KEYNOTE: Stephen 'Shed' Shedletzky
The Optimism Company from Simon Sinek
Stephen Shedletzky-or “Shed” to his friends-helps leaders listen and nurture the voice of others. He supports humble leaders that put their people and purpose first, all while knowing they are both a part of the problems they experience and part of the solutions they seek to create. A sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor, Shed has led hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and leadership development programs around the world. As a thought-leader on psychological safety in the workplace, he engages with leaders in all industries where human beings work.
He is the author of the forthcoming book, Speak-Up Culture: When Leaders Truly Listen, People Step Up (Page Two, 2023). After years on a corporate track, Shed was introduced to Simon Sinek and inspired by his work. Soon after their meeting, Shed joined Simon’s team. For more than a decade, Shed has contributed to Simon Sinek, Inc., where as Chief of Staff, Head of Brand Experience, and Head of Training & Development, he has led a global team of speakers and facilitators. Shed continues to speak and facilitate with Simon Sinek, Inc., helping to create a more inspired, safe, and fulfilled world. Shed graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a focus on leadership, communication, and strategy. He received his coaching certification from The Co-Active Training Institute. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children. 6 Click here to learn more about Shed Stephen Shedletzky “To engage with Dunsmoor people in meaningful ways, so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world. S
The Infinite Game - Delivered by Stephen Shedletzky of Simon Sinek's Optimist Company
We can't choose the game. We can't choose the rules. We can only choose how we play. In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind. The more we begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more we can see that infinite games are all around us. We will realize that many of the struggles that organizations face exist because their leaders are playing an infinite game with a finite mindset. These organizations tend to lag in innovation, effort, morale, and overall performance. In stark contrast, the leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. With an infinite mindset, leaders have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future. Key takeaways: ● See that we are all players in both finite and infinite games and be able to distinguish the difference between the two ● Learn the five practices that are required to lead in an infinite game ● Explore a new way of looking at your leadership, your organization, and the environment in which it operates ● Explore the characteristics of a Just Cause and relate it to your organization ● Examine the practices that are building trust and those that may be breaking trust, and how to maintain and rebuild trust ● Define and study your Worthy Rivals to identify areas of strength and areas to improve ● Gain a deeper understanding of Existential Flexibility, explore case studies and evaluate your current capacity for Existential Flexibility ● Learn how to build stronger relationships, which is the basis of The Courage to Lead