Alan E. Nelson, Ed.D. Organizational Trainer & Keynote Speaker

As a teacher at some of the top universities on the West Coast (USC, Naval Postgraduate School, Pepperdine), Dr. Nelson offers unique and potent insights related to leadership, organizational behavior, and human performance & motivation. He’s available for events ranging from informal lunch-and-learns to 2- to 3-day retreats. He’s also an educational and entertaining keynoter, with over 30 years’ experience in captivating audiences. Think of him as an edu-tainer, incorporating video clips, clean humor, and interactive activities.

Dr. Nelson is the author of 20 books and over 200 articles. Nelson’s unique ability is to communicate difficult issues in simple ways, helping audiences learn quickly and stay engaged. He is more than happy to customize the following topics to fit your needs and your company’s context:

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In this non-fiction narrative, the author meets a mysterious mentor in Malibu who introduces him to a series of secrets on how to influence the lives of others in short, convenient ways. By recognizing and taking advantage of unique opportunities, readers can enhance their fulfillment and bring joy to others. The book is great for relationships, teams, and those who want to make their days on earth count, not just count their days.
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The Effective Manager Boot Camp (EMBC) for new managers. Click HERE for a flyer on this powerful 2-day training event. This is perfect for recently minted managers, helping technical experts understand what it takes to lead others.

Click HERE to take the New Manager Inventory (NMI). The NMI is a 30-question assessment that measures leadership aptitude. It can be done as a 360-instrument as well as a self-assessment. It is developed by Dr. Nelson as part of his emergent leader research.


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Dr. Nelson introducing his USC course on performance & motivation
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Click HERE for Dr. Nelson introducing communication training.
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The difference between leading and managing: Understand the difference in mindset between leading, managing, and the supervision continuum, plus recognizing what is needed when in your organization. This is a great theme for new managers and leaders who seem stuck. Click HERE for an article on these differences (School Business Affairs).

Dealing with difficult people: Understand what’s going on when people are surly and dishonoring; based on his riveting book The Secret of People, a practical approach to emotional intelligence. This is a great topic for entire companies, managers who can benefit from EQ growth, and customer service/frontline staff members.

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How to change your company without killing it (or letting it kill you): A synthesis of best practice change principles combined with the Nelson Change Model, providing a practical tool for estimating transition effectiveness; dealing primarily with the psychological side of change. This is great for teams, divisions, and C-suite members facilitating change efforts. Click HERE for a free article (School Business Affairs).

Communicate for impact: Business professionals need to hone their speaking and writing; a practical focus on message design, audience psychology, and best practices for corporate leader communicating. This is great for managers, public service people, and C-suite members who need to hone their com efficacy.

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How to identify leadership talent: Most leadership assessments focus on leadership effectiveness, not emergence, but in order to fill the leadership pipeline and activate succession plans, you must be able to ID leadership aptitude; based on Dr. Nelson’s work in the last decade interacting with thousands of youth globally. This is perfect for those invested in identifying / recruiting new leaders.

Recommendations:
Dr. Nelson’s presentation on “Managing vs. Leading” was very engaging and informative. One of our managers enjoyed it so much he immediately shared the information with his boss and direct reports. We plan to identify more of his strategies so we can “fill up our Grande cup” managers, per his practical metaphor. We highly recommend Dr. Nelson for any speaking event. -Karishma, Training Manager, Rapiscan (OSI)

What Others Are Saying…

 

Over the last two years, I’ve come to Alan E. Nelson repeatedly for guidance and insight. He is a consummate professional, experienced and influential expert in the field, and the first person I turn to for anything relating to leadership development. Alan is also an outstanding presenter. It is clear he enjoys sharing his knowledge and does so effectively in a variety of forums. His presentation is warm, funny, engaging and memorable. Our people requested additional sessions afterward.

— Maggie Baker, Learning & Development Manager, Deluxe Entertainment

Dr. Nelson’s presentation on “Managing vs. Leading” was very engaging and informative. One of our managers enjoyed it so much he immediately shared the information with his boss and direct reports. We plan to identify more of his strategies so we can “fill up our Grande cup” managers, per his practical metaphor. We highly recommend Dr. Nelson for any speaking event.

— Karishma, Training Manager, Rapiscan (OSI)

Thank you so much for coming and sharing your knowledge with KPMG. Our BPG Professionals found the session very valuable and positive.

— M. Galfaian, Human Resources, KPMG

Alan has a strong grasp of the balance between leadership concepts and the critical role that wisdom, gained by experience and practice plays. He brings both perspectives to the classroom, creating insightful and engaging discussions. If you want to think more deeply and meaningfully about leadership, you’ve come to the right place.

— Marc Purcell, Rear Admiral (Ret)