The attendees were certainly energized by your presentation . . . It was refreshing to see a speaker who used so much audience interaction. Your lessons on leadership translated well to the spa industry.
As a speaker, author, facilitator and moderator, Bruce Rector teaches, inspires and motivates people of all ages to become better business, government, community and family leaders. Bruce's homespun style of sharing humorous and uplifting stories from his personal life and from his extensive travel and work with young leaders from over 100 countries resonates with the audience. His messages not only teach and inspire, but also motivate people to make life and career changing decisions.
When Bruce speaks or writes his vast experience in working with thousands of young adults around the world comes to life. Bruce Rector was the 58th President of JCI (Junior Chamber International), a 200,000 member strong organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs from 110 countries. In 2003 he traveled to nearly 50 countries as JCI World President. In every presentation he makes, Bruce shares his practical tips for improving personal and organizational performance in an entertaining way that leaves the audience energized and ready for action.
Bruce Rector's first book, Monday Morning Messages: Teaching, Inspiring and Motivating to Lead (Xephor Press, 2005) has enjoyed international success and will be published soon in French and Korean. With thousands of loyal readers of his weekly electronic messages and endorsements from best-selling authors Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager), Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and Jennifer Kushell (Secrets of the Young & Successful), the book is an excellent training and discussion aid for the sessions he leads.
Born in Anderson, Indiana in 1963, Bruce attended the University of Kentucky where he worked as a student athletic trainer (sportsmedicine) assistant for Wildcat athletic teams. In 1984-85, he was assigned to the assist the Kentucky Men's Basketball team, a program with six national championships and more wins than any other major university in the United States. Bruce Rector spent four summers and one full season working as an athletic trainer assistant to the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
Bruce is President of KBA Sports, Inc., a leading sports event and program management company, in addition to speaking and consulting. In 1990, Bruce received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and was admitted practice before the Kentucky Courts and practiced law for 23 years. He is been an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University where he teaches in the MBA program and a Part-Time Professor at the University of Kentucky where in teaches in the Graduate Program in Sport Leadership.
Bruce Rector travels from his home in Lexington, Kentucky where he lives with his wife Tabitha and his son Trevor.
Featured Keynote Programs
The Monday Morning Message
From Vision to Execution
Creating and Growing a Culture of Leadership in Your Organization
Outstanding leaders understand the importance of not just training a few leaders but making sure that everyone in the organization has some basic leadership skills. These leaders understand the distinction between developing team members to see themselves as "a" leader as opposed to "the" leader. While too many people seeing themselves as "the" leader certainly leads to dysfunction, organizations that train and empower everyone in the organization to see themselves as "a" leader in five basic leadership roles (visionary, coach, manager, educator and ambassador) and at appropriate times and places, achieve the most success.
In this session, author and international business trainer, Bruce Rector, will focus on individual, team and organizational leadership establishing a leadership mentality throughout the organization from the visioning to planning to execution. Helping your team members see themselves as leaders throughout that entire process increases job satisfaction, stimulates creativity and productivity and improves long-term results.
The Monday Morning Method
You arrive at your office on Monday morning full of energy, with a smiling face and positive attitude. Then the telephone begins ringing, a flood of e-mail messages arrives and people begin passing through your office with numerous challenges and crises to present to you. By noon, all of your energy is gone and you struggle through the rest of the week.
Outstanding leaders understand the importance of getting things done. They know that to keep the confidence and trust of team members, customers, and constituents they must not only gather creative ideas but must also get things accomplished. They are more than just talkers, they consistently and effectively execute what they say they will do.
In this presentation, Bruce teaches, inspires and motivates participants to turn their Monday mornings into a power-building instead of a power-draining experience. Through a number of audience participation activities and demonstrations, participants learn how to:
increase their weekly productivity
lead change and innovation
increase confidence in themselves and in those they lead
better control people and events instead letting those control them
Removing the Elephant from the Room by Handling Difficult Conversations and People More Effectively
At the end of your workday you are simply exhausted. A patient screamed at you for something that wasn’t your fault. When you tried to bring a recurring problem to your supervisor, it seemed he didn’t hear a word you said. And all day long you’ve had to work side by side an incredibly annoying co-worker. The good news is the day is over. The bad news is its only Monday and the energy you began the week with is already depleted.
While it is impossible to remove all the difficult people and conversations from our daily routines, we can make better choices in the way we handle our relationships and conversations with others. By thinking more strategically about how we are handling our relationships and conversations with others, we can reduce our stress level and improve our effectiveness.
In this seminar, participants will learn how to:
• Better prepare for difficult conversations as they go throughout the day
• Choose to stay in dialogue instead of returning name-calling, insults and sarcasm
• Create relationships with anyone in which they can talk about even the most sensitive subjects
• Be more persuasive when mentoring, motivating and negotiating
• Reduce stress by being able to get things “off their chests” and not harboring anger and hurt feelings
• Set physical, emotional and mental boundaries to protect themselves from the stress-inducing words and actions of others
• Take effective “time-outs” throughout the day to clear their minds, refocus on their priorities and keep difficult people and situations in perspective
Bruce's Monday Morning Messages are an invaluable manager and leadership tool, which has the unique advantages of coaching in "bite sized" chunks with a new lesson every Monday--which is what today's and tomorrow's executives need!
Bruce did a great job with our group today. He made it very interactive and people really enjoyed that.