Walter Nusbaum is President of The Nusbaum Group and the author of Do You Have What It Takes? and The Sink: Radical Transformation With One Small Change.

Walter is a highly sought after speaker who travels all over the country speaking on leadership development, driving higher levels of employee engagement and the art and science of shaping organizational culture. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to and working closely with senior executive teams, managers, supervisors and non-profit organizations of all sizes. From the small private firm to the Fortune 100 corporation, Walter takes key growth strategies and helps implement them to drive greater growth and productivity.

Walter’s academic background is in strategic management, philosophy and leadership development.

Featured Topics

Growing Your Influence: Understanding Others and Connecting With Them

Surveys continue to show that employee engagement in the workplace continues to suffer. Gallup shows that only 29% of employees are “actively engaged” at work on a regular basis which means that about 70% of people who go to work do only what is expected of them and nothing more. If organizations could understand exactly what it is that drives employee engagement, then they could focus their energies and resources on the most important elements that connect people to their work. Imagine the impact on productivity and profitability if the available discretionary energy of employees was effectively tapped into. In this presentation, Walter will walk through the evidence-based research that shows exactly what organizations need to be focusing on in order to get the most from their people. This presentation will not only focus on what upper management can do, it will also focus on how employees can find the motivation to raise the bar for themselves and perform at their highest levels.

The Virtuous Leader: Becoming the Leader People Want to Follow

This presentation will focus specifically on what it takes to be the “Total Leader.” There is an old saying that says, ‘as the leader, so the company.’ It is of vital importance for organizations to know how to hire, develop and reproduce “total leaders.” The “Total Leader” concept embodies three fundamental principles that must be taken very seriously in order to create and sustain high impact organizations. The three principles of the Total Leader are: 1) Delivery Value; 2) Social Competencies; and 3) Character Quotient. Understanding these three principles and how to develop them will provide the necessary fuel to achieve maximal outcomes. The Total Leader concept is powerful and achievable and with the right guidance, this presentation will show each person how to become the Total Leader in their organization.

Do You Have What it Takes?

The most successful people in life do 7 things consistently well. These 7 traits have been put into an acronym that spells “Victory” to help people remember them. Walter’s inspiring talk will walk you through how to assess and develop each of these traits in your personal and professional life.

Radical Transformation Through One Small Change: The Sink Philosophy

Ever met a stranger who changed your view of life forever? Could one sentence change the way you look at relationships? Work? Maybe even your world? There are many day-to-day interactions that we brush off as unimportant. What if we saw more? What if we left the world better, in each moment, than it was when we arrived? Even if that meant doing hard things. What would that look like? What would that mean for your job, for your family, for your life?

Consider what could happen if we took responsibility for not just our mess, but cleaned up found messes, even if it isn’t ours. What could this mean for a company? What if you taught your employees to take initiative to leave the world and the things around them better than they found them?

Other Topics:

Creating a Healthy Organizational Culture: The Seven Traits of Healthy Cultures
The Building of a Leader
Drifting Towards Failure, Striving Towards Excellence



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Walter's Expertise

Leadership - 100%
Productivity - 100%
Employee Engagement - 100%
Performance - 100%
Management - 100%

Walter has spoken to and worked with our senior leadership team for the past several years. He provides a fresh and insightful perspective to our management teams regarding management and leadership. He is an extremely gifted speaker who effectively engages, motivates, and challenges everyone he speaks to. Our management teams continue to request Walter year after year!

Greg Marrs
First American Bank


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