Change is inevitable, and creates challenges and opportunities for both individuals and organizations. For you and your organization to overcome these challenges and leverage these opportunities, maintaining resiliency is a must. Leaders who can influence transformation are valued and differentiated. Organizations that survive and thrive in today’s economic environment are those that embrace change, anticipate disruption and implement transformation flawlessly.
Gain solutions on organizational transition resilience and career development from a results-driven, practicing C-suite executive. Keith Wyche understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader. His keynote talks and workshops are filled with practical advice and real-world examples that will leave your team informed and inspired.
Keith pulls stories from his exceptional record of leading successful transformation initiatives in industries undergoing rapid change including technology, manufacturing, outsourced services, and grocery retail.
With more than 30 years of experience, earning serious results for some of America’s best-known corporations including Walmart, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes, Ameritech, SuperValu, and Convergys, Keith has risen to become a successful corporate president and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Currently, he is Regional Vice President at Walmart, responsible for ensuring a clean, fast and friendly customer experience at Walmart’s stores in the Northeast.
Keith is the author of Corner Office Rules and Good Is Not Enough, which was an Amazon bestseller and nominated for the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
He was named one of the top 100 African American executives by both Black Enterprise and Savoy Magazine, and 2010 Executive of the Year by the Executive 50 Organization.
Fostering an Inclusive Culture That Will Boost Your Bottom Line
Ideal Audience: Leaders at all levels of the organization.
Transition Resilience: It’s Not Just About Managing change
Responding to change as it occurs is NOT the answer. Keith Wyche shows you how to build transition resilience and equip your organization to deal with all transformations and transitions. Adapting to change is a minimum requirement in today’s world. Change brings opportunity and responsibilities whatever your job title. For you and your organization to excel, you must be able to lead change and transformation. Leaders who can influence transformation are valued and differentiated. In this session, Keith Wyche draws upon his own experiences, as a change management leader with an exceptional record of turning around underperforming operations and managing in industries undergoing rapid technological or competitive change. As well, he shares real-world case studies to add to the learning experience. This is not Change Management 101. Keith will show you how to lead your people so that they acknowledge change not just in their heads, but also in their hearts. You will have powerful insights needed to successfully transform your organization.
- Understand the psychology of change, and why people resist it.
- Recognize and use the four R’s of change: Relevance, Readiness, Robustness and Responsiveness.
- Overcome the seven stakeholder barriers that can sink a change project.
- Realize how to define and cast your vision so that it engages every level of your organization.
Anyone who must lead change initiatives, including mergers, system updates or replacements, and reorganizations.
Good Is Not Enough and Other Real-World Advice for the Serious Professional
Known for his “straight-shooter” wit, Keith shares anecdotes and insights from his and his colleagues’ journeys up the corporate ladder to provide real-world strategies for career advancement. More than an industry consultant or a coach, Keith Wyche has the perspective of a “boot-strap” corporate executive who worked his way up to the CEO position at a $3 billion grocery chain, where he led 11,000 associates working across 113 grocery stories and pharmacies. The practical advice, tools and tips Keith provides eliminate the maze that can confine you to middle management.
- Master the must-have leadership skills to power your performance and deliver results.
- Define and build your personal brand for excellence to break yourself out of the pack.
- More effectively engage with peers and senior management.
- Prove you’re a responsible, accountable professional who is ready to step-up.
- Create an effective Action Plan that works in the real world and keeps you on track to attain your goals and fulfill your potential.
This presentation is available as a keynote and/or as a half-day workshop or as a fireside chat. (Workbooks are available for the workshop.)
– Individuals who have been working for more than five years and are stuck in their current position, or haven’t yet reached their career goals.
– Individuals who have been passed over for promotions and don’t understand why.
The 10 Realities of Corporate Life
Do you know and have what it takes to be successful in your job? Did your last review reflect what you believe to be true about your performance and promotability? In this session, corporate executive Keith Wyche shares the realities of getting ahead in today’s tough corporate environment. You’ll gain “insider information” about what he and his C-Suite colleagues expect from their employees. It is time to realize that life is not fair; you must embrace change and take personal responsibility of your career path.
- Track and define your performance as well as practice techniques for gaining exposure and enhancing your perception.
- Model the major success factors you must master for achieving corporate success.
- Create a personal career “blue print” with specific actionable “to do” items.
Employees who want to improve their performance, prepare for their next role and take control of their career path.
Corner Office Rules: 10 Realities of Executive Life
Are you ready to step up to senior leadership? The realities of executive life can be sobering if you aren’t prepared for them. How you achieve results, how you’re perceived, what’s expected of you, even who your friends are-nothing is the same as when you were in the middle ranks. A 30-year corporate veteran and results-driven CEO, Keith Wyche will open the door to the corner office to introduce you to the previously hidden world of the C-suite, and show you how to master the realities that every top executive must face, including:
- What made you successful before won’t work now. Keith will teach you the skill set every outstanding senior executive needs.
- Constructive conflict isn’t bad, it’s how things get decided. Keith will give you his deep insights into how to work C-suite politics, and effectively channel conflict so that it positions you and your organization for success.
- Tough decisions are a part of an executive’s reality. Keith will show you how to make the hard calls, even when they challenge your personal values or relationships.
Keith shares real-world examples and insights from his own career and others’, in an entertaining, no-nonsense and witty presentation that proves your authentic personality is the best tool you have. This popular new keynote outlines what have always remained unspoken Corner Office Rules and explores practical strategies and solutions you can use to succeed in the most challenging roles of your career.
New executives and experienced senior managers; High-potential mid-level managers and others who are being groomed for senior leadership.
“Once again, thank you for the excellent presentation on ‘Good Is Not Enough’ … Many in attendance spoke highly of the presentation. Please let me know when your next book becomes available: you’ve already sold the first copy!”
– Director, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Keith was clear, candid and exceeded all expectations in the delivery of his message during our fireside chat on Managing Perception and Organizational Politics to Achieve Success in Corporate America. His message was well received among a diverse audience of current and prospective business school students, alumni and business professionals. Compliments have poured in on the quality of the discussion and the conference overall. Keith also made a valuable contribution by sharing why he chose the retail food industry and the opportunity at Club Foods and is how he managing the industry transition. This gave students a window into an industry with opportunity that many of them might never consider as well as how to think about changing industries.
– H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“Having you come in and speak to the group at our Capstone Event was the “Icing on the cake,” as stated by one of the participants. Your workshop was not only informative, but inspiring. Your presentation transcended industry (government, cooperate or otherwise)… I am looking forward to opportunities to work with you in the future!”
– Director, Bureau of Program Evaluation, Maryland State Goverment
“Keith brought a significant level of energy and an engaging communication style that resonated with our MBA students. His talk was motivating and triggered active involvement of the audience due to his pragmatic real world approach. We received very positive feedback from our students about Keith’s visit to campus.”
– Director, MBA, Executive MBA, and HR MBA Programs, Baldwin Wallace University
“Thank you for a fantastic presentation yesterday! I wanted to share a few quotes and phrases from attendees I spoke with after the event:
“Keith was so relatable and inspiring.”
“I’m going home to do my own personal PEP evaluation!”
– HR Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Keith Wyche’s training on change and transition was excellent. He was well prepared and knowledgeable of the issues in our industry establishing immediate credibility with our team. Keith is an effective communicator that incorporates his knowledge, experience and insight into his presentation and discussion. He is transparent about his successes and failures in business helping people connect with him as a person and business leader. Keith laid the ground work for our team to think and work toward change with a new perspective and great confidence.
– Vice President of Ministries, Guideposts
Keith absolutely met and in some instances exceeded our expectations. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive for both the keynote event and the follow-up workshop. Our employees appreciated his candor, personal story and the practical tools and tips he was able to share.
– Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Vice President – HR Services
“Participants appreciated hearing from an executive outside the firm that demonstrated awareness of how change has impacted organizations in different industries. Participants felt that Keith was ‘dynamic’ and appreciated his ‘straight talk’ in terms of how leaders should manage those that don’t adapt well to change.”
– Vice President, Ameriprise Financial
This is one of the best workshops I have attended. Please come again Keith. You kept it real, gave us food for thought and made me understand how to get ahead. Brilliant session!!!!!
– , National Black MBA Association
On behalf of Goldman Sachs and the Office of Global Leadership and Diversity, we wanted to say thank you for serving as our keynote speaker for the closing event of our Catapult Series on Wednesday evening. The initial feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve included some of the commentary below. The stories and experiences that you shared will provide vital and long lasting guidance as the attendees enter the next phase of their careers.
– Analyst -Global Leadership and Diversity, Goldman Sachs
“Thank you again for your invaluable insight, engagement with all of our people and your passion for others success. There were a lot of take ways that will we carry forward to continue our mission of equal representations in all levels of our business.”
– V.P./General Manager, Enterprise Holdings
“Thank you for the invaluable contribution you made at the ARG Leadership Summit. Your segment was a huge success. Thank you for sharing your insights and expertise with our attendees. Your willingness to offer your time, energy and support on behalf of Anthem’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development series is greatly appreciated.”
– Diversity Program Director, Anthem, Inc.
“You rocked it! I have already seen the scores on the webinar survey and you are getting primarily 5’s (and a few 4’s) on a scale of 1-5 on quality and value. I did not need to see these scores to know that it was outstanding. I really appreciate you bringing your expertise and passion to WiRL. This is a very critical topic/skillset to help women gain ground as leaders.”
– Founder & Creative Force, WiRL Leadership Summit
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- VIDEO Diversity Is a Business Imperative
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