Featured Keynote Speaker: Bill John
Bill John, CEO & Co-Founder of Odyssey Teams
You know those people who inspire you to be a better person, just by virtue of them being in the same room as you? Well, that’s Bill John, CEO and Co-Founder of Odyssey Teams, who along with Lain Hensley co-invented the entire philanthropic team building industry some 20 years ago.
Purpose-driven work, the “Why”, is not just a cliché to Bill. His work with Odyssey Teams has resulted in over 55,000 prosthetic hands given to amputees in 85 countries and over 23,000 bicycles to underprivledged children. Bill John demonstrates what all leaders hope to embody, without making you feel lesser. It’s his life’s goal to lead you in discovering the best version of yourself and connecting you with the service and dignity of your work. The excellence of his keynote skills and knowledge is matched only by his humility.
Bill brings over 25 years of experience working with senior executives from the world’s biggest organizations such as Shell, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, Express Scripts, Microsoft, UT Austin McCombs School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Business, and his work is conducted around the globe with impact in over sixty countries.
When he isn’t changing lives in a program room, he is pursuing his passion of wildlife photography. His photography is actually what inspired the philanthropic component of our Team Mosaic Give program to protect wildlife in Africa.
Why Bill John Knocks It Out Of The Park Every Time
You’ll never hear the same keynote twice from Bill John, or for that matter, from any Odyssey Teams keynote speaker. After multiple meetings with leadership, Bill John expertly crafts a presentation that is authentic and genuine to your organization and speaks directly to your company’s needs.
Here are some of the pillars of Bill’s work (“Billars”) which he will weave into your company’s message and goals for the session.
The Pillars of Bill’s Work (Billars)
- Don’t sugar coat the importance of seeing your products and services as life-changing. To pursue anything less is sabotage to a successful business and destructive to personal virtue.
- People support that which they create and are far more creative than they feel.
- The best teams DON’T do team building. They do individual building, together.
- You can’t build, or become anything without being a beginner. Humility and curiosity vs ego and knowledge – Battle of the little voices
- Honor that which you gave up in this moment by creating as much value as possible in the next.
- Five more is ALWAYS coming and other lessons from the game of change.
- Trust yourself more than your mind tells you not to
- We traded fur and claws for the Reticular Activating System. Be careful what you put in your RAS.
- The Big Five – Lessons of Business In The Animal Kingdom.
- Beyond the lens.
- What if we could see our business and each other more clearly? What gets in the way? Lens aberrations, poor focus, too small an aperture, poor composition.
A Few Bragging Rights For Bill John
- Bill has a degree in Finance (long ‘I’) and not in Finance (short ‘I’). Let him tell you the difference – it changed the course of his life.
- By all accounts, Bill should NOT be a successful speaker. He is not famous. He didn’t think anyone on the planet was more afraid of public speaking when he started addressing groups.
- His work with at-risk executives and teens is mighty similar.
- Bill hates doing work and thinks no one should have to do work they don’t enjoy.
- He doesn’t believe in work-life balance.
- Bill doesn’t aim for you to have fun but accepts that it will be a likely by-product when working with him.
- Bill understands that people would rather be doing something else than sitting in a conference room with a speaker they have never heard of.
- Bill is OK if people don’t care about what he has to say; he cares a little more about how he makes them feel; he cares most about what he inspires them to do.