Saj-nicole speaks regularly to executive audiences worldwide, challenging them to extend their thinking beyond their comfort zones and to stretch their understanding of what is possible.

"Saj-nicole is a foremost global thought leader who combines vision and strategy with a sensible practice of leadership. Her speaking passionately challenges and inspires leaders to explore how to lead, learn, and labor to both create results and leave a lasting legacy."

- Samuel M. Lam, President and Managing Partner, Linkage Asia

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"Saj-nicole has the rare gift to both inspire audiences to see beyond today to what is possible, and equip them with a roadmap so they can make it happen."

- Anka Wittenberg, Senior Vice President, SAP

Saj-nicole speaks to a wide range of global audiences including:

  • BlackRock
  • Campbell’s
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • CIO Executive Summit
  • Coca-Cola
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Deloitte
  • Duke University
  • Export Development Canada
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Forbes
  • Fortune Brands
  • GE
  • General Mills
  • Genzyme
  • Harvard University
  • HRWest
  • Human Capital Institute
  • IBM
  • International Center for Leaders in Finance
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Luxury Marketing Council
  • Maybank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Microsoft
  • NEC
  • NPD Group
  • Oracle
  • Pfizer
  • Platform Summit
  • PWC
  • Rich Foods Products
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Royal Nedlloyd Group
  • SAP
  • Sodexo
  • Target
  • Time Warner
  • Wells Fargo
  • Women’s Food Service Forum

Keynotes By Saj-nicole

Get Big Things Done

Get Big Things Done:
How Successful Leaders Harness the Power of Connectional Intelligence to Get Big Things Done.

In her latest keynote, Saj-nicole challenges audiences to understand what it really takes today to get the big and important things done. She clearly defines our new hyper-connected world and how this creates unprecedented opportunity across sector and industry. Audiences walk away inspired and equipped to ask new questions of themselves and their teams and a concrete understanding of what it actually requires of leaders to realize impactful, sustainable and productive paths forward.

Creating Strategies That Matter

Leaders will be tested as never before in the months ahead, Saj-nicole argues in this talk, and success will demand the full engagement of a leader’s head, heart and guts. What is the role of strategic thinking in a world turned upside down? How do companies go forward in such uncertainty, and what are the opportunities that times of flux present?

The Three Hard Truths of Leadership

Sooner or later, Saj-nicole suggests, leaders will struggle with three tough questions. What will you do when you 1) lose perspective on a critical issue that you’re struggling with? 2) cause conflict among your team members in order to get something done? and 3) manipulate people that work for you because you can’t and won’t tell them the whole truth about a situation? Saj-nicole takes the audience on a thought-provoking journey during which she explores case studies that illuminate each of these hard truths that are at the center of leadership in the 21st century.

Authentic Leadership

Leadership of multinational organizations demands more from executives than ever before. The issues are more numerous, more complex, and more urgent. How can you retain your humanity, lead with integrity, and be fully present for your people when the stakes are so much higher than they have ever been? In this talk, Saj-nicole explores with the audience the dilemmas of leadership and how to work through them authentically.

The Third Opinion

The subject of Saj-nicole’s first book, The Third Opinion: How Successful Leaders Use Outside Insight to Create Superior Results, this talk looks at how leaders at all levels develop their network of advice and counsel — in order to challenge and sustain their life-long leadership potential. Developing wide perspective, seeking unfettered exploration and unvarnished truth is essential when the leadership stakes are high. Saj-nicole shows how leaders through history have sought ‘third opinions’ from outside counselors, balancing the need for inside knowledge with outside perspective. She helps audiences think about how to systematically create their own strategic insight networks, and how to enable those they mentor to do the same.

The Right Fight

Drawn from Saj-nicole’s book (Harper Collins, 2009), The Right Fight, this talk looks at what it really takes for leaders and teams to survive. The myth, deeply embedded in business thinking of the past, is that alignment is the most important goal for teams to be able to function and achieve results. But it turns out that alignment is merely the starting point of productivity. Creative tensions and well-orchestrated conflict, that is, ‘Right Fights’, are the real source of innovation, risk management, and developing leaders capable of driving sustainable results. In this groundbreaking and often surprising talk, Saj-nicole will share a practical approach to harnessing this most important resource for your organization. Audiences will effectively be able to answer the critical question — “are we fighting about the right things?”

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