David Savage | Speaker

Leadership, shoes we can all step into when the need arises and purpose calls

 

 

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Diagnosis

Terminal Illness, Inheritance & False Alarms – How being diagnosed with ALS is turning me into an activist.

Crayfish & Conflict

How a scuba dive that went wrong illustrates key principles of conflict resolution.

Grazed Knees & Leadership

Leadership doesn’t develop from a text book – it requires grazed knees and the power of insight.

Chaos & Innovation

How chaos theory, collective intelligence and quiet leadership combine to explain innovation in two minutes flat.

The Purpose Proposition

What does the world lose if you don’t? What does the world gain if you do? Pursuing purpose; why we need to and the science behind it.

Be Like Bamboo

How ancient Chi Kung and the Bamboo Principle defines everything we need to know about surviving under pressure.

David Savage was a plenary speaker at our conference on Communicating in an Age of Authenticity, in August 2016. His interactive session, involving conference participants taking part in an activity on the stage, was one of the highlights of the day. He very effectively demonstrated, though group work and eliciting ideas from the audience, how powerful collaboration can be. Importantly, he related what was happening in real time to the themes of the conference. David is a great communicator, engaging and energetic. I’d recommend his interactive session to bring conferences or sedentary events to life.

Rachel Brown

CEO, Sustainable Business Network

Speaking | Leadership, Purpose & Contribution

  • 2016 Auckland Kindergarten Association - Human Centred Leadership
  • 2014 Hewlett Packard, NZ – Achieving goals, traps to avoid & strategies to use
  • 2013 Project Management Institute NZ, Wellington – Project Managers as Leaders
  • 2012 Leadership & Psychology Conference, Auckland – Leadership and the Social Brain
  • 2011 Kindergarten Association, Napier – Leadership and the Environment
  • 2010 Coachfest, Sydney – Coaching and the Social Brain
  • 2008 Coach Mecca, Queenstown - Coaching and the Social Brain
  • 2008 Project Management Institute NZ, Wellington - Leadership and the Social Brain

David is a knowledgeable, skilled and articulate presenter who is “quiet leadership” personified.  We would thoroughly recommend him as a speaker for any organisation.

Rose Coppen

Education Specialist, Professional Practice, Auckland Kindergarten Association

Crayfish & Conflict

How a scuba diving emergency illustrates key principles of conflict resolution.
Introduction
“Twenty-metres down I feel a tug on my fin… my buddy signals he’s out of air, his face full of fear… as everything slipped into slow-motion, my first thought was clear, How are we going to get the crayfish now?
Summary
David Savage takes us through a scuba-dive that went wrong 60-feet down. He explains how the mind can take a few milliseconds to rearrange it’s priorities before instinct takes over, providing us with the key principles of Conflict Resolution, principles we can all use on a day-to-day basis to remove conflict from our lives.
Key points:
  • Types of conflict
  • Conflict and emotional self-regulation
  • Key principles of conflict resolution
  • The reward of resolution

Diagnosis

Insights, Inheritance & False Alarms

Introduction

“From your case history and the tests we’ve done… it looks as if you have ALS, a Motor Neurone Disease. It’s a very serious and quite terrible disease, and so we wouldn’t take this step of telling you this unless we were very certain…”

Summary

‘How being diagnosed with ALS is turning me into an activist.’

Wheelchair bound wihtin six months and dead within three years, David Savage would be leaving behind his two young children and his wife Megan who was four months pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Yes, “deeply challenging” is understandable, but “empowering”? David describes what it’s like to face mortality, deep-dives into empowerment and shares the insights that defined the experience which, with great relief, ended fourteen weeks later with MND declared a misdiagnosis.

Then he asks, how do you take the lessons from an experience like this and do something meaningful? “Live by it, don’t dwell on it … my three key insights are; share the love, exit bullshit and be a solution…. Suddenly being told that I have my future back underlined certain things that I want to be different in the world for my children … and now I find myself thinking and talking like an activist!”

Key points:
  • Assumptions of time
  • Stripping away everything but what’s important
  • Clearing the mind and inner strength
  • A new call to action when discovering you have your life back

“David Savage gave an inspirational talk I was fortunate to see at the Auckland Laughter Convention 2015. Illustrated by his beautiful work in photography, David shared a deeply personal story of his challenges, and how they had re-focussed him on the core values he most wanted in life and family connection. The message resonated with many in that room, and stimulated much thought and conversation. He embodies the work that he does in leadership and communication.”

Caroline Welkin

Stand & Deliver

Grazed Knees & Leadership

Grazed-knees and the power of insight… this is where leadership comes from.
Introduction

Leadership is full of myths, but as soon as we unbind it from title, we start to see it in a plain light as something that develops through adversity and is human-centred with humility at it’s heart.

Summary

Using a powerful exercise from the Elevate Leadership training, David frames-up how leadership actually develops and invites people to access their own life experiences to increase their own leadership capability. Brain-based, practical and illuminating – this presentation personalises leadership and illustrates how the power of insight turns adversity into wisdom and strength.

Key points:
  • How leadership develops
  • The role of adversity in making us better leaders
  • The power of insight to transform our capability
  • Celebrating our grazed-knees

Chaos & Innovation

How chaos theory, collective intelligence and quiet leadership combine to explain innovation in two minutes flat.
Introduction

A lip service approach to innovation does’t work, it’s a journey of thought where leaders need to ‘go quiet’, step back and let collective intelligence perform, allowing room for a little chaos before the shape of things to come can form.

Summary

In an empty space and with 10-20 volunteers, David Savage introduces an exercise where the key principles of quiet leadership and collective intelligence are illustrated… all within two minutes or less! ‘Chaos theory’ and ‘self-referencing systems’ define their place in innovation and the challenge is set for leaders to step-back and allow collective intelligence to shape the future.

Key points:
  • How chaos is part of the thinking economy
  • Quiet leadership – brief, facilitate and let go
  • Self-referencing systems – a common goal
  • Power of autonomy, collaboration and collective intelligence
  • Collective intelligence – faster, better results, higher engagement

Recently David was a keynote speaker for our annual conference.  His Human-centred leadership presentation was very well received by our 500+ attendees who were a combination of teachers, managers, support staff and board members who were so engrossed in his presentation that you could have heard a pin drop!  David outlined the difference between “average” and “outstanding” leaders and left us all wanting to brush up on our emotional intelligence.  His presentation was grounded in theory with practical exercises that captivated the large audience.  His facilitation style ensured that he interacted with the audience and kept them engaged with him throughout.  He moved easily between presenting to a large crowd and facilitating a more intimate break-out session.

David is a knowledgeable, skilled and articulate presenter who is “quiet leadership” personified.  We would thoroughly recommend him as a speaker for any organisation.

Rose Cobben

Educational Specialist, Auckland Kindergarten

The Purpose Proposition

What does the world lose if you don’t? What does the world gain if you do? Pursuing purpose; why we need to and the science behind it.
Introduction

Purpose doesn’t always partner passion, it’s not exclusively a higher calling and the word itself is SO over used!

David Savage presents the purpose proposition, does a little myth busting, talks about it from a science perspective and then invites you to rethink your relationship to purpose, acknowledge it’s already in play and then step-up to take it on at a new level.

Summary

How do we think about purpose and is it a trap? Does purpose matter if we’re comfortable? What gets in the way of purpose? Presenting various frames around purpose, David challenges our relationship to it to see it in the most mundane of tasks, and see is as a calling to create change. He takes us to the slums of Bangkok and asks ‘what if you do?’ and ‘what if you don’t?’, and shares a strategy for taking action as and when the need arises and purpose calls.

Key points:
  • Busting the purpose myths
  • The science of purpose
  • Scaling purpose: personal, family, community, nation, planet
  • If you do, if you don’t?
  • Purpose in action
  • Identifying purpose

Be Like Bamboo

How ancient Chi Kung and the Bamboo Principle defines everything we need to know about surviving under pressure.
Introduction

Life is a constant negotiation, an array of needs to be met and bursts of activity squeezed into packages of time. People hover over your desk needing answers, suppliers are not responding to emails, your boss isn’t clear on the vision, the goal posts have just changed, your due to present to management after lunch – agh! no time for lunch – and your colleague next to you needs a shower. Stress.

Summary

It’s easy for life to become stressful when we think about everything on our plate, the dependance we have on others to ‘play their part’ and also the management of our own motivation, health and wellbeing. So in this craziness, how do we thrive? How do we breeze through the chaos, create order and perform? Start from the inside out. David Savage presents the Bamboo Principle and adds a little Chi Kung to illustrate mental agility strategies for staying calm under pressure and staying true to what’s important.

Key points:
  • Ingredients in the pressure cooker
  • Stress state and fight or flight
  • The mental emotional factor
  • The Bamboo Principle
  • Strategies to stay calm and on purpose

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