The Gift of Adversity


We live in a day of unprecedented change and sometimes the only consistent is change itself. In this presentation, I share how effective leaders must embrace adversity and change in their organizations in order to survive. For those who do, the opportunities and rewards are great.

Presentation Outline

During this seminar, Devon draws deeply from his own professional first-hand experience as a consultant for the largest home care agencies in the United States during the massive shift in health care reform brought upon by the Affordable Care Act. Participants will experience a shift in perspective and create an action plan based on his signature P.E.A.C.E. plan:

Perceive Managing change begins by acknowledging reality. Too many leaders pretend things haven’t changed. Or they assume things will soon return to “normal.” But normal is just another word for “the way things used to be.” That world isn’t coming back.
Embrace Shift your intention. Change is difficult for most organizations. It is made even more difficult when leaders resist it. But they have a choice. Rather than leaning away from it, they can lean into it. They can even learn to embrace it. This makes all the difference in terms of the outcome.
Achieve In uncertain times, leaders must cast a bold but clear vision of the future. They have to remind people why change is essential and why the status quo will no longer do. They must then enroll their team in the task of executing against the vision and achieving what matters most.
Connect Social media have changed the expectations of your customers. Connections, networks and relationship building are at a premium. People want it now. If you can’t deliver, your constituents will go somewhere else. The organizations that thrive are those that have built on these relationships and have competitive advantage.
Elevate After you have actionable tools that guide you through the challenges, now what? Are you ensuring the either personally or as an organization you are elevating the skill set, mindset and expectations of those around you. Great leadership is the ability to inspire and create other leaders not more followers. By doing this you are creating an environment poised to address change effectively.


This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, seminar or workshop depending on your needs. The ideal keynote length is 45 minutes. Seminars and workshops can be half day or full day.

Intended Outcomes

  • Audience members will be convinced that change is not only inevitable but essential in creating opportunities for growth and profitability.
  • Audience members will have a framework for processing change and using it to their advantage.
  • Audience members will leave with practical, actionable steps they can implement immediately.

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