Watch Barbara
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Through her keynotes and engaging presentations, Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, ranging from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to union workers on the shop floor. Barbara’s presentations are full of moving stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech. Her entertaining style is grounded in her change leadership consulting experience and original research database spanning from America to Australia, Canada to the Congo, and Italy to India.

She engages audiences with her real-world credibility, and is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Audiences consistently report that they are entertained, educated, and able to immediately transfer the strategies and tactics she offers to the workplace.

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Sample Keynote Topics

When Change Doesn’t Stick:

Building Change Intelligence for Successful and Sustainable Transformation and Results


Are you and your fellow organizational leaders tired of the “progam of the year?”  Are you frustrated that no matter what you try, your change projects seem to either fail outright or produce gains that don’t sustain?  In this interactive and compelling keynote, you’ll learn how to get beyond the buzzwords and hype and leverage a proven formula for change—one that creates results that last.  Through actual client examples and entertaining stories, you’ll learn how to engage the brain, inspire the heart, and motivate the hands to get people moving in positive, new directions.  As a result, your leaders will walk away knowing how to drive change that gets results, recoups your investment, and makes a bottom line difference for your organization.

Why Aren’t They Getting It?

How Change Intelligent Leaders Enlighten, Engage, and Equip Their People to Make an Impact and Move the Bottom Line

When it comes to change, do you find that your people dig in their heels, resist embracing the new vision or even run screaming the other way?  For leaders and organizations that want to make an impact, this is an obstacle to carrying out the change you need to make it in today’s global economy and tough competitive marketplace.  In this highly informative keynote, your audience will discover the myths and realities of overcoming resistance to change—and the biggest mistakes leaders make when trying to “get others to change”—and how to avoid them.  You will also learn the pivotal mindset shift that Change Intelligent Leaders embrace—that what seems like resistance in others, often is lack of change intelligence in ourselves as leaders.  Through entertaining stories and true-to-life examples, you will understand how to leverage critical leadership skills so your people get it, want it, and know how to carry out changes imperative your business to survive and thrive.  As a result, audience members walk away understanding how to become inspirational leaders who inspire others to act and to attain powerful results together.

in Tough Times:

Uncovering the Three Keys to Develop Relationships that Deliver Results

Is your team struggling to reach a challenging new goal?  Are team members in conflict with one another?  Or, perhaps your team is newly formed and moving up the learning curve, getting to know each other and their objectives?  Whatever your team’s situation, learning the three keys to relationships will empower your team to be better able to work together to get results.  Build your team’s “heartset” to become inspired and engaged.  Build your team’s “mindset” to laser focus on vision and strategy.  Build your team’s “skillset” to become equipped with the tactics and tools to get ‘er done.  In this valuable keynote you will discover insights from real-life work teams, project teams, and executive teams in a variety of industries facing complex challenges, and succeeding together.  Your audience will walk away knowing how to lead your team from breakdown to breakthrough.

Women’s Power at Work:

Leading Impactful Teams from
the Ground Up
with Inclusive Management Strategies

As a woman, do you struggle to balance getting your current work done with excellence against strategizing toward future goals? Are you frustrated that while you coach your team toward great results, you often feel stymied toward attainment of your personal career aspirations? The reality is that as women, we so often put the needs of others (staff, manager, organization) ahead of our own. How can we prioritize the many competing demands on our time and attention, in a way that empowers us to feel whole and fulfilled? How can we best put our positive power to work, at work? Women who develop their Change Intelligence (or CQ) are better able to juggle conflicting priorities intentionally and effectively to simultaneously make a bottom-line impact on their team and organization while also focusing on their careers through positive, proactive self-promotion.