John Izzo

John Izzo

Leading Business Leadership Expert and Top Business Consultant

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Leading Business Leadership Expert and Top Business Consultant

Dr. John Izzo consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe, from Brazil to Russia, from New York to London. He is a leading business strategy expert, a best-selling author, a community leader and an avid conservationist. He has served on the boards of several large conservation organizations, worked with over 100 companies to create more socially responsible workplaces, and was chair of the North American Environmental Caucus at the UN Conference on Development and Sustainability in Cairo.


Prior to establishing his own firm, Izzo was a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy.

Izzo has devoted his life and career to helping leaders create workplaces that bring out the best in people, plus discover more purpose and fulfillment in life and work. For over 20 years, he has pioneered employee engagement, helping organizations create great corporate cultures and leading brands through transformations that create both customer and employee loyalty.

"Dr John Izzo’s presentation was stimulating, thought provoking and entertaining all at the same time. We were truly amazed how Dr Izzo was able to incorporate our company’s values and core beliefs into his presentation. We felt like he had been a 20 year member of the team. Very well done, Sir!" - Dr. Chad Overman, Walmart, Director, Professional Relations

His client organizations range from high tech to high touch, from hotels to hospitals, from government agencies to entrepreneurial start-ups. He focuses on coaching leaders and organizations to achieve sustainable success through integrating purposeful leadership with business development practices.

Top executives say that Izzo brings the unique combination of practical ideas and high-level "big picture" thinking to their organizations. He challenges audiences to greater vision and leaves them with practical strategies to create the organization of the future.

Educational Background

Izzo holds a Masters degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in organizational communication.

“We worked with John at our 2011 National Owner/Operator conference. Our Owner/Operator’s were inspired and left with the desire to put into action many of John’s ideas. John’s ability to share his knowledge through story telling left us all wanting more. Over the years, we have heard many speakers and John is by far one of the most impactful we have seen. His messages hit the mark perfectly. The session was described by all as an ‘out of the park homerun’” - Michele Boudria, McDonalds, National Director of Training, Learning and Development

Media Credits

Fast Company -- How to Get Yourself Going

Rotman Magazine -- The New Loyalty

Globe & Mail -- 5 Keys to Career Happines

Macleans -- Redesigning Work

Healthcare Forum Journal -- The Changing Values of Workers

Stepping Up Changes Everything

Based on his new book, Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, Dr. Izzo explains how being accountable can radically transform any company, career or business. Being 100% responsible helps teams, leaders, and professionals act like owners and less like victims. This results in positive change and greater personal satisfaction in work and at life. Whether it’s improving your company, enhancing customer engagement, managing your career, fostering relationships, or even changing the world—each one of us can become a powerful change agent. Filled with inspiring stories of individuals who stepped up and made things better such as: How a small group of employees got together and transformed service and morale at a large hospital How a leader took a dying business unit within a large telecommunications company and got employees to create a “cash cow” for her company How one front line manager pushed for a new product with her perseverance producing one of the most profitable products of our generation How a homeless alcoholic spurred a recycling revolution and created a business that has employed hundreds of street people How a small group of people stepped up and transformed one of the worst slums in the world into a thriving community.

Leading for Excellence & Engagement

A culture of high engagement with a focus on excellence is a key driver of business success. Studies show that organizations with high levels of employee engagement are significantly more profitable, have much higher customer loyalty, higher productivity, and better reputations with customers than those with moderate engagement. Dr. John Izzo has spent a lifetime researching what separates truly passionate engaged teams and leaders from the rest of the pack. Based on his groundbreaking work in his bestselling books Awakening Corporate Soul and Values Shift, Izzo reveals the secrets of how to win and engage the emerging workforce while leading your team to take their performance to the next level. Learn the four keys to creating a high engagement team and see why some leaders consistently get high levels of commitment from people Discover why some companies and teams continue to achieve higher levels of service, quality and innovation Gain practical ideas on how leaders create engaged teams which can be implemented immediately Improve your retention while gaining passionate commitment that will thrill your customers Discover why the best leaders and workplaces are tough and caring Learn how to consistently drive improvement and take your organization to the next level.

Branding from the Inside Out: Engaged Associates Drive Your Brand

Engaged associates are your best brand strategy. A great logo, a savvy tagline and advertising campaigns are necessary, but none of it matters unless you deliver impeccable and memorable customer service. The intrinsic value that makes your company shine heads above your competition relies on one thing—relationships. Who you hire, how they are treated, whether they are engaged or not, and whether they believe in the services and products they sell, has everything to do with how the world sees your brand! Dr. Izzo shares the secrets of getting your people highly engaged—how to get them aligned with your values, more focused on the customer, and how to create a climate where they act like owners. Discover why brand power is more than a company logo or corporate colors Learn the key values of the new workforce, the emerging values of consumers and how leaders and companies must respond Gain impactful ideas about how leaders can get their people to believe passionately in their brand, live the values in daily interactions, while creating a brand that customers will connect to emotionally.

Stepping Up Your Game in Work & Life

Why do some people keep growing and going to the next level in terms of business success and personal fulfillment? Stepping up means taking the personal initiative to set higher goals, seek feedback and to continually move to the next level. In this keynote, Dr. Izzo will inspire you to make a bigger difference for your clients, connect more deeply with those you serve, and reveal the secrets to life-long success. Based on twenty years of researching and coaching successful professionals, Izzo shows how to keep taking your “game” to a new level not only in work but in your personal life as well. Discover the keys to ongoing personal growth and development Know how to stoke the fi re of passion and enthusiasm in your work and life Find out how to keep raising the bar on personal skill and influence Learn how to seek and use feedback to supercharge your career and business Discover the secrets of people who get better year after year.

The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die

Powerful keynote based on Dr. John Izzo’s Biography/PBS Channel TV Series and book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die. This international bestseller is published in sixteen languages and was named the best self-help book of 2008 by the Independent Publishers Association. Dr. Izzo interviewed over 200 people from the age of 60 – 106 and asked them to reflect back on their lives and discovered five main secrets to a purposeful, successful and fulfilling life. With a combined 18,000 years of life, there was a common thread for everyone: “I am the wisest person I know.” From poets to truck drivers and CEOs to Holocaust survivors, you will hear the stories of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary happiness. Be inspired by what really matters in your life Be challenged to reach for your dreams Learn the secret disciplines of happy people Discover the keys to lasting happiness before it’s too late.

The Green Advantage: How to Build Sustainability into Your Culture

Going green is the emerging paradigm and many companies and organizations are implementing changes to become more sustainable. Doing so not only enhances brand image, but attracts more customers and quality employees whose values are increasingly “green.” By rooting the idea into your company culture and empowering everyone to take initiative, sustainability becomes a practice and not merely a buzz word. Dr. Izzo shares examples of how other companies developed a “green advantage” and explains the how to avoid the pitfalls of being accused of “green washing.” Understand why sustainability matters to society Discover how consumers and employees are changing in terms of sustainability expectations Get the bottom line benefi ts of going green Learn valuable lessons from what other companies have done Discover the keys to driving sustainability throughout the culture Find out how to keep from being accused of “green washing” Inspire everyone to take your efforts seriously.
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