Leading @ the Speed of Change

A Customized and Practical “How-to” Half, One, or Two-Day Workshop

Leadership is clearly THE key to success. That’s why it’s such a popular topic. But despite all the talk about leadership and change, many “change fatigued” people are still struggling with just how to strengthen their personal effectiveness and leadership. Many supervisors, managers, and executives are confused by the multitude of leadership grids, charts, formulas, jargon, fads, charismatic stories, and buzzwords. Frontline staff often end up with a sense of “there they go again on another tangent.” Or “they are doing it to us again.”

Let’s Get Practical

For almost thirty years, Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results. His 2,000 plus presentations and workshops/retreats, seven best-selling books, columns, and newsletters are helping hundreds of thousands of people worldwide because they are inspiring, instructive, and refreshingly fun. And most of all…because they work! Jim is constantly distilling his exhaustive research, extensive experience, and collection of best practices into easily understood, highly energizing, and practical applications. His “Leading @ the Speed of Change” workshop is so popular because it inspires action and provides “how-to” steps that — when used as directed — dramatically boost results.

Workshop Menu

Each workshop is tailored to the audience and organizational circumstance. Following is an overview of the main sections that Jim can draw from in customizing a session for each Client. Navigating Change

  • The Best of Times and the Worst of Times
  • Change Choices: Navigator (capitalizing on changes), Survivor (just getting by), or Victim (living in “ Pity City”)
  • Keys to Navigating “Above the Line” of Cynicism and Negativity

Read Jim’s article “Navigating Change and Adversity” for a deeper look at the key model/approach in this section. The Performance Balance For a brief overview of the material covered in this section click here and here.

  • Finding the Right Balance: Technology, Management, Leadership
  • Managing Things and Leading People
  • Soft Skills, Hard Results: The Power of Emotional Intelligence for Me and My Team

Timeless Leadership Principles for Team and Organization Success This section builds on Jim’s best-selling book, The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success and its accompanying The Leaders Digest: Practical Application Planner.

Leadership expert, Warren Bennis, enthuses, “If you’re looking for a book that illustrates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable and lively way, this is it.” Depending upon the length and focus of the workshop, the process typically used starts with an overview of each of the following Leadership Principles. Participants then assess their team/organization. From here, small breakout discussion groups or the whole group (depending upon workshop size and objectives) review application exercises and brainstorm potential application ideas.

The workshop usually finishes with participants setting practical action plans. Focus and Context: Points of Origin

  • Where Are We Going?
    • Are we confusing goals and vision?
    • How alive is our vision?
    • How important is it for us to improve this?
  • What Do We Believe In?
    • Do we have core values?
    • How alive are our values?
    • How important is it for us to improve this?
  • Why Do We Exist?
    • Do we have a powerful purpose statement?
    • How alive is our purpose?
    • How important is it for us to improve this?

Responsibility for Choices: From Victim to Victor

  • Identifying and Eliminating “Victim Speak” in Our Team/Organization
  • Ten Ways We May Be Disempowering Ourselves
  • Strategies for Busting Our Barriers to Peak Performance
  • Focusing on Areas of Direct Control and Influence While Letting Go of No Control Areas/Issues

Authenticity: Let’s Get Real

  • Assessing and Addressing Trust and Credibility Gaps
  • Leading by Example: What Behaviors Do We Need to Change to Change Their Behavior?
  • Identifying and Dealing with Our Biggest “Moose-on-the-Table” Issues.

Passion and Commitment: All Fired Up

  • Assessing Our Leadership Against the Top Ten Commitment Indicators
  • Prioritizing Our Key Factors for Engaging Much Stronger Commitment in Our Organization
  • Loyalty Leadership: Retaining Our Top People

Spirit and Meaning: Matters of the Heart

  • Identifying and Addressing Our Five Biggest Spirit Killers
  • Which Stage Are We at on the Hierarchy of Spirit and Meaning?
  • Establishing Our Preferred Stage and How to Get There
  • Keys to Bringing a Deeper Sense of Pride to Our Team/Organization

Growing and Developing: All That We Can Be

  • The “Fish Tank Factor”: Measuring the Size of the Environment We’ve Built
  • The Coach’s Playbook: Assessing and Strengthening Coaching Effectiveness
  • Helping Team Members Get the Most from Training

Mobilizing and Energizing: Inspiring Peak Performance

  • Identifying Top Team/Organization Energy Drains and How to Plug the Leaks
  • Eight Factors to Build High-Performance Teams: Assessing Our Effectiveness
  • Meeting Effectiveness Checklist: What Should We Keep, Stop, and Start Doing?
  • Steps to Recharging with Recognition, Celebration, and Appreciation
  • Information versus Communication: Keys to Inspiration through Verbal Communications

Timeless Leadership Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

This section is built around Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success. Participants use the accompanying Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide for self-assessment, practical implementation ideas, priority setting, and action planning to continue what is started in this workshop. Depending upon the length and focus of the workshop, the process typically used starts with an overview of each of the following Leadership Principles. Participants then assess their team/organization. From here, small breakout discussion groups or the whole group (depending upon workshop size and objectives) review application exercises and brainstorm potential application ideas. We usually finish with participants setting personal action plans.

Focus and Context: The Core of My Being

  • Defining Success
  • Picturing My Preferred Future
  • Clarifying My Core Values
  • My Personal Purpose

Responsibility for Choices: If It’s to Be, It’s Up to Me

  • Dealing with Adversity: Choosing My Perspective
  • Choosing Our Explanations and Our Happiness
  • Increasing My Influence

Authenticity: Getting Real

  • The Real Me
  • Being the Change I Want to See in Others
  • Have, Do, or Be?
  • Getting Feedback on How Others See Me

Passion and Commitment: Beyond Near-Life Experiences

  • Taking My Passion Pulse
  • Determining My Strengths
  • Checking My Work Alignment
  • Deepening My Discipline and Commitment

Spirit and Meaning: With All My Heart and Soul

  • Checking My Spirit
  • The Meaning of My Work
  • Finding the Diamonds in My Own Backyard

Growing and Developing: From Phase of Life to Way of Life

  • Measuring My Growth
  • Signs of Stagnation
  • My Learning Style and Options

Mobilizing and Energizing: Putting Emotions in Motion

  • Checking for Energy Leaks
  • The Leadership Environment I Have Created
  • Inspiring through Verbal Communications
  • Harnessing the Power of Teams

Next Steps: Bringing It All Together

  • What do I most need to do (and when) to implement all my action plans?
  • Who am I going to get to help me (personal coach/counselor, mentor, network, spouse, trainer, consultant, etc.)?
  • How will I ensure I follow through on my plans?

Workshop Options

Focus on Personal Growth, Leading Others, or Blend of Both Customizing any “Leading @ the Speed of Change” workshop starts with defining the key objectives of the session. This could be a focus on personal growth and dealing with change or coaching and leading others to be more effective. These two focal points can be blended together for management participants in strengthening their ability to lead others by growing their leadership from the inside out.


For Management or Frontline Staff

This is generally an interactive and inspirational session that reinforces or provides participants with an “edutaining” overview of the keys to leadership and change. A few assessment and application exercises may be selected on the basis of pre-workshop discussions and customization.


For Management or Frontline Staff

Participants complete a greater number of the assessment and application exercises from The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner or Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide. Participants assess their overall effectiveness across the seven Timeless Leadership Principles. This helps determine which Principles they want to complete as a whole group or in small discussion groups (depending upon the key issues and number of people in the session). The amount of time and depth in each agenda area is determined by preworkshop discussions and customization.


For Management Staff Only

Participants typically complete all assessments and application exercises in The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner and may start selected ones in Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide. They get deep into the key leadership issues that need to be addressed and develop detailed action plans. Key priorities, next steps, and follow-through processes are established.

Confidential Preworkshop Web-Based Assessment (Optional)

This assessment is built around the questions in The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner. All or selected assessments (depends upon the half, one or two-day version) are completed confidentially and anonymously by each participant before the session begins. Scores are tabulated and a summary report is brought to the workshop for discussion, prioritization, and action. This option provides:

  • The truest views of how participants really feel about the organization or team’s strengths and improvement opportunities
  • A big savings in the time used at the workshop for completing and scoring the assessment exercises
  • Preworkshop learning that allows for deeper discussions of each leadership and change concept or principle
  • A more balanced discussion based on objective data of everyone’s perspective rather than a few of the most vocal or powerful participants
  • More thoughtful and authentic assessments since participants don’t feel rushed or that someone is peeking at their scores over their shoulder

What Participants Gain From This Powerful Workshop

  • Extensive “how-to” workbooks (The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner and Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide) with hundreds of practical application ideas (depending upon workshop option chosen and pricing)
  • Ideas and inspiration for personally dealing with or leading change
  • Tools, techniques, and ideas for strengthening their team/organization
  • Reflection time to reassess personal and professional priorities
  • Discover how to shift their team’s culture toward much stronger people leadership
  • Understand and apply the power of emotional intelligence
  • Pinpoint performance gaps and priorities to be addressed and set action plans
  • Strengthened team dynamics and processes
  • Team/organization agreement on leadership strengths and improvement opportunities
  • Establish personal, team, or organization improvement plans
  • Reframe and refocus negative changes/adversity
  • Recharged, reenergized, and reinspired
  • Common languages/approaches for a more “leaderful” team or organization
  • Insights for coaching and developing others