Unleashing Leadership Excellence with Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is a renowned leadership strategist, author, and keynote speaker with over two decades of experience in senior executive roles at companies such as SAP, TELUS, and Business Objects. Since then, he has worked with organizations worldwide, including Salesforce, Amgen, the State of Tennessee, Nestlé, Canada Post, Autodesk, BMO, the Government of Canada, Manulife, Nutrien, and the City of Toronto, among others.

As an award-winning and best-selling author, Dan has written five books: Work-Life Bloom, LEAD. CARE. WIN., Open To Think, The Purpose Effect, and Flat Army. Dan also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and other outlets.

Dan is a renowned keynote speaker who has presented at four TED events and has delivered over 600 keynotes. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business and has received over 25 industry, individual, and book awards.

Dan’s career is interwoven with corporate and academic experience, coupled with an MBA, B.Ed, and multiple industry certifications and awards. Notably, Dan is listed on the Thinkers50 Radar, HR Weekly’s 100 Most Influential People in HR, PeopleHum’s Top 200 Thought Leaders to Follow, and Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers.


Find the show on your favourite player


02:25 Dan’s career journey in the leadership strategy community

05:37 The essence of ‘blooming’

08:52 How important is trust in the work environment?

15:22 The pressure points between the goals of the organisation and the people working there

19:55 What are the movements with ‘purpose’ over the last decades?

27:30 How do companies succeed with meaningful purpose?

41:48 Taking responsibility and agency to cultivate your own lives and experiences

46:10 How can leaders be guided to more creative and holistic problem-solving?

48:07 Skills development

51:25 Dan’s ideal, modern organisation that would benefit all the stakeholders

Links mentioned: