Urs Koenig

Urs Koenig

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Urs Koenig PhD, MBA, M.S. PCC

When companies need to inspire, engage, and develop their people while at the same time delivering stellar results in today’s hyper-competitive and complex business environment, they call Urs Koenig. Urs is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, bestselling author, and leading expert on humble leadership.

His message of Radical Humility in leadership draws on his world-spanning career as a UN military peacekeeper and NATO military peacekeeping commander, a highly accomplished ultra-endurance champion, a widely published professor, and a seasoned executive coach.

Urs shares cutting-edge research insights, inspiring leadership stories, and no-nonsense, practical tools to attract and retain top talent, engage high-performing teams, and create a psychologically safe culture that is ‘Tough on Results and Tender on People’ at world-class organizations like Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Urs’ research-backed Radical Humility Framework is packed with tangible tools and practical takeaways, leaving audience members with the ultimate actionable blueprint for a new type of leader for a new type of world.

Speaking Topics

THE 5 SHIFTS OF THEN TO NOW LEADERSHIP: How to Energize, Engage and Empower in a Complex World

Business leaders in today’s fast-paced, disruptive, volatile business climate face challenges that did not exist ten or even five years ago: 

  • Decision and pandemic fatigue
  • Burnout
  • A mental health crisis
  • Employee retention during the Great Resignation 

The default methods of leadership to tackle these current issues are woefully outdated, having been handed down from past generations of managers and executives. But their approaches are no longer good enough to take your people where you want to go.  

What worked THEN does not work NOW.

During 35 years of leadership experience spanning four continents, Urs has grown leaders in academia, competitive sports, business, and complex military peacekeeping operations. He has developed a proprietary five-part THEN to NOW Leadership Framework. Applying this framework, Urs helps leaders and organizations to fully engage their people in the effort to adapt swiftly to relentless change. Leaders and organizations who shift their leadership from what we did back THEN to what we need to do NOW are ready for the future of work. Their teams are energized, engaged, and fully empowered to do what matters most: delighting customers and taking care of their team members. 

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  1. Learn the 5 THEN to NOW Leadership Shifts to transform burnout, disengagement, and fatigue to engagement, retention, and productivity
  2. Discover why focus and saying ‘No’ is one of the most important ingredients for resilience and success in business (and life)
  3. Get inspired by powerful storytelling of extraordinary leaders embracing NOW leadership, resulting in amazing success for their organizations and how you can do the same.
  4. Master hands-on practices for boosting morale and engagement.
  5. Learn how to delegate and empower to successfully lead from afar.
  6. Walk away inspired, energized, and with concrete, actionable, no-nonsense takeaways you can immediately implement with your teams. 

Radical Humility: Be a Badass Leader AND a Good Human

With the world changing faster than ever before, increasing business competition, rapid technological change, and an incredibly diverse generation entering the workforce, a new, elevated style of leadership is required. This modern form of leadership is called leading with Radical Humility; a more human-centered approach that views humility as a key strength to achieving goals in today's complex world.

Radical Humility unlocks exactly how to deliver stellar business results with teams looking to mitigate burnout, overwhelm, exhaustion, resistance, and high turnover while promoting productivity, engagement, innovation, and creativity.

In this timely, highly actionable, and interactive keynote, Urs helps audience members implement his deeply researched and battle-tested Radical Humility framework that is grounded in his career in the leadership trenches as a UN peacekeeper, business executive, veteran executive coach, ultra-endurance champion, and widely published professor growing leaders on four continents.

Audience members will leave this presentation inspired by moving leadership stories and with a hands-on, concrete, and easy-to-use Radical Humility toolkit they can immediately implement to create a high-performance culture that is ‘tough on results and tender on people’.

Watch Urs on NBC talking about his new book, Radical Humility: Be a Badass Leader and a Good Human.

Speaking Topics

  • THE 5 SHIFTS OF THEN TO NOW LEADERSHIP: How to Energize, Engage and Empower in a Complex World
  • Radical Humility: Be a Badass Leader AND a Good Human