Joanna Barclay

Joanna Barclay

Ottawa, Ontario
Corporate Culture Change Expert and Mindful Conscious Leadership Consultant
Joanna Barclay is a global speaker and author on cultural transformation, building high performing workplace cultures, & conscious values-based leadership. Joanna Barclay is passionate about equine facilitated learning, mindfulness practices, values-based leadership & assists leaders & teams to reach full potential, personal & professional change.
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Joanna Barclay is CEO and founder of a “Culture Leadership Group”, a global speaker, author, corporate leadership consultant, and media columnist for the Business Times.  She has 35 years of business transformation experience. The first 15 years working in the IT industry with leadership teams helping them implement new technologies. The past 20 years as a certified professional facilitator and corporate culture change consultant working with leadership teams to build high-performing, values-driven organizations.

Joanna Barclay’s passion is personal and organizational transformation, developing conscious leadership, and empowering organizations to reach their full potential.  Joanna Barclay’s expertise is working with leadership teams around the world, enabling them to assess their workplace culture, giving people a voice in the process of change, and integrating cross-functional business functions for effective collaboration, to meet the business needs of the future.

Joanna Barclay has facilitated numerous organizational transformations with a wide variety of clients including large Canadian federal government departments, private corporations and non-profit associations in North America and Asia. She recently moved back to Ottawa, Canada from Singapore where she lived for 5 years, speaking at conferences on Conscious Leadership through Values, and working with leadership teams who were going through cultural transformation.

Joanna Barclay is a certified International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Professional Facilitator & Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Technology of Participation Facilitator, a certified Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) Consultant from the Barrett Values Centre, a graduate of the National Training Laboratory (NTL) Organizational Development program, and graduate of the University of Ottawa in Management of Information Sciences.




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How to Build a High Performing Workplace Through Values, Ethics and Leadership.

Joanna Barclay Topic Presentations

get connected - a values-driven approach to change management

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  • In the workplace today are 4 generations with different sets of values and ways of working which is causing a lot of conflict. A values-driven approach to leading change is required to give leaders a better understanding of what motivates and energizes the change process. Now, more than ever before we need to reach out and reconnect with each other. The most successful leaders are able to help their teams get connected, and create a team spirit and culture, which supports them in reaching their goals.

    This keynote is for organizations and leaders who are going through change. Joanna shares her ABC Framework for Cultural Transformation, one of the most challenging forms of change management. This framework empowers leaders and managers with a values-driven approach to lead change successfully.

    Remember, if you don’t have a conscious culture, you have a default, unconscious culture.


    • Courage, inspiration, and positive energy to lead change.
    • Understanding the human dynamics which cause resistance.
    • Greater self-awareness for developing connection and trust.

how to build a thriving workplace culture – become an employer of choice to attract, engage, and retain top talent

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  • Top talent is hard to attract, engage, and retain. In this competitive HR landscape, it is imperative leaders recognize employees are making career decisions based on a company’s social impact and corporate culture. They want to make a difference and are looking for roles which will provide intellectual challenges, and allow them to continue to grow, develop, and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

    In designing a culture for the 21st century, leaders must now consider the hybrid work environment. Organizations are in the greatest period of change which is both an opportunity and a challenge. New ways of working are required to inspire and keep employees engaged.  In her talk, Joanna Barclay shares over 3 decades of business transformation experience of working with successful leaders and teams.


    • Become an employer of choice to attract, engage, and retain top talent
    • How to create a hybrid workplace culture to support effective collaboration
    • Understanding cultural capital, the link between performance and workplace culture

embracing agility and resilience - in times of disruptive change

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  • We live in a  disconnected world of virtual technologies, disruptive change, and job insecurity. The impact of our current reality is decreasing employee engagement and productivity, making agility and resilience more important than ever. Where do we find the inspiration to thrive, and ‘bounce back’ when challenges and setbacks hit us? How do we see change as opportunities to reinvent, transcend, and transform business operations in ways that sustain and enable organizations to reach their full potential?

    The keys to success lie within. Every individual has the ability to be agile and tap into their resilience.  That inner source of personal power to respond with vigor when the need arises. Organizational resilience depends on the personal resilience of its people. To build a healthy workplace culture, one that is agile and resilient, takes conscious leadership. Understanding the human dynamics of change and having the ability to connecting people, processes and policies for strategic success.

    In her talk, Joanna Barclay shares highlights from 3 decades of experience in organizational change, and 16 years of teaching mindfulness practices.

conscious leadership through values - igniting passion and inspiration with “share of heart”

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  • Conscious leadership through values by promoting a “share of heart” creates an emotional connection with employees. This connection leads to a pattern of happy, fulfilled, creative, inspired employees who are less stressed, more productive, better at problem solving, and provide a higher quality client experience. There is a direct co-relation between a healthy workplace culture and one that is led by a conscious leader.

    Leaders in these organizations are comfortable using terms of endearment such as love, joy, authenticity, empathy, and compassion around the board room table. They invest in transforming their organization by building a culture of “heart” to attain phenomenal performance and consider it to be one of the most valuable corporate assets. Why? Because loyalty is rooted in emotion, not reason. When you earn a ‘Share of Heart’, employees will give back with greater productivity, clients will open their wallets, and suppliers will give you superior offerings and responsiveness. How do they do it?

    In her talk, Joanna Barclay shares 3 decades of transformational leadership experience. Insights leaders have learned to ignite the passion and inspiration in their employees, and that clients will pay extra for.

happiness in the workplace - the “heartbeat” of excellence - employee engagement in the 21st century

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  • Today, CEOs and governments are recognizing the importance of happiness in the workplace. In February 2016, the UAE Government created the Ministry of Happiness. Its purpose – to harmonise all government plans, programmes and policies to achieve a happier society. Research shows having a happy attitude infuses work with energy and creativity. Being unhappy negatively impacts performance. Not only does personal performance suffer, but, also the performance of others working in vicinity because unhappiness is contagious.

    The law of personal performance states:  Mental Attitude x Ability = Performance

    All the ability in the world (knowledge, experience, training, education, etc.) will not help you perform better when your mental attitude is unhappy or zero. With over 30 years of business transformation experience, and 16 years teaching mindfulness practices, Joanna Barclay is passionate in sharing how to build a happy workplace culture to increase engagement levels, and employee’s sense of personal fulfillment and performance.

relationship awareness for a healthy workplace

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  • Interpersonal communication and relationship building are more important now with 4 different generations and systems of values working together in the workplace. The human reality is communicating effectively doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Have you ever observed or experienced a situation where communication in the workplace suffered because of our differences? This challenge is all too common, especially since the pandemic and the rise in mental health challenges.  Differing leadership styles and conflict can lead to reduced efficiency, and increased employee absenteeism and turnover. In today’s business environment, effective interpersonal communication skills are essential for a healthy workplace.

    Fortunately, there are ways to improve interactions among individuals to support leadership development. People communicate more effectively when they understand themselves and others better, and when they recognize and value each other’s strengths.

    Workshop Objective: To learn and experience the 4 different motivational values that drive human behaviour when things are going well and how to influence communications. This workshop is especially helpful for People Managers, and those working in Corporate Communications.

    In this 2-hour workshop, Joanna Barclay shares 30+ years of incredibly valuable experience working with leaders and teams, helping participants gain the self-awareness and understanding of what motivates others, when things are working well and when there is conflict.

cultural transformation (2-day course) - how to build a high performing workplace culture

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  • The highest-performing organizations today are values driven, and pay close attention to their organizational culture. In fact, they work hard at consciously creating and maintaining their culture, which they use as a competitive advantage to become an “employer of choice” to attract, retain and develop the talent needed to achieve aggressive goals and objectives.

    Building a values-driven organization is about unleashing the potential within individuals, teams and leadership to create a high-performing culture. One that is healthy, engaged and productive. A culture that provides winning conditions for its leaders, employees, customers, and key stakeholders.

    More than ever before individuals are socially conscious and aware of the implications of change on people. This means leaders need to manage change and lead in a way that is values-driven, ethical, and caring, doing the right things in the right way. Employees want to be heard.

    By learning how to have dialogue that supports cultural transformation, the course teaches leaders, managers and facilitators how to have the conversations that really matter to employees, giving them a voice in the process of change.

    Business Outcomes and Benefits

    • Workplace environments that are mission focused, and values driven to reduce the high cost of low employee engagement and turnover;
    • Cultural transformation tools that map the link between performance and culture;
    • The ability to measure the cost of lost productivity;
    • A roadmap to identify and fill gaps in performance;
    • Values-based leadership development and greater self-awareness of issues impacting employee performance;
    • Increased internal cohesion on teams through greater trust and collaboration.


An excellent talk by Joanna Barclay to our top 100 leaders from Volvo Group Trucks Asia & JVs. The leaders had a valuable session building values-based leadership to drive a high-performing culture and promote high team engagement thereby leading to positive business results and contributing to customer success.

Christina Lu

Senior Vice President, HR & Communication
Volvo Group Trucks Asia & JVs

We worked with Joanna Barclay on Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo’s) inaugural event for women in the legal industry in Singapore. We chose Joanna as our guest speaker because at MoFo we share her passion for “Conscious Values-Based Leadership” believing that it not only builds a positive and cohesive workplace culture but also delivers better results to the bottom line. Joanna’s presentation and the panel discussion that followed were engaging and inspirational. Her knowledge about culture and leadership is impressive and her messages convincing – even for an audience of skeptical, analytical lawyers. We were given practical ideas and actions to take away to further develop our...

Yemi Tépé and Shirin Tang

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

Thank you for your inspirational speech on ‘The Power of Love and Awakening the Heart of Leadership Potential’ during our offsite. The topic was truly inspirational, and presented in an innovative way that everyone could understand and practice in daily life. Your knowledge about culture and leadership, inspiring leaders with powerful new ideas were impressive.


Senior Director PSAE, Global Technology Services

Relationship Awareness for a Healthy Workplace was a perfect way to wrap up our conference.

Lori Arpin

VP Communications
General Motors, Asia Pacific

Joanna’s Relationship Awareness for a Healthy Workplace workshop was the best workshop I have attended in years if not ever!

John Bertorelli

Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

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