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Robert Kriegel, Change Speaker

Robert Kriegel

    • New York Times Best-Selling Author on Change, Innovation, Leadership, and Peak Performance
    • Customer Service Speaker
    • NPR Commentator
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Robert Kriegel

Robert Kriegel

Robert Kriegel Speaker Biography

One of the most in-demand business speakers, Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative, out of the box strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges, and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace.

A commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace program, Kriegel has done two specials for PBS. U.S. News & World Report called him one of the country’s leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He has taught at Stanford University’s Executive Management Program and is a former advertising executive for Young and Rubicam where he managed Proctor & Gamble and Travelers Insurance accounts.

Dr. Kriegel is the author of the national bestseller: If it ain’t broke...BREAK IT! and Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers, which made Business Week’s bestseller list. His recent book which focuses on innovation and out of the box thinking is: How to Succeed in Business Without Working so Damn Hard.

A former all American swimmer and co-founder of one of the first institutes of sports psychology, Bob has coached both Olympic and pro athletes and teams. The New York Times said his work “spurred a revolution in performance practices.” He is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller Inner Skiing which Ski Magazine said; ”set skiing ahead 10 years” and has done color commentary for the US Pro Ski Tour on ESPN. His new book, based on his 30 years as a mental coach for high performers, is Performance Under Pressure; how to be at your best when it counts.

His customized speeches and programs will entertain you, inform you and inspire you. He will teach you how to develop and lead Change-Ready© people and organizations. You’ll learn how to round up sacred cows that inhibit change and new opportunities as well how to develop strategies for gaining the competitive edge by leading customers not following them and rethinking rules, redefining roles and reinventing their game.

Innovate or Else: Re-thinking the Rules, Reinventing your game

~ Winners don’t respond quickly to change and new opportunities, they create them

~ If you use yesterday’s thinking in today’s game, you’re going to be in trouble tomorrow

~ How to create the future rather than “wait and watch” it happen (for someone else)

~ 5 strategies for developing innovative new ideas and opportunities

~ The 4 most common obstacles to innovation and how to overcome them

~ Don’t compete, change the game

~ Playing to win vs. playing not to lose

~ How to turn innovation into action


Don't Satisfy The Customer, Surprise Them

~ Why the old conventional rules for selling don’t work in these faster, more competitive, rapidly changing times

~ How to keep out of ‘commodity hell’

~ Do the impossible for the customer

~ How to win by out-thinking not outworking the competition

~ How to keep yourself ‘up’ all day

~ How to get yourself in the ‘peak zone’

~ How to prepare for a major presentation

~ How to achieve goals by ‘trying easier’

~ How to motivate your customer


Using Success As A SpringBoard To Greater Heights

~ How winners stay on top; The two main characteristics of perennial winners

~ Why some people keep winning and others don’t

~ The most overlooked strategy for keeping on top

~ How to conquer the sabotage thinking that traps winners

~ Why you should always mess with success

Thriving In Turbulent Times

The old rules for success no longer apply in this current environment of increased competition, change and uncertainty. If you use yesterday’s thinking in today’s world you won’t be around tomorrow.

To survive today, companies need to be Change-Ready© - to drive change by constantly challenging old thinking and seeking bold innovative out of the box new ideas, opportunities and possibilities

In these presentations, you will learn bold innovative strategies for keeping ahead in these turbulent times.

Specifically, Dr. Kriegel will discuss how to develop Change-Ready© strategies that are proactive, not reactive, leaders not followers, and out in front of the wave rather than struggling to keep up.

~ Four strategies for creating innovative new ideas, opportunities, and possibilities.

~ How to overcome the three major obstacles to change and innovation

~ How to motivate people to become drivers of change

~ How to streamline operations by rounding up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit change and innovation

~ Why the tried and true needs to be dead and buried

~ The importance of constantly challenging the status “in the way it’s always been done”


Leading In Turbulent Times

~ How to create a Change Ready© culture in which innovation flourishes, people are open and excited about change and performing at peak levels

~ Three strategies for keeping people motivated and ‘up’ in tough times

~ How to overcome the most common obstacles to change and innovate new ideas

~ Three steps for developing can do thinking that turns new ideas into action and increases confidence, commitment, and momentum

~ How to coach people to excel under pressure

Developing A Change Ready Mind Set

~ Create change not respond to it, lead not follow, proactive not reactive

~ How to out-think rather than out-work the competition

~ Three characteristics of Change-Ready© thinking

~ Three strategies for thinking ‘out of the box’

~ Sacred Cow Hunts, streamlining productivity

~ Red/Green time - the 90% solution


Creating A Change-Ready® Organization

~ Creating an organization that fosters innovation

~ How to create the future not respond to it

~ The Four “M” qualities of leadership - Modeling, Mentoring/Coaching, Motivating, eMpowering

~ Playing to Win vs. Playing not to lose

~ Four strategies for creating bold innovative ideas

~ Three strategies for motivating people and generating excitement about change

~ Four strategies for streamlining operations and rounding up

~ Sacred Cows that are costly, time-consuming and prevent change and innovation

~ Can-do thinking for turning innovation into action

~ The passion scale—how to keep people “up” in down times

~ How to create the future not respond to it

~ The Four “M” qualities of leadership - Modeling, Mentoring/Coaching, Motivating, eMpowering

~ Playing to Win vs. Playing not to lose

~ Four strategies for creating bold innovative ideas

~ Three strategies for motivating people and generating excitement about change

~ Four strategies for streamlining operations and rounding up

~ Sacred Cows that are costly, time-consuming and prevent change and innovation

~ Can-do thinking for turning innovation into action

~ The passion scale—how to keep people “up” in down times


If It Ain't Broke...Break It!Surfer’s rules for riding the wave of change without wiping out

Four Break-It! thinking techniques for developing bold innovative new ideas and opportunities:

~ flipping rules
~ looking outside
~ working backward
~ combining things that haven’t been
~ thinking like a beginner

Bold, innovative ‘out of the box’ thinking strategies for:

~ keeping ahead of the wave
~ solving old problems in new ways
~ creating new opportunities and possibilities
~ how to create the Future not respond to it


Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers

~ How to Round up Sacred Cows; outdated policies, practices, systems, and strategies that cost money and prevent change and innovation

~ How to eliminate thinking that creates sacred cows and enables them to 'graze' on profits and productivity

~ Rules for a Sacred Cow hunt

~ How to put sacred cows on a diet

~ The ripple effect

~ How to Streamline processes and operations

~How to control email epidemics, paper piles, and meeting mania

~ Cutting out vs. cutting down outdated policies and practices

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