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Signature Keynotes

"You Can't Lead a Cavalry Charge if You Think You Look Funny Sitting on a Horse!"  

One of Donn's most popular signature keynotes that makes the point that the first order of becoming a leader is to first believe you are a leader, look and dress the part (or fake until you become it) because if you don't, you can't inspire confidence, trust, believability, and true commitment from others. Watch for the book by the same name coming soon! 

"I don't believe in the no-win scenario..."

"Are Your Leaders Prepared for N0-Win Scenarios?"  

Does Your leadership strategy account for a no-win scenario? What will you do when leaders encounter situations where there's no apparent solution? Packed with plenty of examples and humor, this signature keynote illustrates how charting a novel approach to leadership thinking sometimes requires recognizing what on first appearance may be no-win scenarios and then changing the rules of the game to see a different perspective. 

"The Higher You Climb, the Harder it is to Hold on"

Each succeeding level of leadership carries with it its own set of responsibilities, expectations, accountability, and authority. The higher you climb in the organization or in your industry, the harder it is to hold on as the strategies and tactics you use at lower levels to empower other in the organization become more focused on long-range decisions and planning that affect the direction of the entire organization. Learn what you need for the ascent to help you maintain your grip.  

"Flying the Corporate Jet Too Close to the Sun: The Icarus Syndrome in the C-Suite"

We know the story of Icarus, who ignored wise counsel, rejected criticism, and flew his feathered wings too close to the sun. The wax holding together his wings melted, plunging him to his death in the sea below. We see parallels with many C-Suite executives who present personable, charismatic exteriors, but their outward appearance often masks emotional coldness, exploitation, unethical, manipulative behavior, and grandiose self-importance. Such personalities can wreak havoc for management staff, employees, and the organization. That polish, charm, and even-keel decisiveness may be the outward-facing appearance of darker personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

"I found Donn’s mention of pre- and post-engagement strategies important considerations that have been totally forgotten among students today. Donn gives a lot of encouragement and motivation to make you want to get out there and get going. Wish my students could have heard him.”

Steve Haenchen, Ph.D.

Cyber Forensics and Information Security Management, Kansas University