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Bob and Gregg Vanourek are authors and practitioners of high-performance leadership with over fifty years of combined experience. Both of them can deliver a keynote or workshop steeped in their leading-edge research and experience leading companies and divisions. To inquire about booking Bob Vanourek and/or Gregg Vanourek for your event, please email email@example.com
See below for a section on Bob Vanourek (including videos, topics, and testimonials), followed by a section on Gregg Vanourek (including an overview, topics, and testimonials).
Bob Vanourek has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by the Trust Across America network. View the full list here:
View Bob Vanourek’s Speaking Bio (including speaking topics and more). View a video of Bob Vanourek speaking on “Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations” to the Institute for Enterprise Ethics at the University of Denver, May 2012. (See below.)
View a video interview for Good Morning Vail, interviewing Bob Vanourek about Triple Crown Leadership, July 2012 (5 minutes)
View a video of Bob & Gregg Vanourek speaking at the Donovan Pavilion in 2012 for a Vail Symposium / Vail Leadership Institute event on “Triple Crown Leadership.”
Listen to a radio interview on leadership and entrepreneurship with Bob Vanourek and John Horan-Kates, President of the Vail Leadership Institute, for Community Focus, 97.7, The Zephyr, interviewed by Rohn Robbins, February 2013
“Succeeding Ethically–Building a ‘Culture of Character’ at Your Firm,” Bob Vanourek interview podcast with American Law Institute, Episode 6, December 17, 2012
Watch this video: “Short-Termism and Ethical Behavior,” Bob Vanourek discussion with Dr. Dan Sweeney of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics at the University of Denver and Ernie Sampias, October 20, 2012
Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations
Not just excellent. Not just ethical. Not just enduring. All three—the triple crown of leadership. Audacious, but not impossible. What kind of leadership can you employ to build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organization? Learn the five advanced leadership practices to take your organization to the next level.
Leadership in Crises and Challenging Times. How can you thrive, not just survive, in challenging times? What kind of leadership does it take to weather crises and turnarounds? Bob’s hands-on turnaround presentation—based on his proven experience in the trenches—will help you succeed in the most challenging leadership crucibles. Compelling, actionable steps, customized to your challenges. Not for egomaniacs or sissies. Step up to success.
The Power of Alignment: Achieving Flow. Most organizations are dysfunctional, some mildly so, some pathologically How can you align your organization for peak performance, achieving a state of “flow”? This hands-on, inspirational session reveals ten proven steps for alignment—developed over decades of experience—you can begin to implement immediately.
Unleash Your Latent Leader: How Anyone and Everyone Can Lead. “I’m not the CEO. What can I do to lead?” This presentation has the answers. Great leadership is a group performance, and you have a leading role to play. Learn the immediate, practical steps you can take to lead, even without formal authority, including telling truth to power, gaining allies, becoming a talent magnet, speaking up as a voice of one, and more.
Breakthrough Leadership for CEOs and Senior Managers. The days of passive boards with crony CEOs and buddy-buddy lieutenants are over. Today’s challenges require a better brand of leadership from CEOs and senior officers. You can’t be Superman or Wonder Woman, but you can develop compelling new leadership skills and a powerful leadership presence, becoming a force for transformational change. If you think you have all the answers already, don’t bother. If you’re hungry to lead at an even higher level, you won’t be disappointed.
“Many of my officers and NCOs said this was one of the best leadership presentations they can remember.”
-Major General Myles Deering, Adjutant General, Oklahoma National Guard (subsequent to a presentation to 800 Oklahoma National Guard officers and enlisted personnel)
“A home run.”
-General Jack Chain, Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Strategic Air Command
“Bring him back!”
“Amazing, I absolutely loooooved it!”
“Best ethics training I’ve had in 22 years.”
-Comments from finance and accounting professionals at their Rocky Mountain Area Conference, September 2012
“Bob was terrific to work with… the consummate professional. He worked with us ahead of time to learn more about our business and customers, and interviewed some program participants to create a truly customized training session. Overall 95% ‘very good-excellent’ rating! Comments ranged from ‘great materials and ideas to continue to build our team’ to ‘give us more of this!’”
-Barbara Landeen, Aging Services of Minnesota
“Bob’s presentation was engaging, informative, and most helpful. Our chapter does not do evaluations, but from my twenty plus years of experience in YPO/WPO, Bob would have received in the high nines. Bob is authentic, experienced, knowledgeable, and credible. As a lifelong student and practitioner of leadership, I wasn’t sure I would learn much from Bob or his book. Yet, this was not the case. Bob’s presentation and book are based on solid research, and filled with memorable stories, helpful information, and rich metaphors. If you are looking for a program that would interest YPO’ers and/or WPO’ers, spouses, and affiliates, and a program with critical and substantial take home value, I would highly recommend Bob Vanourek.”
-Mark Bitz, Multi-company President, CEO Member, Empire and Southwest Florida YPO/WPO Member
“Bob has a unique and effective presentation style that includes making himself vulnerable. Triple Crown Leadership has already become required reading for my leadership team, and I have invited Bob to speak at our strategic planning session this year. I particularly like Alignment.”
-Gary A. Oatey, Chairman, Oatey Company
“For the past five years, Bob has been a guest speaker at the global leadership program my organization provides. His style is one that engages the audience and causes them to really think. He has the ability to make them look at themselves and ask the question, ‘Am I being the leader I want to be or need to be?’ Bob is a great storyteller and shares personal stories which exemplify the behaviors of a great leader, one who is vulnerable, one who empowers others, and one who can build high-performing teams–all important for creating successful organizations. We can’t thank him enough for the wonderful work he does.”
-Debbie Weinstein Huml, Founder, Inspiring Leadership Partners, Inc.
“Bob Vanourek was the keynote speaker at the Daniels Pioneer Executive Summit for our board members and corporate partners. His topic of ‘Dealing with Crises: Lessons Learned’ was rich with content. Bob made the lessons on leading through crises come to life with stories that were relevant, engaging, and useful. Attendees thought the session was excellent.”
-Dr. Christine Riordan, Dean, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
“I have seen Bob give dozens of presentations. He skillfully adjusts his style to fit the audience. When presenting to large groups, Bob is confident, vigorous, and assertive, capturing and holding people’s attention. When speaking to small groups, Bob is soft-spoken, accessible, and humble, touching and changing people’s hearts. An exceptional presenter.”
-John Horan-Kates, Founder and President, Vail Leadership Institute
“Bob Vanourek conducted an excellent board retreat on Collaborative Alignment for our nonprofit organization. He gave our board, staff members, and me a framework that could literally transform us. We are now implementing it.”
-Julie Olson, Executive Director, Advocate Safehouse Project
“The event was attended by C-suite executives, independent directors and professional service providers from the greater Denver area. Bob very effectively framed the discussion and then guided the participants in a very lively and challenging discussion applying those ideas to their daily professional lives. The event received rave reviews (rating of 4.9 out of 5.0), mostly due to Bob’s outstanding performance.”
-Dr. Dan Sweeney, Director, Institute for Enterprise Ethics, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
“Bob Vanourek speaks from the head and the heart. He connects with every member of the audience. He frames leadership with concrete behaviors and elegant metaphors, and he understands how leadership creates and molds culture. Bob makes his insights into leadership both actionable and confirmable, and his exemplary storytelling makes clear where leadership succeeds and why.”
-John Balkcom, Member of the Governing Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, President Emeritus, St. John’s College
Gregg is an active speaker to companies, social ventures, and universities. He has recently given talks all over the U.S. (including California, Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.) and Europe (including Paris, Brussels, Marseille, Stockholm, Uppsala, and Västerås, Sweden).
Gregg is an expert on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development, and he can address those topics in his keynotes and other presentations.
View Gregg Vanourek Speaking Bio (including speaking topics and more).
View a video of Bob & Gregg Vanourek speaking at the Donovan Pavilion in 2012 for a Vail Symposium / Vail Leadership Institute event on “Triple Crown Leadership.”
Triple Crown Leadership: Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring. Not just excellent. Not just ethical. Not just enduring. All three—the triple crown of leadership. Audacious? Yes. But possible. What kind of leadership does it take to build an organization that achieves exceptional results, operates with integrity, and stands the test of time? Learn five advanced leadership practices based on our experience, research, and interviews worldwide.
Life Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurial Leading and Living. Some people don’t just live: they lead a life. They don’t sit around. They pursue their passions, create opportunities, and bring their dreams to life. Welcome to the territory of life entrepreneurs—ordinary people creating extraordinary lives. Lives of purpose, service, and significance. This talk provides an original and inspiring roadmap for people experiencing transitions or challenges, or hungry for more out of life and work.
Startup Secrets of Entrepreneurial Leaders. “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it” (Chinese proverb). Startup founders and innovative intrapreneurs face the unique challenges of launching despite extreme uncertainty, time pressure, and resource constraints. Here we reveal the leadership practices needed to overcome those challenges and create shock waves with pioneering new ventures. A powerful and practical presentation based on experience and research, and rich with examples. For startup founders and intrapreneurs with bold aspirations.
Leading by Values. Too many people work in organizations that fail to live up to their values (or that don’t have any). Too many leaders get caught up in the game and compromise their values under pressure. Values are an essential foundation for excellent leadership. The best leaders build a culture of character in their organization. Learn how to discover your own values, unearth shared values from your group, embed them into the organization’s DNA, and navigate ethical dilemmas.
Leading Social Ventures: Lessons from Pioneering Social Entrepreneurs. In today’s world, leaders must deliver social impact and sustainability alongside performance. Leaders must gauge their impacts on employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, communities, and the environment. How to address the tradeoffs? How to make strong financial performance and positive social impact mutually reinforcing? This presentation provides advanced leadership practices for positive social impact, relevant to leaders in all types of organizations.
Leadership All Around: Eliciting Leadership from Everyone. Too many people don’t view themselves as leaders, refusing to see their own leadership potential. Too many organizations fail to tap into the tremendous leadership capabilities of people. The days of deferring to titles are over. We need leadership from everybody. We need organizations full of stewards of the organization’s purpose, values, vision, and culture. Learn compelling practices for creating an organization full of switched on leaders.
“Gregg Vanourek gave a keynote address at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s ‘Summit of Sages’ leadership conference on inspiration, innovation, and transformation. Gregg delivered a quality talk with real substance, interesting examples, and a healthy dose of inspiration. He also took the time to participate in the conference and get to know our people.”
-Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
“Gregg Vanourek gave a keynote presentation at our annual conference and delivered a powerful, memorable, and impactful message. We found his talk to be uplifting and highly relevant both to the students we serve and our staff. His points have resonated long after his time with us.”
-Robin Wise, President and CEO, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.
“When Gregg Vanourek facilitated an advanced leadership program here at El Pomar Foundation, I was impressed with his professionalism and his ability to connect with our team. By coordinating with us in advance, Gregg delivered an engaging and inspiring program designed to give our staff tangible actions to develop both personally and professionally. Powerful content, powerful presenter.”
-Gary Butterworth, Senior Vice President, Programs, El Pomar Foundation
“When Gregg Vanourek gave a keynote presentation at the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship conference, he skillfully engaged the audience with his message and stories. His blending of visuals, props, and even a soundtrack kept audience attention and energy level high. He worked closely with staff before the event to make sure his talk was tailored and relevant for both major segments of the audience—students and business leaders. Gregg’s keynote was powerful and yet playful.”
-Jeanne Stolp MacDonald, Management and Marketing Faculty/Advisor, Department of Business Administration, Minot State University at Bismarck State College
“Gregg Vanourek was our keynote speaker at the 2008 Wisconsin Charter School Association conference. His knowledge of education reform made him a natural choice, but it is his focus on leadership that made him a stand-out. Charter school people are often ‘life entrepreneurs,’ and Gregg’s speech highlighted the need for the passion required to answer the calling to teach our kids. But his work also emphasized the need for effectiveness if we’re going to really reach the goals that moved us to action.”
-Cindy Zautcke, Director City of Milwaukee Charter School Initiative; past Wisconsin Charter School Association board president
“Gregg’s talks about life entrepreneurs are truly inspiring. Well researched and with a deeply human touch, they address eternal issues that have gotten lost in modern theories about entrepreneurship and its ultimate objectives. I wish he could forever visit our students and talk to them about those most important questions in life–who we are, what we want to achieve, and whether we are really following that path which will make our lives feel significant and worthwhile.”
-Ivo Zander, Anders Wall Professor of Entrepreneurship, Uppsala University, Sweden
To inquire about booking Gregg Vanourek for your event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“When Bob and Gregg Vanourek presented at the Regis University ‘Fire Within’ Leadership Conference, they showed us their own inner fire for the subject of leadership. Their passion was palpable, their message compelling, and their presentation style highly interactive. It was great for the students and faculty to see a father-son duo working together and modeling the practices of effective and ethical leadership.”
-Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO & Co-Founder, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Survivor Division Director for the American Association for Suicidology
“I attended the public launch of Triple Crown Leadership in Vail where Bob and Gregg presented to an overflow audience. Their message was insightful, inspiring, and practical, using a back-and-forth team approach and conversation, revealing a unique and powerful chemistry between these father and son co-authors. Their mutual respect was evident and appreciated. They inspired me to tap into deeper values and aspirations, and to envision specific steps for bringing them to life. Their grounded background in building and re-building companies and organizations allows them to walk the talk. They are enthusiastic about sharing what they have learned with others who aspire to be triple crown leaders and stewards. They will have a significant impact on the future of leadership.”
-Art Currier, CEO, Currier & Associates, Inc.
“Bob and Gregg are excellent co-presenters. They bridge several generations weaving stories and personal leadership experiences and insights that make sense to an audience. Their book, Triple Crown Leadership, and their presentation of its key points, are of a high takeaway value.”
-John Horan-Kates, President, Vail Leadership Institute
“Triple Crown Leadership is a great book, the best I have ever read on leadership, and I have read dozens of such books. I attended a joint presentation Bob and Gregg gave and was thrilled with their ability to weave stories and deep leadership insights into their messages. For example, ‘The horse is critical, but it takes a whole stable to win the Triple Crown.’ There is nobility to their message that is so compelling you really want to pursue this quest.”
-Peggy L. Curry, Ph.D., Vice President, Colorado Mountain College
“Bob and Gregg Vanourek gave a dynamic talk on leadership at the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship. Students, faculty, and alumni were impressed with their interactive and engaging presentation style. Their emphasis on the need to continually develop ourselves as people and leaders–focusing on results, integrity and sustainability–resonated with our attendees.”
-Catherine Kunst, MBA, PhD, Former Executive Director, Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Denver Business School
To inquire about booking Bob Vanourek and/or Gregg Vanourek for your event, please email email@example.com
Triple Crown Leadership is a Winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the “Business: General” category.
Bob Vanourek has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.
The book was also an “Award-Winning Finalist” in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards (in the Business: Management & Leadership category), sponsored by USA Book News (the premier online magazine and review site for mainstream and independent publishing houses).
Today we see too many leadership failures, too many leadership breakdowns and scandals. We need leadership that can build excellent, ethical, and enduring organizations. We need triple crown leadership.
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