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Adam Markel is the #1 Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Pivot, a road map for embracing change. A sought-after keynote speaker, MC and workshop facilitator, Adam has reached tens of thousands worldwide by sharing his insights and research to develop greater levels of Resilience and sustainable performance.
An attorney, CEO and executive mentor, Adam is a business culture-change catalyst who guides organizations and individuals to create the optimal environment for people to be at their best. His company, More Love Media, helps leaders strengthen their voice, develop resilience, embrace change and cultivate work cultures of greater unity and resilience through keynotes, workshops and business mentoring.
In Adam’s forthcoming book Change Proof: Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-Term Resilience, he reveals 4 tangible, impactful strategies that are required to succeed over time in a world with chronic change. These fundamentals help audiences and readers center themselves and utilize change to their advantage, both personally and professionally, for increased and sustainable performance in the face of change.
Adam credits much of his success to the principles he learned during his 8 years as a Jones Beach lifeguard in New York. As a first responder in a life and death environment, he learned the importance of cultivating a high-performance capacity and impeccable teamwork and leadership. He’s found that the principles of this type of culture equally apply to any business that wants to build a sustainable competitive advantage to win.
Since his days on Jones Beach, Adam has spent his life protecting others and bringing them back from the brink of business and professional drowning--including his own. After building a multi-million dollar law firm specializing in finance, commercial and employment litigation, Adam turned a mid-life crisis into a mid-life calling, pivoting his own career path. He became CEO of one of the largest business and personal growth training companies in the world. Here he learned that motivation and inspiration alone are not enough to effectively utilize change; it’s about providing leaders, teams and audiences with tangible, effective takeaways to sustain them over time.
For over a decade, Adam has trained and led programs around the globe in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, resilience, leadership, transformation, relationships and public speaking. Adam’s keynotes, corporate workshops, combine his “Lessons from the Lifeguard Stand” with practical business strategies, personal development insights, and a unique delivery style to create a high-energy and impactful learning environment. As a self-proclaimed “recovering attorney,” he has shared his powerful content and heart-led leadership style on four continents, in dozens of countries, and throughout hundreds of cities. Adam’s core programs are:
Adam’s powerful and practical talks offer a unique bridge between self-development and business mastery. They are crafted to inspire, empower, and guide people to achieve a greater impact through greater awareness, authenticity and action. He’s been a keynote speaker and trainer for Fortune 500 companies and conferences including: Procter & Gamble, Herbalife, Henkel, Jack-In-The-Box, Ingram Micro, Mattress Firm, Harvard University, Byline Bank, Alexion and Bayhealth. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Michael J. Fox, Stedman Graham and was honored to become a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council.
Adam’s extensive experience on global stages translates into a powerful experience for any audience. He is known as one of the most charismatic speakers you'll ever see, as his talks are interactive, engaging and high energy. Adam shares skills, tools, strategies and practices that can be used outside the event setting to achieve sustainable results. Adam employs “accelerated learning” techniques to ensure that the substance of what is being taught is learned faster and participants retain more of what they learn.
Adam is a recognized expert in resilience, thriving through change, and the integration of business and personal development. He’s been interviewed by many outlets, including: Fox News, Entrepreneur, INC., and The Wall Street Journal.
Adam holds a BS in English and began his career as a public school teacher. Adam has tremendous and diverse experience in business, leadership, mentoring, and facilitation of experiential programs for large and small groups -- and knows what it takes to thrive as an entrepreneur, business owner and corporate leader.
Family is central to Adam’s life and work. He is immensely grateful everyday for his college sweetheart, wife of 30+ years and business partner, Randi Markel. Their greatest joy is their four beautiful children, who are all committed to having a positive impact on the world.
Adam has truly reinvented what it means to be a heart-centered and authentic leader. He's admired for his refreshing and inspiring impact on entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and leaders worldwide. He brings this perspective to his podcast “The Conscious PIVOT”, where he facilitates insightful discussions with business leaders and innovators on strategies to build resilience, become Change Proof and pivot effectively in today's continuously disruptive marketplace.
The Way Forward
Going Back Is Not An Option: Here’s The Way Forward
Over the past year leaders were increasingly faced with the challenge of optimizing employee performance while championing them through the very real issues of the pandemic and social unrest. According to the Harvard Business Review, employee productivity in most organizations dropped by at least 3 to 6 percent during COVID-19.
Many of us are relieved at the prospect of getting back to "normal". But let's face it, these issues are unlikely to be resolved by going back to the way organizations used to function. We're also witnessing a cultural shift where a large percentage of employees, in particular millennials, have new expectations around what is required to build a culture of collaboration and productivity.
The only way forward is to become Change Proof - to have the capacity to leverage uncertainty and change - whether it's the new normal or the next normal - to build long-term growth. The way forward involves a series of small but meaningful PIVOTS that reset, re-energize and re-engage our workforce.
Resilience is the foundation, both individually and organizationally. Research shows that by utilizing innovative recovery techniques and resilience rituals, we don’t just recover from adversity we actually increase our capacity to address future stress and avoid costly burnout. In other words, we are built to bounce forward, not back. Our brains can learn (at almost any age) how to process stress and turn it into strategy -- by building the narrative of resilience. Resilient cultures enjoy improved health, more energy, passion and engagement, lower turnover and greater team innovation and productivity.
In his highly interactive keynote, The Way Forward, Adam shares tangible, impactful practices to improve our levels of resilience - and how to leverage the power of uncertainty to build long-term growth and become Change Proof.
Got Your Back
Creating A Culture of Resilience
Stress and overwhelm are even larger challenges for organizations today, making these questions ever more important: Are we too tired, busy or burned-out to think big? And if so, what do we do about it? With the pace of change only continuing to escalate during and after COVID-19, it’s critical that businesses provide an optimal environment for people to be at their best.
With an estimated $62 billion being spent each year in corporate health and safety costs alone due to exhaustion and burnout, it’s vital that leaders develop the organizational capacity to not only perform under stress, but to thrive in the face of it.
In this virtual, high-energy and interactive talk, Adam explores the critical factors necessary to build higher performance capacity and resilience through a Got Your Back Culture. Your team will leave with tangible takeaways for a lasting impact well after the event is over.
Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Create Long-Term Resilience
Unprecedented, chaotic, overwhelming, exhausting. These are the words most frequently used today to describe our personal and professional lives. Let’s face it though, this is not the first time - nor will it be the last - that we will be challenged on a mental, emotional, physical, and yes, even a spiritual level. When we’re not at our best in these areas, we just don’t perform well, leaving creativity, flexibility and innovation on the table. The impact? Our key performance indicators suffer, including revenue and profitability.
Today’s imperative is for our organizations to cultivate our ability to become Change-Proof: having the ability to not just to ride the waves of change… but to shred them and stay on top for the long ride! Resilience is the foundation, both individually and organizationally, for maintaining performance. Research shows that when we develop, practice, and invest in the skills of resilience, the results are improved health, more energy, passion and engagement, lower turnover and greater team innovation and performance.
In this virtual, high-energy interactive talk, Adam teaches simple, usable daily practices to improve our levels of resilience and how to leverage the stress of uncertainty and change to build long-term growth.
Create High Performance Leadership Like A Lifeguard
Resilience as the Unsung Hero of Your Business
With 18 years as a trial attorney and 9 years as the CEO of a large training and development company, Adam Markel has much to share with audiences about leadership and resilience. However, his greatest and most enduring lessons came from the 7 years he spent as a lifeguard on the beach in Long Island.
In this high energy talk, Adam will share what he calls the “Resilient Leadership Model” to help create high performance results — where team members are mentally, emotionally, and physically bought into the same mission. Adam helps his audiences understand that resilience is a lot more than endurance and that leadership means more than simply being in charge. His heart-centered leadership techniques help organizations understand how to nurture their teams so they can outlast the competition and go the distance.
Through a combination of audience participation and powerful stories straight out today’s headlines, Adam Markel shares:
Use the P.I.V.O.T. Formula To Create A Culture Of Creativity
Embracing Change & the Path to Innovation
Disruption is inevitable. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change – or clings to the status quo because of the perceived risk, your days may be numbered: 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business.
Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and its very survival. Our ability to reinvent and innovate – what Adam Markel refers to as “PIVOT-Ability” – is critical to business longevity. Pivoting requires vision, agility, resilience and the ability to utilize change to its fullest.
Through a combination of foundational principles, stories and interactive exercises, Adam Markel will help your team:
Bounce Forward: Leveraging Resilience for Your Bottom Line & Long-Term Success
According to the Harvard Business Review, employee productivity in most organizations dropped by at least 3 to 6 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders are increasingly faced with the challenge of optimizing employee performance while championing them through the very real issues of today. But there are hacks to
help employees be more resilient, based entirely on science and a bit of common sense.
The most current research confirms that we are actually built to bounce forward, not back. Our brains can learn (at almost any age) how to process stress and turn it into strategy -- by growing the narrative of resilience. Utilizing state-of-the-art recovery techniques and rituals, we don’t just recover from adversity we actually increase our capacity to address future stress and avoid costly burnout.
Resilience is the foundation, both individually and organizationally, for reversing declines in performance. Research shows that when we develop and practice the rituals of resilience, the results are improved health, more energy, passion and engagement, lower turnover and greater team innovation and productivity.
In this high-energy interactive talk, Adam teaches simple, usable daily practices to improve our levels of resilience and how to leverage the stress of uncertainty and change to build long-term growth.
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