Mark DeVolder

  • Change Management Specialist
  • Motivator
  • Professional Trainer and Consultant


Three-time Top 25 Speaker Award winner, change-consultant for the NASA Space Shuttle Program and transition-advisor for $50 billion mergers and acquisitions, Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today’s original thinkers on transitions. His presentations not only inspire, but audiences leave with actionable strategies and practical tools to drive sustainable outcomes. Mark’s mission is to help people and organizations adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in the midst of exponential change.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Mark DeVolder
  • FP Canada
  • Plan It Financial Corp
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Hilti
  • Human Resource Management Association-Estonia
  • Suncor Energy
  • BPO, Bogota, Colombia
  • Purolator
  • NASA, Spaceport Operations
  • Certified Management Accountants
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Harnessing the Hurricane:  Adapting Faster to Extreme Change

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming. Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and ...

Change is constant, unpredictable and accelerating. Extreme change can – much like a hurricane – leave you dizzy, dazed and disoriented, as though the earth is moving under your feet. Even if you survive the storm, you know more is coming.

Change expert Dr. Mark DeVolder throws a lifeline to you and your team with tools and strategies he’s developed to clear away the fog. You will learn how to rewire your brain to adapt to change, anticipate future trends and persevere in adversity. Mark’s practical principles enable you to act boldly, nimbly and quickly in face of exponential change.

Unstoppable Resilience:  Developing the Mindset of a Champion

Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race?  Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job?  Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.”  (Dweck)   It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion.  It takes resili ...

Why doesn’t the fastest runner always win the race?  Or why doesn’t the smartest person always get the best job?  Because it’s not always the ones who “start out the smartest who end up smartest.”  (Dweck)   It takes more than natural speed, intelligence or ability to be a champion.  It takes resilience. But resilience is not just for the elite with an Olympic gold around their neck.  Resilience can be learned.

Mark shows leaders how to increase their grit, passion and purpose by developing the mindset of a champion.  Mark’s best practices will help you cultivate determination, increase resilience and conquer adversity.

On Fire: Energized Together, Everyone, Every Day

We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned. Mark shares how to rewire your brain and incr ...

We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It’s not surprising that leaders who survive, thrive and deliver in business today have one trait in common; they are resilient. But resilience is not just for a few; it can be learned.

Mark shares how to rewire your brain and increase neuroplasticity to spring through adversity, overcome obstacles and reinvent yourself. He reveals success strategies that enable you to adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in midst of constant change.

Mark shows leaders how to:

-identify behaviors to increase engagement

-re-ignite employee’s passion for teamwork, communication and innovation

-build a culture of trust, loyalty and appreciation

-accelerate performance and productivity

 

Recharge your team with Mark DeVolder’s industry-tested program. Get your employees and organization on fire.

Getting to Target Zero: Engaging in High-Performance Safety

Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety. The most common barrier, however, is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they ...

Hazards and obstacles abound in the fast and frenzied pace of business today. In the rush to stay competitive, people are increasingly tempted to take short cuts and sacrifice safety.

The most common barrier, however, is actually change itself. Some employees feel paralyzed by change, and when they feel paralyzed, they disengage. Without the ability or capacity to change, accidents can happen.

During Mark’s high-performance presentation, you will learn how to:

-get change-right and change-ready

-defy change paralysis through Mark’s mobilized for safety approach

-significantly reduce risk of accidents and liability

-identify behaviours that enhance engagement

-implement strategies to increase productivity, motivation and safety

 

Empower your employees to achieve “target zero.”

Training

Dr. DeVolder’s Master Classes are ideal for half day or full day retreats, breakout sessions within a conference or upper management/board meetings. Typically the group size is smaller in order to allow for interaction and application. Training Approach Mark’s style is a careful balance of content a ...

Dr. DeVolder’s Master Classes are ideal for half day or full day retreats, breakout sessions within a conference or upper management/board meetings. Typically the group size is smaller in order to allow for interaction and application.

Training Approach

Mark’s style is a careful balance of content and learning-related activity. DeVolder uses content, group participation, individual reflection, jolt activities and stories to deliver high-content training. To ensure maximum value, members apply Mark’s strategies to real work situations during the session.

Training Topics

Change

  • Tools to manage change: Understanding your personality, response to change and adaptability
    Activity: Interactive exercise/individual responses
  • Change Saturation: The cumulative effect of too much change/too fast
    The effects of change saturation: individual level, group, organization
    Strategies for success
  • Stages of Transition
    Three stage model: individuals and organizations
    Learning how to respond at each stage
    Organization changes
    Key Leadership Questions
    Resistance to Change
    Rationale for Change
  • Becoming Change Ready
    Taking Responsibility: Personal leadership during change
    Change Ready Profile
    Change Ready Behaviours
    Constructive Non-Conformity
    Future-Proofing Yourself: Beliefs and practices
    Making Smarter Decisions, Faster

Engagement

  • Pillars of Engagement: clarity, competence, influence, appreciation
  • Level of engagement in the organization
  • Identifying behaviours that build up and tear down engagement
  • Strategies to improve engagement
  • Engagement starts with you

Resilience

  • The Continuum of Resilience
  • Increasing Personal Resilience
  • The Success Factor: Sustainability during change
  • Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
  • Strategies to Increase Personal Resilience

Consulting

We provide consulting services in three key areas: change, engagement, and resilience. Change Management We show leaders how to plan, prepare for and adapt to change. We provide skills and training to understand the process and stages of change. We teach you how do increase change readiness througho ...

We provide consulting services in three key areas: change, engagement, and resilience.

Change Management

We show leaders how to plan, prepare for and adapt to change. We provide skills and training to understand the process and stages of change. We teach you how do increase change readiness throughout the organization.

Employee Engagement

We work with leaders to increase the level of engagement throughout the organization. We begin with management to ensure they understand and are committed to engagement. Then, we provide tools to enable managers to engage employees in four key areas: clarity, competence, influence and appreciation.

Resilience

In order to sustain success, we coach leaders in adapting to change and anticipating change. Leaders learn to adopt a mindset of growth, positivity and unlimited potential.

Clients can choose to focus on change, engagement or resilience or all three areas. Then we guide you through a four-stage process: needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and review. Strategic Planning sessions are conducted with upper management. Together we evaluate what’s working, opportunities for growth and what’s next possibilities.

Perpetual Pivot: How to Navigate through Transitions

Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become thenorm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, rei ...

Never before have leaders faced our current level of fast and extreme change, where chaos, disruption and crisis have become the
norm. Mark asks, how do we successfully navigate through such a world? His answer is that we must learn the skills of Perpetual Pivot, a continuous process of adapting, reinvention and anticipation. Mark explains that the hardest part of change is the transition.
Consequently, he shows leaders how to traverse through the maze. Deeply practical, leaders will learn how to walk through the door of uncertainty into the future, armed with tools to successfully navigate transitions.

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Biography

Mark DeVolder is the Change Specialist and a pioneer in the field of transition management. Unique in the industry, DeVolder is one of the few speakers who teaches leaders how to change. As an award-winning speaker and recipient of the Top 10 Speaker Award in Change Management, Mark is a frequent presenter at high-level management meetings around the world, both live and virtual… from coaching NASA rocket scientists how to re-create themselves to the cultural transformation of a $42 billion merger; from pivoting to a safety-first culture in Qatar’s oil industry to preparing Egypt’s largest company to restructure itself. Mark teaches leaders about Perpetual Pivot, the process of adapting to continuous change through reinvention, innovation and anticipation.
 
In addition to cutting-edge content, Mark brings high-energy, humor and audience interaction to all his presentations. He uses his skill as a master storyteller to draw people into the essence of his message. Whether live or on a virtual stage, Mark has the ability to connect deeply with people: “Mark kept us glued to our screen” and “Mark was inspiring and kept the audience charged.”
 
Across five continents and in over 25 countries, Mark has worked with a myriad of impressive and diverse organizations, large and small, including NASA, McDonald’s, GE, Autodesk, Coca-Cola, Marriott, Siemens, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, HILTI, Verizon, Orascom Construction and Monsanto. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London and from Istanbul to Barcelona.
 
As a researcher, consultant and author, Mark has written the multi-disciplinary book on managing change, entitled, Perpetual Pivot: How the Best Leaders Adapt to Exponential Change. His second book, Get Engaged, is a practical guide for improving employee engagement. Mark’s first publication was his doctoral dissertation which studied the elements of diversity, inclusion and teambuilding, entitled Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.