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Dr. John Izzo

Dr. John  Izzo sees and feels the goodness many of us aspire to. As an author, community leader and inspiring speaker he has worked hard to talk about the essential elements of Leadership and the new frontier of that ever changing role. His interests are Development as it pertains to the individual as well at the company, Corporate Culture and the pursuit of creating places that support the individual as well as the corporate vision, and Personal Well-being in the fight to balance work and life.

Dr. John Izzo has more than 19 years experience working in a wide variety of corporate settings. His clients include nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, Healthcare Organizations and mid-size companies. Over the last two decades, John Izzo has married his first career as a minister with his second career as a management & leadership consultant to help leaders create corporations and organizations where values and purpose are the foundations for success. Dr. Izzo spent five years as a senior organizational development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and 4 years as Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer service consultancy prior to establishing his own firm. Currently he focuses on helping leaders and organizations reach sustainable success through the integration of purposeful leadership and business practices.

John Izzo obtained his Bachelor of Sociology from Hofstra University in 1978 before completing a dual Masters degree from McCormick Divinity School in Theology while simultaneously attending the University of Chicago to complete his Masters in
Organizational Psychology. Dr. Izzo then completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Kent State University shortly thereafter. He is the author of over 60 articles, and is the co-author of the best selling book “Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work” and its companion workbook. His pioneering work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News, the LA Times, Canada AM, CBC Radio, The American Medical Journal, B.C. Business, The Seattle Times and the cover of Association Management Magazine on “Creating Inspiring Work Places”. His second  book “Values-Shift: The New Work Ethic and What it Means for Business” (Prentice-Hall) defines how and why our work ethic is changing, and it focuses on the six major shifts people expect from work. As well, if offers practical ideas on what companies and managers can do to retain and inspire the people they need and value. Based on leading edge research and experiences with more than 200 companies, John Izzo helps people understand these shifting values and how they differ across generations and across gender.  In 2004 Berrett Koehler published John's third non-fiction book titled "Second Innocence: Rediscovering Joy and Wonder" . It is a powerful book that blends personal stories with Dr. Izzo's thoughts on work, spirituality, relationships and daily life.

Dr. John Izzo's Story

Dr. John Izzo has devoted his life and career to helping leaders create workplaces that are capable of bringing out the best in people and helping people discover more purpose and fulfillment in life and work. From his early days as a minister to his 17 years in organization development, his focus has been to improve the quality of work and life.

We are at a unique time in human history. Competition and change have created the need for organizations to adapt and evolve at an accelerated pace. These demands have taken their toll on the workplace and on those who work. At the same time, many of us are yearning for a simpler, more balanced life, one where relationships, play and contribution are balanced with achievement, career, and material success. A growing number of us have a desire for a different experience, one where our work has more meaning and our life a more human pace. So we live in a time of great paradox-leaders need more from their people but people want more from leaders. We want our work to have more meaning but we want to find more time for play and relationships.

One of these paradoxes is that we have 18th century organizational philosophies and 21st century workers. Based on the work of Frederick Taylor, many organizations still operate in top down, hierarchical models while the new workforce expect to be treated like partners.

Dr. John Izzo is uniquely qualified to address the concerns of both business leaders and the professional individual with emerging desires for our lives and work to be more purposeful.

Over the last 15 years he has worked with thousands of leaders, professionals and front-line colleagues to foster more responsibility, purpose, and spirit at work. His clients have ranged from high tech to high touch, from hotels to hospitals, from government agencies to entrepreneurial start-ups. In each case, his wisdom and experience has helped people discover practical ways to create engaged teams and more fulfilling lives.

He is the author of two highly acclaimed books-Awakening Corporate Soul and Values Shift: The New Work Ethic & What it Means for Business. In his first book, he identified four paths to more soul and engagement at work. He has given hundreds of talks to leaders and front line people on how spirit is created at work and what each of us must do to create that for ourselves and others.

In Values Shift, he identified six major shifts in our values at work and created a blueprint of the 21st century workforce. These shifts towards balance, partnership, trust, community, growth and development, and work as noble cause, represent the values that must be embodied by the successful organization of the present and future. He offers both an insightful look at how values are shifting as well as practical ideas on how to win this new workforce.

Today’s employees are looking to be inspired, to work in places of deep trust, places of integrity, and places where their development and growth is nurtured and valued. Yet our research shows that employees are also deeply distrustful of organizations and leaders. Dr. Izzo helps leaders discover how to gain the trust of people and create organizations where values are real and lived. Such organizations inspire deep levels of commitment from people.

Leaders have said that Dr. John Izzo is that unique combination of practical ideas and high-level “big picture” thinking that leaders want. In one talk he will inspire your people to greater vision, challenge them with new insights, and leave them with practical things they can do to create the organization of the future.

But John Izzo is more than a thinker about great organizations, he is a person capable of inspiring your audience to more authentic, purposeful lives. Drawing on his early work in ministry and thousands of workshops on soul in work, Dr. Izzo challenges audiences to live a life that matters, an uncommon life, where lasting legacy is balanced with every day fulfillment.

With topics like Living a Life that Matters and What Matters Most? (Aligning Your Life with Your Values), his work will inspire everyone to discover a life filled with purpose, where we can re-discover the sacred in the simple moments of life. In the big stuff and in the small stuff, he challenges us with insight and practical ideas on living a more intentional life and leaving a more significant legacy.

In his newest book, he will explore what it means to live a more intentional life, on focused on what matters to us, one where we are more present in the daily experience of our lives, and one where we ultimately live in a way that leaves the world, our community, and our families better than when we arrived. This book is about find that “Second Innocence”.

Sigmund Freud once said that the primary human motivation is the avoidance of pain. Dr. Izzo believes that the primary human drive is the search for significance, the desire to know that our life and our work have mattered. His work has been devoted to that human desire and to the development of communities that are up to the challenges of our age.

The great Yankee baseball player and manager, Yogi Berra, once said “ you can see a lot by observing.”

Dr. John Izzo has spent two decades working with individuals and leaders who were trying to find purpose and fulfillment in their lives. He has worked with some of the most admired and greatest places to work in North America. It is this insight, gained from two decades of consulting and coaching that makes him such a valuable resource.