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Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Best-selling author of 16 books at Baldoni Consulting LLC
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
John Baldoni is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author of 16 books that have been translated into ten languages.
John’s thought leadership is reflected in his writing as well as his choice of media: columns, videos and books. John also integrates piano improvisations into his keynotes which he illustrates with his still life photos. John is also the host of LinkedIn Live’s GRACE under pressure interview series, a platform that has enabled him to interview more a hundred global business, academic and thought leaders and doers.
John’s books include Grace Under Pressure: Leading Through Change and Crisis;
Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World, GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss and The Leader’s Pocket Guide.
In 2022, Thinkers 360 named John a Top 10 Thought Leader for both Leadership and Management. In 2023, Global Gurus ranked John a Top 20 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2021, the International Federation of Learning and Development named John a World-Class Mentor and named him to its Hall of Fame. In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker and Trust Across America honored John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.
John is also a member of the renowned 100 Coaches, a group of executive coaches and thought leaders from the worlds of business, academia and social service. 100 Coaches was founded by Marshall Goldsmith.
John established a career as a highly sought-after executive coach, where he has had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.
John has authored more than 800 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Inc.com. John also produced and appears in a video coaching series for SmartBrief, a news channel with over 4 million readers. John is the author and host of two online leadership courses: “Leading through Change & Crisis” and “Leading with Resilience + Grace” for Methods of Leaders/100 Coaches. John’s leadership resource website is www.johnbaldoni.com
Available For: Advising, Consulting, Speaking Travels From: Ann Arbor MIchigan Speaking Topics: Leadership, Influence, Purpose
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Leading through Change & Crisis: GRACE under pressure
Crisis can bring out the best in leaders; they must rise to the challenge of a world turned upside down. The very best leaders do this by leveraging their purpose with their sense of grace.
Leaders need to demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, provide clarity in times of uncertainty, and deliver hope when fear abounds. And do it all with a sense of grace that reflects humility, empathy and respect for others.
In his keynote, John Baldoni reveals how leaders use the concept of grace to help us learn, grow and fulfill the “greater good.” The presentation explores three concepts:
• Take Care of Your Team (Adversity, Stress, Resilience, Affirmation)
• Take Care of Yourself (Make This Your Finest Hour!)
• Prepare for What’s Next (Capitalize on the Crisis)
MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership
Leading others to achieve positive results is not easy. Not only must leaders be smart, they must be resilient. They need to be able to view challenges as opportunities. And if they are knocked down they need to find ways to pick up themselves as well as their teams. In short successful leaders have something that distinguishes them from others.
We say they have “moxie” – one part determination, one part smarts, and one part courage!
Leaders need to be opportunistic in the sense of wanting to make positive things happen. Leaders also need to have the disposition to succeed as well as the inner resourcefulness to persevere. We call this the “right stuff to lead,” or X-factors. Leaders know that risk is involved with most ventures so they must be willing to do things differently. They must be innovators.
And all good leaders know that they by themselves accomplish very little. They must engage with others in order to achieve sustainable goals for themselves, their teams and their organizations. Moxie is an attribute that successful leaders utilize to make a positive difference in the world in which they live.
In his keynote “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership,” John Baldoni will show how leaders can learn to:
• Mindfulness… Practice it consistently
• Opportunity… Capitalize on it
• X Factor… Put the “Right Stuff of Leadership” to work
• Innovation… Create pathways to success
• Engagement… Achieve intended results with others
Lead with Purpose: Give Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself
When an organization succeeds it is because they know what they do and why they do it. We say they have purpose.
When I speak to executives, I ask them: what would you give to have an entire company full of employees who know what they do, love it and want to keep on doing it. They smile wistfully knowing that such commitment is rare. But in reality it is only rare because companies do not take enough time nurturing such attitudes in the workplace.
It is up to leaders to make certain that organizational purpose is understood and acted upon. Based upon research and interviews with business executives in multiple sectors I have concluded that there are five key people-smart things that businesses must do to succeed in the new future.
In this presentation, John will explore:
• How defined purpose can help your team thrive and achieve
• Ways to make people your first priority
• How to turn good intentions into great results
• How to make employees “comfortable with the uncomfortable” (i.e. ambiguity)
• How make it safe to fail (and prevail)
• How to create your legacy with emerging leaders
Baldoni Consulting LLC
Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Best-selling author of 16 books
Senator John Fetterman Stands Tall For Mental Health
May 10, 2023
Suffering does awaken the human condition. It reminds us of our frailty. We are not above anguish. But as Senator Fetterman shows, frailty is not fragility. We can break, but that does not mean we are fragile. On the contrary, we can regain our physical and mental strength.
Steven Spielberg And John Williams: The Art And Magic Of Collaboration
May 02, 2023
Collaboration is rooted in trust; when you work closely together for decades, trust becomes the bond that holds the relationship together and brings stories to life in ways that entertain, charm, and enlighten.
Don’t Get Smug The Next Time You Win
March 08, 2023
Victory Disease is an apt term for actions resulting from overconfidence that lead to defeat. It is something that many companies, both established and startup, suffer from time to time. Same can apply to individuals.
Ted Lasso: Leadership Lessons Take 2
February 01, 2023
The Ted Lasso series depicts community – among the team, the organization, and the fans themselves. What unites each is a commitment to one another and a greater goal of doing their best. They embody Ted's mantra, "Believe," symbolized by the hand-painted sign posted in the locker room.
Tom Peters: Excellence By Design
January 02, 2023
Organizations are all in the people business. If they do not put them into roles where they can succeed, develop them, listen to their needs, and treat them with kindness, then they sabotage the future of our enterprise.
Leadership Stagecraft: Churchill And Zelensky Stand Up For Freedom
December 22, 2022
The power of rhetoric, when grounded in the conviction of the leader, opens the door for people to follow. When the speech emerges from an existential threat, words become the window into the leader's soul and hopes for the future.
Tom Ricks: What The Civil Rights Movement Teaches Us About Strategy
November 30, 2022
The Civil Rights Movement was rooted in peaceful and nonviolent protest. A key reason it succeeded agains the odds was because the Movement was well-disciplined, trained, and organized. Much like a military would do
Community Building In The Post-Pandemic Workplace
November 22, 2022
As we come out the other side of the pandemic – a period when many of us spent extended time with nothing to do but reflect on our lives – many businesses and individuals are changing course to act upon what they learned. Leadership coach, best-selling author, and keynote speaker John Baldoni says this is because the isolation gave people time to reinvigorate and define their sense of purpose.
How To Concede (and Lead) Graciously
November 15, 2022
A concession speech is an act of leadership. It is an admission that you have not won and an acknowledgment of the electorate's power. Giving a concession speech was a right of passage and presumed always to occur. Of late, however, political rancor has corrupted electoral comity, so not every losing candidate delivers one.
Grace Under Pressure: Leading Through Change and Crisis
April 25, 2023
Grace Under Pressure: Leading Through Change and Crisis focuses on three things leaders need to do when change and adversity strike: take care of their people, take care of themselves, and prepare for the future. And they must do it all with a sense of grace—calmly, collectedly, and compassionately.
El líder moxie: La fórmula secreta para un liderazgo audaz y valiente
July 19, 2021
Los líderes de hoy en día necesitan ser conscientes tanto de sus circunstancias como de sus fortalezas y debilidades. Necesitan tener la disposición para triunfar, pero también para ser recursivos y perseverar. Los líderes deben estar dispuestos a hacer cosas novedosas, y también a inspirarse en rasgos ya probados, como la audacia y la valentía.
Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World
June 01, 2021
Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World addresses the fear, isolation, resilience and endurance that faced leaders in an unprecedented time. The arc of the book, marked with ups and downs, begins in a place of darkness but ends in a place of light and hope.
Grace Notes reveals how leader can become more resilient and more capable of leading themselves and their teams. The author’s photography provides an added dimension that augments the tone and provides visual punctuation.
Grace: A Leader's Guide to a Better Us
February 07, 2020
John Baldoni’s new book on the power of grace is a must-listen for all of us, particularly for anyone seeking to serve in a leadership role. In a world where good manners and courtesy sometimes seem to have gone out of style, this audiobook is a practical guide for bettering relationships in all types of human connections.
A COMEDIC SUMMARY OF John Baldoni's MOXIE: THE SECRET GUIDE TO BOLD AND GUTSY LEADERSHIP
April 18, 2019
I figured this book would depict a guy in a fedora with a cigar in his hand who fast talks like a stereotypical 1920’s gangster, “Yeah see, those coppers will never finger me, see, I got moxie, see. You stool pigeons are making Rocky mad see, so beat it bozo or it will be curtains for you, see.” Alas I was mistaken. It is a simple acronym. MOXIE is an acronym that stands for (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Mindfulness Opportunity X-factor Innovation Engagement. This is a good book. I like it. If you can master these five traits you are a bold and gutsy leader.
180 Ways to Walk The Motivation Talk
March 19, 2012
It's one of the most important yet underutilized factors affecting business today. And, fact is, your very success hinges on the ability of leaders throughout your organization to make it happen. It's called MOTIVATION ... and it's what this handbook is all about. This quick-reference handbook provides leaders at all levels with insights, strategies, and "how-to" techniques they can use immediately to "light a fire" under others ... and themselves.
Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself
November 30, 2011
Internationally recognized speaker, executive coach, writer, and leader John Baldoni believes it’s up to those at the top to bring meaning to employees’ day-to-day work. In this encouraging guide, he’ll show you what it takes to build a company of committed employees from your current workforce--using nothing more than a toolkit of powerful leadership skills. Featuring illuminating stories, interviews, and profiles of leaders from a variety of fields, Lead with Purpose can help all leaders take their organizations to the next level. You’ll learn how to: instill your team with a sense of ownership; spotlight your organization’s mission; encourage resourcefulness and flexibility; harness creativity and the desire to succeed; transform a shared vision into real results; and develop the next generation of leaders.At successful organizations, people know what they do and why they do it. With these practical tips and applicable techniques, you’ll not only improve your leadership skills--you’ll bring a sense of purpose to your workplace that produces incredible outcomes.
12 Steps to Power Presence: How to Assert Your Authority to Lead
April 06, 2010
Acclaimed author, speaker, and coach John Baldoni maintains that “leadership presence” is a form of communication, which therefore can be learned. But merely thinking good thoughts and voicing good intentions is never enough; ethical actions are the cornerstone of any leader’s position. In this succinct, provocative, no-punches-pulled read, he demonstrates how managers can improve their presence strategically and tactically to develop the trust of their people so that they can accomplish their goals and the goals of the organization. Baldoni't book 12 Steps to Power Presence does this by defining what genuine leadership presence is, including the five attributes of authority, and discussing right and wrong ways to demonstrate leadership based on real-life examples. Readers will learn: how to communicate objectives in ways that get people on board--even when it comes to tough subjects like layoffs, closures, and terminations; how to avoid the pitfalls of “analysis paralysis”; how to instill genuine pride in your team members for their own work and the company’s; and how to share your insights with your team to coach them and create future leaders. Philosophers and management theorists have endlessly debated--and just as endlessly written about--the most important qualities of the world’s top leaders. Ultimately, 12 Steps to Power Presence will guide you through the process of discovering, developing, and delivering on the most impactful leadership trait within your control: your presence.
The AMA Handbook of Leadership
January 13, 2010
Filled with powerful examples, full case studies, and previously unpublished articles from the greatest leadership thinkers of our time, this game-changing guide features insights on a wide range of timely and timeless leadership topics. You’ll learn about talent development, gaining a competitive advantage through leadership, leading across cultures, sustainability, executive transition, and much more. The AMA Handbook of Leadership features new writing from names including Frances Hesselbein, R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., Dave Ulrich, John (Jack) Zenger, Nancy J. Adler, John Baldoni, Judith M. Bardwick, Marshall Goldsmith, James F. Bolt, Marc Effron, Joe Folkman, Colin Gautrey, Paul Hersey, Maya Hu-Chan, Beverly Kaye, and Paula Kruger.In a challenging business climate, enterprises look to their leaders. Some situations call for drastic change, while others require the fortitude to stay the course. With these insightful tips from the leadership experts, any business leader will be equipped to overcome challenges and drive results.
Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up
October 14, 2009
Acclaimed leader John Baldoni teaches ambitious managers how to get their ideas heard--and acted upon. In Lead Your Boss, he provides readers with both a powerful new approach and timeless methods for influencing their bosses and their peers and earning rapport with senior leadership teams. You’ll how to leverage positive traits--like initiative, resilience, empathy, and courage--to manage up, and will explore proven strategies for: developing spheres of influence, handling tough issues, asserting yourself diplomatically, putting the team first, persuading up, establishing trust, using organizational politics to everyone’s advantage, and inspiring others throughout your organization. Every manager on the move wants to have influence at the top. Featuring instructive stories based on real-life experiences from leaders at all levels, this secret weapon for middle managers reveals effective, tactical advice for becoming a key player in any organization even before you reach the C-Suite.
Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results
October 08, 2008
To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to follow them and work together. Lead by Example reveals the simple things that you can do every day to give your team a reason to believe in and follow your guidance. It would seem easy, but as leadership guru John Baldoni explains, establishing this level of trust in your abilities as a leader takes a lifetime of trying to put it into practice. In his award-winning book, readers will learn how to do this by: listening for ideas; managing around obstacles; defusing tension; checking their egos; standing up for what they believe in; managing crises; developing team confidence; recruiting good people; effectively delivering bad news; handling defeat; and even engaging their enemies. Great leadership requires decisiveness, authority, conviction, compassion, and, most important, the ability to set the right example. Filled with examples of visionary leaders who have overcome their own shortcomings and achieved greatness, Lead by Example will show readers how to build trust, drive results, and win the respect of the people they lead.
Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders (POD)
January 13, 2005
Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders explores the leadership styles of many of the world's most influential leaders in business, the military, sports, and politics and extracts powerful lessons that managers can put to work in their organizations. Drawing upon his years of experience as a leadership consultant, visionary, and coach, John Baldoni, author of the highly successful Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders:
Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders
July 08, 2003
Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders gives anyone from managers to executives an unparalleled opportunity to do just that. John Baldoni explores the communication styles of many of the world's most influential leaders and extracts powerful lessons that leaders of all stripes can use to improve their communication skills and overall leadership effectiveness. Drawing upon his years of experience as a top leadership consultant, visionary and coach, Baldoni:
Personal Leadership : Taking Control of Your Work
January 02, 2001
First-time managers are gripped by two overriding emotions: the thrill of being in charge, and the terror of being in charge. First-time managers want to do what is right for themselves, their people, and their organization, but all too often they do not have the resources to help them.
Now they do!
Personal Leadership: Taking Control of Your Work Life provides skill-building information that first-time managers can use to become leaders.
180 Ways To Walk The Leadership Talk
November 22, 2000
Do your people know the difference between being a "boss" and being a "leader"? They better! Fact is: Your bottom line is ON the line! It's no secret that leadership (or the lack of it) is the most critical factor affecting your current and future business success. Yet far too many key people are expected to assume leadership roles without being given the guidance and support necessary to do the job ... and they're struggling. They need help. They need tools. More than anything else, THEY NEED A MAP to show them the way. And here it is! 180 Ways To Walk The Leadership Talk is a quick-reference handbook packed with ideas, techniques, and strategies to help current and future leaders shape an environment that attracts and retains the people you need and produces the results you want.
John Baldoni: Assisting YOU to Find Your Purpose
May 10, 2022
From writing executive speeches to delivering keynotes on stage, John Baldoni leverages his ability to communicate with a passion for helping others see the best in themselves. John fulfills his mission in three ways: executive coaching, writing books and articles, speaking on what it means to lead with clarity, conviction, and compassion.
The LIFT Podcast – Leadership Under Pressure
April 19, 2022
In this episode of the LIFT Podcast Richard talks to John Baldoni, a globally recognized leadership educator and certified Master Corporate Executive Coach. With a background in corporate communication and speech writing, John has also authored 15 books that have been translated into ten languages. He is a LinkedIn Live host, and his work has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal.
Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. John Baldoni - Speaker, Executive Coach & Best-Selling Author
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March 22, 2022
John Baldoni - is a globally recognized leadership educator, certified Master Corporate Executive Coach, LinkedIn Live hosts, and author of more than 800 leadership columns, and 15 books that have been translated into ten languages. John is the host of LinkedIn Live’s GRACE under pressure.
In 2021, the International Federation of Learning and Development named John a World-Class Mentor and named him to its Hall of Fame. In 2022, Global Gurus ranked John a Top 20 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker and Trust Across America honoured John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.
Ross and John talk about leadership, studying leadership, coaching, writing, the workplace, exploring new ideas, purpose, grace, community in the workplace, mindset, vision, resilience and crisis, taking care of yourself, work and life balance and overworking. The pair also discuss self awareness, self care, patience, remaining calm, mindfulness, humility, empowering others, strategy, curiosity sparking creativity and debating ideas.
GRACE under pressure: John Baldoni with Diana Wu David
May 03, 2022
Diana Wu David, formerly an executive with the Financial Times, is a work futurist and CEO/board whisperer. She helps people and organizations understand the future to create inspiring futures that matter. Her clients have included Hashkey Digital Assets, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, London Stock Exchange, Mandarin Oriental, Wharf, Expedia, the World Bank and KPMG. She also teaches at HKU and Columbia Business School in Asia. She began her career and leadership education as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger.
A contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc, Global Focus and Nikkei Asia, she is also author of best-selling Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration, a book about how to adopt more agile mindsets and practices to prepare for success in a fast-changing world, across a 100-year life. www.dianawudavid.com
GRACE under pressure: John Baldoni with Christine Porath
Grace under pressure
March 30, 2022
Christine Porath is a tenured professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. She's the author of Mastering Community, Mastering Civility, and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior.
Her speaking and consulting clients include Google, United Nations, World Bank, Microsoft, Genentech, Marriott, World Health Organization, and Cleveland Clinic. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
She received her BA from College of the Holy Cross, where she was a member of the women's basketball and soccer teams, and her PhD from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Porath worked for International Management Group (IMG), a leading sports management firm.