David Mead

Chief of What's Next & Partner Speaker for Simon Sinek "Start With Why"

Fee Range?: $20,000 - $25,000

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Everything David does is designed to propel positive change.

Specializing in organizational culture & leadership, David shifts perceptions about the reasons why organizations really exist, what leadership is and how human biology plays » Read Full Bio

Everything David does is designed to propel positive change.

Specializing in organizational culture & leadership, David shifts perceptions about the reasons why organizations really exist, what leadership is and how human biology plays into it all.

David believes that every one of us deserves to wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while we’re there, and come home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work we do. He works with leaders to help them create an environment where people show up to work because they want to, not because they have to. Everything David does is designed to propel people toward a better version of themselves, so they can more meaningfully touch the lives of others.

In 2004, David began his career in corporate training. In 2009, he became frustrated and discouraged by his personal experience with poor leadership in the workplace. That same year, David met Simon Sinek, a world-renowned thought leader and author of Start With Why and New York Times best-seller Leaders Eat Last. An opportunity to join Simon’s team presented itself, and David eagerly jumped on board.

Drawn to the Start With Why team’s desire to inspire people to do the things that inspire them, David began developing communication and content, which evolved into speaking and facilitating workshops inspired by Simon’s simple, yet powerful message.

David now travels internationally, helping people shift their perceptions about the reason their organizations really exist, what leadership is, and how human biology plays into it all. He has presented to over 80 organizations in a wide variety of industries including Johnson and Johnson, Capital One, Microsoft and American Farm Bureau.

David also co-hosts the Start With Why podcast, which is downloaded in over 150 countries and counting. He is based in Salt Lake City. He earned a BA in Communication and an MBA, with a focus on Organizational Development.

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Start With Why; Bringing "The Golden Circle"to life
David shares a powerfully simply idea, discovered by Simon Sinek, called "The Golden Circle" and builds upon it with examples and stories that bring it to life. This simple idea explains how great leaders, companies and organizations that inspire us are able to do so naturally and consistently. "The Golden Circle" unravels the mystery of how we must think, act and communicate to inspire others. Here's a hint: it's not about changing who we are, it's about understanding who we are.
Start With Why & Leaders Eat Last
What makes great teams and organizations pull together. Some organizations have cultures where their people are able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other cultures, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? This keynote talk takes a slightly more general approach to each concept and provides a clear link between the two. It draws on Simon Sinek's two books, Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last. Combining an alternative way of thinking with real life examples and stories, David explains how great organizations inspire the right fits to join their cause, then create a culture that naturally breeds trust and collaboration.
Five Key Principles
How to harness the power of Why in your organization. Building on the concept of Why and "The Golden Circle", David answers the question of what's next? by explaining the Five Key Principles, tools leaders can use to harness the power of Why in their organization. These principles are the roadmap to creating engagement, innovation and breakthrough in organizational environments.
Why Discovery for Teams & Organizations (Workshop)
Designed for business units or organizations who want to discover and articulate their Why. As simple as the Why concept is to understand, one of the biggest challenges a team or organization will face is clearly articulating its purpose, cause or belief, its Why. While it may be felt, it can be difficult to put into words. Finding the words for our Why is the first step in being able to effectively communicate it. Until it can be put into words, it's very difficult to put it into action and nearly impossible to scale. Inspired by Simon Sinek's Why Discovery Process, this workshop focuses on helping teams or organizations find and articulate their Why in simple language that inspires action.
Why Discovery for Individuals (Workshop)
Designed for individuals within organizations to discover their Why and take inspired action. When we clearly understand our own Why, we can gain a greater sense of purpose within our organizations, contributing who we are at our best. And when we are at our very best, doing work that matters to us, the natural result is greater fulfillment. This is not only good for us, but contributes to the vision and the long-term progress of the organization.
Five Key Principles (Workshop)
For organizations that know their Why, this workshop is designed for senior leadership to gain a greater appreciation of "The Golden Circle". What would our families, our communities and our world look like if we woke up each day inspired to go to work and went home each day fulfilled by the work we do? It's possible and it starts with Why. When is the last time you thought about why you show up to work? Beyond the paycheck, even beyond providing great service to clients, why do you really do the work you do? Understanding the real human reason behind the contribution you make can dramatically shift your perspective and truly inspire you. This workshop is designed to introduce you to Five Key Principles that can help you harness the power of Why within your role and your organization. We are often eager to start with Why, if we only knew How! Finding and articulating the Why is just the beginning. Having the Why become part of your organization's culture is a process and requires a different perspective on leadership and communication.
Defining Moments
Designed to provide leaders with simple, tangible leadership behaviors that can increase trust between them and those they lead, resulting in discretionary effort, empowerment and taking calculated risk. Culture = Values + Behavior. In order to build a culture in which people feel like they belong and have a desire to advance our cause, leaders must consciously behave in ways that are consistent with the organization's values and beliefs. Simply put, as leaders, we can't expect our people to treat each other and our customers in a way that reflects our values and beliefs if we are not treating them the same way. Leaders have daily opportunities to behave in a way that is consistent with the organization's values and beliefs. The collection of these opportunities, called Defining Moments, are what create a culture.



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