Reality-Based Leadership: How to Peacefully and Effectively Lead Teams Through Transformative Times

HR Reimagined: SHRM Northern California Annual Conference 2020

Over the last 20 years, reality-based leadership has offered a groundbreaking approach to evolving leaders and teams to peacefully navigate an ever-complex and demanding world of work. Prior to the pandemic, the average person was spending over 2.5 hours per day dealing with drama at work. This time and energy manifested in common behaviors such as resisting change, arguing with reality, lack of accountability, venting and misalignment to the organization, all of which drastically reduce the productivity of our teams and the joy that each of us experiences each day at work. Add in our virtual and/or socially distanced environments, and leaders are reporting more drama in the system to navigate than ever before.

In this session, leaders will learn about actionable tools and strategies to tend to their people first with empathy while also calling individuals to greatness. They will gain a profound understanding of how to continue to foster accountability and self-reflection even during challenging circumstances. Most importantly, leaders will discover an evidence-based way to maintain highly engaged teams that are ready for whatever might be coming next in our workplace realities.


  • Learn how to coach and tend to the people in front of you with empathy to increase connection.
  • Discover how to foster high levels of accountability in virtual settings.
  • Get tips for boundary setting and re-contracting requirements for productivity.
  • Learn about a simple toolkit to manage group energy from “why we can’t” to “how we could.”
  • Get coaching questions and scripts to cultivate self-reflection to increase accountability and commitment.
  • Learn about an effective resiliency tool called the resiliency board to overcome obstacles and crowd-source for solutions.
  • Discover research-based framework for where to focus energy on change efforts in the organization to maintain readiness moving forward.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Alex Dorr, MsC

Dorr, MSc

Alex envisions a world where work is effortless and teams are drama-free.

Standing side by side since 2015 with New York Times best-selling author and thought leader Cy Wakeman, Alex collaborates with organizations and leaders globally to help them ditch the drama from the workplace, hardwire accountability in their teams and turn excuses into results.

Everything he does is designed to help people understand that success and happiness is their natural state as a human being—once the drama is gone. With this core belief, Alex’s passion is revealing to those he works with that once people carve away drama from their lives, the same job they found themselves upset with today becomes the job they look forward to and love tomorrow.

As a keynote speaker and trainer, he helps organizations exchange the endless argument for a DIFFERENT workplace reality for a shifted perspective that enables them to start achieving more success and fulfillment in their CURRENT workplace reality.

In addition to sharing the reality-based philosophy from the stage, Alex is also a quintessential part of Cy Wakeman’s content creation and media team, spreading the ditch-the-drama message online. Over the last three years, his expertise, insights and execution have helped to balloon her  online community of raving fans from 15,000 to 150,000 followers across multiple platforms.

As the host of The Carvery Podcast with Alex Dorr (available on Apple iOS, Google Play and Simplecast), he shares his journey, stories and insights as a reality-based speaker and practicing drama defuser to help others carve away their own drama and start calling those they lead to greatness.

Although Alex stands at 6’6” tall and is commonly told at events, “you look a lot taller up close,” he prides himself on being down-to-earth or, better yet, grounded in reality.

An advocate for mental minimalism and a former professional basketball player, Alex holds a MSc in international business from the University of Derby (England) and his client list includes the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Adobe, Carnival Cruise Lines, Ely Lilly, Kohler, Emory Healthcare, Methodist Healthcare (San Antonio), Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Commerce, NetJets, Allina Health, Delaware North, AMC Theatres, Washington Department of Transportation, Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, Providence Medical Center, the University of Oregon, Baton Rouge General Medical Center, CH Robinson, Intact Insurance, National Association of Credit Management and Credit Institute of Canada, among others.

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Concurrent Session
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All Levels
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