Randy Pennington Profile

  • With a brilliant track record of over 20 years as a speaker and consultant, Pennington is extraordinarily gifted at working with leaders to develop executable solutions that benefit their team and organization in uncertain times.

  • An inductee into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame and the recipient of 21 Teacher Excellence Awards, Pennington brings both substance and style to the stage as he inspires and equips audiences to continually adapt to accelerating change.

  • Pennington is the best-selling author of the books, Results Rule! and Make Change Work.

  • National Speakers Association Hall of Famer, Randy Pennington has one of the most stunning track records in America when it comes to preparing companies for big changes. For over 20 years, he’s guided leaders of organizations big and small in aligning their teams, building a culture of excellence, and crafting a mindset of continuous adaptability.

    Many of the country’s best-managed public and private sector organizations repeatedly turn to him for his seasoned and down-to-earth guidance. Pennington’s effective strategies and keen emotional intelligence have contributed to successful improvements at Sprint, Alabama Power Company, DFW Airport, Texas A&M University, Progressive Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Overhead Door, United Technologies, Azek,Taylor Farms Deli, Toledo Hospital, Ingersoll-Rand, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and the U.S. Department of the Army.

    Pennington is the author of two best-selling books, Results Rule! and Make Change Work. He’s shared his expertise as a guest commentator on CNN, PBS, Fox News, the ABC Radio Network, and the BBC. His sound insights and solutions are grounded in decades of experience as well as his educational background in psychology and organization administration and management.

    • View Extended/Alternate Bio

      Randy Pennington is a business performance veteran, author, and an expert in helping organizations build a culture focused on results.

      His professional accomplishments and credentials stack up with the best of them. His client list includes leading organizations in business, non-profits, and government.

      Randy focuses on what works in your world—the real world—and he does it in a style that relates to people at every level of every organization.

      That’s because Randy Pennington looks at the business of business through different eyes. His personal work experience has taken him from a locker room attendant at a municipal swimming pool to consulting in the Board rooms of corporate America.

      Along the way, he’s been a…

        • senior executive in a start-up mental health facility;
        • HR professional in a 25,000 employee government agency;
        • recreation therapist in a psychiatric hospital;
        • CFO of a multi-million dollar professional services firm;
        • tire and appliance salesman;
        • Chairman of the Board for a $17 million dollar non-profit and multi-million dollar foundation;
        • Adjunct professor in Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center’s
          programming for Cox MBA students since 1991, earning 21 Teaching Excellence Awards
        • Inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Speaker Hall of Fame and is a recipient of their
          prestigious Cavett Award
        • entrepreneur; and
        • professional musician at Six Flags Over Texas.

      What makes Randy unique?
      What should you expect from a professional?

      Let’s cut to the chase.

      Randy does all the things you expect from a professional regardless of the situation or group. He…

        • Researches his clients and learns the organizational issues from your perspective using teleconferences with key people or, when possible, on-site visits
        • Incorporates your traditions, stories, and lingo into his message to make the presentation more meaningful and fun for the audience
        • Stays within the time allotment, and when you are in a bind, makes adjustments to help the program get back on track
        • Is conscious of gender, religious, and other differences in the audience
        • Makes suggestions in the planning process
        • Works with you to contain travel costs
        • Does not sell products from the platform without prior approval
        • Delivers a presentation with immediate take-away value
        • These things are important, but they aren’t unique

      So why work with Randy?

      Quite simply—Randy Pennington gets it.
      He has the unique ability to understand where you want to go, zero in on your real needs, and give you confidence that solutions for your challenges can be found and implemented.

    Randy Pennington Speaking Videos

    Bring Randy Pennington to Speak Live at Your Event


    Check Speaker Availability

    Randy Pennington's Speech Descriptions

    Adaptation guru, Randy Pennington inspires and empowers you to lead and sustain change no matter the size of your organization. With a 20-year track record of consistent success, he helps you tap into the psychological and sociological aspects of your team and culture, so that your approach to getting your whole organization on-board with new business models or structures will work faster and more effectively. Pennington takes the basic strategies he has applied to hundreds of organizations, and customizes them to your company’s unique strengths, challenges, and goals. And his work doesn’t end with a keynote; often, Pennington continues to support your organization months afterwards to ensure that you achieve after he steps offstage.

    What would be different in your organization if every person at every level was focused on and committed to...

      • Delivering results that matter for your customers and your organization?
      • Building and leveraging relationships from a foundation of trust, transparency, and integrity?
      • Modeling accountability and personal responsibility in every area of their performance?
      • What would it mean for your performance? Your reputation? Your ability to adapt and thrive in any economy?

    Randy Pennington is a 20+ year business performance who helps leaders deliver results, leverage the power of strong relationships, and promote accountability. He also just happens to excel as a presenter, educator, facilitator, and strategic consultant.

    Randy’s unique skill set and experience provides you incredible flexibility in choosing a resource to assist your organization.

      • Want an engaging presenter who can “go deep” and provide more than a book report?
      • Need a keynote speaker who can also facilitate a panel discussion or provide an interactive breakout session?
      • Would you like a resource who can design a totally interactive learning experience, facilitate an executive level retreat, or work with you to implement ideas and drive lasting change in your organization?

    Randy Pennington has the range of expertise and experience to do all that and more.

    RESULTS RULE!® Be a Hero in a “Me Too” World
    Your organization is either a hero, has-been, or wanna-be. That’s where creating a Results Rule! culture will turn your uniqueness into a competitive asset that clears the playing field.

    Results Rule! is all about getting focused on producing results year... after year... after year and breaking out of the “me too” club.

    The marketplace never lies—Results Rule!

      • Establish a clear distinction between you and… the other guy
      • Build and grow a culture that can change to meet the demands of your marketplace to produce results
      • Create the catalyst for enhancing customer value and increased effectiveness in everything you do

    ON MY HONOR, I WILL: The Journey to INTEGRITY-DRIVEN® Leadership
    What if you could have a blueprint for becoming the leader you always wanted to be… one who achieves results and inspires trust?

    What if that blueprint had been field-tested by hundreds of thousands of leaders from all walks of life?

    Here’s the news—the blueprint exists.

      • Earn a reputation for doing what’s right through the discipline of personal integrity
      • Build and sustain partnerships with others by mastering the art of interpersonal integrity
      • Grow an organization and develop a culture that lives the integrity of its values

    Change no longer influences the environment—it is the environment. The challenge we face is to make change work.<.p>

    That’s why this session is so important—it provides practical tools to help individuals and organizations meet the on-going challenge of change. Participants in this entertaining, fast-paced session receive practical information based on over 20 years of experience helping organizations initiate and manage change. The specific content will be designed and customized for you from the following list of objectives:

      • Why the ability to continuously adapt is critical for success and survival
      • Four reasons individuals and organizations have difficulty with change
      • How to initiate and build support for change in the organization
      • Six steps for successfully leading change
      • Stepping up when the change is a crisis
      • Personal strategies enabling individuals to thrive in the midst of change
      • How to make change a way of life

    The ability to anticipate, embrace, and react to change as it comes at you sets the heroes apart from the wanna-be’s.

    FORMAT: Keynote or Seminar ranging in length from 30 minutes to three hours.

    Flourish®: Winning in a World of Upheaval and Uncertainty
    Are you prepared for the seismic shifts redefining business, communities, and individual life? Will you be relevant in a world transformed by rapid change, technological advances, and globalization?

    Flourish® shares seven unique behaviors and competencies that must be mastered to stay ahead of change, add value to customers, and sustain a cohesive, focused culture.

    The presentation is tailored for two different audiences and customized for your organization.

    Flourish® for Everyone
    This session is ideal for audiences that need to:

    • Know how global forces, technological advances, and changing demographics affect what you do today and how you will work tomorrow
    • Understand and master the seven competencies for flourishing in the workplace of the future
    • Take immediate steps to take charge of and remain relevant in the future

    Flourish® for Leaders

    This session is ideal for leaders that need to:

    • Refocus and recharge their organization to remain nimble and relevant in the face of uncertainty, increased competition, and rapid change
    • Develop an organization that lives the seven competencies necessary to flourish in the future
    • Take immediate action today to guarantee their team’s success tomorrow

    What People are Saying about Seeing Randy Speak

    Rating Entries

    “Pennington is an expert on developing cultures that deliver results.”

    “You have again delivered a product that is focused on today’s business needs.”

    “Our members have to produce results in the real world, and you provided information that can be implemented immediately.”
        National Asphalt Pavement Association

    “Its rare for someone to show how concepts normally associated with the private sector can work in the public sector.”
        IRS, Wage & Investment Division

    “He redefines the word customization!”
        Meeting Professionals International

    “The improvement during the past year has been remarkable. Highlighted by our $25 million profit turnaround… your involvement and leadership has been extremely beneficial in achieving this transformation.”
        Inland Paperboard & Packaging

    “We have, as you know, had 16 consecutive corporate retreats and now you are only the second presenter we’ve asked back for a return engagement. The other was Ed Foreman, and he’s legendary, so you are in a special class and as I told you in person, this material was even better than your first with us.”
        First Texas Bancorp, Inc.

    Have You Seen this Speaker? Leave a Star Rating.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Books by Randy Pennington:


    Results Rule!: Build a Culture That Blows the Competition Away
    In a competitive environment in which products and services are frequently interchangeable, what sets a great business apart from the competition? Everyone shares the same tactics, the same buzzwords, and the same technology, so why do some businesses consistently dominate their competitors? The answer lies in intangibles—the factors broadly defined as the organization’s culture.

    Over the course of his twenty-plus years as a business performance consultant, Randy Pennington has learned two vital truths about the most successful companies: they never lose focus on results, and they always create a compelling organizational culture that engages all employees in the company’s mission.

    These intangibles are what separate truly great companies from everybody else—and lead to consistent results. Results Rule! provides principles and strategies for building a remarkable organizational culture that will make you the standard by which the competition is measured. Applying its lessons will enable your organization to execute more effectively, engage all staff members in every project, and quickly respond to competition and changing markets.

    The right culture can make all the difference. It will help you and your people focus on the fundamentals of your business; create better, more effective partnerships and teams; and encourage everyone to do what’s best for the company rather than what’s easiest for them. Pennington not only shows you how to create this culture, but gives real-world examples of people and companies who excel at getting results. You’ll see what works for major organizations like Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, and GE, as well as smaller, less well-known companies that lead, innovate, and get results in their own industries. Delivering results ultimately comes down to choices, and Pennington providesthe six principles you need to make and implement the right choices for long-term consistent results.

    An endless number of books claim to solve your business’s problems with the latest buzzwords and overhyped methodologies. Those books might make you feel better about yourself, but they probably won’t make you feel any better about your business. The secret to success is simple: results rule! If you want to build a business that gets results, start here.


    Make Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of Constant Change
    Remain competitive, inspire innovation, and ensure success

    Constantly adapting, improving, and changing is more important than ever for companies to remain competitive in today’s marketplace. Make Change Work presents real solutions to thriving in a world of constant change. This book educates managers and leaders on how to lead change, with strategies for creating urgency, building support, and ensuring successful change. Get the guidance you need to be bold in the face of change, and learn how to make your company faster, better, cheaper, and friendlier—by simply listening to your customers.

    Advises leaders on how to design and implement a strategy that allows you to successfully lead change and deliver meaningful business results
    Author Randy Pennington is a 20-year business performance veteran, author, and expert in helping organizations build a culture focused on results
    Learn how to establish a clear and purposeful goal, inspire a culture relentlessly focused on customers, and create an environment where your talented team wants to Make Change Work.

    Related Speakers


    Need help filling the seats at your next meeting / event?

    Call us / email us / check availability and fee for your favorite speaker.

    Get in touch
    Call us: +1-213-725-7339.