Raising Accountable Young People

David Irvine is sought after internationally as a speaker, author, and mentor on the topics of
accountability, authentic leadership, and balanced living. His work has contributed to the building of
accountable, vital, life-giving, and engaged work environments across North America. He is the
president and CEO of an international consulting firm, whose mission is to inspire and guide leaders to
authentically connect with themselves and those they serve, so that they may amplify their impact in
the world, and in the process find contentment and meaning in their lives. David has spent the past
fifteen years integrating his former profession as a family therapist with his leadership and
organizational effectiveness expertise, and has created a process where organizational and personal
values merge into behaviour that improves bottom line results while also inspiring and valuing people.
The result is accountable, authentic leaders who instill trust, unleash human potential, and get a grip on
results that matter most.
David has developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders at all levels of
organizations, with particular focus on leaders in education, health care, corporations, public service
and family business. Leadership, according to David, is not a position; leadership is a decision. You
make a personal choice to lead. If you have decided to be a change agent, to change the world around
you by your presence, then you are leader. David has been impacting leaders across Canada for more
than fifteen years: from teachers, principals, front line nurses and physicians, to executives, directors,
employees and association volunteers.
David is the author of the acclaimed national best-selling books, Becoming Real: Journey To
Authenticity, Simple Living In A Complex World: A Guide To Balancing Life’s Achievements, and
Accountability: Getting A Grip On Results. You will be glad to know that David and Jim Reger’s new
book: The Authentic Leader: It’s About PRESENCE, Not Position has just been released.
David has taught at three universities and has been a faculty member at the Banff School of
Management. With degrees in Human Development, Science, and Social Work, and with over twenty
years of experience as a family therapist, workshop facilitator, and executive coach, David has
developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders – at all levels of
organizations. David’s focus is to work with those influencers in organizations who bring their whole
self to their position and are compelled to make a difference personally, corporately and in the lives of
the people they touch.
It has been said that David moves people from their head, to their heart, to their feet. His down-toearth, simple, and effective approach will not only move you, but it will get you moving. Be prepared
to be inspired and challenged, and to leave with practical perspectives on accountability in leadership
and life.
The High Performance Company: the Power of Alignment
Every day, you see your employees walk in the door. They bring their bodies with them. But do they
bring all their talent? Their resources? Their creativity?
Reaching Real Leadership: the Power of Authenticity
You are not born a leader. You learn to be a leader. You make a personal choice to lead; To change the
world around you by your presence.
Deep Accountability: the Power of Agreement
Everybody’s saying it: business needs to be accountable: leaders, employees and organizations. So
why do most accountability programs fail?
Embracing Change: the Power of Possibility
To survive, your business has to change. As a leader, you’re the agent of change. But where’s your
road map? Where are your tools?
Simple Living in the Corporate World: Business and Balance
As business leaders, we spend every day putting out fires. Then one day we look inside ourselves and
notice - the fire’s out. What happened?
Organizational Schizophrenia: Preserving Your Mental Health In The Midst of Contradictions
Life and leadership in organizations can be very complex, wearing us down with endless
contradictions. This session will help you discover your most powerful resource in the midst of
organizational schizophrenia, preserve your integrity and sustain your accountability.
Public Service Workshops - Authentic Leadership: Building Respectful, Healthy Workplace Through
Integrity and Values Alignment (2 sessions described)
Getting to the Heart of Business Families – Seven (7) Sessions
It is a challenge to build a business, and it is a challenge to raise a family. Combining the two can lead
to failure or fulfillment. Click for an overview of many sessions that help you work with the ones you
Raising Accountable Young People - Keynote Presentation For Parents
Parenting in today’s fast-paced, self-indulgent and materialistic society is not easy. Never has there
been a more important time to instill accountability in young people and help them grow into adults
capable of facing life with self-reliance. David Irvine understands the importance of raising
responsible, resourceful and resilient children who treat themselves and others with dignity and regard.