KEYNOTE SPEAKER DENNIS BROUWER

For your next meeting or event, invite Dennis Brouwer to share his proven and powerful system of the Eleven Essentials of Leadership to elevate your audience and organization to new heights.  Dennis brings a warm, authentic, and engaging style to each hand-crafted keynote engagement.  With just the right mix of inspiration and practical tools, energizing and actionable, uplifting and moving, audiences worldwide have cherished his dynamic keynote presentations.

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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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The Eleven Essentials of Leadership
Train your brain to think like an elite leader, starting NOW. [READ MORE]


In a world where the playing field has been leveled - where every organization has access to the same capital, technology, people and resources, leadership is the last great point of leverage.

The problem with humans, however, is that as we struggle to keep pace with unprecedented levels of change, we’re doing battle with our own brains. Modern neuroscience tells us that the human mind is incredibly adept at reinterpreting the immediate past, present and future in ways that help us justify our inaction and silently undermine our capacity for change.

As we consider changes in everything from personal habits to strategic initiatives, our brains, which have evolved over tens of thousands of years to be risk-averse, filter the information around us to convince us that we’re fine, our judgments are solid, and we can stay the course, just as we’ve always done. But there is hope. In this captivating keynote, bestselling author, U.S. Navy veteran, and multi-decade business executive Dennis Brouwer shows us a surprising path forward by building on the fact that most learning takes place NOT under the watchful eye of a tutor or mentor, but in the daily crucible of events, where we try new things, fail quickly and move on. Ladership is no different.

1) Understand the neuro-science that limits our creativity, and how to routinely sidestep habits of thought that hold us back 2) Understand the mechanism by which "The Eleven Essentials" have the potential to change the way our brains work, starting today. 3) Apply the a subset of the Eleven Essentials in real-time. 4) Develop an easy to understand, painless plan to implement new leader behaviors on day one.


 
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Energizing Elite Teams in the Military and Beyond
With a winning blend of optimism, curiosity, and operational discipline. [READ MORE]

As a carrier-based anti-submarine warfare tactician at the height of the Cold War, Dennis and his colleagues had one job – to protect USS Enterprise from potential attack by a bad guy. That bad buy was a Soviet cruise missile equipped nuclear submarine designed to do one thing and one thing only – to incinerate the aircraft carrier that they called home. Despite a lack of resources, a highly capable enemy and conventional wisdom that said what they were setting out to do was impossible, Dennis and his team led the effort that found a Soviet submarine in the one place it wasn’t supposed to be – two miles from USS Enterprise during flight operations in the north Arabian Sea.

It’s an exciting story that’s surprisingly relevant in our hyper-competitive world. In this talk, Dennis draws parallels between his team’s experience in the strategic cat and mouse game of submarine warfare, and the daily challenges faced by sales, product, marketing and business executives in their chosen markets and territories. In every case, success is a team effort and the difference between success and failure – and sometimes between life and death – is razor thin. Finding that edge – that competitive wrinkle or newly relevant assumption – is what this talk is all about.

The takeaways? 1) Understand the constructive way to challenge assumptions and conventional wisdom as a path to growing sales, revenue and customer satisfaction. 2) Gain support for new “breakout” courses of action. 3) Apply creativity across daily business processes. 4) Identify opportunities for competitive advantage in assumptions and the behaviors they drive. 5) Understand the neuro-science that limits our creativity, and how to routinely sidestep habits of thought that hold us back.


 
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Innovating Without Einstein
How the company next door creates breakthrough products and services. [READ MORE]

The basic organizational unit of any elite organization is the team. Faced with accelerating rates of change, global competition and rapidly advancing technology, our best teams are challenged to deliver on a credible, sustainable vision for the future. As the market for products, and services becomes more volatile and uncertain, it is more important than ever for high-performing teams to find new ways to get the job done.

In this thought-provoking keynote, bestselling author, professional innovator, and proven turnaround leader Dennis Brouwer delivers a remarkable perspective on high-performing teams – how they work, how they’re different, and how they seem to achieve the impossible. Brouwer shares his unorthodox, yet practical approach to team development by illuminating the biases that undermine our personal perspectives, exploring the neuro-science of visionary thinking, and sharing startling case studies of what’s possible in seemingly dead-end, mature industries and organizations. Attendees will leave with a new perspective on the importance of clarifying, communicating and creating a shared Vision of a new, desired future that’s worth fighting for.



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