Dr. McKenna brings a combination of approachability, authenticity, expert knowledge, and humor to his talks. His “get real about what’s going on in your life and work” approach brings people alongside him in a way that brings about the possibility of significant change. The models he uses in his talks are based on decades of research on leadership, team functioning, organizational health, and individual development.
Sample Topics Include:
- Leading Under Pressure – Targets 11 strategies for leading well when you are facing the toughest of times. Whether you are a parent or a president, your leadership matters most in these difficult times, and leaders need specific strategies for leading well when they are needed the most.
- Sacrificial Leadership – A counterculture approach to leading in a self-centered world from his latest book Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World, Dr. McKenna unpacks sacrificial Leadership in a way that prompts leaders to consider the most basic sacrifices for the sake of something bigger than themselves.
- Developing Yourself in Real Time - Three decades of research of personal growth and development tells us that people develop on-the-job, in real time, and at the edge of themselves. If we know this is true, why is personal change so difficult and why do we spend so much time and money in the wrong places? Dr. McKenna unpacks specific strategies for taking charge of your life and career by following some simple, research-based steps help you to learn from the laboratory of your everyday experiences.
- Looking Out for Number 2 – Let’s face it, very few of us are really good at investing in the growth and development of the people around us. Whether you are interested in investing in your team members, family members, or peers, Dr. McKenna will address how to invest in the learning and development of your team in a way that is meaningful to them.
- Who’s got your 6? – Networks matter. But many of us have a significant “social” network with little structure or purpose to it. Dr. McKenna unpacks the power of strategic networks and a process for getting one.
- Leaders are dorks – Everyone knows this because we all know ourselves. We all feel a little like imposters in our own skin on some level, mostly because we know our shortcoming and we know who we were before we became adults. Dr. McKenna addresses the power of becoming the authentic leader that people want to follow, and how to get there.
- Being on Purpose – Is there any chance that why you are doing what you are doing is just as important as what you are actually accomplishing and how you are getting it done. Being purposeful is a no-brainer, but the fact is that no one has time to be purposeful. Begin connecting your goals with your calling and purpose in real time, and thinking more deeply about why you are.
- What Online Gaming Taught Us About Leadership – Dr. McKenna, among many other things, is an online gaming enthusiast. While certainly not addicted to gaming (he hopes), he does enjoy an evening of Call of Duty online with some family members or friends. The focus of these talks are on gaming platforms and what the gaming generation can teach us about motivation, leadership, mentoring, and other relationships.