John Foppe

John Foppe

Make It Happen! - Translating Visions Into Outcomes
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Getting It Done or Making It Happen?
In this inspiring presentation, John Foppe, a veteran author, trainer, and adviser to executives, reveals how a "Code of Exasperation" can unwittingly exist within an organization defining the difference between "getting it done" and "making it happen."

Being an Executor, Not an Executioner
John explains how to break the cycle of the Executioner by showing people they can choose to be Executors. Making things happen becomes a way of life.

You Reap What You Sow
In this presentation, John defines execution practices and reveals how cultivating certain practices, positively impacts an organization’s culture.

Within Reach
In this fascinating, poignant, but ultimately inspirational speech, John recounts his transformation from victim to victor. But, more importantly, he helps you discover your own place in the world.


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Born without arms, John Foppe has had to break down and re-engineer every aspect of day-to-day life. He learned that the inability to do something didn’t rest on the lack of resources or vision—it is the emotional reaction to meeting an obstacle, even a small one, head on.

In the field as part of his master’s degree in social work, John saw this scenario play out over and over. To his surprise, he discovered that some people are not willing to continue their improvement and instead have built systems supporting their perceived limitations. As a speaker, John also witnessed this resistant mindset operate in all sort of companies. He repeatedly heard leaders complain about how difficult is to motivate their people. John has addressed this challenge with a variety of solutions for effectively translate visions into outcomes. Among John’s answers, he has devised an approach he calls the “Ellipse”; a specific set of practices which mobilize one to circumnavigate problems and maintain the vision—to get results.

His compelling story and methods caught the attention of the legendary Zig Ziglar, who broke his long-standing rule of promoting from within and recruited and mentored John.

In 1995, John launched a successful training business that has taken him to 15 different countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins, and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE, and State Farm.

John’s insights on how the biggest vision can be derailed by the smallest bit of resistance are now being used to orchestrate the missions of visionaries and change agents around the world.

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