Barbara Bartlein Profile

For more than three decades Barbara Bartlein has been setting out her vision of high-performance workplaces in the healthcare field for professionals. She has the experience to back her philosophy, as a clinical psychotherapist and former VP of St Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee; her high-energy presentations and seminars are highly motivating and inspiring for anyone interested in building more productive healthcare workplaces.

Working in her own private practice for more than 25 years, Barbara earned her first degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and went on to graduate from Beth-El School of Nursing in Colorado Springs before taking a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She helped to take the company she co-owned, CNR Health, from a two-person organization to a multimillion-dollar company. At St Mary’s Hospital she supervised five distinct entities as well as having oversight of a psychiatric hospital.

Barbara’s expertise as a speaker is acknowledged by the fact that she is qualified as a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest grade of the National Speakers Association that is held by only 10% of speakers around the world. She has also been president of the National Speakers Association Wisconsin chapter.

Barbara has contributed to four of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and also written three bestsellers of her own, of which the latest is Energy Suckers–How to Deal With Bullies in the Workplace. Her work has gained national attention on CNN, NBC, Bill O’Reilly, Fox TV and USA Today. Her prestigious client list includes Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Discover Card Aurora Healthcare and Miller Brewing.

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    Barbara is a healthcare motivational speaker and workplace culture expert. For over 30 years, her presentations and seminars have helped professionals, teams and leaders build high performing workplaces. A clinical psychotherapist and former VP of St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, she understands people and organizations.

    Presenting over 90 programs per year, Barbara’s high-energy keynotes and seminars improve teamwork and increase productivity. Barbara is a high-content speaker who educates, entertains, and motivates professionals to improve workplace performance.

    Barbara attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a degree in Philosophy and graduated from Beth-El School of Nursing in Colorado Springs. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has had a private practice for over 25 years.

    A co-owner of the managed healthcare company, CNR Health, Barbara helped build the organization from two employees to a multi-million dollar company. As VP of St. Mary’s Hospital, she oversaw five corporations and the operation of a psychiatric hospital.

    Barbara is the past president of the National Speakers Association—WI chapter. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned honor given by the National Speakers Association. Held by fewer than 10% of the speakers in the world, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform skill.

    The best selling author of three books, she is also a contributor to four Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest work, Energy Suckers—How to Deal With Bullies in the Workplace, is being used by companies and teams to improve organizational culture.

    Barbara has been featured nationally on CNN, NBC, Bill O’Reilly, FOX TV and USA Today. Her client list includes top Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Discover Card, Aurora Healthcare and Miller Brewing.

    Barbara lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Charlie, and cats Tigger and Wall-E.

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Barbara Bartlein presents a series of programs dealing with some of the most important issues facing workplaces today. Addressing the fact that over 35% of workers have experienced bullying in the workplace, she offers training that can eradicate this unpleasant feature from your company. She teaches how to identify bullies and what can be done to combat their influence.

Using her own experience from the workplace, Barbara addresses issues around team building, teaching the communication techniques needed to maximize individual and team performance. She will show you how to identify your own strengths and those of others to build high performing teams. In seminar work, participants work as teams to face a series of fun challenges and then assess the effectiveness of their team strategy.

Another area in which Barbara both educates and inspires is that of productivity. She addresses the problem of a culture where 89% of business people take work home and 53% spend less than two hours a week looking after their children. She demonstrates how proper time management can free up time for your personal life while actually increasing your productivity.


Energy Suckers—How to Deal With Bullies in the Workplace
Bullying is an epidemic in the workplace and appears to be increasing. In recent surveys, it is reported that over 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand. Make your workplace bully free with this comprehensive training program.

Participants learn:

    • The high cost of bullying to American business
    • Common bullying behavior
    • How the bully chooses targets
    • What you can do if you are being bullied
    • How to make your organization bully free

Energy Suckers—The Seven Types of Bullies
Energy suckers can emerge in any workplace and bully those around them with their gossip, criticism, and just rude behavior. Learn about the different types of energy suckers and how you can deal with them in this fun program.

The seven types you will learn:

    • Stress puppies—pressure bullying
    • Underdogs—needy bullying
    • C-Gull managers—corporate bullying
    • Know-It-Alls—narcissistic bullying
    • Energy suckers—emotional bullying
    • Repeaters—serial bullies
    • Sociopaths—psychopathic bullies

Growing At The Speed of Change
To grow your business you need to grow your people. Enhance the abilities of your employees by building the mentoring and coaching skills of management.

In this program, you learn:

    • The manager's role in a learning organization
    • The value of regular meetings to offer feedback in a structured format
    • The process of 'feedforward' to produce personal change
    • The four key beliefs that make it difficult for successful people to change
    • Eight ways to avoid stupid management

Your Attitude is Showing
Unleash the people power in your organization through understanding individual behavior styles.
Dynamic and fun, this workshop allows you to look at your own style and recognize the styles of the people you meet.

In this program, you learn:

    • The four basic styles of interaction
    • Your personal style and your response under stress or pressure
    • The strengths and weaknesses of each style
    • How to recognize the behavior styles of others
    • The secrets of impacting the styles you meet for better communication
    • How to implement a style approach to teamwork, hiring and sales


Building High Performing Teams
Using the DISC Style Analysis Tool, participants identify their own personal style and the style of others. You learn the communication techniques for each style to maximize individual and team performance.

In this program, you learn:

    • Recognition of the four basic behavior styles
    • Identifying your own strengths and area for improvement
    • Communication skills for better teamwork
    • Implications for each style in building stronger teams

Team Building Magic
Looking to have your team work closer together and more collaboratively? We conduct an interactive program where the group breaks into teams and participates in fun challenges. The progress of the teams is then processed and the participants get an opportunity to see how they function in the team.

Your team will:

    • Survive a plane crash
    • Transport "toxic waste"
    • Balance nails
    • Lower a helium stick

People Magic
People are the primary asset of any organization. The ability of employees to work effectively is key to growing an organization. This program focuses on the skills necessary to work with others.

In this program, you learn:

    • Basic communication principles including listening exercises
    • To self-evaluate and identify defense mechanisms that block your relationships
    • Approaches to address conflict with others in an appropriate and constructive format
    • Common mistakes that management makes in working with employees


Taking Charge of Your Time
A recent study of a thousand business people reported that 89% take work home, 65% work more than one weekend a month and 53% spend less than two hours a week looking after their children. No wonder too many of us complain that we don't have enough time. Learn how to take charge of your time to get more out of life; at work and at home.

In this program, you will learn:

    • The two biggest workplace pressures
    • Symptoms of poor time management
    • How to set priorities
    • The difference between development and maintenance activities
    • The enemies of time management
    • How to use time to your benefit

Bury My Heart at Meeting Room "C"—How to Run Effective Meetings
According to the Annenberg School Of Communication at USC, a typical manager attends five meetings a week and averages two hours and 14 minutes each day in the meeting room. Make the meetings you lead and attend more effective with positive outcomes.

In this program, you learn:

    • How to determine if a meeting needs to take place
    • The importance of picking the best venue to make the meeting efficient
    • How to create an agenda and stay on track
    • Who should be in charge and why
    • How to record the discussion and decisions
    • Why it is critical to give assignments to participants with time frames

Building the Habits of Success
What does making your bed, flossing your teeth, and exercising have in common? They are three habits of very successful people. New research into how we form and change habits can help you transform your life.

In this program, you learn:

    • The latest research on habit formation
    • Why it is so difficult to extinguish "bad" habits
    • The importance of building "keystone" habits
    • How to recognize triggers for habits and change your response
    • The importance of rewarding "good" behavior

Balancing Act
Laugh your way to better balance as you realign work, home, and other demands. Utilizing humor, this presentation focuses on our changing culture and the effects on our lives.

In this program, you learn:

    • Evaluate their personal balance utlizing the "Balance Wheel"
    • Learn the top three strategies to re-balance
    • Enhance your ability to say "no" and set realistic limits
    • Techniques to simplify your life at home and at work

The Magic of Making a Difference
Designed for helping professionals, this entertaining and inspirational presentation motivates with laughter. Successful, happy people are those focused on giving to others and following their personal passion.

In this keynote, you learn:

    • To identify the three factors for happiness
    • The importance of doing the right thing
    • How to avoid the expectation machine
    • The value of small kindnesses in making a difference

What People are Saying about Seeing Barbara Speak

Rating Entries

“I want to thank you for presenting one of the best keynote presentation I have ever heard. All of the evaluations we received after the seminar were full of words of praise for your talk, ‘Wanting What You Have.’ All summed up, they said, ‘The keynote speaker was great!'”
    Liz Steinmetz, Community Memorial Hospital

“The team building activity was both fun and innovative. Your energy, enthusiasm, and humor made the time spent not only enjoyable, but helpful and interesting as well.”
    Sue Van Abel, SBC/Ameritech

“Your presentation was both effective and comical. Our audience really appreciated your positive energy and responded with comments such as, ‘Bring Barbara back.'”
    Steve Ronstrom, Sacred Heart Hospital

“On behalf of Nursing Spectrum and Total Home Health, Inc., thank you for your presentations, ‘Fired Up or Burned Out?’ and ‘Laughing Matters,’ at the Total Home Health Expo and Educational Conference. The response from the participants to your thought-provoking presentations was enthusiastically positive.”
    Dorothy Angelini, RN, MSN, Nursing Spectrum

“Thank you so much for the recent training seminars for our sales staff. Your approach of involving the participants and focusing on real sales experiences provided a practical learning experience.”
    Dan Wolfgram, R & R Insurance Services, Inc.

“Thank You! Your presentations at the Ministry Home Care Staff Retreat were wonderful. The Message was right on target and the presentation style allowed all of our participants to enjoy the day. As expected, our evaluations were overwhelmiongly positive.”
    Ann K. Patek, Ministry Home Care

“Extended thanks to you as well for customizing your program to meet our needs. You are a consummate professional Barb, which was apparent in your availability to help us with questions, your timely responses, and your natural desire to go above and beyond our core expectations to ensure the program would be a smash hit! Your hard work paid off!”
    Debra R. Fullmer, TDS

“…teambuilding provided an invaluable experience for our staff. The session was fun, informative and motivating.”
    Katie Ives, Miller Brewing

“Your discussions on humor and stress were very informative and enlightening (besides being hilarious).”
    Elizabeth Lund, Krohn Clinic

“…you use humor effectively…the presentation was very entertaining!”
    Ellen Vanderboom, MSN, RN, Horizon Healthcare

“…you succeeded in capturing the attention of our audience, making them laugh, while providing foor for thought.”
    Rollie J. Boeding, State of Wisconsin

Clients Include:

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Northern Computers
Miller Brewing Company
Horizon Healthcare Network
Discover Novus Network
International Maintenance Institute
Gilman Manufacturing
Parr Emergency Products
Automatic Peripherals
State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Nurse’s Association

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Books by Barbara Bartlein:

Why Did I Marry You Anyway?
Movies like Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember bombard people with bad ideas about love. We are told if you meet the right person and fall in love, your marriage will thrive and you will be happy. However, while love is important, stable marriages are not based on love alone.

Barbara Bartlein has worked with hundreds of couples as they have worked to save their marriages, and she is now ready to share the secrets of what they have learned together. A happy, successful marriage almost always is the result of hard work and commitment she says, but all too often, people don’t know what to do to improve their marriages. This is where Why Did I Marry You Anyway? fills the gap. With “12.5 strategies” that cover all the common problems in relationships—like money, sex, children, and in-laws—she tells couples what to do and shows them how to do it.

Each chapter approaches these problems in the same way. First, a common complaint is explored. Second, common myths that block solutions to the problem are identified and helpful ways of countering them are suggested. Third, case studies illustrate the concepts in action. Finally, quizzes and tools provide opportunities to practice these new skills and behaviors. The result is a helpful, humorous, and easy-to-read book. Anyone who gives it just a little thought will come away with practical insights that will result in positive growth in their lives.

Energy Suckers: How To Deal With Bullies in the Workplace
The work world is full of bullies who criticize, blame, intimidate, and humiliate others. In a study of U.S. workers, 41% reported experiencing psychological aggression at work in the last year. Bullying occurs in every industry and every profession. It is estimates that more than two million professionals and managers are pushed out of their jobs each year by bullying. This comes at a cost to employers of $64 billion a year. Decreased productivity, absenteeism, low morale and teamwork are all outcomes of a toxic work culture.

In Energy Suckers, Barbara Bartlein gives you the tools to address workplace bullying in your organizations and Energy Suckers in your life. She shows you how to take charge with:

    • The seven types of bullies and how you can handle them.
    • How you can defuse and prevent bullying from happening.
    • What you can do to protect yourself from becoming a target.

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