Leadership Language Expert | Global Tech CEO | 100M Growth | 99.3% Employee Engagement | Author of 22 Talk SHIFTs: Tools to Transform Leadership

Krister Ungerböck
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Krister Ungerböck is a leadership language expert, former global tech CEO and author. His work has appeared in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., HR.com, and Chief Executive. Prior to retiring from corporate life at age 42, Krister was CEO of one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world.

Prior to retiring from corporate life at age 42, Krister Ungerböck was the CEO of one of the largest family-owned software companies in the world—a company that grew over 3,000%, achieved 99.3% employee engagement and won 5 consecutive Top Workplace Awards. The Language of Leadership was inspired by Krister’s experience learning to lead teams in two foreign languages, building businesses on five continents, and observing the language of leaders while doing business in over 40 countries.

Yet, Krister’s most profound leadership insight did not come while he was the CEO of a global company.

It came at the YMCA.

Staring into a bathroom mirror, eyes swollen with tears, he saw for the first time the leader he’d become—a leader with no followers. He realized that, in his quest to become a successful leader of a business, he’d failed as a leader of people.

He began a journey seeking the secrets that had eluded him all those years as CEO. His journey took him to the uncharted leadership lands that you won’t read about in the business media.

And it was there that he discovered The Language of Leadership.

Because it’s a unified language of leadership for both our personal and professional lives, The Language of Leadership appeals to people at all levels in organizations, including people who don’t aspire to leadership positions. The Language of Leadership helps people to lead at work (and at home) with more accountability, compassion and emotional intelligence. It’s a universal leadership language to helps people balance toughness with kindness, intellect with emotion, and results with relationships.

A seasoned CEO who has spoken to thousands on 5 continents—ranging from Sydney, Paris, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Dubai—Krister speaks primarily in North America these days. He moves audiences by taking them on an emotional journey that weaves together intriguing, humorous stories from faraway places with deeply personal, cautionary tales of lessons learned from great business successes—and great personal failures.

  • Talk SHIFTs

    Simple Communication Tools to Cultivate Candor, Connection and ALL-IN Commitment

    What if the most basic things you’ve been taught about leadership turned out to be not only ineffective, but destructive? It turns out, the forceful, world-changing leaders of the past succeeded greatly despite their approach, not because of it. We assumed that what works for once-in-a-lifetime leaders like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was the best way to lead, but no one asked, “Is there something even better?”

    From their shadows has emerged a new breed of leader— leaders who are using Talk SHIFTs to drive remarkable levels of employee engagement and business growth.

    How did an unconventional leader create nearly one trillion dollars of shareholder value in six years — using compassion rather than ambition?

    In this inspiring and practical talk, proven global CEO, leadership language expert and author Krister Ungerböck reveals Talk SHIFTs — a simple, yet powerful new leadership communication model that sprang from a surprising source.

    *** All of Krister’s talks are personalized to your audience and your business objectives. Help him personalize this talk by selecting 3-4 of the most important takeaways below

    Participants will gain new insight and specific takeaways including:

    -The biggest mistake leaders make (and how to correct it with 2 simple words)
    -The one-question antidote to micromanagement that reduces employee turnover and supercharges engagement from your best people
    -How to swiftly shift a troubled working relationship (even if you’ve tried everything else and failed)
    -How to escape the Anger Trap
    -The unconventional technique that creates commitment from employees
    -Why the secret to listening is … talking
    -The simple accountability and trust-building technique that you’ll wish everyone in your organization used

    Best for: Audiences that include both leaders and non-leaders; employee all-hands events; association meetings; customer events
  • LeaderSHIFTs: Simple Communication Tools to Build Better Bosses – and Become One

    The LeaderSHIFTs are the 7 Talk SHIFTs that are specific to business leadership. This keynote is a variation of the Talk SHIFTs keynote above that is laser-focused on the needs of leaders and aspiring leaders.

    Best for: Audiences of leaders and aspiring leaders; senior leadership gatherings
  • Emotional Intelligence Talk SHIFTs

    Audience: Employees at all levels; Professionals in IT, Engineering or Finance fields;

    Did you know that emotional intelligence can be broken down into concrete phrases to speak with more emotional intelligence? Invite Krister to personalize a keynote that shares concrete, practical tips to increase emotional intelligence. At your request, Krister can also integrate employee engagement and leadership communication into this keynote.
  • Employee Engagement Talk SHIFTs

    Audience: Leaders, aspiring leaders and top performers, or HR professionals

    Learn the practical leadership language that leaders use to achieve remarkable employee engagement levels. Your attendees will walk away with practical, immediately actionable tips that drive employee retention and engagement.
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22 Talk SHIFTs
Krister was a memorable and incredible speaker. His talk had the audience fully engaged in his inspiring story of the unique, practical, and surprising leadership lessons he learned during and after his time as a successful CEO.

— Bernice Chao, Creative Director, TEDxCulverCity

Krister blends Brené Brown’s compassion with Dan Pink’s discovery and storytelling. Powerful yet humble. Energizing yet practical. Krister shares surprising approaches from around the world that make a huge impact.

— Chief Credit Officer, Enterprise Bank & Trust

I would highly recommend Krister for your next keynote. Krister’s approach to leadership is all about discovery. He takes you on a journey looking in unexpected places for the secrets of leadership.

— Vicki Hawarden, VP of Events, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

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