Adam Kreek

Olympic Gold Medalist, Journalist, Adventurer, Social Entrepreneuer

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Canada

  • Adam Kreek`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Adam Kreek`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Canada

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Why Our Fear of Failure Fails Us

A healthy fear of failure is essential. It reminds us of our accountability and emboldens the threat of consequence. But excessive emphasis on failure can paralyze productivity and stop us from achieving our best work. Risk aversion, inner-resistance, self-sabotage, ...

A healthy fear of failure is essential. It reminds us of our accountability and emboldens the threat of consequence. But excessive emphasis on failure can paralyze productivity and stop us from achieving our best work.

Risk aversion, inner-resistance, self-sabotage, procrastination, anxiety and perfectionism are all signs that we hold an unhealthy fear of failure.

Successful teams and organizations require a healthy relationship with failure. Too much fear – or too little – signals future disaster. Managing your fear of failure effectively allows for individual authenticity and reclaimed confidence. And we need both for sustained success and performance.

It’s time to reframe our fear of failure.

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Inches: Create and Sustain Peak Performance

At the Beijing Olympic Games, my team’s goal was to gain one inch over our competition with every stroke. We won Olympic Gold by just over one second—or 220 inches. That’s one inch for every stroke. The inches add up. The same is true in business, ...

At the Beijing Olympic Games, my team’s goal was to gain one inch over our competition with every stroke. We won Olympic Gold by just over one second—or 220 inches. That’s one inch for every stroke.

The inches add up.

The same is true in business, entrepreneurship, career and life: quick fixes do not drive excellence.

Too often, we race for quick fix solutions, clinging to claims of easy success: “If only we could fail faster, schedule smarter or work harder”. We maintain unsuccessful strategies at all costs to evade slowing down, re-strategizing and regaining our focus.

The truth is, it takes focus and consistency to establish effective habits. We achieve peak performance when we prioritize the inches: powerful habits, strategies and tools that drive results.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. It’s time to take time. Step back and implement the inches that will create and sustain peak performance.

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Strong Teams, Shared Leadership

An incredible power is released when we work effectively together. When teams function optimally, they can be excellent tools to ensure resiliency, manage risk, and maximize achievement.  When the whirlwind takes over, busyness gains priority and stress ...

An incredible power is released when we work effectively together. When teams function optimally, they can be excellent tools to ensure resiliency, manage risk, and maximize achievement.  When the whirlwind takes over, busyness gains priority and stress levels run high. In a fast-paced environment, we often let communication and team dynamics suffer, and the costs are significant.

Strong team culture is essential to sustain success. How can we foster authentic and lasting team culture? Reunite your team under a higher goal. Embolden the professionals on your teams to lead from within. Adam combines inspiring stories with an interactive presentation to share the concept of Shared Leadership with teams across sectors.

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Safety First: Courage, Communication and Stress Response

When disaster strikes, it’s too late to plan. Lives, families and communities are at stake.  In the Bermuda Triangle 800 miles from land, Adam was trapped inside a flooding cabin when his ocean-rowboat flipped. Each of his crew took full responsibility for an exceptional ...

When disaster strikes, it’s too late to plan. Lives, families and communities are at stake.  In the Bermuda Triangle 800 miles from land, Adam was trapped inside a flooding cabin when his ocean-rowboat flipped. Each of his crew took full responsibility for an exceptional safety culture, allowing his crew to survive this ultimate disaster without injury, and in many ways, better off.

Now a management consultant, Adam draws upon industry experience, his Olympic career and Ocean expeditions to teach powerful and practical strategies to sustain safety by taking personal responsibility for effective communication and stress management in high-risk work environments.

Safety can often take a back seat to deliverables, budgets and tight timelines. Personal and professional stress and exhaustion can blur decision making and behavior. Managing communication and stress in a Safety Culture allows organizations to have more good catches, fewer near misses and reach the ultimate goal of no lost time work incidents. Safety is paramount; every team member needs to arrive home healthy to their family and loved ones.

Adam’s industry customized, thought provoking and behavior changing Safety First keynotes teach participants:

1) Practical and effective communication and conflict resolution models for safe work environments.

2) Successful responses to hazardous stress triggers.

3) To harness courage and speak with authority under pressure.

4) To take personal responsibility for team Safety.

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Manage Change and Overcome Obstacles

Stress, change and perceived obstacles can help us when we use them as intended: to motivate action. Failure in the mid-Atlantic? A crippling back injury months before the Olympic Games? Volatile markets while building a businesses? I’ve been there and will share my first-...

Stress, change and perceived obstacles can help us when we use them as intended: to motivate action. Failure in the mid-Atlantic? A crippling back injury months before the Olympic Games? Volatile markets while building a businesses? I’ve been there and will share my first-hand experience on overcoming adversity.

It’s time to hit the refresh button. Empower your team to navigate current and future uncertainty with confidence.

My narratives, supported by relevant research, teach key lessons of high performance that apply to shifting work environments. Participants will gain my best practices for managing change, and the tools that are necessary for consistent self-improvement.

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About Keynote Speaker Adam Kreek

About Speaker Adam Kreek…

An Olympic Gold Medalist, Journalist, Adventurer and Social Entrepreneur, Adam is a corporate trainer who walks the talk. During his 13-year rowing career, Adam won over 60 medals, including 43 gold medal performances.  In 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

Adam is presently a Journalist with CBC Sports; in his columns he shares health and wellness strategies for Peak Performance. An engineer by training, Adam serves on the board of Cowichan Energy Alternatives, a low carbon start-up on Vancouver Island. Adam is also a Champion of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-based strategies.

A seasoned corporate trainer, Adam teaches strategies of high performance to clients globally. He began training students as a young athlete, then moved into full-time corporate training after his team won Olympic Gold in 2008. Adam is well read. His real-life experience enables him to offer practical, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork that result in changed perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, revitalized organizational cultures.

Adam holds a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford University.

Adam and his team at Kreek Speak have found their purpose: to offer relevant, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork.  The method? Communicate key lessons on high performance, framed in compelling narratives and supported by cutting edge research.  This formula changes perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, organizational culture.

Testimonials

Changing gears from business keynotes to hearing stories of team and personal success resonates with successful leaders. Adam’s presentation created a great buzz and following the presentation it enabled attendees to connect and get to know each other better.

Adam was great to work with and we hired him a second time to speak to our Latin American salesforce.  We hope to work again with him in the future.

Microsoft

 

Adam was a huge success at our event!  His presentation was relevant to our overall conference theme and set the tone for the remainder of the day… I can truly say that he connected with all of our guests and made quite the impression.

Shell Canada Products

 

I have seen dozens of Olympians speak at off-sites in the last 19 years, and Adam was by far the best. He was relevant to our business, and had a fascinating story. He wasn’t spewing business dogma. He spoke to the people in the room, leaving a lasting and positive impact that traveled through our office. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from all our employees.

VP Marketing, General Mills

 

I can’t tell how many people have praised Adam’s talk today. The feedback has been fantastic!  Thank you, Adam, for delivering above and beyond our expectations.  You nailed it.  So much so that many people have asked me for your PowerPoint deck.

Avision Young

 

We asked Adam to speak at our annual Health and Safety meetings to reinforce our safety culture and empower our teams with the courage to intervene.  Adam delivered exactly what we’d been looking for.  His message was practical, strategies shared were hands-on and Adam’s experience in high-risk environments allowed him to connect authentically with our team members.

Adam customized his message to meet the unique Safety needs of our industry and delivered content that will stick with our teams into the future.  His conflict resolution model was especially powerful for me and something I’ll use in both my personal and professional life.  His communication and stress management tools will have a lasting impact on our Safety Culture.

I’ve seen many keynote speakers and Adam is one of the best.  I’d highly recommend Adam’s keynote to any organization that wants to reinforce Safety as a top priority for their teams

 

Manager, BC Hydro

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