A WhiteSpace keynote or workshop is a guaranteed success for all involved.
For executive leadership, who will find fresh ways of thinking about execution, legacy and culture. For middle management squeezed between opposing floods of demand. And for the front line, who will be given immediately applicable tools to unburden themselves from the low-value avalanche that hits them every day.
The smarter and more Type A are the attendees, the more they will identify with and benefit from the WhiteSpace body of content and set of tools. And the tone of the session will be fast paced, humor laced and almost slide-free. All WhiteSpace keynotes and workshops are presented by our vibrant and insightful CEO Juliet Funt.
"We all need WhiteSpace both at work and home – to enhance our quality of life and our productivity. Our attendees found the content relevant, engaging and critical for any overloaded professional. This will be a tough act to follow!"
– Liz Neuman, Kimberly Clark Corp.
"Juliet's seminar was simply amazing. The presentation hits on all cylinders - valuable, entertaining, and current. She opened lines of communication between us and our clients we never knew existed It was a "Wow!" experience that our clients still talk about. We are looking forward to working with her in the future."
– Christopher Soulios, Meeting Planner, Ameriprise Financial
"Ms. Funt's workshop was exhilarating. She captivated our audience and presented key information in a humorous and thought provoking manner. After almost one hour she left our audience wanting to hear more."
– Lt. Col . Terrence F. Regan, Department of the Air Force
"Feedback was overwhelmingly positive – most specifically mentioned the effectiveness of Juliet’s engaging presentation style and use of humor to provide meaningful information. Her customized references were incredibly effective."
– Jennifer Douglass, AMC Theatres
"Juliet hit a home-run at our recent Leadership Institute. She provided a clear, concise and high-impact take-home message. She was detailed and thorough in her research about our association and completely tailored her program to our needs."
– Dianne Moore, American Dietetic Association
"Juliet's WhiteSpace content is colorful, funny, and filled with unique social commentary presented in a fun and valuable way. I recommend her to anyone that wants a program that can really combine substance and style."
– Annabel Tsang, PepsiCo
"What a wonderfully balanced and effective presentation! With a charismatic and approachable style, Juliet struck the perfect balance of high energy, humor and insightful, applicable content. We have a great time and left with tools we could use on a daily basis."
– Mark D. Robeson, Wells Fargo
"Juliet's powerful appeal is based on an incredibly intuitive presentation style, where heartwarming stories and infectious humor play significant roles. She successfully blends sincerity, passion, excitement, and amazingly audience-appropriate content. I’d highly recommend her - she is outstanding!"
– Gail B. Stoops, Philips
"In 35 years of attending this event and many many more internationally, her presentation was my absolute favorite. I have also talked to many here at IAVM that attended Juliet's session and it has been virtually unanimous. She was the best ever."
– Cliff Wallace, CFE
Managing Director, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Activity is not Productivity:Raising Execution Through Reclaiming WhiteSpace
(Our signature keynote for general audiences, adaptable for leadership)
Every executive and team has only a select handful of true priorities. And they'll do anything to move them forward quickly and triumphantly. But when talented workers are lost in unnecessary emails, meetings, reporting and other low-value tasks, they crawl toward these pivotal objectives. Distraction, interruption and unnecessary complexity further addle their creative spark. And they have no time to think.
Imagine instead a workplace where a majority of time is spent on tasks of true importance. Where thoughtful time is a priority and where norms and habits protect employees from touching work that drains them. This is a WhiteSpace culture, one where strategic pauses allow time for strategy and insight — and its creation may be more possible than you think.
In this high-energy session, we'll learn the basics of bringing positive changes such as these to you and your organization by examining the critical difference between activity and true productivity, between cramming in more tasks and selectively choosing to dive into the right ones with thoughtfulness.
We also meet and arm ourselves against The Thieves of Productivity, a group of positive assets that can often run amuck. By examining the surprising downside of these attributes, we create a customized road map toward more WhiteSpace at the individual, team and organizational level.
Performing to the Level of CultureHow to liberate talented teams from busywork and complexity
(A program designed for senior leaders)
Employees drive themselves hard in the Age of Overload. We're fooled into thinking they're more productive than ever. But is that true? Overloaded populations often habituate to their discomfort. But their companies tend to suffer from one or more deficits that affect the bottom line: the QQS Deficits- downfalls in Quantity, Quality or Sustainability.
Sometimes it's a quantity problem with constant complaints about headcount and bandwidth. Sometimes it's a quality issue; work level is slipping, and time to think high-altitude thoughts has evaporated. Or it's a sustainability issue; employees are surviving but collectively asking, "How long can we keep this up?" Most companies endure a mixture of two or even all three.
Seventy-seven percent of surveyed CEOs noted that their organizational complexity is higher than three years ago. In this program, we consider a different path, one where a reductive lens helps pare back busyness and make room to reclaim and effectively use mental capacity. Also featured is actionable content that combats The Tools that Turn on You. These are support systems and devices that promise to improve our work style. In reality, they tend to defy boundaries, hijacking time and resources — think email, meetings, decks and more.
Lastly, we will discuss the relevance of WhiteSpace to leadership legacy, the story about us that is yet to be written.