John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books, has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. Dr. Maxwell has also received the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation in the world.
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of 20 speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff Henderson has become a trusted voice for businesses and non-profit organizations. His career experience not only inspires groups and individuals but also provides tangible strategies to help them grow. Ultimately, Jeff’s aim is to help organizations build a good name where both purpose and profit thrive. His best-selling book, Know What You’re FOR, launched a movement in non-profits around the world and has become a focal point for many businesses. Jeff has worked for well-known organizations such as the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, Chick-fil-A, and North Point Ministries, one of the largest churches in America. While there, Jeff led three churches for over 17 years and helped launch North Point Online, one of the largest online ministries in the world.
"The Golden Rule is transcultural. It involves, encompasses and combines elements of many cultures."
Mark Cole serves as the CEO of all John Maxwell Companies and has more than 25 years of leadership and team development experience, which uniquely qualifies him to have an integral role and be the champion of the John C. Maxwell brand. He is committed to adding value to individual leaders and leadership teams. Mark has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and he has led companies through economic challenges, growth barriers, and disconnected team dynamics.
Mark has learned team development from the world’s leading source of expertise: John C. Maxwell. Mark has worked more closely with John than anyone else in the world, and brings exclusive access to John’s real time principles to the Team. Mark delivers time tested leadership principles ranging from personal leadership to multi-corporation leadership. He resources leaders to develop those around them, ensuring teams are working to their highest potential.
“To be truly effective, praise must be legitimate and pointed. Will everyone have good reason to believe this praise is true? What exactly is the praise for? In other words, I can walk around town with a megaphone, praising my employees at the top of my lungs, but if what I say isn’t believable and specific, it won’t have the effect I want.”
Drawing on his 25+ years of experience as CEO of major corporations in multiple industries, Joel assists CEOs and boards in transforming their organization’s business performance and culture through a set of proven processes and tools.
Previously, Joel was the President, CEO, and Director of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. He stepped in when SeaWorld was mired in a brand crisis which caused sales and profits to plummet. Joel reset SeaWorld’s vision and guest experience, turning around sales and cash flow while improving the culture, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction scores.
For over a decade, he served as the President and CEO of Herschend Family Enterprises, which operated internationally respected brands such as the Harlem Globetrotters and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Parks and Resorts. During this time, he developed the seven behaviors of the verb, love, which defined Herschend’s caring culture and inspired his book.
Prior to Herschend, Joel spent 20 years in the auto industry and served as CEO of Saab Automobile during Saab’s U.S. turnaround.
Joel authored “Love Works. Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders,” detailing how to integrate love, the verb, into the leadership ethos and philosophy of any organization. Love Works has sold over 100,000 copies.