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A brief message from Donn...

After a rewarding 40-year career leading people and projects for Fortune 100 companies (Phillips Petroleum, Motorola, Intel Corporation), the Federal Government (NOAA) and academia (the University of Houston), leadership strategist, speaker, and award-winning author Donn LeVie Jr. is on the next phase of his life that will soon take him and his family from Austin, Texas to the Blue Ridge Mountains of far northwest South Carolina. 

If you would like Donn to speak at your conference or organization for 2024-2025 (or would like to book him for 2024-2025), he will gladly honor those invitations.

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Leadership influence is built on underlying values

My approach to leadership influence embraces three underlying and overlapping fundamentals that drive the essential core of presence-driven leaders:

  • Highlight Meaning and Purpose: Apply your highest personal strengths and talents to belong to and serve a greater good, purpose, or belief.

  • Encourage Participation and Involvement: Apply your greatest personal strengths, talents, and gifts with your work, family, friendships, and leisure.

  • Seek Fulfillment and Enjoyment: Apply as much positive emotion and coping skills to thrive in all areas of your work and personal life.


​True presence-driven leaders can arise in your organization when individuals have created a core of trust and empathy that will enhance performance, influence, engagement, and value. 


Core of trust and empathy


From the Underworld to the Boardroom takes the reader through the dark side of influence and persuasion: the world of manipulation and coercion. Unethical behavior abounds in both the criminal underworld and the corporate boardroom and many times we willingly participate in our own financial, emotional, and even physical ruin. Award-winning author and former executive leadership and influence strategist Donn LeVie Jr. reveals true tales in this compelling collection of fraud, corruption, counterfeiting, and other cons.

The chapters in Donn's book first appeared as feature articles in FRAUD Magazine, a publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). 

In a world where the competition is constantly trying to outsmart you, it's time to "stack the deck" in your favor. In Stacking the Deck: Career Strategies for Outsmarting the Competition, award-winning author and former Fortune 100 executive and leadership/influence strategist Donn LeVie Jr. shows the many ways individuals and organizations can get the upper hand with strategies and tactics that give them an "unfair" advantage that renders their competition irrelevant.

The chapters in Donn's book first appeared as articles in Fraud Magazine, a publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). 


Donn's latest article in FRAUD Magazine

"The Many Facets of Empathy"

Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotions, values, and behaviors. It was once believed to be too “wishy-washy” or submissive to be taken seriously as a valid approach for investigations or negotiations. But empathy is actually a highly valued dimension of interpersonal, communication, and strategic competence that can help fraud examiners more easily obtain an admission of guilt from fraudsters and gain insight into their “why.”

The November/December 2023 issue of Fraud Magazine has my column describing the impact empathy can have as a psychological tool for fraud investigators. If you're a member of the ACFE, you can read the entire article on the ACFE FRAUD Magazine website.

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