Keynotes

Keynotes from Elle Allison-Napolitano: Researcher, Author, Speaker.

Dr. Elle Allison Napolitano

Begin your conference, meeting, retreat, team meeting and celebration with a fast paced and invigorating short hand version of insights on such topics as the extraordinary resilience of leadership, leadership wisdom, leaders developing other leaders, and what it takes to create sustainable change. Walk away with tools and ideas you can use immediately.

All keynotes are uniquely customized for each client and can expand into a break-out session, workshop, or development program. Elle also weaves in stories from your own organization.

Examples of Elle’s popular keynotes follow:

 

1.  RESILIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ANSWER: DO SOMETHING STRANGE AND EXTRAVAGANT

“Do something strange and extravagant.” The line comes from an Emerson essay on heroism. I relate these words to an extraordinary form of resilience; the kind needed to break barriers, perceived or real, especially during times of adversity. Although most people hope for resilience, the truth is we are all stronger than we think we are and resilience is the default mode; it takes something strange and extravagant to leap over barriers.

How to do this? This is the sleeping giant: with understanding of the new science of post-traumatic-growth, we may precipitate the ways that people actually grow from adversity, going way beyond restoration of the previous status quo. What makes the potential in this sleeping giant so powerful is that the very ways people grow from adversity (awareness of new opportunities, increased efficacy, warmer relationships, clear priorities, and constructing meaning from suffering) create the conditions that inoculate them against future stress.

(To learn more about these ideas, see Elle’s April 23, 2016 TEDX Talk on You Tube)

2. DON’T BE AFRAID OF COMPASSION

I once read that when Fred Rogers (yes that would be Mr. Rogers from the neighborhood!), was a child and he would see scary things in the news, his mother told him to always look for the helpers. The Helpers are those dear people among us who move toward things that are scary. They take action to help those who are suffering. The helpers are moved by compassion. For those of you who are The Helpers: teachers, nurses, doctors, caregivers of any kind, city leaders, neighbors — compassion is always the right answer. Sometimes we hear about something called compassion fatigue — it is a sensation of real depletion for those who help all the time. Often, compassion fatigue is accompanied by a sense of burn-out. Rather than turning away from compassion, which is always nourishing, always renewing, always fueled by passion, The Helpers need to have new ideas and new strategies — new ways of understanding how to help without attachment to outcomes, while also caring for their own renewal. This keynote explores the ideas behind compassion and gives people courage to always choose compassion.

3. SUPER STRONG IN ACTION: WHAT HIGHLY RESILIENT PEOPLE DO WHEN THINGS DON’T GO AS PLANNED

AUDIENCE ACTIVITY/ ENTERTAINMENT-BASED/ EDUCATIONAL / INFORMATIVE INSPIRATIONAL / LIFE-CHANGING

Super Resilience is a heightened capacity to bounce forward in response to adversity. This means that resilient people are slow to fall apart in the first place, recover faster, hit the ground running, and create new realities that take the whole system into a better future. And oh yeah, they do it with more grace, pluck, and good cheer than their less resilient counterparts!

Since adversity is neither rare nor unusual (especially for leaders and teams at the helm of meaningful work), resilience, not resistance, really is the only sane response. In this keynote/workshop, Elle will help your teams explore the six phases that highly resilient people embrace in order to actually grow from adversity–not just to contain crisis and restore the previous status quo. We’ll reflect on practices for:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Carry On: This is about maintaining momentum
  3. Step into new realities — with a new narrative
  4. Want more and play a bigger game
  5. Instigate adaptive action
  6. Reflect, celebrate, learn, and renew

4. INVITING DISRUPTION: A CRAZY, WONDERFUL STRATEGY FOR BUILDING CULTURES OF RESILIENCE

Even the best leaders cannot predict a specific disruptive change, adverse incident, or wild card event. What we can do, however, is shape a resilient organization-an organization capable of responding elegantly to unpredictable events, no matter what form they take. Ironically, the most powerful way organizations get ahead of disruptive change is to initiate conversations that actually invite disorder. Leaders in these organizations learn to ask status-quo-challenging questions that explore key initiatives and uncover vulnerabilities in the way things are being done. Although it might sound crazy to purposefully introduce disorder, resilient organizations sustain their resilience only by being willing to change.

This keynote explores ways to reveal vulnerabilities that make organizations fragile and vulnerable and that undermine the success of initiatives and innovation.  We will:

  1. Reveal vulnerabilities from the perspectives of various stakeholders;
  2. Reflect on a few common vulnerabilities and the practices of organizations that mitigate and even transform them into strengths;
  3. Use several thought leadership questions™ to introduce helpful disruption and get ahead of the vulnerabilities that undermine learning organizations;
  4. Identify the first steps needed to make your organizations and teams more resilient.

5. STRONG AS HELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY RESILIENCE OF FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Human Beings possess incredibly reliable adaptive systems that allow them to absorb, process, and bounce back from life’s vicissitudes. Beautifully, resilience is common and it works for all of us. But are there differences in resilience between the genders? I will say this; For many women,the assets that make leaders more resilient are elusive or incredibly hard won.

After all, the more diversity in an organization’s workforce, the more relevant and profitable it becomes. Ironically, the biases that undermine resilience in aspiring women leaders also undermine diversity and profitability for the enterprise.

This keynote empowers women to tap into unique and nuanced approaches for developing super resilience and actually grow stronger from the adversities and challenges inherent in leadership.

The audience will walk away with powerful practices for deepening their own resilience through focusing on relationships, renewal and resonance.

To discuss your keynote needs, please contact Dr. Elle Allison-Napolitano.