David worked with Simon Sinek from 2009 - 2019. In 2017, David co-authored Find Your Why, with Peter Docker and Simon Sinek. It has sold over 400,000 copies and is translated into 25 languages.
Since December, 2019 David has focused on helping leaders and teams implement simple but powerful ideas that allow them to inﬂuence others with genuine humanity, no matter their role or title. The result is higher performance, innovation, collaboration, retention and importantly, well-being. Today he’s here to share those ideas with us.
David began his career in corporate training in 2004. In 2009 he was the second person to join speaker and author, Simon Sinek’s team. For the next 10 years, David helped share Simon’s simple, inspiring ideas through speaking and workshops.
In 2017, David applied his years of practical experience and learning and co-authored, with Peter Docker and Simon Sinek, Find Your Why: a practical guide for discovering the WHY of an individual, team or organization. It has sold over 400,000 copies and is translated into 25 languages.
Since Dec, 2019 David has focused on helping leaders implement the powerful ideas he now talks about. He shares a simple framework that allows each of us to lead and inﬂuence others with genuine humanity, no matter our role or title. The result? Higher performance, innovation, collaboration, retention and importantly, well-being for us and our teams.
David has worked with over 300 companies in 21 countries. He brings a relatable, human approach to leadership along with simple, practical tools leaders and their teams can use to create trust and human connection every day. Using these tools, we can each contribute to environments where we want to work, not where we have to work.
- Turning Attrition To Attraction: How to keep the grass greener on your side of the fence
Who it’s for: Leaders eager to create and maintain an environment in which trust and human connection lead to greater well-being, higher individual and team performance, increased innovation, and higher levels of retention
Talk overview: Every organization strives for high performance, growth, productivity, and results. And often, organizations don’t realize they are self-sabotaging those efforts through the experience they create for their people.
When the culture we talk about doesn’t align with the culture our people experience, Culture Dissonance occurs. People go into self-preservation mode and they find it more difficult to trust and develop connections with others. Healthy, productive environments have Culture Congruence, where the stated culture aligns with daily behaviors.
In this interactive talk, David draws on his personal experience, as well as the patterns he has observed in leaders and organizations around the world. He will identify the symptoms of Culture Dissonance and explore three specific leadership traits that, when put into practice, lead to Culture Congruence.
Culture Congruence serves as a strong foundation for:
- Well being
-…and so much more
At the end of the session, participants will have some simple, practical tools they can use to contribute to the congruence of the cultures they lead and influence.
- Leading Through Uncertainty: How to take on the unknown we face, together
Who it’s for: Those who want to prepare for challenges and uncertainty by unlocking the creativity and open minded thinking needed to weather the storm.
Talk overview: It’s human nature to seek the sense of comfort we feel with consistency and stability. Yet, we look toward the future and see more change and uncertainty than ever - economic downturn, shifts in the workforce, residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more unknowns to come. A Stanford University survey assessed business uncertainty is at its highest since 2015, with the level accelerating at an unprecedented rate. So, the only thing that’s certain is that there is more uncertainty ahead.
This state of instability can leave us feeling unsettled, demoralized, and anxious about the future. As a result, decision-making tends to become fear-based and progress slows; we become more rigid, and effective leadership declines. Rather than becoming adaptive, organization tend to be reactive.
During these times, leadership expert David Mead urges you to stop resisting uncertainty and choose to run toward it by building and maintaining a resilient culture. In this interactive talk, David will share simple ideas to shift our perception of challenging situations and how we can see them as opportunities.
Through polling and Q&A, David will encourage active participation that can prompt ideas for action for attendees. Audiences will walk away with tangible tools that can be practiced daily in order to fully engage their hearts and minds when obstacles arise.
Key concepts of the session include:
· Our two primary drivers - Love and Fear
· How to understand and manage the way we lead and influence others
· Leading when we don’t know the answer
· The humility to say, “I don’t know” and empowering others to contribute to the solution
· Activating innovation in our team
· How to create an environment of trust and collaboration where people feel confident to share ideas and take risks
- The Future of Work: Why humanity matters
Who it’s for: Leaders and teams eager to navigate the future of work in a way that builds trust, performance, retention, and well-being
Talk overview: In many ways, the pandemic catapulted us into the future of work at a speed that some of us weren’t quite ready for. The lines between work life and personal life have blurred like never before. As we all learn our way through a new way of working, major changes in how, when, and where we work are having a significant impact on leaders and their teams.
As we deal with shifts in technology, geography, and flexibility, we must stay grounded in our humanity. Successfully navigating the future of work demands knowing, accepting, and caring for the whole human, not just the “work” human.
This interactive talk explores why humanity matters to the future of work. David challenges participants to focus on culture and how they can take individual responsibility for it. By intentionally building and maintaining a culture of trust and human connection, leaders and teams can ignite transparent communication, collaboration, and a sense of belonging, which become the rocket fuel for future engagement, performance, and growth.
Drawing on his personal experience, as well as the patterns he has observed in leaders and organizations around the world, David offers a simple, actionable framework that gives participants:
• A greater awareness of their own leadership potential, no matter their role
• A framework for building and maintaining sustainable relationships at work and beyond
• Actionable tools and practices that build trust and human connection, tailored to their individual context
• A shift in mindset that increases their ability to face the future, together, with a sense of hope and possibility
- Trust and Connection in a Hybrid World: How to keep people and keep them thriving
Who it's for: Leaders and teams facing the challenges of hybrid and remote work who want simple, actionable tools to build and maintain strong connections to their organization and each other
Talk overview: The way we work has changed. What hasn’t changed is the importance of trust and human connection. Although the human element was vital pre-pandemic, it was often ignored or minimized. Now, it demands our attention and the leaders and teams who embrace the human element of business will be those who thrive in the long term.
This interactive talk covers three essential traits required to infuse the human element into our cultures, along with simple, frictionless daily practices we can implement regardless of whether we hold a position of authority or not.
When we put these traits into daily practice, we experience work in a new way. Trust increases, psychological safety becomes the rule rather than the exception, innovation and creativity bloom, performance and retention increase. The result? Individuals thrive and organizations flourish.
Participants will gain a greater understanding of:
- The power of behaving in line with stated beliefs.
- How to recognize and embrace their fallibility - and why that’s OK.
- How to connect with members of their team on a more human level.
- How focusing on input rather than output can yield better results for individuals and organizations.