Mike Lipkin

World-Renowned Motivator and Communicator

Mike Lipkin

Mike Lipkin is president of Environics/Lipkin, a global research and motivation company based in Toronto.

He is also an international strategic coach, facilitator and catalyst for high performance.

Mike combines his learning from speaking to a million people in sixty five countries with the insights from Environics Social Values research to give clients the secrets to achieving remarkable results.

Mike was raised in South Africa and graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Commerce. He began his career with Colgate Palmolive as a brand manager. Mike then migrated to the advertising industry where he held senior account management positions at both Grey Advertising and Ogilvy & Mather.

He founded Environics/Lipkin in 2001.  He has written seven bestselling books on personal leadership and effectiveness. In line with his philosophy that life is theatre with consequences, Mike entertains his audience while he inspires them.

  1. Dancing With Disruption: The Seven Secrets to Thriving on Massive Change so the Most Desirable People Want to Work with You

    Over the past 25 years, superstar coach Mike Lipkin has studied and worked with thousands of disruptors around the world. In this thrilling guide to personal success, he shows us that the key to extraordinary success is to have so much fun that you become the source of other’s joy.

    This program is filled with mind-opening insights and examples that will inspire you to act like a disruptor — someone that creates the future one step at a time. There is an amazing breakthrough that is currently just beyond your reach. Lipkin will help you grasp it. The people closest to you are counting on it. It’s time to dance.

    Disruption is given two definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: 1) “to break apart, throw into disorder” and 2) “to interrupt the normal course or unity of.” Random House dictionary also defines it as a “radical change in an industry, especially involving a new product or service that creates a new market.”

    A disruptor, on the other hand, is defined as someone who destroys, temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of something. They create the conditions for something new to happen. A disruptor is also a person that precipitates a fundamental shift in thinking, action and consequences.

    Radical change is the new normal. Disruption has evolved from being episodic to being continuous. It’s not something that we can ever get used to. In fact, it’s impossible to get used to something that’s always changing. It’s always going to be unsettling. We can only prepare for it as best we can over and over again.

    Become the person who really knows. The difference between someone who really knows and someone who doesn’t is the willingness to do the work, find the information, talk to the people and formulate one’s strategy. The data have been democratized. Everything is out there if you’re willing to search for it. The tiniest details can reveal the greatest insights. But you must understand and communicate the facts, not the alternate facts.

    Be an audacious dreamer. If you want to be a disruptor, you can be humble, but you can’t be modest. You need a dream that’s bigger than anything that gets in its way. Other people may call you crazy, monomaniacal or misguided. I call it audacious ambition. What are you out to achieve? Is it so big that others are too afraid to go after it? Tell everyone what you want to achieve with them and for them. Somebody will help you make it happen.

    Be simultaneously analytical and creative. Disruption demands left and right brain firing together. Your intuition may alert you to the opportunity but it’s your intellect that builds your business case. There may be a gap in the market, but is there a market in the gap? There may be hundreds of ways to do something but which one way is the best way? You may have a hunch, but do you also have proof that your way is the right way?

    Be prolific. Disruptors try a lot more things than disruptees. They fail fast and they fail forward. The more you lose, the more you win. 1.0 is always imperfect. You will hear the word “no” hundreds of times more than the word “yes.” The best way to get ready is to do things before you’re ready. The best you can do is make it as perfect as you can the first time and then make it more perfect. The philosophy of being prolific is: do more so you learn more so you can achieve more.

    Communicate like Magic. Words are packages of emotion that have a physical impact. They inflict pleasure or pain. Words don’t just describe things, they define things. Our words become our world. The way we communicate determines the way we live. Magic is a learned skill. It’s the capacity to transform people through information and inspiration. The right words at the right time are the moments that shape our lives.

    Collaborate like a champion.  From Aristotle to Zuckerberg — disruptors transform their partners into powerhouses they could never have become on their own. They transform the process to enable others to achieve unprecedented results. Their mantra is “revolution through collaboration.” They are building an ecosystem of partners that shares its genius. They attract the best talent because the best talent goes where it earns the highest return.

    Be unconditionally enthusiastic. Crises are how our lives are rerouted in a new direction. Reversals will always precede fast-forwards. If you’re trying to change the game, you’ve got to love the game — especially when you’re losing. Enthusiasm doesn’t mean exuberance. It means being the best version of yourself. Personal alchemy is the transformation that occurs when you are unconditionally enthusiastic. Follow the code. Do it anyway.

  2. The Potentiator: Helping Others Function at Their Best

    We are all part of each others’ ecosystem. Success is reciprocal. The most desirable people are those that build a reputation for helping other people win. They are the Potentiators. They activate ultimate success by helping others function at their best.

    Potentiators are not born, they make themselves. They are ordinary people that are driven to cause breakthrough outcomes for others. They’ve learned that they are only as good as how good they can make others. They want to make their gifts count. You can find them at every level. They’re the ones enabling the success of everyone else.

    They are always the students and always the teachers. They are intentional and purposeful in their relationships. No jerks, shirkers, sloths, takers, fakers, wimps, quitters, cynics, bullies, bigots, hermits, or cruisers allowed. They keep the main thing the main thing. And the main thing is always to push the envelope on behalf of their community.

    In this powerful program, Mike Lipkin will coach you on how to become a Potentiator. You will learn the ten Potentiator practices:

    1. Be self-savvy
    2. Develop situational sensibility
    3. Make a powerful promise
    4. Become sublimely skilled
    5. Build robust resilience
    6. Grow courageous creativity
    7. Be fanatically faith-worthy
    8. Cultivate close connections
    9. Communicate like a champion
    10. Cause bold breakthroughs
  3. The Checklist of Champions: How to perform at your best to be the best every day

    Champions are people who win. They prove they are the best of the breed. They do the right things right and they don’t get the wrong things wrong. They are inspired by their cause and they are disciplined to defend it.

    Champions are gifted but they are also worthy of their gifts. They know what to do and they do what they know. They plan their execution and they execute their plan. They dream but they don’t daydream.

    Champions talk the talk and they walk the walk. Their words inspire action. Every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year, champions do what needs to be done. No alibis allowed, no excuses permitted, no easy ways out. Champions become the standard by holding themselves to a higher standard.

    It’s simple but it’s not easy. Like trains have a track, champions have a checklist. It focuses them while it sets them free. It’s a way of being and doing at the same time.

    Mike Lipkin calls himself “The Championator.” He studies champions for a living. He lives with them. He works with them. He coaches them. His mission is to literally turn people into champions. He helps them perform at their best to become the best. In this remarkable program, Lipkin will share the checklist of champions with you.

    You will learn:

    • How to identify as a champion
    • How to dream like a champion
    • How to plan like a champion
    • How to feel like a champion
    • How to play like a champion

    You may be one move away from being a champion, or you may have miles to go. Lipkin will give you the checklist of champions that will help you get there faster. One thing is for certain, if you want to win, this message is for you.

  4. Get into Your Comfort Zone: Ten Ways to Master the Crisis - VIRTUAL KEYNOTE

    Mike Lipkin, CEO, coach, and founder of Environics/Lipkin, brings you an exclusive masterclass in leadership motivation at all levels. Together with his colleagues at Environics, Lipkin has created a set of tools that will help inspire your team and clients to excel in extreme conditions.

    Audiences will learn Lipkin’s ten ways to master the crisis, including:

    • How to make friends with your fear.
    • Accelerate through the six stages of recovery.
    • Communicate remotely.
    • Prepare for the upturn
    • Be an essential example of what’s possible.

    This virtual presentation is a fast paced, energized one-hour program delivered via Zoom, which includes both a keynote and Q&A. Lipkin uses PollEv for instant interaction and feedback.

Mike's energetic and exciting presentation style will keep you thinking and laughing, all the while providing you with simple and easy to use strategies to maximize your own potential for personal growth.
Maritime Life
He was fantastic. His session was insightful, intelligent, thought provoking and funny. I can easily say that he was the highlight of the conference.
Event-Based Marketing Manager, BMO Financial Group
Your message was the perfect note to end the summit, as it not only pulled together various elements from the previous speakers but also was an energizing call to action.
Leader, GE Asian Pacific American Forum

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