What is the definition of leadership?... When your people follow you because they want to and not because they have to.
In my 20 plus year career at Wells Fargo and having labored through many leadership programs, I wanted to find a speaker that was able to get my message through by connecting to the audience. Garrison is simply a “rock star”! His ability to deliver a well-prepared message in a funny interesting way and engage with everyone in the room is unparalleled in his industry. His research and thought provoking material will resonate with our organization for many years. You know you had a successful session when days later people start a discussion with, "As Garrison said ...”. I fully expect other parts of our organization to want to leverage Garrison in the future.
— Wells Fargo - Institutional Trust Group
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The most popular programs for your leadership or management teams are listed below.
All programs are available as a keynote or breakout session. Please contact our office with questions about selecting a leadership speaker, customizing a program or to check Garrison's pricing and availability.
Prepare to laugh and learn as a decade of Wynn Solutions research reveals what makes owners and managers of top-performing businesses so effective – and it's not what you'd expect! If you enter this keynote session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior strategy, you'd better read the title again. Standout success in a challenging economy often comes from personal advantage, whether it's perceived value, personality, leadership-style, communication skills, abundant resources, or access to privileged information. This entertaining session takes a realistic look at the influence you'll need to make sure your knowledge and hard work deliver the results you want.
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In this keynote, results from the largest management survey ever conducted are combined with real-life management and leadership solutions to get the most from your people, regardless of their skill level. Participants learn how to manage their ego-driven top producers, how to listen like leaders and make their people feel heard, how to hire for talent and turn it into top performance, how to create a culture of excellence with their most promising people and how to help their low performers fight their way to the middle.
Available in Leadership and Management versions
The Truth About Leadership Success:Turning Talent into Performance
This entertaining research-based keynote reveals how top performing leaders harness the power of their advantages. Business relationship expert and Amazon.com bestselling author Garrison Wynn delivers a high-impact program that answers two monumental questions: How do you get people to do what you want them to do? And how can you get better results from the difficult employees you encounter along the way? With an emphasis on what you can actually walk out of the session with and achieve tomorrow; this program shows you how to weather the perfect storm while still looking really good in a raincoat!
Participants will learn:
- How to be right without making people wrong
- The truth about trust: Listening like a leader
- Bad-for-business body language: How leaders betray their words
- How to avoid robbing people of their uniqueness
- How to get people to listen to you: Developing buy-in and loyalty
- How to get highly creative/difficult people to agree with you
- How to be more approachable and comfortable in your leadership role
- Being the best vs. being consistently chosen: The truth about likable leadership styles
- Managing expectations and emotions
- Dealing with the resistance to change
- How to repair relationship damage fast: Action creates opportunity
- Understanding your contributions: The true value of what you do
Our people are using your leadership information and there is a great buzz around the company about the importance of motivating younger people. I keep hearing our managers making references to the solutions and that's exactly what I wanted to happen.
— Skanska USA Building Inc
How to Win an Unfair Fight: What the Top 1% Do Differently and Why They Won't Tell You
This entertaining, research-based leadership keynote reveals what makes owners/managers of top-performing businesses so effective. But if you enter the session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior products, you'd better read the title again. Standout success in a difficult economy often comes from personal advantage - whether it's personal appearance, leadership-style, communication, personality, resources or access to privileged information. Top performers rarely acknowledge this because it tends to make their success sound less impressive or undeserved. Program topic segments include:
- Lies About Success - And Why We Believe Them
Often the truth doesn't sound impressive enough
- From Interview to Confession
- Why Would Anybody Want to Be in a Fair Fight?
Create your own advantage in leadership and business development
- The Truth about Success
Being the best vs. being consistently chosen
- Action and Adaptability Create Opportunity
Establish a repeatable process for success
Managing Managers: How to Create Great Leaders
"Knowing what to do and getting people to do what they are supposed to do have very little common." — Garrison Wynn
Often top performing employees are unable to transition their skill into leadership roles. This research-based breakout session takes a look at how to lead those new to management and provides the specific tools they need to develop high-impact leadership skills. This breakout provides take-away content to remove obstacles that prevent new managers from succeeding.
This program helps leaders and business owners help new managers to:
- Influence people they used to have no authority over
- Be effective without making people feel wrong
- Manage expectations and emotions
- Hold their employees accountable without rebellion
Months after our General Manager's meeting, I continue to get calls from our folks who were in attendance asking if we can get Garrison Wynn to come back. Garrison's message, combined with his unique, upbeat and entertaining delivery, was the perfect combination to reach every person in that room. Our goal was to have our leadership leave that meeting re-energized and ready to take on the challenges of a new year and an increasing level of activity. I would have to say ... Mission Accomplished. Thank You Garrison - Oxy
Influence in Action:
How to consistently hold people accountable
Great ideas are rarely good enough to get people to take action. Sound, well-structured logic regularly loses out to mediocre ideas from leaders who really know how to influence. This high-impact, research-based session focuses on revealing the true key to accountability: not intelligence or strategy, but an understanding of what makes people feel valuable. In this entertaining, interactive and sometimes brutally honest session, Garrison shows executives how to create a culture of accountability, even among employees at different performance levels. You"ll learn how to push your average and low performers to reach a higher level and how to hold ego-driven top performers accountable without causing them (or you) to lose the will to live.
Garrison was a hit with the 400 members of Generation Y attending the conference. The reviews were wonderful. The audience enjoyed getting a leadership message in an entertaining way, with research behind the theories and thoughts. Garrison was able to relate to our audience and keep them engaged while conveying important messages essential to their future success. We would highly recommend Garrison Wynn, and will certainly be using his services again for future conferences.— Lockheed Martin
We have used Garrison fifteen times already this year, with terrific results. His funny, interactive approach keeps the group focused, and his "dealing with difficult people" segment, among others, was particularly effective. — AIM Management's Financial Institution Division
Highlights from Garrison's leadership programs
What do top-producing managers do that consistently creates success?
To find out, we combined results from the largest management survey ever conducted (80,000 managers, 400 companies, and over 1,000,000 employees, completed in the year 2000 by The Gallup Institute) with the findings from the Wynn Solutions' study of hundreds of top-producing managers.
- We learned that when dealing with top producers, it is important to recognize their expertise and not heavily criticize their ideas. If you criticize people's ideas, they will almost never use yours, regardless of how good your ideas are. Talent and sensitivity are traits often found together in top producers. The key to being an effective sales manager is being flexible enough to attract and keep the phenomenal players.
- To position yourself to turn talent into performance, you have to make sure your people are willing to do more than the minimum. They have to like your leadership style and feel they are the key factor in client satisfaction. If you make your people feel important, you and your leadership style will be important to them.
- The truth about trust
Effective leaders understand that trust is built on a foundation of compassion and competence. Do your people know you truly care about them and their clients, and do they believe you can actually help them succeed? If they do, they will trust you.
The fastest, most effective way to do this is to make sure they feel heard. It's more than just listening. When people feel truly heard and cared for, they will trust you. You must have a detectable level of concern/compassion and clearly explain the value of what you have to offer. Your people will naturally pass this on to their clients.
- In five years of processing survey results and through ten years of interviewing top producers, we discovered this was the platform on which success was built. We expected to find some magic bullet or something more complex but the only more complex approaches we found came from those who were not top-producing sales managers.
- Great leaders focus on not robbing people of their uniqueness.
If you tell someone you know exactly how they feel and walk in with the answer, you may create your own resistance. Some sales people need a lot of attention because we keep showing them how they are not special, so they have to continually prove to us that they are. Let them know you understand their situation is important, and give them examples of how you have helped others overcome "similar" issues in the past by giving them options.
- Focus on being effective, not just right.
Making people wrong was the leading cause for top producers to stop producing or look for other opportunities. We found that top sales managers would instead say things such as, "I disagree, but I am willing to listen."
- Take the time to make people feel heard.
Focus on how people feel about what they are saying, regardless of what you think about what they are saying. Top sales managers make sure they connect with their people one-on-one. It is a fact of human nature that if people feel heard, they are much more likely to choose your input over that of others.
- Dealing with people you don't like
Turning talent into performance from those you don't care for will define your greatness as a leader.
- Top sales managers spend most of their time with their most productive people.
Although it is important to give new employees training and attention, if you spend a lot of time with those who do not produce, you can develop culture of mediocrity.
- Great managers hire for talent, not just experience, intelligence, and skill.
They look for the natural, reoccurring patterns that can be productively applied. A successful sales force is driven by people, not vision. You can have great vision, only to see where your people cannot take you.
- Great managers define the right outcomes, not just the steps. The key to success is getting better at what you already do well.
Great leaders maximize their strengths and minimize their weakness. They do the same for their people. If you want to help people improve upon their weakness, point out the value of their strengths first and then discuss their weaknesses.
- Change is not the problem. Resistance to change is the problem.
Great leaders make change work by proving to their top producers how the change is at least as good, if not better, than the old way and then having them spread it through the organization. They also effectively interpret and support corporate mandates and prevent quick negative morale shifts. Action and adaptability create opportunity.
Top managers forge great teams and focus on finding the right fit-pairing junior and senior brokers together and defining roles, a workable split, and a growth plan. They recognize the need for these partners to be different, to maximize each other's strengths, and minimize each other's weaknesses.
The foundation and future of a company will always turn on the talent and performance of its people. Great managers prove that getting great results comes directly from turning talent into performance.
Well Garrison, you've done it again! You made me look really good before another group of decision makers. The senior executives were very impressed with your presentation. Even though I was completely confident in your ability to make people "laugh all the way to learning". As I surveyed the audience of 700 managers, I saw the most straight-faced and no-nonsense members of our group nodding their heads in agreement and laughing wildly. Even the meeting evaluations they completed three days later included glowing comments about your presentation. Some expressed real determination to build relationships with their employees based on the recommendations you provided.
Our group can be a tough crowd when it comes to accepting "outsiders" as presenters. This was not an issue with you. Thanks again for another great experience. We're looking forward to the next opportunity! — Internal Revenue Service
Leadership articles and additional information
- Listening Like a Leader
- Motivation for The Severely Unmotivated
- Getting Great Results: Turning Talent Into Performance
- How to Deal with Motivationally Challenged Younger Workers (PDF)
- Talent First, Success Next
- Leadership training programs
- Change Management information and keynote programs
- Management Training Kit - Complete manager training class in a box