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

I’m the author of FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization and my next book will publish May 10, 2016.

I’m also Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office where I help organizations and leaders looking to improve all facets of the ‘future of work’ including employee engagement, leadership development, collaborative behaviours and technologies, as well as organizational culture.

Previously I was 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 learning called “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.

In parallel to these actions, I championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all TELUS team members, alongside a litany of social collaboration technologies. Amazingly, employee engagement at TELUS skyrocketed from 53% to 85% over a six-year period. I’m proud to have been part of the team that made this happen.

wpid-flatarmy_frontcover-200x300.pngPrior 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.

My career is interwoven with both corporate and academic experience, coupled with an MBA, B.Ed and multiple industry certifications and accreditations.

Forbes-logoPart of what makes me tick is speaking, and I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to deliver over 150 external keynotes and presentations since 2008. In 2012 I appeared on the covers of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine HBR-Logo1and didn’t even break the camera lens.

When I’m not cycling, I’m goofing around with Denise, Claire, Cole and Cate. Visit their blogs; they’d love to hear from you.

huffington-post-logoOn occasion I also write at Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post.

Dan’s Beliefs:

  • collaborate first / collaborate often / collaborate with others
  • strong believer in a flat-based, team-first, organizational model & culture
  • a leader’s responsibility is to deliver both employee AND organizational purpose
  • formal, informal & social leadership and learning advocate

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Dan is the author of  “FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization.” His next book will publish May 10, 2016. He is also Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; an organizational culture change consulting firm. Previously he lead the leadership development, learning and collaboration technology strategy at TELUS where he introduced the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 40,000+ TELUS employees in addition to a litany of social tools and the pervasive learning model. Engagement improved from 53% to 85% in six years. A renown speaker and practicing futurist, Dan believes today’s organizations could be so much more if only leaders did something about employee engagement, shifting the culture toward a purposeful workplace.

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