John K. Coyle | International Keynote Speaker, Design Thinker, Time Expert & Olympic Medalist

John is one of the world's leading experts in Design Thinking as well as an Olympic silver medalist, Stanford grad, Kellogg MBA, NBC Sports analyst, and Professor of Innovation. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas. The best way to unlock human potential and drive growth is to design lives, careers, and teams maximizing strengths rather than fixing weaknesses. The best way to innovate your life and business so you can take on greater challenges and grow is to increase personal resilience. When you design your life around your strengths and cultivate your resilience, you can master "chronoception:" expanding time by creating more meaningful experiences and intense memories. In his presentations, John shares real-life stories from his experiences of finding his own strengths and resilience as an Olympian, innovator and father. His metaphors and practical guidelines empower his audience to take extraordinary action to innovate their lives and careers to achieve breakthrough performance and create meaning in the process. Keynotes and Workshops: 1. Strengths 2.0 - Applying "Design Thinking" to Individual and Team Strengths and Weaknesses. Consider the adage “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Is it time for a new approach? Through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use innovation approaches to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to: 1) solve old problems in new ways and achieve breakthrough results, 2) decide what to delegate or outsource; and 3) achieve greater collaboration with customers and colleagues. 2. Resiliency 2.0 - Applying Design Thinking to Stress and Resiliency. Instead of trying to manage or reduce stress (or get “work-life balance back”), learn how to perform better under even greater stress (and enjoy it.) Explore a new model of resiliency, one where proactive challenges are designed to build capacity for ever greater performance under pressure while learning the new neuroscience of recovery. 3. Time 2.0 - Applying Design Thinking to Time and “Chronoception.” Move from time management to time mastery. We know about the time value of money, but do we truly understand the investment value of our time? In this unique mind-bending talk, John shares breakthrough ideas on how to re-think your relationship with time. He demonstrates that our brains process time in a non-linear manner, and hence, the value of an increment of time is unrelated to its duration. Using both story-telling and data, John explores how to slow, stop and reverse the perceived acceleration of time, and live summers longer than when you were a kid. 4. Leadership 2.0 - Innovation Mindsets and Why they Matter. Engaging and entertaining narrative and storytelling on what innovation is (and isn’t), why mindset matters, helpful tools and frameworks, the nature of insights, and a primer on design thinking and creative problem-solving. 5. Innovation Leadership Development Series. Innovation is the key to successful business growth, but do your leaders have the necessary mindsets, toolsets and knowledge to make it happen? Empower your leaders with a data-driven framework and innovation mindset to breakthrough to the next level. Partnering with your planners and senior executives, John will help you select from these modules to create a series that will deliver the best value to your organization: Innovation leadership mindsets and why they matter. • Cultivating a culture of innovation: the role of the innovation leader • Design thinking overview and activation • Ideation best practices and practice • Strengths-based leadership • The resilient leader • Innovation burning platform (building the case for innovation) • Innovation world cafe • Innovation antibodies (victim vs. creator) • Innovation culture kryptonite (learner mindset vs. knower mindset) • Diversity, inclusion and innovation • Innovation and design thinking train-the-trainer program 6. Life 2.0 - Innovating the Human Experience (or "The Gift of Time"). John takes his innovation expertise, leveraged by dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and attacks some of life's larger questions. Step by step, John applies creative destruction to our standard operating procedures and assumptions about strengths and weaknesses, stress and resiliency, and time and "chronoception" (how humans experience time). The program includes science-backed data, real life stories, introspective self-analysis, and personal roadmap planning and development.


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4 Reviews
Nicole Lorey, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Transamerica Brokerage Group
John is a compelling, engaging speaker.

“Simply put, John is a compelling, engaging speaker. Time and time again, I've witnessed him captivate audiences with his dynamic storytelling. The way in which he blends his diverse and impressive experiences and insights pulls in even the most challenging of audiences. His message is clear and powerful, leaving participants inspired and connected. John's unique and highly effective formula makes him a surefire hit.”

November 2018

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David Rosen, TIBCO
One of the best I have ever seen.

"John's ability to grip an audience, to craft a business story on very human terms, to tie it back to the success of his team's efforts is one of the best I have ever seen.”

November 2018

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Mari Anixter, Managing Editor, Innovation Excellence
John Coyle is a dynamic speaker.

"John Coyle is a dynamic speaker and leader. His success as an Olympian may set him apart as a solo achiever but this is not his persona. He has lived a life of teamwork, collaboration, and as 'coached and coach' in intense competition (and all that encompasses). His coaching skills set him apart. John is a knowledgeable and inspirational coach."

November 2018

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