Ben Woodward

Ben's Expertise
  • Business

  • Strategy

  • Empowerment

  • Leadership

  • Inspiration 

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About Ben Woodward

Ben Woodward has become a highly sought-after authority on personal and corporate transformation, helping individuals and organizations alike navigate through the complex and often uncomfortable journey of meaningful, lasting, and positive change.  As the author of the best-selling book, The Empowerment Paradox, Ben is quickly becoming the go-to person for empowering others in their efforts to turn adversity, struggle and suffering into strength, meaning and purpose. 

He speaks specifically to our ability to turn crisis into opportunity, the virtues and attributes of inspirational leadership, helping organizations fall in love with the corporate vision and empowering teams to become their very best. His experience with growing multi-billion dollar organizations, as well as stuck mature businesses, excited new start-ups, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs, ensures his message is one that is relevant for all audiences.

 

Featured topics

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The Empowerment Paradox 

Paradoxically, the adversity or struggles we feel buried by are often the very conditions we need for growth. The premise of the Empowerment Paradox is not that we have to endure hardship, nor that we should seek to attract a life free of it, but that we become our best self – purpose-driven, strong, compassionate and wise.

  • How to experience transformation to embrace life

  • Move confidently toward a balanced and fulfilled existence

  • Enjoy rich and meaningful growth

  • Acquiring Seven Vital Virtues

 

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Attributes of Masterful Leaders

Debate continues to rage around the world on the great philosophical question – are leaders born or made? Behavioral theories suggest leadership can be learned, and yet, experience teaches us that learned skills are simply not enough if true excellence is the goal. A combination of skill and character are essential for true influence to be realized in leadership. Ben reveals exactly what the outcomes are, and they are transformative!  Exploring the Seven Virtues detailed in the Empowerment Paradox, Ben demonstrates their true power in leadership. 

  • As a collective, we are strong enough, big enough, and powerful enough to deal with whatever is thrown our way

  • Confront personal change

  • We must learn how to appreciate the tough stuff

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Beating the Enemy Within: When Company Culture Eats Your Strategy for Breakfast

At the heart of organizational growth and transformation lies a compelling vision for meaningful change. But it’s always met with a problem. People don’t like change. In fact, not only do they not like it – they resist it. Unfortunately, culture eats strategy for breakfast! 

This keynote speech addresses a fundamental issue met by so many and provides a time tested solution – a model for meaningful change that helps people recognize the need for change and importantly, feel a true sense of urgency for it! It leads them to establish strong and guiding coalitions where influence can be felt and shared. It reveals the pitfalls of typical communication problems in sharing vision and how to avoid them, instead, communicating vision and strategy with clarity and conviction. Critically, Ben teaches here how to create a lasting culture that reflects and strengthens the new, transforming business. We all want growth and meaningful change – but we also want it to stick! This keynote shows you how it’s done.

  • The main challenges most companies face in creating meaningful change 

  • This model is all about leadership 

  • The rate of environmental movement in business is only going to increase over time, along with the pressure for organizations to change

  • Visible crises can be hugely beneficial in grabbing people’s attention and increasing urgency levels

 

What People Are Saying…

President, Amway Japan
Through his book and speeches, Ben helps us not only uncover how we can be bigger than our circumstances, but in doing so, positively impact everyone around us. Powerful.
Randy Gage, Author of the New York Times Best Sellers ‘Risky is the New Safe’ and ‘Mad Genius’
Ben Woodward is a smart and savvy guy who knows about success. He can help you move forward from inspiration to actually empowering yourself.
Brian Lee, Co-Founder of the Honest Company, Legal Zoom, Shoe Dazzle and BAM Ventures
An essential duty of leadership is empowering others to become the best version of themselves. Ben knows how to do this and critically, he knows how to teach others this skill.

"Of necessity, if we are to transform into our greatest potential, we cannot hold onto the past. Whether it’s a mistake we have made, or hurts that others have caused, or even a sense of bitterness around opportunities or good fortunes lost, we must let go of what holds us to the past or our reach into the future will have limits."

- Ben Woodward

The Empowerment Paradox: Seven Vital Virtues to Turn Struggle Into Strength

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The Empowerment Paradox shows you how to turn life’s roadblocks and stumbling blocks into robust building blocks. It reveals a powerful and desperately needed series of vital virtues to strengthen your emotional and mental center. These virtues, when developed, provide clarity and understanding for dealing with the complexities of life. They offer the power you need to rise up and become the best version of yourself. Suffering, struggle, and adversity all offer us an opportunity—this book shows you how to seize it.

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