John Izzo
Thought-provoking and best-selling author Dr. John Izzo has devoted his life and career to working with thousands of leaders, professionals and front-line employees to foster workplaces of excellence, purpose, learning and renewal.

Izzo is the author of over 150 articles and three professional development books. His international best-seller, Awakening Corporate Soul, has been acclaimed as one of the first books in 1996 on Leadership Spirituality; Values Shift: The New Work Ethic is a number one best-selling book on Leadership Values and Integrity; and his 2004 bestseller, Second Innocence, has been heralded by many as "a true midlife journey". His most recent book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die takes the reader on a heart-warming and profound journey to find lasting happiness. This book will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters long before you die.

Izzo has travelled around the world researching, advising and speaking on issues related to workforce trends, positive corporate cultures, professional work-life balance, creating change and connecting with like-minded leaders. He has presented at numerous conferences in the UK, South America, North America and the Former Soviet Union. Annually he contributes to the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership's Convocation, and is a former speaker with Wyncom's Lesson's in Leadership 'distinguished expert series'. A frequent contributor to Canada's The Globe and Mail, his research and opinions have been featured in various media, including Fast Company, CNN, Canada AM, CBC Radio, ABC World News, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The Biography Channel recently aired a five part series titled "The Five Things You Must Discover before You Die" – featuring five one hour segments featuring Dr. Izzo.

Izzo challenges audiences to rediscover their values, reflect upon their power to influence positive change, and reconnect with their personal and professional vision. In every program he inspires the audience to greater vision, challenges them with new insights, and leaves them with practical things they can do to create the organization of the future.

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Entries by John Izzo

Voters Must Stay Involved Post-Election For Real Change to Happen

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 8:01 AM

By all accounts, the current federal election in Canada has more citizens engaged in the political process. Judging by my own Facebook feeds and the record number of Canadians voting ahead of election day, we seem very interested in the outcome of this election.

But I want...

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The VW Scandal Is a Wake Up Call for Every Company

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 8:37 AM

The scandal brewing at VW around the "diesel" pollution scam is going to reverberate across the corporate world and so it should. All around the world surveys have shown that a majority of consumers care about whether the companies they buy from are "green" and "good." Yet those same surveys...

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Focus on the Benefits of Combating Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Many of us, including this author, believe that climate change and sustainability are perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced in our time on Earth -- and how we respond to it may define us as a generation. Even though there has been some real progress across the globe,...

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Why a Popular Pope Is Willing to Be Unpopular

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:30 PM

The visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations in the same week is making headlines everywhere and ruffling some feathers too. Around the world people of all faiths simply love this guy and maybe what we love...

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Remembering Dr. Robert Schuller

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 5:41 PM

Dr. Robert Schuller died this past week at the age of 88 of esophageal cancer. It seems to me no small piece of grace that he died the day before Good Friday after years of preaching what he considered the positive message of Jesus. It also strikes me...

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Putting the Earth on Lipitor One Sulphur Cloud at a Time

(7) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:40 PM

The story of humanity and global warming and climate change keeps getting more surreal by the moment. The latest development should scare even the most resistant climate change deniers. Soon we may be experimenting with putting the planet on Lipitor.

Though some U.S. states are still passing laws to limit...

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Is Your Company Social Responsible?

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:02 PM

I believe the only large successful companies of the future will be those perceived as "net positive." By that I mean organizations that add more value to the world than they extract.

Given the current dire environment impact on the planet, a greater and greater percentage of a company's reputation...

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How To Change Your Behaviour For the Greater Good

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Have you ever made yourself a promise to change a behavior but failed to follow through? Maybe you said you were going to exercise more or eat better, but despite your good intentions you failed to act. You're not alone.

Modifying behaviors for our personal gain is challenging enough,...

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Businesses Need To Start Focusing on 'Guilt-Free' Consumption To Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Given the current climate with a growing global concern for the health of ourselves and our planet, there is an evolving trend sweeping the world today known as "guilt free consumption."

Recent research showed that 36.4 per cent of consumers worldwide -- a staggering 2.5 billion "aspirational...

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How Your Company Can Close the Gap Between Social Responsibility and Products

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Has your company made efforts to be a more socially responsible, green corporate citizen, yet reaped little results in terms of more customers buying from you or attracting quality employees who want to work with you?

There seems to be a gap between consumers' desires to buy from socially...

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Democracy 2.0: The Only Digital-First Political Party

(10) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:26 PM

A group of software technologists in Buenos Aires, Argentina are playing on the edge of the future of democracy and it may have real implications for countries like the USA and Canada. The Net Party will run their first field of candidates for the legislature in the city and to...

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The Luckiest Generation: Adjusting the Boomer Legacy

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 6:13 AM

I'm Dr. John Izzo. I'm an author, a business leader and I am a Baby Boomer, part of that generation aged about 47 - 64 years old who when we were young believed that we would make the world a better place. During my first month studying journalism at Hofstra...

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Five Ways to Master the Power of NO

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 3:17 PM

Overworked, overwhelmed and stressed? If you're like most of us you can relate. And nowhere is this felt more than in the workplace.

We are constantly being barraged with a volume of initiatives on the table. And we are great at saying yes to everything because we erroneously believe...

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Romney and Harper Fiddle as Earth Burns

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Having just returned from Rome, I could not help but be reminded of the story of the emperor Nero playing his lyre while Rome burned to the ground as I watched the Republican National Convention in Florida. While historians disagree on the truth behind the story, the image of the...

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Success Follows Happiness, Not the Other Way Around

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 7:45 AM

Did you know that one of the most effective things you can do to ramp up your success is to first be happy? And did you know you can actually train yourself to be happy? Happy and fully engaged leaders are important in the workplace, but it's just as vital...

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Air Canada Flies on Cooking Oil

(9) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 4:38 PM

Today I had an odd juxtaposition of two pieces of information come across my desk. The first was from NOAA, the official weather agency in the United States reporting this was the warmest January-July on record in the contiguous United States since record keeping started in 1895. In...

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Take the Happiness Challenge With These Six Tips

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:15 PM

Happiness is everyone's birthright, but how many of us are REALLY happy? Of course we all experience challenges, losses and disappointments and that's just a part of life. But if the foundation of our being is rooted in happiness, then life becomes a playground to be enjoyed, and when tragedy...

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At Rio+20, Canada Is a Zero, Not a Hero

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 1:56 PM

The Rio+20 Summit this week in Brazil is turning out to be nothing but a stark reminder that the politicians of the world have no intention of tackling sustainability. It looks like the business of saving the world from environmental disaster is back in the hands of cities, businesses and...

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Plastic Bags Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

(3) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 2:18 PM

We've heard it so many times many of us have simply zoned out and become numb. "We need to protect the environment before we completely destroy the earth. Let's be more resourceful. Let's recycle. Let's stop using products that deplete the ozone and contaminate the earth, the air and the...

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Sustainability -- It's Not Just the Planet That's Burning Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Sustainability is one of the buzzwords of our time, especially in the corporate world. Titles such as "Chief Sustainability Officer" and "Corporate Responsibility Director" are becoming commonplace. Adopting a culture of sustainability is paramount if a company wants to thrive by staying on the leading edge.

But sustainability doesn't only...

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