant for FI-Strategies – a leading consulting firm serving the trillion dollar credit union industry.

He serves as a CUNA FUSE Institute faculty member, is a graduate of Leadership Spokane and certified as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE). Josh lives with his beautiful wife and children in Spokane, Washington.

The New Workforce: Essential Insights for Effective Coaching and Engagement of the Millennial Mindset

By the year 2025, seventy-five percent of the workplace will be comprised of the millennial generation.  With engagement and employee loyalty on the line, many Gen X and Baby Boomer managers have struggled to effectively coach and manage to the Gen Y value system.  Join Josh as we examine the latest engagement and coaching research, and discuss the most successful strategies available for winning, and keeping, the heart of your millennial employees.

Key learning objectives include examining:

  • What the best do different: Three lessons found from the successful coaching cultures we observed in 2017
  • Heuristic vs. algorithmic work, and why it matters
  • The four biggest employee motivating myths and how to overcome them
  • Strength-based coaching, and how to increase your leadership influence using it
  • How to leverage the Feedback Loop for better employee/leader communication
This Thing Called Relevance: Critical Insights for a Quickly Changing Marketplace

With the continued commoditization of business products services, the value offered by any organization to the consumer is changing at a rapid speed. Is your business relevant? Are you different? Do consumers care about your message and brand? During this keynote, join Josh as he examines the topic of consumer relevance and the solution strategies available to engage, inspire and recruit new customers.

Marriage, Mentors and Misfits: Three Lessons for Leadership and Life

During this compelling keynote, join Josh as he shares three personal lessons for success in leadership and life.  He’ll tell the stories of the biggest battles he’s won and lost in marriage, what mentorship taught him about workplace success, and why we should always things the best about those we consider misfits

Five Things the Leaders We Love Most Do Differently

Regardless of background or life experience, and even with a unique and diverse mix of personality and leadership styles, certain characteristics repeatedly show up in the leaders that are loved most.  These habits and traits drive their success forward as they leverage these hidden career boosters.

Join Josh as we examine these essential traits and share the blueprint for becoming a leader that is loved most.

Ladder Climb: Leadership Lessons for the Next Generation

Countless young professionals have entered the workplace and are ready and willing to help their organizations grow.  But with conflicting ideas of what “success” and “achievement” look like, many have found themselves struggling to find a voice for their ideas and input.  But why? Join Josh as he shares essential strategies for aspiring professionals to help enhance their workplace reputation and value.

Participants will also learn:

  • How to leverage the Reciprocal Law of Leadership
  • The correlation between mentorship and professional development
  • Why gratitude has such a crazy ROI
  • How to use the Humble Beach Ball principle to rise to the top
Six Ideas: How to not Suck at Workplace Relationships

Nearly 40% of employees are not aware of, or able to, identify their emotions as they are OCCURRING! This disconnect between what we think people see and what is actually perceived has huge consequences for our ability to grown and succeed at work.  John Josh as we explore the characteristics needed deepen your workplace reputation and impact.  With a focus on six vital strategies for better communication and growth, our time will be spent discussing and challenging the group to rethink who they are and how they  impact

The Case for Coaching: What the Best Do that Others Don't

With worker disengagement and performance costing billions to U.S. businesses, many organizations are combating this engagement epidemic with coaching.  As a proven method for increasing human potential and performance, what has been observed in sports with the greatest athletes in the world, is now taking place in the greatest workplaces as well – transforming how people see themselves and contribute.

Join Josh as we discuss the latest methods and research for creating and sustaining successful coaching cultures.

Six Crucial Characteristics of Aspiring Leaders

As the retirement trend for existing business leadership continues, more young professionals will be called on for key leadership and impact positions.  But far fewer will be called upon for these positions than those who want them.  What will separate those who are chosen, and those who are not?  John Josh as we discuss the six crucial characteristics of aspiring leaders and how to leverage them for organizational growth and achievement.

Key learning objectives include:

  • Why IQ is commoditized and EQ is the new workplace value
  • The correlation between mentorship and professional development
  • The critical rose gratitude plays in the workplace
  • How to utilize the Feedback Loop for insightful, personal feedback
  • How to leverage your personal ATTITUDE to achieve organizational ALTUTUDE
Winning the Heart: Insights for Employee Engagement and Motivation

With nearly 70 percent of the American workforce disengaged or actively disengaged in the daily work, organizations are striving to understand how to increase and sustain employee engagement.  Join Josh as we examine the latest motivation research, and the most successful strategies available for winning, and keeping, the heart of your employees.

Key learning objective include examining:

  • What the best do different: three lessons found from the successful coaching cultures we observed in 2016
  • Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic rewards and what the latest research tells us about staff incentives
  • How to break through the Law of Limited Performance using strength-based coaching
  • How to leverage the Feedback Loop for better employee/leader communication
Brand Advocates: How to Build Consumer Brand Ambassadors Through Purposeful Engagement

When employees deliver excellent service experiences, customers become loyal advocates for those brands and organizations – sharing powerful word of mouth marketing stories to all of their friends and family.  Join us for this training and learn more about how your staff can start building consumer brand advocates to drive loyalty and trust with your membership.

Key learning objectives include examining how to:

  • Use the GIFT service sequence to move member form brand apathy to brand advocacy
  • Build member relationship using the CCR (Connect, Create, Relate) connection principle
  • Increase product cross-sell success using the L3 (Listen, Lead, Link) selling strategy
  • Share the power of the credit union “Why” with members to help differentiate from for-profit banking competition during sales and service conversations
  • Use the Orange Juice and Newspaper principles to surpass member expectations on purpose
Reaching Gen Y with a Message They Might Actually Pay Attention to

A trendy brand is not enough.  Youth today have watched more commercials,  heard more advertising and have been exposed to more marketing than any generation before them.  As a result, they chose who they listen to.  Join Josh as he shares a blueprint for creating relevant relationships with teens and young adults.

Key learning objectives include examining how to:

  • Why “marketing” is not enough but “why” marketing is
  • That Generation Y does value who you are – they just don’t know it
  • How “communicating cause” builds loyalty and peer-marketing
  • That social media is not the answer, but social relevance is
  • That it’s not just about the Four P’s of Marketing, but the Fifth one, too
Business Development and Community Engagement

During this training, participants will learn the basics of business development and learn the tools needed to build relationship and trust with schools and community business partners.  Participants will learn a simple and effective process for targeting business partners in alignment with the credit union”s strategic plan, engaging them with relevant and meaningful message, and maintaining the partnerships through a simple follow up framework focused on meeting needs and sharing solutions.

Participants will also learn:

  • The power of the prospect pipeline, and how to manage one
  • How to leverage follow up frameworks to maximize time-wise when maintaining and building community partnerships
  • How to maximize health and benefit fairs to develop membership leads
  • Five tactics for cold calling success
  • How to use civic and Chamber groups to gain access to potential SEG and business partner prospects
  • Four tips for smarter networking
  • Six strategies for gaining trust and influence with key decision makers and business contacts
THE NEW WORKFORCE: ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS FOR EFFECTIVE COACHING AND ENGAGEMENT OF THE MILLENIAL MINDSET

By the year 2025, seventy-five percent of the workplace will be comprised of the millennial generation. With engagement and employee loyalty on the line, many Gen X and Baby Boomer managers have struggled to effectively coach and manage to the Gen Y value system. Join Josh as we examine the latest engagement and coaching research, and discuss the most successful strategies available for winning, and keeping, the heart of your millennial employees.

Key learning objectives include examining:

  • What the best do different: Three lessons found from the successful coaching cultures we observed in 2017
  • Heuristic vs. algorithmic work, and why it matters
  • The four biggest employee motivating myths and how to overcome them
  • Strength-based coaching, and how to increase your leadership influence using it
  • How to leverage the Feedback Loop for better employee/leader communication
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