Dennis Brouwer

Dennis Brouwer

Retrain Your Brain to Think Like an Elite Leader
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Program Descriptions

Caging the Caveman – Building a Growth Mindset Beyond Fight or Flight
The science is settled – we, as humans, are descended from thousands of generations of cagey ancestors who tamed fire, invented agriculture and built the world we know today.

But there’s a problem. Our ancestors lived and died in a world that rarely changed, and where any change that did occur was assumed to be dangerous, and perhaps lethal. But in the modern, post-industrial world, change is everywhere – it’s accelerating – and it’s (generally) improving our lives.

The results? Our tech-savvy selves are in constant conflict with deeply embedded habits of thought that lead us to subconsciously resist change. Add in the occasional over-the-top, adrenaline-fueled reaction that we experience as ”Fight or Flight”, and you’ve got the full “Caveman vs. Growth Mindset” battle that we face in our work, schools, communities and families.

There’s got to be a better way. In this thought-provoking keynote, Dennis Brouwer, an award-winning Navy tactician, turnaround leader, and professional innovator, uses a compelling blend of stories, research and personal experience to move beyond the fears and biases that kept our ancestors alive.

The Takeaways:
1) Understand the neuro-science that limits our creativity and energizes our immunity to change.
2) Learn to detect and counter our automatic, change-resistant habits of thought.
3) Practice seven specific techniques used by highly effective leaders to build growth mindsets and powerhouse teams, even in entrenched organizations.
4) Return to the workplace with a roadmap of clear, proven action items and a strategy to put them to work.

Battling Burnout – Bringing Your Team (And Yourself) Back from the Brink
It’s official – burnout is now a thing…a syndrome, actually. As of May 2019, the World Health Congress has updated its official manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to include burnout as an occupational syndrome.

Burnout is “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”, the kind of stress that directly impacts our co-workers, our families, and us as individuals. Burnout undermines team productivity, fosters negativity and cynicism, and per the ICD, exacerbates our well-documented problems with employee engagement and anxiety. We’ve reached the point where relentless demands on our time and attention are finally driving us to disengage for our own health and sanity.

What can we do about it? In this insightful keynote, Dennis Brouwer, a professional innovator who has built and led high-performing teams in sales, marketing, product management and naval aviation, sheds light on this critical challenge. He weaves cutting edge research with his personal experience to illuminate a path forward for hard-pressed teams and individuals.

The Takeaways

1) Understand what drives burnout, and how it affects teams, individuals and organizations.
2) Learn to identify burnout in your co-workers, team members and yourself.
3) Practice seven specific techniques used by highly effective leaders to counter burnout and to build resilient, dynamic teams and organizations.
4) Return to the workplace with a roadmap of clear, proven action items and a strategy to put them to work.

Why Book Dennis Brouwer?

  • Unforgettable Stories – Real life narratives that bring core principles to life, drive home key points and inspire action. “Yes that really happened” stories of carrier-aviation, corporate intrigue, and entrepreneurial successes and failures.

  • Tailor-made Presentations – Customized, tuned and tweaked just for you, to guarantee just the right mix of education, entertainment, and motivation.
  • 100% Professional – Easy to do business with. Clear process, detailed planning, crystal-clear communications, and thorough follow-up. Radical transparency shouldn’t be radical!

  • Completely Relevant – Researched, planned, pre-checked and verified to ensure that the presentation is exactly what your organization needs now. No “what’s he talking about?” moments.

  • Thought Provoking – Irresistible blend of state-of-the-art research, vivid examples, and powerful case studies that make the call to action clear. Helps team to think bigger, crave progress and see new opportunities.
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    Dennis Brouwer is the CEO of The Brouwer Group LLC, a firm that helps companies to achieve peak performance by tackling leadership and team-building where it begins…in the mind of the leader. Modern neuro-science tells us that the human mind is incredibly adept at reinterpreting the immediate past, present and future in ways that help us to justify inaction and silently undermine our capacity for change. By focusing on the Eleven Essentials of Leadership, Dennis creates a new path forward in which we literally retrain our brains to think like elite leaders by replicating and repeating the “elite response” in common conditions faced by leaders.

    “Learning by Doing” is what made our brains what they are, and it’s the cheapest, fastest way re-train our brain for growth, happiness, and prolonged success. He calls on cutting-edge research and his own experience as a business executive, entrepreneur, leadership coach and Naval Flight Officer hunting for Soviet submarines in the north Arabian Sea.  He lives in rural Virginia and is the author of The Return on Leadership, a self-taught Jeep mechanic, cabin restorer, and brewer of fine beers.

    CEO, Leadership Enthusiast and Award-winning Navy Tactician. Professional Innovator and Proven Turnaround Leader who believes we are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for. His goal is to help everyone think like an elite leader.

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    “The most important things I look for in an executive are leadership, judgment, ego-maturity and self-awareness. Dennis brings those factors to life and makes clear what’s possible with the combination of Creative leadership, a winning business model and a dynamic, resilient culture.”

    “An important new concept in the leadership world…amazing stories and some clear thinking about what it takes to lead today…a winner. Brouwer's been in the leadership hot seat, made the difficult decisions, and learned from his mistakes.”

    “A fresh perspective on Leadership that brings home all the concepts of Vision, Execution, and Engagement. As an HR Leader in a competitive world of FinTech, this is now my "go-to" approach when it comes to company strategy and its leadership, as we continue to reinvent ourselves and attract and retain the best talent.”

    “Clear, concise, and articulate… Brouwer offers an energetic, lively and rational narrative sculpted to realign your way of thinking while providing rich examples from his own life as reinforcement.”
    --Wisconsin Historical Society

    “If you have ever wondered how military leadership principles translate into the civilian workplace, here is your answer. The stories are just flippin’ cool!”

    “Brouwer identifies the three behaviors most commonly associated with leaders of successful organizations, highlights the combination of executive characteristics common to successful leaders, and provides an actionable plan to improve their leadership – and it works. I was lucky enough to be part of the submarine stalking story that is central to his book, and it’s all true.”
    --Naval War College

    “Informative, engaging, masterful speaker with a flair for storytelling. Excellent professional business presentation."
    --HR professional and Member, DC Chapter, SHRM.

    "Dennis Brouwer was the ideal speaker...awe-inspiring and educational. I use these principles to help me every day."
    --University of Michigan Medical School

    "Everyone found Dennis to be interesting and engaging. His message and delivery style hit a home run our audience!"
    --The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

    "In an inspiring and engaging manner, Dennis masterfully puts teeth to the "soft skills" of leadership and deftly defines their value. With a colorful, story-telling flair, he brings these concept to life and makes them relatable."
    --Washington Adventist Hospital

    "My adrenalin is still amped up from those stories and those images....hoo!"
    --Baldrige Performance Excellence Program