Barry Wishner
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  • Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Executive Development
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  • Management
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  • Innovation
  • Business Growth
  • Strategy
  • Bio Info:

    Barry Wishner, Corporate CEO and Advisor to C-Suite Executives, Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

    Barry Wishner is a CEO, business consultant, speaker and confidant to “C” suite leaders. His in-depth interviews of 350 Fortune 500 CEOs, and 2000 high-powered business leaders, news-making entrepreneurs, and ground breaking innovators reveal the most important questions successful business leaders ask and how they act on the answers.

    As an observer and commentator on executive level thinking, Wishner distills the wisdom of leaders at the top into everyday language. In his keynote presentations, he tailors his message to each audience, creating an interactive, fast paced, high-content, program that provokes leadership teams to Shake Things Up! He gives his audiences… The COURAGE to ask tough questions that challenge all business assumptions. The BACKBONE to break free of the status quo. The PERMISSION to put everything you're doing on trial. The THUMBS-UP on throwing out the old-rule book. The GREEN LIGHT to doing what it takes to get things DONE!

    Barry combines street smarts with real world business experience. He has been an innovator in the business world for over 30 years, a corporate executive with Fortune 500 companies, and a successful entrepreneur and builder of businesses that are special, memorable and difficult to duplicate. As founder and CEO of ProFormance, a management consulting firm with over $50 Million in revenues, he answers the question: “Why do some companies prosper and grow while others struggle to merely stay afloat?”

    After graduate school Barry served as a Captain in the Air Force as a hospital administrator under the Surgeon General. He has been an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University (where he lectured on High Performance Leadership), and City College of San Francisco Business School.

    Barry has delivered more than 2000 keynote speeches to leadership and management audiences in corporations, associations and professional organizations. His client list includes a variety of industries and includes Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, GE, UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Oracle, Berkshire Hathaway, General Mills, McKesson, J&J, MetLife, Sysco, Johnson Controls, USAA and Medtronic.

    A newsmaker who is often featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN Financial News, Barry's forthcoming book, Done!… Stop Talking, Stop Waiting, Start Doing is scheduled for release in 2016.


    DONE!… The Only Business Principle That Matters

    Success is focusing on What’s Worth Doing vs. What’s Doable! No matter how brilliant the strategy, the saying of the words is no substitute for the doing of the deeds. When getting to DONE in today’s fast moving business environment, just remember… You Can’t Talk Your Way To The Finish Line!

    The Power To Execute Change!

    The old maxim ‘change or die’ has never been more true than today. Imagine you had the ability to get inside the minds of over 350 Fortune 500 CEOs and learn how they drive their people to Execute Change Faster in a world of flux and disruption. Barry has uncovered how successful leaders do more than SAY smart things, they DO smart things and reveals how they do it.

    Be Bold or Be Bait… How To Avoid Getting Eaten Alive In Business

    Bold leadership is today’s competitive edge and Barry reveals how the world’s smartest leaders avoid DITWLY — Did It That Way Last Year, and put everything they’re doing on trial. He will help your people discover things for themselves. Using bold moves and breakthrough thinking he guarantees to get you unstuck and provide smart ways to lead differently.

    Leadership At Its Best!

    Becoming #1 in Business is Easier Than Staying #1. Why do some companies and their leaders prevail in uncertain times while others do not? Hear the "story behind the story" on how America's most innovative leaders get to the top and stay there year after year. Leave ?red up to think and act like a champion!

    Tough Questions… Profitable Answers

    Asking the right questions about the future is more important than having the right answers about the past. Barry shares the most Compelling Questions tomorrow’s leaders will ask to inspire and motivate their teams to... Stop Talking, Stop Waiting, Start Doing to get the results they want.



    "Your upbeat, fast tempo style was just the pace we needed to keep the attention of the audience. I'm confident our guests picked up ideas they have already taken back to their agencies and implemented. That is the mark of a really effective speaker." — President, CEO and Chairman, State Auto Insurance Companies

    "I have been going to meetings and listening to speakers for years, and I would give you an 'A' for your spirit, content, humor, customization and caring for your audience. I would then put you on a short list as one of the best speakers I've ever heard." — President, Dealer Service Corporation

    "From the moment you walked on stage, your energy and excitement filled the room and by the end, your enthusiasm had infected everyone. They left buzzing with your name on their lips and a smile on their faces. As a results, we won kudos for selecting you." — CEO, VNAA

    "Your execution message was one we can all benefit from in both our businesses and personal lives. It's good to know we're not alone in struggling to be the best." — Executive Vice President, Land America

    "Your presentation, 'Execution is Everything,' helped our management group rethink, realign and restructure our way of managing. In your words, we all had a 'reality check,' coming away from your early morning session charged! You enlighten us, motivated us to focus on the way we lead, and helped us to create a new management plan - all the while keeping us delightfully entertained!" — COO, Terrace Communities

    "When your presentation ended I was energized, and inspired to go out and try something new. On a scale of 1 to 10 yours was a perfect 100!" — Vice President Commercial South America, General Electric Power Systems

    "We're privileged to attend a program so filled with valuable information imparted with such passion and creativity." — Client Manager, IBM

    "You have the passion of Tom Peters and the content of Jim Collins. I would recommend any group who has the desire to get to the top and stay there to have you as their wake up call." — General Manager, Institutional Wholesale Company

    "I cannot tell you how exceptional his energy, humor, and up-to-the minute ideas were! Barry captivated our audience and impressed all who attended our event. His information was relevant, topical and to the point. We hope to have the opportunity to have him in front of our group at another event." — Vice President Business Development, TQ3Navigant

    "By sharing ideas from leaders in other industries you were giving them a different perspective on what it takes to make it to the top." — Vice President Agency Marketing, RBC Liberty Insurance


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  • DONE!… The Only Business Principle That Matters
  • The Power To Execute Change!
  • Be Bold or Be Bait… How To Avoid Getting Eaten Alive In Business
  • Leadership At Its Best!
  • Tough Questions… Pro?table Answers
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