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Mark DeVolder

Mark Devolder

Recognized as one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions

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Fee Range: 10000-19999

• Global Thought Leader on Change, Transitions and Pivot
• Award-Winning Speaker- Top 10 in Change Management
• International Consultant in Business Transformation
• Author, business blogger on Change, Leadership, Engagement and Resilience

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Mark DeVolder is recognized as a global thought leader in change and transition management. As a researcher and practitioner for over 2 decades, the most compelling lesson Mark has learned is that Change has Changed. Now, in a world where disruption, uncertainty and crisis have become the norm, Mark teaches people how to change. In each customized presentation, Dr. DeVolder identifies mindsets and behaviors that transform organizations in the midst of disruptive change.

Mark is a frequent presenter at top management meetings around the world, both live and virtual:
• coaching NASA rocket scientists to re-invent themselves;
• guiding healthcare leaders through multi-billion dollar mergers;
• creating a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry;
• preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself.

Mark’s unique insights into the dynamics of change and energetic style have empowered top organizations like McDonald’s, the Royal Bank of Canada, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, Verizon and Medtronic. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. He delivers dynamic, high energy, humor-filled presentations in both the private and the public sector to Industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies.

As a researcher, consultant and author, Mark has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change.

Mark is an award-winning speaker and recipient of the prestigious Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management, Top 25 Speaker in Change Management and is listed on the Top 10 Speakers on Change in Canada and USA.

Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting Faster to Extreme Change

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

Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to bounce through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. Mark’s cutting-edge principles will enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change.

During Mark’s high-octane presentation, you will learn how to:
• overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions
• develop change-ready thinking and behaviours
• overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, fast
• repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience

Unstoppable Resilience: Developing the Mindset of a Champion

Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job? Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.” (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck. Resilience can be learned.

Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion. Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity.

You will learn how to:
• create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential
• increase innovation and engagement through constructive nonconformity
• expand tenacity and decision-making instinct
• repeat and sustain the cycle of success

On Fire! Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

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 and increase neuroplasticity to spring through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. He reveals success strategies that enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change.

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.

Getting to Target Zero: Engaging 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.”

Perpetual Pivot: How to Navigate through Transitions

Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become the norm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, reinvention and anticipation. Mark explains that the hardest part of change is the transition. Consequently, he shows leaders how to traverse through the maze. Deeply practical, leaders will learn how to walk through the door of uncertainty into the future, armed with tools to successfully navigate transitions.

Change-Ready: How the Best Thrive During the Worst

The pressure to cope during these disruptive times have tested us all. And yet, there were some surprising examples of courageous people with bold ideas that succeeded in nearly impossible situations; we saw how the Best thrive during the Worst. What’s their secret? They think and act differently when it comes to change.

After scores of interviews with top leaders around the world, change management specialist Mark DeVolder uncovered the five most powerful mindsets of change-ready thinkers. In Mark’s high-energy presentation, your team will learn to embrace mindsets that conquer adversity, improve mental health and fuel growth potential.

Each mindset is supported and illustrated with innovative, jaw-dropping and sometimes hilarious examples like, How a public aquarium in lockdown set penguins free to create new connections with customers? How business class “leftovers” saved an Airline from starvation? How a football team filled their stadium with smiling fans, both real and cardboard cut-outs?

This memorable, interactive session will leave your audience motivated, inspired and ready for change.x`

Virtual presentations available
Qatar Petroleum
“Dr. DeVolder, a huge part of the success of the event belongs to you.”
Trane/Ingersoll Rand
“Our team was so pumped about our time with Mark. He helped everyone realize that change management is at the key to our success and that everyone of us has to step up to the challenge immediately.”
UNIFY Financial Credit Union
“Mark was energetic, entertaining, professional, and relevant. No surprise the feedback from our employees after the event, was superior…..they loved him. Months later, we are still using the tools and skills he taught us that day.”
Estonian Human Resource Management Association
“Mark DeVolder was fun, brilliant, charismatic, refreshing and truly inspiring.”
NASA, Spaceport Operations
“Mark gave us tools to soar higher.”
"Mark was fantastic!"
"Thought-provoking and dynamic. Moving and powerful. Remarkable energy. Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.”
Oman Air
"Dr. Mark DeVolder has tremendous charisma and made his message so powerful that we will all benefit from it!”
Virtual testimonials
“Mark kept us glued to our screen, very entertaining and interactive, a true artist!” Marketing Director, Hilti “Mark’s virtual keynote energized the audience and he provided us with tools to apply to our organization.” Professional Engineers Ontario “Mark’s virtual presentation was so refreshing and timely with such great take-aways.” Nutrition Science Adviser, Abbott Laboratories “Mark’s presentation was such a breath of fresh air! An incredible delivery! The mark of a professional! I’ll be going over my notes carefully this week and reflecting deeply on Mark’s words. Advisor/Principal, Plan It Financial Corp
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