Shift: Leading in Turbulent Times

Shift Title Slide

Quick Summary

We live in a day of unprecedented change—social, economic, and technological. Sometimes it seems as though nothing is nailed down. In this presentation, I share how effective leaders must shift themselves and their organizations in order to survive. For those who do, the opportunities and rewards are great.

Presentation Outline

Using examples from his own experience as well as relevant case studies, Michael explains that leading well in turbulent times requires leaders to take five actions:

Michael concludes with an inspirational challenge: If not you, who? If not now, when? If you organization is going to succeed in its mission, the change must begin with you.

Target Audience

Individuals and organizations who are going through unprecedented change, whether it is economic, social, technological, or regulatory. Michael has spoken on this topic to a wide array of industries— financial advisors, mortgage bankers, publishers, realtors, business consultants, small business associations, and international relief organizations.

Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote or workshop, ranging from 30–60 minutes long, depending on your needs. The ideal keynote length is 45 minutes.

Intended Outcomes

  • Audience members will be convinced that change is not only inevitable but essential in creating opportunities for growth and profitability.
  • Audience members will have a framework for processing change and using it to their advantage.
  • Audience members will leave with practical, actionable steps they can implement immediately.

Topic Authority

  • Michael was the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest book publisher in the U.S. He knows what it is to run a large company, meet a payroll, and satisfy investor expectations.
  • He took Thomas Nelson private after forty-two years on the New York Stock Exchange, creating enormous opportunities and challenges for both him and his company.
  • He managed the company through the Great Recession, going through two rounds of layoffs, slashing expenses, restructuring debt, and emerging as one of the fastest-growing, most profitable publishing companies in the world.
  • He embraced both digital publishing and social media, establishing his company as a leader in innovation and customer engagement.

Check My Availability

Other Presentations