Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership and life that’s helped millions of leaders, employees, and professionals learn to uncover their natural state of resilience and innovation by simply ditching the drama.

Backed by 25 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman has used her research to identify the key sources of drama or emotional waste that often prevent us from reaching our goals. Her revolutionary philosophy introduces tools, techniques, and good mental processes that can be used to recapture almost two hours per day of our precious time and energy.

Her Reality-Based Leadership philosophy has helped organizations like Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA , Johns Hopkins, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Bank of America, AMC Theatres and countless others learn to sharpen the focus on personal accountability and foster teams that are ready and willing to succeed, even in times of difficult circumstances and rapid change.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on,, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.

She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, and many more. Voted in the top 100 leadership professionals to follow on twitter for 7 years in a row and named to The 2019 Most Inclusive HR Influencer List, Wakeman also came in at #2 on the Global Gurus 2020 List of top 30 Leadership Professionals around the world. Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.

Hardwiring Accountability Into Your Workforce and Coaching for Great Performance

2020-06-15T13:00:00-04:00 2020-06-24T08:00:00-04:00 Monday, June 15th 13:00 EDT Length: 45 minutes

Cy Wakeman

  • New York Times Best-selling Author & Global Thought-leader
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Everyone is talking about accountability, but few organizations are successful in ensuring that personal accountability is hardwired into their talent and everyday business operations. Accountability has been elusive for many organizations, as they have not yet come to understand how to calculate the true value of an employee, how to drive it through great leadership, and how to measure the results. The true value of an employee is no longer determined just by their technical skills, expertise or current performance.

The value proposition in our organizations today is far more complex in our new realities and must take into account one’s accountability level, ability to adapt to change, and willingness to align with the goals of the organization.

In order to ensure that all talent will remain relevant and accountable far into the future and that plenty of bench strength exists in the organization, leaders must renew their focus on the coaching and development of their people. True development is the result of an individual being called to greatness, given challenging experiences and provided with coaching, support and feedback throughout. In this session, participants will learn the key elements of development and coaching along with many strategies for fast-tracking the development of future leaders.

  1. Learn how our Ego avoids accountability at all cost and how Ego responds in challenging times at work and cause us to step down and blame circumstances
  2. Discover techniques and strategies to bypass the Ego to get employees into self-reflection – the key driver of accountability
  3. Understand the four factors that drive accountability (Commitment, Resilience, Ownership and Continuous Learning) and how to coach themselves and others through those four factors in the moment

Business Readiness: Ensuring Our Teams Are Ready for What's Next

2021-01-21T17:00:00-05:00 2021-01-26T23:59:00-05:00 Thursday, January 21st 17:00 EDT Length: 90 minutes

Cy Wakeman

  • New York Times Best-selling Author & Global Thought-leader

For over 30 years, leaders have been taught how to soften hard news to reduce resistance and get “buy-in” to key strategic initiatives. Perhaps you’ve felt compelled to apologize for the “all the change” that constantly rocks your organization. You’ve spent hours perfecting a process to approach, communicate and reinforce a new process, project, or work situation, and yet our teams are at times battle fatigued, remaining unaligned with overall strategic objectives and ill-prepared to deliver on organization goals of the near future.

Resistance to change is among the top five generators of drama and emotional waste, and according to our research, it adds up to almost 2.5 unproductive hours per day per employee. This high energy session will reveal the modern leader’s role to deliver teams and talent that are ready for what’s next in a way that is least disruptive to the business.

Leaders will walk away with simple tools and practical strategies to help their teams thrive in changing times, fuel innovation, and quickly adapt, and deliver on the needs of the organization in order to meet the competitive demands of their market and customers. After all, change isn’t hard – it’s only hard for the unready.

1. Modernize the leadership philosophy to focus on business readiness and dispel the myths and traditional theories of change management.

2. Provide strategies to ensure that leadership focus is to ensure change is least disruptive to the business rather than attempting to make change least disruptive to the people.

3. Learn practical techniques and tools for leaders to incorporate in their daily practices to align their teams with organizational direction and shift energy from “why we can’t” to “how we could”.

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