Joanna Barclay

Joanna Barclay

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Future of Work, Value based Workplace Culture Change & Conscious Leadership through Organizational Transformation Expert

Joanna Barclay is an energetic, personable Keynote Speaker, Leadership Consultant, published Author, Certified Professional Facilitator, and Organizational Development consultant who is passionate about transforming teams and leaders resulting in high performing workplace cultures.

With over three decades of experience working with leadership teams for increased organizational effectiveness, and 8 years as a keynotes speaker, she is skilled at inspiring, motivating and working with leaders to support their business transformations.

Joanna has a keen understanding of human dynamics. Through her work teaching yoga, meditation, stress management courses, she empowers leaders to become consciously engaged to reach their full potential and create values-based cultures.

With over 35 years of experience in information management and management consulting, Joanna has facilitated numerous organizational transformations with a wide variety of clients including the Canadian federal, provincial and municipal government departments, IT corporations, associations, and non-profits.  She recently returned from living abroad in Singapore for 5 years where she was a keynote speaker on workplace culture transformation.

Joanna has an Honours B.A. in Management of Information Systems from the University of Ottawa and has studied widely in the areas of organizational development, facilitation, leadership and learning. She has earned her certificate in Organization Development from the NTL (National Training Laboratories) Institute of Applied Behavioral Science, is an IAF (International Association of Facilitators) Certified Professional Facilitator, an ICA Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator and Trainer, a Certified Equine Facilitator, and a Barrett Values Center Certified Cultural Transformation Tools Consultant.

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Get Connected – A Values-Driven Approach to Change Management

In the workplace today there are 4 generations with different sets of values and ways of
working which is causing lot of conflict.

A values-driven approach to leading change is required to give leaders a better understanding of what motivates and gives energy to the change process.

This keynote is for organizations and leaders who are going through change. Joanna shares her
ABC Framework for Cultural Transformation, one of the most challenging forms of change
management, to empower leaders and managers with a values-driven approach to lead
successful change.

Remember, if you don’t have a conscious culture, you have a default, unconscious culture.

Culture by Design - The Future of Work

In designing a culture for the 21st century, leaders must work hard at consciously creating and maintaining their culture. They can then use their culture as a capital resource and competitive advantage to attract, retain and develop the talent needed to achieve innovative goals and objectives.
In this competitive HR landscape, it is imperative leaders recognize employees are making career decisions based on a company’s social impact and corporate culture. They want to make a difference, and are looking for roles which will provide intellectual challenges, allow them to continue to grow, develop, and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Investing in your corporate culture and your people is the right thing to do and the smart thing. Look at a few of the most successful corporations such as Google, Ikea, and Amazon. Each one of these firms is at least 1646% more profitable for investors over a 15 year period.

How do they do it?

In her talk Joanna shares over 3 decades of business transformation experience, answering this question and many more.

Conscious Leadership through Values - Igniting Passion and Inspiration with “Share of Heart”

Conscious leadership through values by promoting a “share of heart” creates an emotional connection with employees. This connection leads to a pattern of happy, fulfilled, creative, inspired employees who are less stressed, more productive, better at problem solving, and provide a higher quality client experience. There is a direct co-relation between a healthy workplace culture and one that is led by a conscious leader.

Leaders in these organizations are comfortable using terms of endearment such as love, joy, authenticity, empathy, and compassion around the board room table.  They invest in transforming their organization by building a culture of “heart” to attain phenomenal performance and consider it to be one of the most valuable corporate assets. Why? Because loyalty is rooted in emotion, not reason.

When you earn a ‘Share of Heart’, employees will give back with greater productivity, clients will open their wallets,  and suppliers will give you superior offerings and responsiveness.  How do they do it?

In her talk, Joanna shares 3 decades of transformational leadership experience. Insights leaders have learned to ignite the passion, inspiration, and motivation in their employees.

Embracing Agility and Resilience - In Times of Disruptive Change

Where do we find the inspiration to thrive, and ‘bounce back’ when challenges and setbacks hit us?

How do we see change as opportunities to reinvent, transcend, and transform business operations in ways that sustain and enable organizations to reach their full potential?

We live in a  disconnected world of virtual technologies, disruptive change, and job insecurity. The impact of our current reality is decreasing employee engagement and productivity, making agility and resilience more important than ever.

The keys to successful change lie within. Every individual has the ability to be agile and tap into their resilience.  That inner source of personal power to respond with vigor when the need arises. Organizational resilience depends on the personal resilience of its people.

To build a healthy workplace culture, one that is agile and resilient, takes conscious leadership. Understanding the human dynamics of change and having the ability to connecting people, processes and policies for strategic success.

In her talk, Joanna shares valuable successful leadership insights from 3 decades of experience in organizational change, and 18 years teaching mindfulness practices.

Video clips

Leading in the New Age of Conscious Business

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Speaker testimonials

Joanna is TED Talk quality.

CC Puan, CEO, Mobile Telecommunications

It was a perfect way to wrap up our conference.

Lori Arpin, VP Communications, General Motors

I placed my trust in Joanna Barclay.

Prashant Shukle, Director General, Natural Resources Canada

The content is so unique and integrative.

Rhonda St. Croix, Office of Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

It was the best workshop I have attended in years if not ever!

John Bertorelli

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