Originally trained as an international diplomat for the US foreign service, Adam B. Leonard helps leaders, teams, and organizations achieve their full potential. He currently works within The Google School for Leaders, Google’s center of excellence for advanced leadership development
Past speaking engagemens
Adam specializes in identifying the world’s most effective, evidence-based practices for personal and professional development and sharing them with leaders for maximum growth and organizational impact.
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Navigating Complexity for Leaders
This keynote and/or workshop gives leaders the essential mindsets and practical toolkits to thrive in complex situations.
Most leaders remain unprepared for the complex demands of their roles. Only those willing to adapt to increasingly VUCA conditions will sustain their success into the future. The session offers the very best complexity frameworks, learning experiences, tools, and practices that leaders can begin applying immediately to their most complex work challenges. Participants will learn how to apply complexity science and systems thinking to expand their perspective-taking abilities in order to make more intelligent decisions. The workshop has been tested and refined by over 1,500 senior leaders over the past 5 years.
Cultivating Psychological Safety
In this keynote and/or workshop participants discover the secrets of team effectiveness.
Evidence-based research identified 5 essential factors within the most successful teams. Psychological safety turned up as the key differentiating factor separating the most effective teams from the rest. The session reveals how to strengthen your team by applying this research in practical ways that will generate immediate impact and long term results. Participants will enhance their leadership abilities through learning how to build consistent teams that are healthy, happy, creative, and productive.
Creating a Wellness Culture of Sustainable High Performance
In this keynote and/or workshop, Adam shares useful lessons on Resilience, Mindfulness & Flow.
Participants will learn the latest research on the peak performance state called “flow”. They will experience the very best of positive psychology applied to leadership development that includes identifying a leader’s negative “internal voices” that sabotage success.
This keynote and/or workshop will empower participants to unleash their creativity through a user-centered, prototype-driven, design process.
Workshop participants will experience a comprehensive introduction to Adam's design thinking framework and apply it to a specific organizational problem that they identify prior to the workshop. They will learn the full innovation process: establishing empathy with users, defining user personas, brainstorming, prototyping and testing. Highly interactive, the session will have participants learn by doing through hands-on application.
Next Level Leadership
This keynote and/or workshop shows leaders how to master their Inner Game.
Ideal participants are members of the current C-level leadership team and/or talented leaders identified at the top level of the organizational succession plan. The content covers the “inner game” of leadership. Participants will increase their self-awareness through seeing the internal psychological dynamics driving their behaviors and actions and realizing “what got them here, won’t get them there.” To use a technology metaphor, this session does not just install new skill-based leadership apps, but rather upgrades a leader’s underlying operating system (OS).
The mix of speakers and content was perfect
It was truly an eye-opening experience that both enriched my network with amazing people and helped me shape the further direction of my career.
A spontaneous smile on our face! That is what happens when we look back at our experience tour. The things you hear, see and learn are a source of inspiration and motivation for the future. We have already implemented some of these in our current strategy and operations.
Nexxworks helps to facilitate innovative out of the box thinking. They will expose you and your teams to a different level of thought leadership, which in turn will help you and your people develop a different thinking ethos for the future.
The nexxworks inspiration series helps us to imagine the future together with all the teams worldwide, and make the bridge to our day-to-day challenges as well.
The nexxworks inspiration sessions were that mindblowing, that I invited my global team to taste, smell and learn via a similar experience.
Meeting today’s companies and speakers brought us refreshing energy and perspectives to our challenges today.
This experience showed how short-term planning and long term planning are both needed. The China visits were truly inspiring in how they execute on that.
It’s so important to step outside the day-to-day business. We are the only ones who can moderate this back to our teams and translate what we’ve learned to accomplish our daily goals.
Over the past months, I’ve experienced an expedition of discovery, imagination and acquisition of new tools & skills.
To new travelers, I hope you feel some of the same excitement, anxiety, and concentration. May you learn the way we did.
We’ve seen great concepts and initiatives from other companies, that made us think outside the box.
We want to make sure that the wonderful company that our family started, remains relevant in a fast-pace changing world.
I view the nexxworks membership as a combination of inspiration, practical insights, and networking with peers.