Fahd Alhattab | Create high performing teams by transforming managers into leaders

Fahd Alhattab

Create high performing teams by transforming managers into leaders

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Fahd Alhattab

Fahd Alhattab is an award-winning leadership speaker, coach, and consultant. Using humor, storytelling, and actionable advice, Fahd will inspire audiences to become leaders who build teams that last.

Fahd's path to leadership began with philanthropy. Compelled by his background as an at-risk immigrant from a low-income family, he raised over $1M for local charities, founded a camp for underprivileged children, and was awarded Canada's Top 20 Under 20 Award for his dedication to the community.

On the pursuit of entrepreneurship, Fahd served two terms as President of Carleton University Students' Association where he represented more than 25K students, managed a team of 150 staff, and oversaw the allocation of a $9M budget.

During his Presidency, Fahd launched a student entrepreneurship center that has since founded +50 student startups and raised more than +$300K in seed capital. This catapulted him to develop a mobile tech startup where he raised +$70K in a crowdfunding campaign.

Built on thirteen years of experience building successful teams, Fahd identified the tried and true ingredient that set high performing teams apart from competitors -- they had leaders who prioritized team performance over individual success. He named them Unicorn Leaders.

Delivered through captivating and actionable keynotes, Fahd now retrains managers to become architects of effective teams through his principle of Unicorn Leadership.

Fahd has spoken to +50K people across North America on leadership and been named Rising Star Speaker and Most Entertaining Speaker by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Working alongside his team at Unicorn Labs, Fahd is committed to giving start-up founders the leadership skills to build Unicorn companies. He delivers team-building retreats and customized training programs that upgrade staff and start-up managers into self-driven leaders.

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Building The Greatest Place To Work with 'One Question'

Do you believe in the inherent goodness of people?

How answering this question can shift your culture.

The pressure is on to create a competitive organizational culture, but the crux of culture begins at broader horizons than flexible work schedules, trendy open-concept offices and benefit packages with obscure wellness treatments.

While you have a set of wordsmithed values that leaders agree to, why is it that we so often see leaders put at odds with their own words? Culture begins with the mindsets of people and the honest values practiced - not preached.

Through shared stories, case studies, and research, Fahd offers a new perspective on culture by exploring this loaded question. Audiences are encouraged to flirt with the idea that humans are inherently good and how this mindset can apply to all HR policies and Talent Strategies to upscale team culture.

Unlock Your Leaders' Potential Build a High-Performing Culture through Team-focused leadership

Your managers influence 70% of employee engagement; their leadership capacity is the cap on your organization's growth.

It’s not just the C-suite team busy setting the course for vision, but the managers and their teams setting the course for its execution. How should the C-suite team address problems like high employee turnover, disengagement, or a highly dynamic hybrid workforce while focusing on business growth and having faith that the appropriate people are supporting the journey?

One key solution: Improve to ratio of great to lousy Managers

As the battle for Unicorn talent rages on, managers are untapped potential to bridge the employee recruitment, retention, and engagement gaps. By training your managers into leaders who create long-term impact through industry changes, leadership development becomes your best return on investment to maximize the talent potential of your organization.

In this keynote presentation, attendees will learn the six levels of high-performing teams and precisely what they and their leadership teams can do to empower their managers to become leaders that create unstoppable teams.

Build Unstoppable Teams That Last The Six Steps to Building a High Performing Team

Why do certain groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts while others add up actually to be less? The critical insight is that interactions between individuals matter significantly more than the talent of the individual people in the team. Have your managers learn the Six Levels of High Performing Teams to transform your teams.

Your managers control the culture of your entire organization and are the most significant factor in driving your company's success. However, managers are often promoted as reward to their past success of a job well-done instead of the people leader skills necessary in leading a high performing team. The result: your managers stuck as an oversized overworked individual contributor.

Most managers do not spend the necessary time to build an effective team, and while they may know some of the pieces, they lack the understanding of how it all fits together. Elevate from manager to leader through small everyday acts of coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. In this keynote Fahd orients managers towards a pulse-check of their team dynamics and takes a digestible framework for creating a high-performing team.

Often, leadership isn’t about grandiose heroic actions. Leadership opportunities lay in small everyday acts of service through coaching, encouragement, and empowerment. Symptoms of leadership can be found in the implicit subtext and culture that it creates.

Audience will learn how to:
Systemized Six-Step framework for creating high-performance teams
Real practices that everyone can use to create Psychological Safety
The levers of empowerment that drive teams forward
The role of communication in high-performing teams
Tactics for reframing mindset towards conflict in honour of innovation
A fresh perspective on creating a fluid culture of leadership
Why developing a sense of purpose increases meaning and outcome
Real practices to work towards an all-encompassing vision

Finding Your Leader from Within
The 6 Steps to Embodying a Leader's Mindset

We’ve created this myth to expect singular, grandiose, charismatic leaders to pave the way forward. Be the north star. In practice it is seldom the case, and leaders can come from anywhere.

It's tempting to sway yourself into assuming all of the responsibility as a leader. As if its burden entirely weighs on one person only. But effective leadership is a teamwork activity. And great organizations cannot be built on one person's shoulders.

A group that is taught and given permission to lead dynamically from their strengths grounded in a mission and values can achieve and adapt to the constant of change. This is the agility a culture of leadership offers, the rest is a domino effect. You just need to be the first domino.

The days where seniority is rewarded are over. Employees who treat their job like routine threaten their own potential to take ownership, lead, and get promoted. The real magic happens when employees are empowered to take risks. And it all begins with a leadership mindset.

Having spent the last decade leading and studying teams, Fahd has learned what it takes to find the leader within us. In this keynote, Fahd will teach the audience to how to own their brilliance, share their ideas and lead. identify overcome common pitfalls of leadership and teamworking using the six-levels of team development. This actionable talk gives managers the tools to transform any team into a high-performing machine.

Audience will learn how to:
Implement daily leadership practices
Position themselves for management positions
Inspire a culture self-leadership that rewards star performers
Motivate team members and improved culture with great retention and productivity
Become a more self-confident and disruptive team leader
Empower employees to take ownership of projects

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