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Dan Pontefract

Author, Thinker, Speaker, Former Fry Guy

Publishing September 11, 2018: OPEN to THINK

A BOOK TO HELP YOUR DAILY THINKING

 

 

OPEN to THINK:

Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions

Pre-order the book here.

WATCH the PROMO

Much more information on the
OPEN to THINK book site.

BASIC DETAILS ABOUT ME … DAN PONTEFRACT

Hi there! I’m Dan. Thanks for dropping by.

I’m so excited to publish my third book, OPEN to THINK: Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions, on September 11, 2018. Do you want to get better at your thinking? Pre-order the book over here.

Speaking of thinking, in 2018 the Thinkers50 organization placed me on their “On the Radar” list. What an honour.

I’m also the best-selling author of THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization (2016), as well as FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization (2013).

I am delighted to be an Adjunct Professor at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria.

I’m also Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office where I help organizations and leaders who are looking to improve all facets of the ‘future of work’ including employee engagement, leadership development, collaborative behaviours, organizational purpose, digital transformation and corporate culture.

Most importantly, however, I am a dad, husband, son, brother, and friend. I am defined not by what I say but what others say about me.

 

Scroll down for more details about me.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Dan delivers 50+ keynote talks and facilitated sessions every year on topics ranging from leadership, culture, purpose, engagement, thinking and the future of work.

 

 

Contact Dan to chat about your speaker and/or facilitator requirements.

MY BELIEFS

I live, love, parent and work by three key beliefs that have

held me together for several years:

LISTEN

THINK

DO

MY PURPOSE

We’re not here to see through each other;

We’re here to see each other through.

  • LEADERSHIP

    An engaged leader is the beginning.

  • PURPOSE

    Purpose is what you stand for.

  • THINKING

    Open Thinking: Dream, Decide, Do, Repeat.

  • RESULTS

    Leadership, Purpose & Open Thinking is the key.

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Previously responsible for the overarching leadership development, learning and collaboration strategy at TELUS.

 

I helped to drive a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences leadership with the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all TELUS team members, alongside a litany of collaboration technologies.

 

This included the launch of “Learning 2.0”; the shift to a social, informal and formal learning and collaboration model for all 43,000+ team members, bringing TELUS to the forefront of learning leadership.

 

Amazingly, over my tenure, employee engagement at TELUS skyrocketed from 53% to 87%.

Prior to TELUS, I spent six years in the business intelligence space as the Head of University of Business Intelligence (UBI), an outfit that sat at SAP, Business Objects and Crystal Decisions. I also spent five years in higher education helping launch the High-Tech Professional Department of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I even spent three years teaching high school.

 

Over my career, I have been the recipient of over twenty industry awards.

SPEAKING

 

Part of what makes me tick is speaking, and I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to deliver many, many, many keynotes and presentations since 2008 including four different TEDx Talks. (You can book him to speak here.)

WRITING

 

In addition to books, I occasionally write articles and columns that can be found on Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post.

 

In 2012 I appeared on the covers of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine and didn’t even break the camera lens.

THE FAM JAM

 

When I’m not cycling, I’m goofing around with my better half, Denise, and the goats – Claire, Cole and Cate. Visit their blogs – they’d love to hear from you.

Dan’s DNA

 

  • dual citizen: canadian / british
  • big music fan of the tragically hip, the beatles, pearl jam & mondo cozmo
  • family man – brilliant wife of 23 years (we got married at 24)
  • 3 goats (aka children, kids, c’mon)
  • avid cyclist
  • Manchester United supporter (no haters please)
  • follicly challenged (or perhaps follicly hip)
  • I try not to take myself too seriously – life is precious, but short.

Contact DAN


EXAMPLES

KEYNOTE SPEAKING

MEDIA SPOTS

CLIENT WORK