Neil Ihde is a speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. He has worked with numerous managers, directors, corporate leaders and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Neil has worked with nearly 30 Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Discover Card, Domino’s, Merck, Booking.com, Transamerica, and GE among others. Neil has also consulted internationally with clients from a dozen countries. He is a TEDx speaker and his Life IQ YouTube channel recently eclipsed a half-million views. Neil’s academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology and an MA in Counseling. Neil and his wife Deb have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.
“4 Secrets to Becoming a S.T.A.R. – How to Attain Succes in Your Personal & Professional Life”
Successful people have certain characteristics in common. These individuals are in our circles. They encourage us, inspire us…we are better for having known them. Over ten years ago, I made a list of my most favorite people on the planet and began to examine their influence and what made them so special. They achieved much in their personal lives as well as in their work. I found that each of them was a S.T.A.R. and I uncovered their secrets on how they became that way.
“10 Mistakes Leaders Make…And How to Avoid Them”
Leadership is challenging. It is an art, not a science. Leadership involves a dynamic relationship between your workforce, product and customers. Mistakes as a leader will be compounded because of the scope of your role. Mistakes will happen, but most are avoidable, especially if you know about the common pitfalls. We’ll examine common mistakes involving communication, motivation, connection with your employees and even an overestimation of the importance of your role.
“Emotionally Intelligent Teams”
Emotionally intelligent teams get results. They exhibit self-confidence, they communicate and they require far less hands-on management. Time is not wasted on politics and personal agendas. Team members are focused on the goals of the organization and how best to achieve it. So, that means there is no conflict? Wrong. Disagreements are commonplace and are even encouraged, but what is absent is hurt feelings, grudges and vendettas.
“Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Interpreting Your Personality”
Here’s your chance to explore the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the most utilized personality instrument in the world. You will leave this session with a better understanding of yourself and a better understanding of how to relate and communicate with those around you. We will look in depth at the four dichotomies that make up your MBTI type (Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, Judging-Perceiving). And we will help you understand your natural gifts and preferences.
“5 Characteristics of Successful Organizations”
Outstanding organizations have unique cultures and characteristics. Great companies look for solutions, find the facts, and exhibit the courage to question assumptions and have tough conversations. Great organizations have a strong identity, engaged employees, compelling mission, vision, values, authentic communication and trust.
“What’s Your Life IQ?”
Life is about choices and in this day and age we have more choices than ever. In fact, we can get overwhelmed and paralyzed by all of the options. Life IQ is about figuring out who you are, what kind of life you want to lead and making the choices to achieve it. Simple tools such as self-awareness, personal values, time/life investment, and personal and career goals will bring much-needed clarity for the huge questions (marriage, kids, career) and the everyday questions (What should I have for lunch?).
“Essential Tools for Challenging Times – Time/Change/Stress Management”
During challenging times, leaders and organizations need effective tools to strategize, energize and focus the culture on solutions. These tools include emphasizing one’s identity, vision, values and history. Change management, transparency and authentic communication are critical. Throw in some timely decision-making skills and a healthy dose of moxie and resilience, and this period challenges soon becomes another successful chapter in your company’s narrative.
“I had the pleasure of utilizing Neil’s services both as a speaker for my client events and my CEO network and as a consultant/trainer for my senior management team. As a speaker, he provided thought-provoking, relevant topics that kept the audience informed as well as entertained. He was an excellent ambassador for our organization and the feedback was extremely positive. I also had engaged Neil as a consultant and trainer for my new management team. My team and I enjoyed working with him and his training created a much more cohesive team. I will utilize his services again.”
Lane Sieman, Founder and CEO, HealthOne, Inc.
“What an engaging and tailor-made approach! I really enjoyed having Neil come speak about change to our Learning and Development Department at Booking.com. He was able to create and present something that was relevant and thought-provoking, but more importantly, fun. Everyone had a laugh and enjoyed connecting with him and with each other. Those are key because it’s one of the things people always recall and remember. I hope to have a chance to work with him again!”
Natalie Skowron, Team Impact Coach, Booking.com
“Neil presents a timeless, uplifting message. When addressing our conference of Advanced Practice Providers, the audience was held with rapt attention. He unknowingly addressed issues our healthcare system was experiencing, and not only showed us the light at the end of the tunnel but supplied coping mechanisms to walk through the tunnel. His healthcare background makes him uniquely qualified to address the changing world providers are facing. He was the highlight of our conference day.”
Lori Nichols, APRN, CNS Premier Health, Dayton Ohio
“Neil is very, very good at what he does. He won over a tough, intelligent crowd through his engaging presentation style and his entertaining storytelling. Neil clearly spent a great deal of time researching our organization, which earned him instant credibility and demonstrated to our group that he had tailored the discussion to our specific interests and needs. Our data-hungry group was impressed with his depth of subject matter expertise and his ability to explain concepts in layman’s terms. He delivered on everything we asked, and more. Well done!”
Scott Brubaker, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
“Neil took on such a guiding role in working with my nurses in management positions. I knew I wanted someone that could provide them information and knowledge on the use of the MBTI assessment. What I didn’t know, was that Neil would engage the members, interact so fully, and truly provide an exceptional experience for them. We always take the opportunity to see how well our members felt the presenter did, and out of more than 40 speakers, Neil ranked #1…and I have some pretty amazing speakers!! I truly respect the knowledge and collegial attitude that you brought to the ANNA conference. Thanks again Neil!!”
Dr. Hazel Dennison, Director of Education Services, American Nephrology Nurses Association
“We had Neil as our motivational speaker for our Wisconsin Association Medical Staff Services annual conference. What a pleasure it was to have him speak to our group. He provided great knowledge and insight and a bit of humor, keeping our attendees fully engaged and entertained. His presentation was a perfect after-lunch motivation that provided us the energy to continue with our conference educational sessions. I highly recommend Neil for your organization.”
Debbie Woods, CPCS, CPMSM, Medical Staff Office Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Corporate Center – Neenah
“Neil was very engaging both in content and delivery. He encouraged participation right away and people were eager to share their stories/experiences. He had clearly done his homework regarding our company, products, and initiatives, which impressed management and got their attention from the beginning. With direct references to our organization, he was able to drive his points home and provide useful takeaways. Many people continued the conversations he had started for the rest of the conference! As opposed to some speakers that present unrealistic, lofty goals, Neil’s ideas were received by the audience as attainable and easy to implement in our day-to-day lives. Overall, Neil has a gift for presenting, interacting, and empowering his audience. Thank you!”
Sonal Singh, MLP Associate, Discover Financial Services
“I was so pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and beneficial this process was for our team. Neil is truly a master of his craft. He is able to read the room and keep individuals engaged through humor, personal stories, and data that is interesting and makes you want to know more. Expectations for the day were exceeded. We all left wiser, more attune to how our peers tick and think and we bonded as a group. Even individuals that were a bit skeptical about the process left saying that Neil was a perfect fit for our team and were thankful for the way in which he facilitated the session. It was a fun and eye-opening experience for all.”
Mary Beth Schultz, Human Resource Manager, Hiebing
“Neil did a fantastic job presenting at our national conference! The room was packed out and people were standing in the back and sitting in the aisles. He has a down-to-earth style and his content and examples are relevant and relatable. Attendees were abuzz with what they learned from his session.”
Rob Worth, President, Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
“Neil’s skill in connecting with and understanding the needs of others is second-to-none. His ability to look at all challenges with both depth and creative breadth make any partnership with Neil enlightening and very practical. Of all the individuals I’ve interacted with over the years, Neil is the most exceptional!”
Janine Luz, HR Director, Gundersen Lutheran
“Neil’s enthusiasm and passion for his work are incredible! He’s a fantastic speaker and does a great job of flexing his message to match the needs of his audience. We were very impressed and have invited Neil back to again share his expertise with us.”
Kiersten Karlsen, Company Trainer/Staff Development, Productive Living Systems, Inc.