John Izzo Profile

Leading business expert and adviser, Dr. John Izzo is driving a purpose revolution, helping organizations boost their performance when it comes to sustainability, social responsibility, and employee engagement. With more than 25 years of experience working in a wide variety of corporate settings, he has served as a consultant for over 500 companies, including IBM, Qantas, the Mayo Clinic, Verizon, RBC, TELUS, Westjet, DuPont, Humana, Microsoft and McDonalds.

Dr. Izzo pioneered the topics of employee engagement and social responsibility with his book Awakening Corporate Soul(1994). He is the author of six best-selling books that document such successful business and work trends as the shift in generational values and the growing importance of individual initiative and personal responsibility. His upcoming book The Purpose Revolution takes an in-depth look at the emerging young class that aspires to have a good life while curtailing social problems of our time.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Dr. Izzo spent five years as a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and 4 years as Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy.

He has a Masters degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational communication, has taught at two major U.S. universities, and continues to conduct leading edge research on workplace values.

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    John Izzo is a visionary, author, community leader and professional speaker on leadership development, performance management, corporate culture, and organizational change. Dr. John Izzo has over 20 years experience working in a wide variety of corporate settings. His clients include nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations and mid-size companies.

    Over the last two decades, John Izzo has married his first career as a minister with his second career as a management & leadership consultant to help leaders create corporations and organizations where values and purpose are the foundations for success. Dr. Izzo spent five years as a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and 4 years as Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy prior to establishing his own firm. Currently, John Izzo focuses on helping leaders and organizations reach sustainable success through the integration of purposeful leadership and business practices.

    Dr. John Izzo is the author of over 60 articles, and is the co-author of the best selling book Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work. His second book Values-Shift: The New Work Ethic and What it Means for Business defines how and why our work ethic is changing, and it focuses on the six major shifts people expect from work, offering practical ideas on what companies and managers can do to retain and inspire the people they need and value. Based on leading edge research and experiences with more than 200 companies, John Izzo helps people understand these shifting values and how they differ across generations and across gender.

    Dr. Izzo′s third non-fiction title Second Innocence: Rediscovering Joy and Wonder is a powerful book that blends personal stories with Dr. Izzo′s thoughts on work, spirituality, relationships and daily life. His latest work is The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, which has also been produced as a PBS television series.

    John Izzo′s pioneering work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News, the LA Times, Canada AM, CBC Radio, The American Medical Journal/, B.C. Business, The Seattle Times and the cover of Association Management Magazine on “Creating Inspiring Work Places”.

    Dr. John Izzo has devoted his life and career to helping leaders create workplaces that are capable of bringing out the best in people and helping people discover more purpose and fulfillment in life and work. From his early days as a minister to his 17 years in organization development, his focus has been to improve the quality of work and life.

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Dr. John Izzo brings unique insight into the challenges corporations and individuals face as well as practical, useful ideas on how to create better workplaces, better lives, and ultimately a better world. He uses true and relatable stories to deliver spot-on messages on how people and organizations can grow in the areas of sustainability, social responsibility, purpose, and engagement. He has spoken to over 1,000,000 people around the world and has extensive experience with audiences who come from nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, the healthcare sector, and mid-size companies.

In this hard hitting keynote Dr. John Izzo talks about a concept he calls 100/0 and how each one of us can take greater accountability when we put our excuses aside by focusing on what we can do and the role we play.

In this engaging keynote John explains WHY purpose matters and drives home how to drive the WHY on a daily basis in your organization.

Based on his work with many of the best workplaces in the world, John shows leaders how to implement simple disciplines and routines guaranteed to create highly engaged teams.

This keynote shows how a new driver of choice is happening worldwide where consumers, employees and investors are using purpose and community as a major driver of their commitments.

Dr. John Izzo inspires audiences how “stepping up” creates positive change while improving satisfaction at work and in life.

Get your people to step up to create change. This talk is hard hitting, practical and guaranteed to get your leaders to turn resistance into results.

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    “I believe I can say… that your talk to our staff was one of the best we have ever had. Staff are saying “even the naysayers are saying it was great” and they are a critical group. Thank you for creating such energy and wonder in your talk, and inspiring a thirst for action.”
    Ontario Nurses Association

    “This kind of optimism is energizing and sorely needed in these times!”
    Umpqua Bank

    “Powerful and fun, thank you for showing us the power we have to shape change.”
    Hewlett Packard

    “Workforce issues in healthcare are diverse, and hearing John Izzo’s today was THE most timely information I could have received. He is ahead of the curve and hopefully healthcare will strive to catch up!”
    Kaiser Permanente

    “…your expertise in healthcare management issues were valued and stimulating.”
    Canadian Healthcare Association

    “The time and effort you put into tailoring your keynote presentation to my membership was evident and on target. You went the extra mile and it was truly appreciated!”
    National Arborists

    “Thank you for your insight and wisdom John, your program was so inspiring and motivating. Our work with you is far from over.”
    Duke Energy

    “John Izzo is the most dynamic and gifted presenter I have ever heard!”

    “John Izzo’s program was both humorous and full of great ideas. A fine combination to open our annual manager’s conference.”
    Dominos Pizza

    “Dr. Izzo was motivating, please have him back! “ He gave me things I can do to change my workplace.”
    Coca Cola

    “You did an excellent job, Thank you for your inspiring and thought provoking program we are already planning next year and our attendees want you back!”

    “John Izzo is one of my favorite thinkers.”
    TD Bank

    7“Motivating!”“Real examples were appreciated” “Real estate is a competitive and often soul-less business thank you for reminding me to live my values and honor my life’s purpose, I can’t tell you how timely your message was for me.”

    “Your office staff were so knowledgeable and helpful, it made my our conference planning that much easier!”
    The Centre for Organizational Effectiveness

    “I personally consider your speech to be one of the best I’ve heard in years.”
    Topaz International

    “The photos you took of our staff to tailor your PowerPoint presentation were wonderful and an unexpected surprise!”

    “Izzo brings invaluable insight and clarity to what will be required to attract and keep the best people and to earn a market-winning share of their hearts and minds.”
    TD Industries

    “Extending the reach of an organization’s potential can only be done by passionate and empowered employees. Today’s workforce is trading in management layers for a clear vision which fosters personal ownership. John Izzo offers refreshing views on creating heart-felt passion in the workplace!”
    TLV Inc.

    “The overwhelming response of attendees was that your talk was informative and highly entertaining. Without any doubt, yours was the most successful session of the conference.”
    Healthcare Forum

    “Your presentation was clearly one of the finest given in the history of presentations in the Academy.”
    American Academy of Medical Administrators

    “Many thanks for the excellent presentation you gave at our annual Leadership Symposium this fall. We in corporate America need to be reminded of the importance of finding purpose in our work, and creating an environment for others to find purpose and meaning. Thanks again for sharing with us your insight and wisdom.”
    Duke Energy Corporation

    “In these challenging times, his message about the importance of soul and heart was right on target. We were privileged to have a speaker like John who did a great job reminding us of the chance we have to make a difference.”
    Health Net

    “You left the audience with a challenge to consider some of the realities that we face in education today and encouraged us to make a commitment to address at least one or two in a positive way.”
    JBC School Superintendents Assn.

    “John Izzo meticulously describes the six trends that are changing the face of work. This is a must read for all leaders who want to maximize people!”
    Citrus Valley Health Partners

    “John Izzo has special insight on how attitudes and personal and business values can either co-exist or conflict. This perception allows business leaders to develop a company culture that is nurturing both personally and professionally.”
    Human Services Consultants

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Books by John Izzo:

The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good

We’re in the midst of a purpose revolution. Customers, employees, and investors are making it clear that they want companies to do more than provide good products, good prospects, and good profits – they want companies to do some social good too. Ironically, as this extremely timely book demonstrates, purpose-driven companies do better on nearly every traditional metric: greater customer loyalty, higher retention, more innovation, and a healthier bottom line.

But how do you become a purpose-driven company? Just crafting an inspiring new mission statement and starting a CSR program won’t cut it, says John Izzo, who predicted the purpose revolution in his 1994 book Awakening Corporate Soul. Purpose must pervade every part of your organization. In this thoroughly researched hands-on guide, Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen provide a tool kit for deeply embedding purpose into your leadership and organizational culture.

Using scores of real-world examples and practical exercises, Izzo and Vanderwielen help leaders find a truly authentic purpose, one that is a natural fit for them and their organization. They describe concrete actions leaders can take to ensure that employees own it, customers and recruits connect with it, and every corporate action and activity reflects it. They show leaders how to avoid common pitfalls on the path to purpose and how to use purpose to guide all their decision making.

In an increasingly crowded economic landscape, purpose gives you a powerful competitive advantage. But it does more than that. Finding and communicating an inspiring purpose will revitalize the entire organization, top to bottom. Purpose makes business more rewarding in every sense.

    Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything

    In his bestselling book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, John Izzo tackled the secrets to lifelong happiness. Now he gives readers the key to a great career, a great workplace, better relationships, and a better world. Stepping Up argues that almost every problem, from personal difficulties and business challenges to social issues, can be solved if all of us look to ourselves to create change rather than looking to others. By seeing ourselves as agents of change we feel happier, less stressed, and more powerful.

    Izzo offers seven compelling principles that enable anyone, anywhere, anytime to effectively bring about positive change. And the book is filled with stories that will inspire you: a middle-aged Italian shopkeeper who fought back against the Mafia, two teenagers who took a stand and ignited an antibullying movement, an executive who turned a dying division into a profit center, and many more. We all have the power to change the world—John Izzo shows us how.

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    Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work
    This compelling book brings the ancient wisdom of eastern and western philosophies together with personal business expertise to create the handbook on improving corporate culture and personal fulfillment at work.

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