Leadership Workshops & Corporate Keynote Speaker


"Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; its about deliberately choosing to be different." Michael Porter

Much is made of strategic planning. Often it is over done - overly complicated. Years of developing and executing my own strategic plans as a senior executive (see bio) have given me the foundation of practical experience I offer each client as a facilitator. I work to keep the planning process as simple and clear as I believe it should be. Simple is powerful. My objective is to help each client develop a plan that can be executed with confidence and to avoid the mistakes that frustrate so many organizations.

Typically, I'll start the planning process with a brief workshop to familiarize everyone with the planning methodology and get the thinking started for the planning session. I use the approach that has served me so well for many years, starting with a situation assessment and then working through the strategic hierarchy (setting objectives, then developing strategies and tactics.) We close with some thoughts on the keys to executing the plan successfully. If your team is relatively new to the strategic planning process I can offer some thoughts on how to get them off to a good start and build some momentum.


December 2017

Lead Like Scrooge

At this time of year it seems fitting to turn to Dickens with A Christmas Carol for some seasonal leadership inspiration. Let's see what we can learn from one of literature's most well known bosses – Ebenezer Scrooge.  Read More »


The off-site leadership development you have been waiting for and the ideal addition to your leadership curriculum. These affordable and highly acclaimed 1/2 day workshops will equip the members of your leadership team with the practical skills they need to build team performance. Check out the course offerings for Winter 2016 here.   Learn More »


"In 2007 following the acquisition of the Osprey Newspaper organization, Sun Media's newly formed Senior Leadership team saw a significant need for Leadership Development. As we began to look for a business partner it quickly became apparent that Dan Gaynor was the logical choice. Dan's ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner creates an environment of open and frank dialogue which is critical to the learning experience. Dan draws on his own personal experience from a wide variety of Senior Management roles to present content in a practical and non-theoretical manner. Over 400 leaders attended Dan's sessions. The feedback and comments from the participants has been nothing short of extraordinary. To a person they have commented that they enjoyed the sessions and were able to take what they learned and apply it quickly and effectively."
– Chris Krygiel, VP People and Leadership, Sun Media Corporation.