Bob Vanourek

Bob Vanourek

Transformational Leadership
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Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations
Not just excellent. Not just ethical. Not just enduring. All three—the triple crown of leadership. Audacious, but not impossible. What kind of leadership can you employ to build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organization? Learn the five advanced leadership practices to take your organization to the next level.

Leadership in Crises and Challenging Times
How can you thrive, not just survive, in challenging times? What kind of leadership does it take to weather crises and turnarounds? Bob’s hands-on turnaround presentation—based on his proven experience in the trenches—will help you succeed in the most challenging leadership crucibles. Compelling, actionable steps, customized to your challenges. Not for egomaniacs or sissies. Step up to success.

The Power of Alignment: Achieving Flow
Most organizations are dysfunctional, some mildly so, some pathologically How can you align your organization for peak performance, achieving a state of “flow”? This hands-on, inspirational session reveals ten proven steps for alignment—developed over decades of experience—you can begin to implement immediately.

Unleash Your Latent Leader: How Anyone and Everyone Can Lead
“I’m not the CEO. What can I do to lead?” This presentation has the answers. Great leadership is a group performance, and you have a leading role to play. Learn the immediate, practical steps you can take to lead, even without formal authority, including telling truth to power, gaining allies, becoming a talent magnet, speaking up as a voice of one, and more.

Breakthrough Leadership for CEOs and Senior Managers
The days of passive boards with crony CEOs and buddy-buddy lieutenants are over. Today’s challenges require a better brand of leadership from CEOs and senior officers. You can’t be Superman or Wonder Woman, but you can develop compelling new leadership skills and a powerful leadership presence, becoming a force for transformational change. If you think you have all the answers already, don’t bother. If you’re hungry to lead at an even higher level, you won’t be disappointed.


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Bob Vanourek is the former CEO of five firms, ranging from a start-up to a $1 billion NY stock exchange company and including winners of a state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

He is author of Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse (2016) and the co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a 2013 International Book Awards Winner, called “the best leadership book since Good to Great.”

Bob has been a contributing writer to many publications and a chapter-contributor to numerous books on ethics, trust, and servant leadership including Reflections on Leadership (John Wiley and Sons; 1995); Good Business, Routledge; (2009); Trust Inc. Volumes 1, 2, and 3, (Next Decade Inc., 2013, 2014, and 2015); and Imagine a New You in 30 Days (Motivational Press, 2016).

Bob is a former adjunct leadership instructor at the University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College. He was Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute (now a part of The Vail Centre), and a former board member or leader of ten for-profit and non-profit boards. Bob has been a consultant-coach for many corporations, non-profits, and international, state, and local governments.

He is a Baker Scholar graduate (top 5%) of the Harvard Business School, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and a certified leadership instructor from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Phi Theta Kappa Society.

Bob has been named one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” for 2013 – 2016, as well as one of the American Management Association’s “Leaders to Watch in 2015.” Bob is a decorated Army officer and a lifelong student of leadership.

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“Bob was terrific to work with … the consummate professional. He worked with us ahead of time to learn more about our business and customers, and interviewed some program participants to create a truly customized training session. Overall 95% ‘very good-excellent’ rating! Comments ranged from ‘great materials and ideas to continue to build our team” to ‘give us more of this!’”
--Aging Services of Minnesota

“Bob has a unique and effective presentation style that includes making himself vulnerable. Triple Crown Leadership has already become required reading for my leadership team, and I have invited Bob to speak at our strategic planning session this year. I particularly like Alignment.”
--Oatey Company

“Bob Vanourek was the keynote speaker at the Daniels Pioneer Executive Summit for our board members and corporate partners. His topic of ‘Dealing with Crises: Lessons Learned’ was rich with content. Bob made the lessons on leading through crises come to life with stories that were relevant, engaging, and useful. Attendees thought the session was excellent.”
--University of Denver