Juan Alvarado is a distinguished authority in the realm of leadership, weaving expertise with a passion for nurturing thriving work cultures. As a Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and a seasoned U.S. Army war veteran, he brings a profound understanding of effective leadership to the forefront. With a background encompassing the training of massive teams under high-stakes circumstances, Juan’s insights are deeply rooted in practical experience.

“We Raize the Bar” is not just a motto for Juan, but a driving force behind his mission. Through his work with school districts, he has successfully elevated team efficiency and communication, leading to heightened productivity and amplified employee contentment. His transformative impact doesn’t stop there; Juan’s “Blueprint to Leadership” course combats workplace complacency and burnout, fostering resilient leaders who are revered and confident. This program has already catalyzed the growth of over 1500 school administrators into exemplary figures.

Juan’s accomplishments have garnered attention on prominent media platforms such as FOX, NBC, and CBS. His pioneering efforts in cultivating strength-based leaders and cohesive teams, fostering a culture of positivity, have earned him well-deserved recognition.

His expertise is encapsulated in a holistic approach, covering essentials for intentional and purposeful leadership, enhancing well-being, thwarting burnout, aligning focus, and facilitating meaningful engagement and recognition, all guided by the principles of strength-based leadership.

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Lead with Intention and Purpose

According to Gallup polls, 51% of employees leave their jobs due to their manager, while another poll shows that managers can have a positive impact on their staff’s engagement by as much as 70%. So, what is it that many leaders are missing in their approach? INTENTIONALITY is often overlooked in the day-to-day operation of the workplace.

To become people-centered, leaders must be intentional and prioritize their people. Interestingly, upper management often believes that they are leading their team effectively, with an “open-door policy” and good standing with their staff. However, when we poll the staff, we often find a significant disconnect.

Juan Alvarado teaches that in order to bridge this gap, leaders must be people-centered rather than paper-centered, prioritizing the needs and well-being of their team over policies and procedures. When we support our people, they will willingly follow procedures and policies because they feel valued and supported.

Juan will share key insights on how and why engagement is the key to creating a positive and productive work relationship with your team.

This presentation will provide frameworks and tools that you can use immediately to bring intentional engagement to the forefront TAKEAWAYS of your leadership style.

  • Disregard the status quo and create positive change.
  • Develop an awareness of the staff climate.
  • Engage each staff with purpose and intentionally.
  • Create a team environment that will help the retention of your staff
  • Take ownership of leading their team with purposeful direction.
  • Produce greater understanding with heightened communication.

Strength-Base Teams

According to Gallup, people who use their strengths on a daily basis are more likely to have a high quality of life, be engaged at work, be more productive, and be less likely to leave their jobs. When Juan works with you and your team, he helps your organization retain staff and create a more energized and efficient work environment. By helping team members understand their own strengths and those of their colleagues, collaboration and productivity can be improved.

Juan starts by meeting with the management team to go over their strengths and gather information about the needs of the management and the team as a whole. The management team will receive their own training and learn how to set an example for the rest of the team before Juan meets with the staff.

During this meeting, he will discuss the staff’s strengths and blind spots, as well as their day-to-day functions and how they fit into the organization’s vision. Effective communication through the use of strengths is a key component of this training, and collaborating with individuals who have complementary strengths can bring synergy to any project.

  • Understand their strengths and others.
  • Become more productive.
  • Have clarity in communication.
  • Collaborate at a higher level Know their blind spots and have a plan of action
  • Come to work happier and more focused to work.
  • Use their strengths to plan, communicate, and become more effective

Paraprofessionals & Expanded Learning Programs

With 11 years of experience in Expanded Learning Programs (ELP), Juan is a highly sought-after trainer for top ELP providers that serve thousands of schools. In his training sessions, he covers the ins and outs of ELP, including how to overcome common challenges and stresses faced by program staff. He has a deep understanding of the role of ELP staff, from front-line staff to program managers and directors, and can provide insights on pitfalls to avoid at each level.

Juan’s training focuses on best practices for program management, including behavioral management, classroom management, and building relationships with students, parents, and administrators. He emphasizes the importance of location and the use of certain keywords to establish respect and foster compliance with safety protocols. His strategic approach to these areas has helped him succeed in his ELP roles and he is eager to share his insights with others in the field.

  • Have BEST practices from walking lines to homework setup
  • Feel like a veteran staff no matter their prior experiences.
  • Know how to handle tier 3 students in difficult situations.
  • Learn to authentically build relationships.
  • Know how to keep an eye and have accountability on every student.
  • Work stress-free.

What People Are Saying

Raquel Rosas – Paraprofessional

I love that Juan used a diagram to clearly outline what he was talking about.  He was clear and concise with his message. He took questions and incorporated his answers into his session.  He made me feel that he actually cared that I took away valuable material away from his workshop.

Erika P, Youth Services Coordinator, Family Resource Center, CA

This was one amazing workshop and so very inspiring. I am hopeful about who I’m becoming and how I will lead using my natural strengths. I understand the necessary change I need to make for myself and how important it is to set an example for the others I lead. I am the change agent!

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“Juan's session was by far my favorite out of all the speakers this week. It spoke directly to me about how I can be a better leader at work. But Juan made it so relatable on how we can use the same frameworks at home. I am excited to lead not only at work but at home as a better wife, mother, and friend.”

T. Armstrong, Director-Oak Creek School District, AZ


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