Adam Markel Profile

  • Resilience Keynote Speaker & Workplace Expert.

  • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author: Pivot: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life.

  • As a public-school teacher turned attorney turned CEO, Adam is an expert in career reinvention and change management.
  • Adam Markel is a #1 Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of Pivot: The Art & Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life.

    A leading international keynote speaker, Adam has reached tens of thousands worldwide with his message of Resilience as the competitive edge in the face of today’s complex markets. An attorney, entrepreneur and transformational trainer, Adam is a sought-after business culture catalyst who inspires, empowers and guides organizations and individuals to create sustainable, high performance strategies. Adam is also the CEO of More Love Media, which through keynotes, workshops and business mentoring, helps leaders embrace change, cultivate work cultures of greater unity and resilience, as well as strengthen their voice as purpose driven leaders.

    Adam credits much of his success to the principles he learned during his 8 years as a Jones Beach lifeguard in New York. As a first responder in a life and death environment, he learned the importance of cultivating a high performance capacity and impeccable teamwork and leadership. He’s found that the principles of this type of culture equally apply to any business that wants to build a sustainable competitive advantage to win.

    Since his days on Jones Beach, Adam has spent his life protecting others and bringing them back from the brink of business and professional drowning–including his own. After building a multi-million dollar law firm specializing in finance, commercial and employment litigation, Adam turned a mid-life crisis into a mid-life calling, pivoting his own career path. He became CEO of one of the largest business and personal growth training companies in the world. Here he learned that motivation and inspiration alone are not enough to effectively utilize change; it’s about providing leaders, teams and audiences with tangible, effective takeaways to sustain them over time.

    For over a decade, Adam has trained and led programs around the globe in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, resilience, leadership, transformation, relationships and public speaking. As a self-proclaimed “recovering attorney,” he has shared his unique content and heart-led leadership style on four continents, in dozens of countries, and throughout hundreds of cities.

    Adam’s powerful and practical talks offer a unique bridge between self-development and business mastery. They are crafted to inspire, empower, and guide people to achieve a greater impact through greater awareness, authenticity and action.

    He’s been a keynote speaker and trainer for Fortune 500 companies and conferences including: Herbalife, Henkel, Jack-In-The-Box, Harvard University, Canon, Ingram Micro and the Northeast Business Group on Health. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Michael J. Fox, Stedman Graham and was honored to become a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council.

    Adam’s extensive experience on global stages translates into a powerful experience for any audience. He is known as one of the most charismatic speakers you’ll ever see, as his talks are interactive, engaging and high energy. Adam shares skills, tools, strategies and practices that can be used outside the event setting to achieve sustainable results. Adam employs “accelerated learning” techniques to ensure that the substance of what is being taught is learned faster and participants retain more of what they learn.

    Adam is a recognized expert in reinvention, thriving through change, and the integration of business and personal development. He’s been interviewed by many outlets, including: Fox News, Entrepreneur, INC., and The Wall Street Journal.

    Adam holds a BS in English and began his career as a public school teacher. Adam has tremendous and diverse experience in business, leadership, mentoring, and facilitation of experiential programs for large and small groups — and knows what it takes to thrive as an entrepreneur, business owner and corporate leader.

    Family is central to Adam’s life and work. He is immensely grateful everyday for his college sweetheart, wife of 30 years and business partner, Randi Markel. Their greatest joy is their four beautiful children, who are all committed to having a positive impact on the world.

    Adam has truly reinvented what it means to be a heart-centered and authentic leader. He’s admired for his refreshing and inspiring impact on entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and leaders worldwide. He brings this perspective to his podcast “The Conscious PIVOT”, where he shares his insights on pivoting and resilience in today’s fast paced market and interviews experts, innovators and influencers in the areas of business and life.

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    The Way Forward - Going Back Is Not An Option, Here’s the Way Forward

    Over the past year leaders were increasingly faced with the challenge of optimizing employee performance while championing them through the very real issues of the pandemic and social unrest. According to the Harvard Business Review, employee productivity in most organizations dropped by at least 3 to 6 percent during COVID-19. Many of us are relieved at the prospect of getting back to “normal”. But let’s face it, these issues are unlikely to be resolved by going back to the way organizations used to function. We’re also witnessing a cultural shift where a large percentage of employees, in particular millennials, have new expectations around what is required to build a culture of collaboration and productivity.

    The Way Forward is to become Change Proof – to have the capacity to leverage uncertainty and change – whether it’s the new normal or the next normal – to build long-term growth. Resilience is the foundation, individually and organizationally. Research proves unequivocally that we are built to bounce forward, not back. Our brains can learn (at almost any age) how to process stress and turn it into strategy — by building the narrative of resilience. In fact, Individuals and organizations have the capacity for higher performance and engagement even under extreme stress. Resilient organizations enjoy 73% better health, 41% higher quality of life, 51% more energy and 52% lower burnout – resulting in lower turnover and greater team innovation and productivity.

    In this high impact keynote Adam shares innovative recovery techniques and impactful resilience-building rituals to help attendees immediately improve their capacity to address stress and avoid costly burnout. These tangible practices result in the ability to leverage the power of uncertainty to build long-term growth while becoming what he coins in his latest book, Change Proof.

    Attendee Learning Outcomes Include:

    - Developing a definition of personal and team resilience to deploy in daily leadership roles
    - Understanding the importance of resilience as a predictor of the bottomline
    - Identifying the most important causes of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual depletion and what can be done to reverse the resulting productivity losses
    - Gaining insight into case studies and research on the most effective recovery rituals and techniques to reduce performance depletion (mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually), prevent fatigue, improve health, increase energy, elevate quality of life and reduce stress and burnout
    - Analyzing the proprietary Resilience Rank Assessment results for PPS
    - Learning how to effectively deploy the 1% Factor to measure incremental gains and transform long term results
    - Creating a Recovery Map to improve MEPS performance metrics
    - Evaluating recovery acceleration tools to boost effectiveness, in and out of work
    - Understanding the 4 key objectives in operationalizing resilience training, including developing an accountability structure that supports individual and team resilience outcomes
    - Discovering how to develop a “Got Your Back” culture of resilience vs. a watch your back culture of depletion
    - Discovering an optimal paradigm to challenge the “status quo” and break through fear of change

    Got Your Back - Create a Culture of Care & Collaboration

    Stress and overwhelm are even larger challenges for organizations today, making these questions ever more important: Are we too tired, busy or burned-out to think big? And if so, what do we do about it? With the pace of change only continuing to escalate during and after COVID-19, it’s critical that businesses provide an optimal environment for people to be at their best.

    With an estimated $62 billion being spent each year in corporate health and safety costs alone due to exhaustion and burnout, it’s vital that leaders develop the organizational capacity to not only perform under stress, but to thrive in the face of it.

    In this virtual, high-energy and interactive talk, Adam explores the critical factors necessary to build higher performance capacity and resilience through a Got Your Back Culture. Your team will leave with tangible takeaways for a lasting impact well after the event is over.

    Change Proof - Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Create Long-Term Resilience

    Unprecedented, chaotic, overwhelming, exhausting. These are the words most frequently used today to describe our personal and professional lives. Let’s face it though, this is not the first time – nor will it be the last – that we will be challenged on a mental, emotional, physical, and yes, even a spiritual level. When we’re not at our best in these areas, we just don’t perform well, leaving creativity, flexibility and innovation on the table. The impact? Our key performance indicators suffer, including revenue and profitability.

    Today’s imperative is for our organizations to cultivate our ability to become Change-Proof: having the ability to not just to ride the waves of change… but to shred them and stay on top for the long ride! Resilience is the foundation, both individually and organizationally, for maintaining performance. Research shows that when we develop, practice, and invest in the skills of resilience, the results are improved health, more energy, passion and engagement, lower turnover and greater team innovation and performance.

    In this virtual, high-energy interactive talk, Adam teaches simple, usable daily practices to improve our levels of resilience and how to leverage the stress of uncertainty and change to build long-term growth.

    Create High Performance Leadership Like A Lifeguard - Resilience as the Unsung Hero of Your Business

    With 18 years as a trial attorney and 9 years as the CEO of a large training and development company, Adam Markel has much to share with audiences about leadership and resilience. However, his greatest and most enduring lessons came from the 7 years he spent as a lifeguard on the beach in Long Island.

    In this high energy talk, Adam will share what he calls the “Resilient Leadership Model” to help create high performance results — where team members are mentally, emotionally, and physically bought into the same mission. Adam helps his audiences understand that resilience is a lot more than endurance and that leadership means more than simply being in charge. His heart-centered leadership techniques help organizations understand how to nurture their teams so they can outlast the competition and go the distance.

    Through a combination of audience participation and powerful stories straight out today’s headlines, Adam Markel shares:

    - How transparency creates trust — the most critical element in developing a high performing team.
    - How to hold team members accountable from a place of love versus judgment.
    - A game-changing feedback system to encourage more authentic, fast and effective communication.
    - Systems that encourage healthy risk-taking and create a got-your-back culture vs, a watch-your-back culture.

    Use the P.I.V.O.T. Formula - To Create A Culture Of Creativity; Embracing Change & the Path to Innovation

    Disruption is inevitable. If your organization is not prepared to manage and make the most of change – or clings to the status quo because of the perceived risk, your days may be numbered: 88% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 are no longer in business. Without a pivot-ready culture, businesses run the risk of mediocrity creeping in, threatening an organization’s long term profits and its very survival. Our ability to reinvent and innovate – what Adam Markel refers to as “PIVOT-Ability” – is critical to business longevity. Pivoting requires vision, agility, resilience and the ability to utilize change to its fullest.

    Through a combination of foundational principles, stories and interactive exercises, Adam Markel will help your team:

    - Embrace the law of small changes to increase productivity and operational longevity.
    - Leverage a 4-part Resilience Regeneration process to build top-down and bottom-up resilience into your organization.
    - Shift from an old paradigm success formula to one that encourages your team to reach new heights while learning from “great mistakes”.
    - Breakthrough the fear of change and challenge “status quo” results.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Adam Speak

    Rating Entries

    “The unthinkable and impossible become logical and attainable when you listen to the inspirational messages Adam delivers. He’s a guy with big dreams for the world and the passionate personality to inspire to share in his dreams and to dream bigger themselves. If you want to transform the lives within your organization through personal development, Adam is a guy who can help make it happen.”
    – Steve Olenski, Director of CMO Content & Strategy, Oracle

    “Hearing Adam Markel speak is a life changing experience. With so many voices in the realm of personal development, Adam’s message stands out. His humor, heart centered caring about his audience, and his offering of real world tools for transition and transformation make him the best speaker I have ever encountered.”
    – Vivian Nesbitt SAG/AFTRA, Sol Acting Academy & Host of Art of the Song heard nationwide in public radio

    “We enjoyed having Adam as the keynote speaker at our District Manager Engagement Conference. Adam’s talk provided a great foundation for the conference, inspiring attendees to engage in a productive learning experience throughout the week. His presentation was insightful, relevant, and reinforced our key messages and goals. The way Adam engaged our District Managers kept them invested, as well as ensured they got meaningful and actionable takeaways.”
    – Jack in the Box, Leadership Team

    “Adam is awesome! The principles [he presents] are easy to understand, implement, and follow! I think everyone like me has wanted to make life changes but may have focused on “where do I start?” This talk has motivated me to get going and embrace change! Thank you Adam Markel. This talk and your book, PIVOT, has changed my life, attitude, and focus. WOW!!!”
    – Amy S., PIVOT Talk Attendee

    “Having Adam Markel speak at Athena’s Signature Series program to talk about Pivoting and Resilience as it applies to personal and career reinvention was perfect for members looking to reframe their thinking. Adam is an effective communicator with a defined delivery style that’s highly engaging. Our members gained a great deal from Adam. I recommend Adam and his book for anyone looking to gain perspective on their life journey.”
    – Cheryl K Goodman, Exec Director of Athena Founder, SoGloMo LLC

    “Adam is an engaging speaker with a very interesting and relevant message. Adam’s presence is that of a polished professional, with an authentic and relatable charisma. Audience members commented that his keynote was visionary.”
    – Gerhard Gschwandtner, CEO, Selling Power

    “Through the art of storytelling Adam delivers a powerful life changing message opening your eyes to the possibilities life can offer. I felt it was like having a conversation with a best friend. Through his journey and trials and tribulations you learn that achieving your dream is possible as long as you don’t give up on the way, and there will be challenges – many speakers fail to mention that part. And Adam gifted us with his “21 day challenge” which I’m excited to do to keep my momentum going. It’s time to Pivot!”
    – David O., PIVOT Talk Attendee

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    Books by Adam Markel:

    Change Proof: Leveraging the Power of Uncertainty to Build Long-term Resilience

    Learn how to thrive on uncertainty instead of merely managing it―from the resiliency expert and author of PIVOT

    In his #1 bestselling guide to resilience, Pivot, business and personal development expert Adam Markel showed how building resilience can supercharge your life and career. Now, in Change Proof, he shows how you can move beyond managing change to actively embracing it―and actually using times of uncertainty, crisis and chaos to create opportunities and stimulate positive growth.

    Broken down into four parts, Change Proof explores the dynamics of change and provides a model of how to create the mindset that embraces it fully. Using case studies, current research and his years of experience as an expert in the integration of business and personal development, Markel uses real-life scenarios to illuminate the lessons in engaging chapters that include:

    – The Myth of Balance
    – The Resilience Bank Account
    – Recovery vs. Burnout
    – Even Michael Jordan Paused
    – Get Out of Your Head
    – A Little Failure Goes a Long Way
    – Calm Is Contagious
    – What Change-Proof Culture Can Do for You

    You’ll learn how to choose change before it chooses you, what it takes (and what it means) to become truly change proof, and how to leverage your relationship to change. You’ll also find practical strategies in the change-proof model (pause, ask, choose). With a combination of mindset recalibration and specific, hands-on ways to make it work, Change Proof will help you take the art and science of resilience to the next level―and look forward to future and all the changes it will bring, with full confidence.

    Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life

    Adam Markel, a top international keynote speaker, bestselling author and CEO, shares his practical and inspirational program for reinvention. A successful transformational teacher and former CEO of one of the world’s largest personal and business development companies, Adam Markel has trained thousands worldwide to rediscover themselves, find new directions, jobs, careers and businesses. Whether you want to change your professional trajectory, find work or build a new business, Adam Markel can help you leap out of your comfort zone and into the destiny you’ve always dreamed of.

    What would you do in your life if you knew you could not fail?

    That’s the question answered in Pivot, a road map for embracing your true potential without abandoning your responsibilities or risking your future. As a transformational teacher and CEO, who has trained thousands of people worldwide, Adam Markel can help you leap out of your comfort zone and into the destiny you’ve always dreamed of.

    Whether you are transitioning your career, have been downsized, or believe that your true potential has yet to be fully tapped, Pivot is a guide to reinvention for anyone at any age. With clear-eyed compassion and frank assessments, Adam shares the secrets that will guide you away from fear and toward a powerful new vision for your life. The uplifting stories; introspective prompts; clear, step-by-step exercises; and energizing calls to action throughout this remarkable book will guide you through the process of personal and career transformation, from creating a vision and clearing space for change to building a supportive environment and establishing daily rituals that will regenerate your soul.

    Soul Over Matter: Ancient and Modern Wisdom and Practical Techniques to Create Unlimited Abundance

    Combine ancient Eastern and modern Western wisdom, mix in proven techniques from both a CEO and a legendary soul healer, and you get Soul Over Matter. Designed for readers at every level of economic experience, this book gives you a unique and powerful path to financial abundance.

    Adam Markel, bestselling author, attorney, and CEO of New Peaks, North America’s largest personal and business development company, shares inspiring life lessons and strategies to create abundance. World-renowned miracle soul healer, Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha reveals sacred and practical wisdom, including universal laws that everyone can apply to create abundance in every aspect of life: personal finances, business, relationships, and more.

    Destined to be the Think and Grow Rich of the 21st century, Soul Over Matter shares practical wisdom and easy-to-implement, proven techniques. In addition, Master Sha provides two new calligraphies that carry extraordinary power to remove blockages to achieving lasting abundance. With these simple techniques, you’ll learn how to focus on your unique challenges and conquer them.

    Soul Over Matter is the first financial advice book to focus on the role of soul in creating abundance. Whereas other books have hinted at the importance of connecting to universal laws to create abundance, Soul Over Matter is the first book to deliver the techniques to do so.

    The I Love My Life Challenge: The Art & Science of Reconnecting with Your Life: A Breakthrough Guide to Spark Joy, Innovation, and Growth

    In times of dramatic change, burn out, fear, and stress―the idea of coming into each day with energy, let alone positivity, seems impossible. However, Adam Markel has the tools to make it so. What Adam discovered through his work with individuals and teams, is that choosing to love and be grateful for one’s life is critical to staying resilient in business and life.

    The I LOVE MY LIFE CHALLENGE is an active challenge against yourself, to make changes for the better and push beyond the day to day struggles. In addition to stories and prompts for promising change, this work includes simple, repeatable 10-second actions that readers can use personally and professionally to center themselves in the face of change.

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