Mark DeVolder

Change Management and Employee Engagement Expert

Mark DeVolder

Dr. Mark DeVolder is recognized as one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions. His high-energy, content-rich and humor-filled presentations teach people how to be bold, flexible and innovative in the face of constant change.

Known by his clients as the Change Specialist, DeVolder’s presentations are in demand by some of the largest and most successful organizations in the world. And with good reason: DeVolder reveals why 70 percent of most change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. With convincing business examples and compelling stories, Mark unveils straight-forward strategies that produce dramatic results.

Mark DeVolder delivers dynamic presentations in both the private and the public sector to industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Mark’s client list is impressive, including NASA, Re/Max, Siemens, PepsiCo Europe, Suncor Energy, Laird Technology, Boehringer Ingelheim, Medtronic, Produce Marketing Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers, to name a few. DeVolder has entertained, informed and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur.

As a change expert, author and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, Dr. DeVolder won the prestigious Top 5 Speaker Award U.S.A. in Business Management for four consecutive years.

Mark’s keynotes are backed-up by impressive business acumen; as a licensed mediator, DeVolder has skilfully guided million dollar change management projects and resolved multiparty disputes with an enviable 95% success rate.

DeVolder’s customized programs are a mix of practical tools, rigorous research and collaborative consulting, all punctuated with entertaining humor and engaging audience interaction. People leave with tools and a template to re-energize, re-engage and transform their workplace and life.

  1. Perpetual Pivot: How to Navigate through Transitions

    Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become the norm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, reinvention and anticipation. Mark explains that the hardest part of change is the transition. Consequently, he shows leaders how to traverse through the maze. Deeply practical, leaders will learn how to walk through the door of uncertainty into the future, armed with tools to successfully navigate transitions.

  2. Harnessing the Hurricane: Adapting Faster to Extreme Change

    Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your
    feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming.
    Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to adapt
    to change, anticipate future trends and persevere in adversity. Mark’s practical principles enable you to act boldly, nimbly and quickly in face of exponential change.

    During Mark’s high-octane presentation, you will learn how to:
    -overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions
    -develop change-ready thinking and behaviours
    -overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, faster
    -repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience

  3. Unstoppable Resilience: Developing the Mindset of a Champion

    Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race? Or why doesn’t the smartest person
    always get the best job? Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who
    end up smartest.” (Dweck) It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a
    champion. It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold
    around their neck. Resilience can be learned.
    Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset
    of a champion. Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience
    and conquer adversity.
    You will learn powerful lessons to help you:
    -create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential
    -increase innovation and creativity through constructive nonconformity
    -expand tenacity and decision-making responsiveness
    -develop perseverance, positive attitudes and unstoppable resilience

  4. Getting to Target Zero: Engaging in High-Performance Safety

    Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety.
    The most common barrier, however, is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to
    change, accidents can happen.
    During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:
    -get change-right and change-ready
    -defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach
    -significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability
    -identify behaviours that enhance engagement
    -implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety
    Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”

  5. On Fire! Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

    We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are
    resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned.
    Mark shares how to rewire your brain and increase neuroplasticity to spring through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. He reveals success strategies that enable you to
    adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change.
    Mark shows leaders how to:
    -identify behaviors to increase engagement
    -re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation
    -build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation
    -accelerate performance and productivity
    Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire.

  6. Change-Ready: How the Best Thrive During the Worst
    The pressure to cope during these disruptive times have tested us all. And yet, there were some surprising examples of courageous people with bold ideas that succeeded in nearly impossible situations; we saw how the Best thrive during the Worst. What’s their secret?  They think and act differently when it comes to change.
    After scores of interviews with top leaders around the world, change management specialist Mark DeVolder uncovered the five most powerful mindsets of change-ready thinkers. In Mark’s high-energy presentation, your team will learn to embrace mindsets that conquer adversity, improve mental health and fuel growth potential.
    Each mindset is supported and illustrated with innovative, jaw-dropping and sometimes hilarious examples like, How a public aquarium in lockdown set penguins free to create new connections with customers?  How business class “leftovers” saved an Airline from starvation? How a football team filled their stadium with smiling fans, both real and cardboard cut-outs?
    This memorable, interactive session will leave your audience motivated, inspired and ready for change.
Virtual Keynote Testimonial “Mark’s presentation was such a breath of fresh air! An incredible delivery! The mark of a professional! I’ll be going over my notes carefully this week and reflecting deeply on Mark’s words.
Plan It Financial Corp
On behalf of BC Hydro, I would like to thank Dr. Mark DeVolder for attending our corporate team event as a guest speaker. The event was attended by over 80 employees and, as a guest speaker, Mark played a significant role in the success of the afternoon. Mark’s high energy performance was perfect for our event and he was able to deliver useful and insightful strategies that our team valued. We received many positive comments after the event that spoke to the effectiveness of Mark’s presentation. A comment which I feel captures this well was shared as “The guest speaker was great and it was the type of thing our department needed. These outside the Hydro box speakers really energize and help you to elevate.” Thanks again for your contribution to a successful team event.
BC Hydro
Mark, you were nothing short of awesome!!!
Chief Personnel Officer, PepsiCo Europe
Dr. Mark really reached new heights in change management!
Omantel, Oman
We all left with a better grip on our own humanity and tools to soar higher.
Spaceport Operations, NASA
Dr. Mark DeVolder has tremendous charisma and made his message so powerful that we will all benefit from it!
CEO, Oman Air
Dr. DeVolder was very insightful. He speaks with lots of humour and engagement of the crowd.
CEO, Purolator
Thought-provoking and dynamic. Moving and powerful. Remarkable energy. Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.
Dr. Mark DeVolder provided my staff and leadership with amazing examples of how we can get engaged, improve our lives and accept change.
CEO, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union
The presentation was fantastic, just what the team needs at this time. I've heard nothing but very positive feedback from some of the group.
Doug C
St. Boniface Hospital

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