""Motivation is passé. It is the responsibility of each and every person within your organization to inspire themselves first - and then to infect everyone else around them with the same." - Ken Larson

Ken Larson

Business Strategy, Leadership, Productivity and Performance Expert

Ken Larson is an international speaker, corporate trainer, team facilitator, human performance consultant, and Certified Executive Coach (RRU). Ken’s mission in life is to inspire the champion in all of us by sharing his energy, experience and unbridled enthusiasm. Just don’t offend him by calling him a “motivational speaker”.  Ken will leave you with the tools and actions necessary to inspire yourselves and those around you with measurable results.

Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance (Victoria) as well as a Masters Degree in Performance Psychology (Alberta). His high performance experience spans international basketball, academia, leadership, business and executive coaching. Ken Larson spent four years travelling the world as a member of the Canadian National Basketball Team in the early 1980s. He was also a two-time National Champion at the University of Victoria. He coached collegiate basketball for ten years always leading his teams to excellence both on and off the court. Larson’s high performing ways carried into the business world.

Larson was involved with TEC Canada (The Executive Committee – September 2008 to October 2013) as a Chair of three groups – CEO/President group, Key Executive Group (VP’s) as well as a TEC Round Table for small business entrepreneurs. He worked face to face with leaders of companies between $5M and $2.2B in top line revenues and between 10 and 5,000 staff worldwide.  He is a Certified Executive Coach specializing in coaching leaders, growing companies, corporate performance training and high impact keynote presentations. His passion is to train and inspire amazing high performers to breakthrough to new levels of performance. As a Certified Coach Larson assists leaders and their teams to create, implement, embed and successfully execute a “One Page Strategic Plan” (OPSP) for their organizations. All of these companies create sustainable growth, however they define it, often beyond even their own expectations.

His presence is revitalizing and fun. Ken Larson’s stories are real. Larson’s commitment is infectious and outright contagious. His impact with your people will be more than memorable. Takeaway Value will be immeasurable. As a Certified Executive Coach and High-Performance Philosopher, Ken Larson does his homework before he takes the stage. Ken wraps his message of strengthening the individual within and around your organization’s goals. His philosophy is that there is something to learn from every person you meet. Sometimes, you meet someone who has a monumental effect on your life. When we find someone we look up to, we are challenged, encouraged, and inspired.


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Ken Larson doesn’t believe in motivation anymore. There is nothing that he, or anyone for that matter, can say or do that will motivate anyone with any sort of lasting results. Your people already have their own motivation within themselves – it’s just a matter of bringing it out. Frankly, most people are downright tired of motivation tactics and seek much more. That’s why it is the responsibility of each and every person within your organization to inspire themselves first - and then to infect everyone else around them with the same. Inspiration is not a play on words. It is an entirely different concept and paradigm than the common practices of most organizations in the world today. High performing organizations understand and foster this. It all starts with the individual. If your people aren’t actively choosing to inspire them-selves, then they are, by default, relying on someone or something else to motivate them. That is a recipe for disaster in any organizational setting. Inspired people inspire others. Teams of inspired individuals inspire the organization. Inspired organizations rise above their competitors and customers are willingly drawn to them.

Leaders cannot give away what they do not possess. How does one inspire others if one is not first inspired? Applying the simple steps toward self-generating inspiration is the first step to creating a contagiously inspirational culture. Daily inspiration of others begins with daily inspiration of self. It’s as much of a mindset as it is a set of skills and activities. Once on track, the aspiring self-inspiring per-son begins to infect others through their renewed energy and enthusiasm. Truly connecting with the organization’s cause and purpose puts people into position to connect with others in a caring fashion. Watch the virus spread rapidly! Self-inspiring individuals affect and create self-inspiring teams, which in turn, create self-inspiring organizations. Organizations who constantly battle with motivational challenges stand to gain amazing amounts of positive culture shift once the inspirational paradigm is embraced, adopted applied and fostered.

The motivational paradigm is truly outdated, based on doing things TO people, short term results, and calling upon people’s fear of failure to motivate them to perform. As a result, people work as the course of least resistance. The inspiration paradigm is virtually opposite. It’s based on doing things FOR people, long term engagement and productivity, and calling upon people’s inner strength and wisdom. For these people, work becomes meaningful, and as a result, they become more productive and happier. Sound good? The interesting part about the inspiration paradigm is that we all have it already – it’s inside us. The trick is to understand it, access it, and apply it consistently.

  • High performance executive coaching

  • Strategic planning and Execution

  • Accountability

  • Team development

  • Productivity

  • Life-work balance

  • Stress management

  • Change management

  • Business growth

  • Leadership development and Accountability

  • Communication

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