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John K. Coyle | Design Thinking Expert, Time Master & Olympic Medalist

John K. Coyle is one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and Design Thinking. He is the author of Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (2018) and The Art of Really Living Manifesto (2016). John teaches innovation courses at Marquette University and at the CEDIM University Graduate School center for design, innovation and business in Mexico. He is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, and sought-after keynote speaker. John won an Olympic silver medal in speedskating—an achievement he attributes directly to his Design Thinking background. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Product Design, and his academic advisor was David Kelley, the founder of IDEO. John is known as #thetimeguy because he is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how we, as humans, process time. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying Design Thinking to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years. When John is not delivering keynotes and workshops, he enjoys exploring exotic locations, growing trinidad moruga scorpion peppers, and riding his fat tire bike in a leisure suit. Keynotes and Workshops: 1. 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. Through both story-telling and data, the audience will explore how to slow, stop and reverse the perceived acceleration of time, and live summers longer than when you were a kid. 2. 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. 3. 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. 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

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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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