KEYNOTE SPEAKER DENNIS BROUWER

For your next meeting or event, invite Dennis Brouwer to elevate your audience and organization to new heights with a combination of humor, amazing research, and thoughtful insights.  Dennis brings a warm, authentic, and engaging style to each hand-crafted keynote engagement. He’ll deliver just the right mix of inspiration and practical tools, in dynamic keynote presentations that are energizing and actionable, uplifting and moving.

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“Clear, concise, and articulate… Brouwer offers an energetic, lively and rational narrative sculpted to realign your way of thinking while providing rich examples from his own life as reinforcement.” 

Craig Jacobsen, Event Manager, Wisconsin Historical Society


TOPICS AND OUTCOMES

 
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Battling Burnout: How to Lead Your Team Back from the Brink
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It’s official – burnout is now a thing…a syndrome, actually. As of May 2019, the World Health Congress has updated its official manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to include burnout as an occupational syndrome.

Burnout – as defined by the ICD - is “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”, the kind of stress that directly impacts our co-workers, our families, and us as individuals. Burnout undermines team productivity, fosters negativity and cynicism, and per the ICD, exacerbates our well-documented problems with employee engagement and anxiety. We’ve reached the point where relentless demands on our time and attention are finally driving us to disengage for our own health and sanity.

What can we do about it? In this insightful keynote, Dennis Brouwer, a professional innovator who has built and led high-performing teams in sales, marketing, product management and naval aviation, sheds light on this critical challenge. He weaves cutting edge research with his personal experience to illuminate a path forward for hard-pressed teams and individuals.

The Takeaways

1) Understand what drives burnout, and how it affects teams, individuals and organizations.
2) Learn to identify burnout in your co-workers, team members and yourself.
3) Practice seven specific techniques used by highly effective leaders to counter burnout and to build resilient, dynamic teams and organizations.
4) Return to the workplace with a roadmap of clear, proven action items and a strategy to put them to work.


 
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Caging the Caveman: How to Build a Growth Mindset Beyond Fight or Flight
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The science is settled – we, as humans, are descended from thousands of generations of cagey ancestors who tamed fire, invented agriculture and built the world we know today.

But there’s a problem. Our ancestors lived and died in a world that rarely changed, and where any change that did occur was assumed to be dangerous, and perhaps lethal. But in the modern, post-industrial world, change is everywhere – it’s accelerating – and it’s (generally) improving our lives.

The results? Our tech-savvy selves are in constant conflict with deeply embedded habits of thought that lead us to subconsciously resist change. Add in the occasional over-the-top, adrenaline-fueled reaction that we experience as ”Fight or Flight”, and you’ve got the full “Caveman vs. Growth Mindset” battle that we face in our work, schools, communities and families.

There’s got to be a better way. In this thought-provoking keynote, Dennis Brouwer, an award-winning Navy tactician, turnaround leader, and professional innovator, uses a compelling blend of stories, research and personal experience to move beyond the fears and biases that kept our ancestors alive.

The Takeaways:

1) Understand the neuro-science that limits our creativity and energizes our immunity to change.
2) Learn to detect and counter our automatic, change-resistant habits of thought.
3) Practice seven specific techniques used by highly effective leaders to build growth mindsets and powerhouse teams, even in entrenched organizations.
4) Return to the workplace with a roadmap of clear, proven action items and a strategy to put them to work.



TOP 10 REASONS WHY DENNIS IS THE RIGHT KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR YOU:

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10. Unforgettable Stories

Real life narratives that bring core principles to life, drive home key points and inspire action. “Yes that really happened” stories of carrier-aviation, corporate intrigue, and entrepreneurial successes and failures.

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8. 100% Professional

Easy to do business with. Clear process, detailed planning, crystal-clear communications, and thorough follow-up. Radical transparency shouldn’t be radical!

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6. Thought Provoking

Irresistible blend of state-of- the-art research, vivid examples, and powerful case studies that make the call to action clear. Helps team to think bigger, crave progress and see new opportunities.

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4. Entrepreneurial Mindset

Combines a sense of urgency with a belief that an informed, focused team can figure out what’s needed and craft a plan to make it real.

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2. Unique Perspective

Decorated naval officer, entrepreneur, and professional innovator. Award-winning tactician, author and certified leadership professional. Self-taught brewer, Jeep mechanic, and log cabin restorer.

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9. Tailor-made Presentations

Customized, tuned and tweaked just for you, to guarantee just the right mix of education, entertainment, and motivation.

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7. Completely Relevant

Researched, planned, pre-checked and verified to ensure that the presentation is exactly what your organization needs now. No “what’s he talking about?” moments.

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5. Presentation Nirvana

Fast-moving mix of gorgeous imagery, high-resolution video, and carefully crafted language designed to drive engagement and retention of key messages. No death by PowerPoint!

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3. Action-oriented Takeaways

A compelling mix of practical guidance, emotional connection, and detailed self-help materials designed to encourage attendees to speak up, step up and find a better way.

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1. Entertaining and Encouraging

Interactive, challenging, and just plain interesting. Offers a consistent approach to clarifying key challenges and opportunities while developing a unified view of how to avoid disruption and ride the next wave of growth.


TEN REASONS THAT DENNIS IS PERFECT FOR YOUR INDUSTRY VERTICAL

 
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1. FINANCIAL SERVICES [READ MORE]

A. As part of his responsibilities as the General Manager of the $300m Savvis Enterprise Cloud Network business unit, Dennis led a $100m financial services business that supplied network, security and data center services to major financial institutions around the world.

B. This included a global network on behalf of ThomsonReuters with two network connections into every financial exchange worldwide.

C. It also included operation of high-reliability, low-latency trading venues in secure data centers in New Jersey, Hong Kong, Chicago and London.


 
 
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2. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES [READ MORE]

A. Dennis’ specialty is in developing what are known as “managed services”, for global enterprise customers. This required his team to design, develop, cost-justify and sell complex, comprehensive services that meet both technical and business needs.

B. Success in this competitive market required Dennis to lead teams that could be more efficient in their use of resources and more effective in their ability to discern market trends and needs.

C. This combination of experience resonates with technology firms and partner development programs at the Big 4 accounting firms and similar organizations.


 
 
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3. MILITARY/DEFENSE [READ MORE]

A. Dennis served on active duty in the US Navy for eight years and many of his former colleagues are in senior roles in the defense industry.

B. He lives near Washington DC, has held a Top Secret clearance, and as the SVP of Enterprise Product and Marketing at CenturyLink, created products for Federal, State and Local government.


 
 
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4. INTERNET/CLOUD/TECHNOLOGY/SECURITY [READ MORE]

A. While leading the Savvis network business, Dennis had responsibility for the former MCI-Net, which carries roughly 20% of US Internet traffic. He is completely conversant in private, public and cloud-based data communications infrastructure and services.

B. Dennis previously earned certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Personnel (CISSP).

C. He led the effort to fully integrate Savvis networks and cloud services, and did it again after being acquired by CenturyLink.

D. He was one of four co-founders of a venture-backed software company.


 
 
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5. MANUFACTURING [READ MORE]

A. Dennis is a student of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the technology underlying Industry 4.0 – including 5G wireless, low latency networking and the applicability of artificial intelligence to manufacturing processes.


 
 
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6. TRANSPORTATION [READ MORE]

A. In addition to being current on the Internet of Things (IoT), which will have a huge impact on the global auto industry, Dennis’ book begins with the Ford case study – where Alan Mulally dealt with global competitors, the unions, parts suppliers and entrenched waste to turn the company around.


 
 
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7. ASSOCIATIONS [READ MORE]

A. Dennis has coached senior leaders at non-profits and associations - and it’s obvious that the principles of Deconstruction and Creative Leadership apply just as clearly to those organizations as they do to for-profit businesses.


 
 
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8. CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE [READ MORE]

A. Dennis grew up in a small farming community of roughly 1,000 people in rural southwestern Minnesota, and spent time in the family business building custom homes for local farmers and merchants.

B. He has coached the leadership at construction companies in the customer residential and heavy industrial markets.


 
 
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9. HEALTHCARE/HOSPITALS [READ MORE]

A. Dennis lives in one of the nation’s top hot-spots for Lyme Disease and is a two-time survivor. Other members of his family have also battled chronic Lyme Disease. His youngest daughter is a critical care nurse in a major University medical system.

B. Aviation safety is often cited as a model for healthcare operations. Dennis personal experience in aviation safety, aircrew coordination and training, and as a nuclear weapons loading officer is directly relevant.


 
 
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10. AGRICULTURE/FARMING [READ MORE]

A. Both Dennis and his wife Rebecca grew up in the farm country of rural southwestern Minnesota. They currently live on a small farm in northern Virginia, complete with livestock and a tractor!

 

 
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“A great storyteller who brings inspiration to people on the front lines.”

Shea Long – SVP, Commercial Innovation, Centene Corporation


DENNIS IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS USE HIS PROVEN SYSTEM OF DECONSTRUCTION TO ACHIEVE UNIMAGINABLE SUCCESS