"Change Your Mind. Change Your World"

Dr. Byrad Yyelland

Workplace Culture Speaker | Leadership Speaker | Human Behavior Speaker

Dr. Byrad Yyelland received a BA (Hons) in Psychology and MA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Calgary. Dr. Yyelland’s academic career has focused most predominantly on teaching, for which he has received numerous awards, including being twice recognized in the national Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities Popular Professor Award.

Byrad also has extensive experience in applied research and in recent years has been increasingly engaged in academic research on organizational culture change, emotion in the workplace, the impact of American design education on women in Qatar, developing an American honors program in Qatar, appreciative inquiry in strategic planning and the relationship of social sciences with design. He is currently writing a book for leaders on the topic of developing an emotionally supportive work environment.

Dr. Yyelland was an invited presenter at the inaugural TedX Education City event in 2012 held in Doha, Qatar and was chief instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Qatar from 2009 through 2015 until returning to Canada in June 2015. Still deeply in love with teaching, Byrad now also teaches part-time in the Sociology & Anthropology department at Mount Royal University and his authored numerous articles and teaching documents throughout his career.

Honours and Awards:

  • 2012 The Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Doha, Qatar
  • 1998 The Maclean’s Guide To Canadian Universities Popular Professor Award for the University of Saskatchewan
  • 1997 U of S Students Union Teaching Excellence Award University of Saskatchewan
  • 1997 The Maclean’s Guide To Canadian Universities Popular Professor Award for the University of Saskatchewan
  • 1994 Peter’s College Professor of the Year Award for 1993/94 St. Peters College

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Byrad’s exciting message shows leaders how to build the profit margin by strengthening the PEOPLE MARGIN. You will learn how to identify and retain the top quality members of your team and then Byrad will take it to the next level and share secrets to keeping these high level performers and clients enthusiastically loyal to you and your organization. Enthusiastic high performers always share the best word-of-mouth advertising in the community and they draw in other high performers like themselves. Nourish the best of the best and watch your business grow!

This energizing and creative message shows you how to expand your mental toolkit and look at your work and your life in new ways…EXPANDING YOUR MINDSET. An expert communicator and experienced social scientist, Byrad uses humour and clear language to share cutting-edge concepts that will enable you to look at your decisions and strategies through new lenses. This will, in turn, enhance the ethical and innovative depths of what you do. You may never see things the same again!

Byrad’s humorous and inspirational keynote explains why the current research in leadership, teaching and parenting echo the fairy tales from our childhood…TIMELESS WISDOM. You will laugh out loud as you learn the leadership lessons behind Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Adventures of Pinocchio and many more, and you’ll be amazed at how these lessons are being applied right now by successful leaders around the world!

Dr. Yyelland challenges you to rethink wheat seems obvious by encouraging us to think about what we are thinking about. Using his sociological and psychological background, he presents on how we form our identity and our understanding of the world we live in through social reinforcements. Dr. Yyelland gives practical solutions on the importance of reaching outside our own thoughts and experiences to better understand ourselves, society and our everyday interactions. Dr. Yyelland explains that our identity is always shifting with every interaction.

In this inspirational, engaging, highly interactive and FUN keynote you will learn: hands-on techniques to help you focus your strengths and channel your efforts for maximum gain, to develop strength and maintain focus in the face of adversity, how the smallest changes can have massive effect, and multiple strategies for personal and professional growth...WARRIOR WISDOM.

Holding black belt ranking in karate for more than a decade, Byrad has studied and trained with some of the world’s greatest masters. He will share their insights and strategies for your professional life and your personal life. Apply the art and have a blast doing it!

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Below are some selected articles you may find interesting and helpful. In order to respect international copyright policies, we have included official links to the articles. Other resources such as white papers, blogs and works in process are supplied in pdf format. • Seven Years of Appreciative Inquiry in the Arab Gulf, 2008-2015. AI Practitioner: Better Sport Through Appreciative Lenses and Practices, 18(2), 85-90. Retrieve from Seven Years of Appreciative inquiry in the Arab Gulf • With Bianchi, R., Strategic Planning Using Appreciative Inquiry in Qatar’s First American University Campus: Steps used and Lessons Learned During a period of Profound Change. AI Practitioner: The Long Term Impact of Appreciative Inquiry at Colleges and Universities, 16(2), 54-59. Retrieve from Strategic Planning Using Appreciative Inquiry in Qatar • Combining Design with Social Sciences for Powerful Interdisciplinarity Conference Proceedings, Interdisciplinary Design Symposium, 17-18 May 2014, Doha, Qatar. Retrieve from Combining Design With Social Sciences • An American Honors Program in the Arab Gulf. Journal of The National Collegiate Honors • Council, 13(2), 107-117. Retrieve from An American Honors Program in the Arab Gulf • With Duignan, P., Al Sharif, H. & Omar, H., From Commission to Social Movement: Research-led Design in Action. Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings, Cumulus Johannesburg Conference, 22-24 September 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa. Retrieve from Research-led Design in Action • Identity, Emotion Management and Generic Social Processes: An Ethnographic Study of Organizational Culture Change. The International Journal of the Humanities, 7(9),131-144. Retrieve from Emotions management and Generic Social Processes

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