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
  • Monsanto
  • Alliant Energy
  • Virginia Hospital Research and Education Foundation
  • ServiceMax/GE Digital
  • Siemens, Portugal
  • PWC
  • PepsiCo Europe
  • NASA Spaceport Operations
  • ChangeBoard
  • Commonwealth Health
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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.

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

-overcome change-paralysis and get mobilized through transitions

-develop change-ready thinking and behaviours

-overcome decision-quicksand, making smart-decisions, faster

-repeat the cycle of success with the unstoppable power of resilience

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 resilien ...

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.

You will learn powerful lessons to help you:

-create a winning mindset of self-belief and unlimited potential

-increase innovation and creativity through constructive nonconformity

-expand tenacity and decision-making responsiveness

-develop perseverance, positive attitudes and unstoppable resilience

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.

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Biography

To Mark DeVolder, adaptability, innovation and resilience are essential to success in a world of exponential change. As such, he‘s dedicated his career to equipping and motivating leaders to harness the hurricane of change.

Mark DeVolder distinguishes himself as a change management specialist and is one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions. In demand as a keynote speaker, consultant and mediator, Mark prepares people for change. Often in the spotlight for high profile transitions, Mark offered guidance for the ending of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, helped Colombian business leaders adapt to the NAFTA Free Trade Agreement and has coached industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, some as large as $50 billion dollars.

As an internationally acclaimed speaker, Mark has received the Top 5 Speaker Award in Business Management, Top 10 Speakers in Change Management and the Top 25 Speakers Award three years running.

DeVolder’s client list is impressive: NASA, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, GE, Siemens, Marriott International, Genentech, Medtronic, PepsiCo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PWC, Verizon, RE/MAX, BP Oil and Monsanto, to name a few. Mark has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to London, and from Istanbul to Barcelona.

Dr. DeVolder is the author of Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement and Unity in Diversity Through Synergy.

Mark DeVolder is a top-rated keynote speaker on change, innovation, engagement and resilience. He engages audiences the moment he steps on stage. Mark not only inspires, but audiences leave with actionable strategies and practical tools to drive sustainable outcomes.

Mark’s mission and passion is to help people and organizations adapt boldly, nimbly and quickly in the midst of exponential change.