Leadership Workshops & Corporate Keynote Speaker

Leadership Workshops

Leading Through Stormy Seas

You can only tell the strength of a submarine's hull when you take it down – it's pressure that reveals the cracks.

Leaders are not defined by their efforts when things are going well, the most defining moments come when the team faces hardship and needs good leadership most. Make the wrong moves in these critical periods and performance will decline just when everyone needs it most.

Virtually all teams face hardship at some point. Alberta's boom and bust oil economy makes this inevitable. These are the situations that test leaders most and can build or break teams. Leading people through them takes a different approach than business as usual. When teams are well led, a stormy sea can produce accelerated team development, however these same periods can also break confidence and lead to big setbacks.

Drawing on the experience of leading teams through several stormy seas, Dan offers a powerful and practical workshop that will prepare the members of your leadership team through the toughest challenges with confidence.

Workshop Overview:

  • The unique opportunity and risk presented by a stormy sea.
  • Understanding the changing mission.
  • Overcoming the distraction of fear and worry.
  • The leader's role as encourager.
  • Responding to pressure.
  • Leading from the front.
  • Attacking "victim mentality."
  • Tightening focus and taking control.
  • Rising to the new communication demands
  • Building a plan.
  • Celebrating success and reinforcing the team message.

Don't miss this opportunity to equip your leaders with this essential skill.


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The off-site leadership development you have been waiting for and the ideal addition to your leadership curriculum. These affordable and highly acclaimed 1/2 day workshops will equip the members of your leadership team with the practical skills they need to build team performance. Check out the course offerings for Winter 2016 here.   Learn More »


"Dan Gaynor is a key contributor to the success of our Leadership Program for the development of both our current managers and our leaders of tomorrow. Dan's passion for leadership has inspired all of us, including our employees, to develop much stronger employment relationships. His one-on-one coaching has enabled our leaders to better set the direction for our employees and the work they do. Dan's years of experience as a leader have provided us with simple, directly applicable techniques to enhance our leadership skills and achieve results."
– Doug Harrison, P. Eng. Vice President, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction