Adam Leonard

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

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Adam Leonard

Leadership & Development
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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.

Breakthrough Innovation

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).

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The mix of speakers and content was perfect

Wouter Blomme
Chief Development Officer at Upgrade Estate

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.

Peter Vindevogel
CEO The Park

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.

Emile Maes
Head of Retail Filou & Friends

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.

Paul Roberts
CEO Digital Ventures Cartamundi

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.

Veerle Lauwers
Director Digital Strategy & Transformation at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

The nexxworks inspiration sessions were that mindblowing, that I invited my global team to taste, smell and learn via a similar experience.  

Mona Nair
Vice President, Skin Health & Head NA R&D at Johnson & Johnson

Meeting today’s companies and speakers brought us refreshing energy and perspectives to our challenges today.

Margaret Mitchell
Global VP People & Organization at Mars.inc

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. 

Tom Ward
Chief E-Commerce Walmart US

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. 

Kathryn McClay
CEO at Sam's Club

Over the past months, I’ve experienced an expedition of discovery, imagination and acquisition of new tools & skills.

Dilly Aberra
Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

To new travelers, I hope you feel some of the same excitement, anxiety, and concentration. May you learn the way we did. 

Kosta Peric
Deputy Director Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We’ve seen great concepts and initiatives from other companies, that made us think outside the box.

Hannelore Raes
Co CEO at AGRISTO NV

We want to make sure that the wonderful company that our family started, remains relevant in a fast-pace changing world.

Filip Wallays
Co-CEO at AGRISTO NV

I view the nexxworks membership as a combination of inspiration, practical insights, and networking with peers.

Ivy Vanderheyden
VP Marketing L&R at Wolters Kluwer

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Top books and courses to help you better perceive and understand the future
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August 11, 2022
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5 things I learned from visiting top innovators
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August 4, 2022
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Want to create purpose and engagement? Use these 5 storytelling ingredients
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August 2, 2022
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