ASHHRA 53rd Annual Conference & Exposition
Sept. 16 - 19, 2017   |   Seattle, Washington

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P1b - Reality Based Leadership – Challenging HR Conventional Wisdom

  • Location: 606

  • Date: Saturday September 16
  • Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM

We are certainly in challenging times in our business world today.  We have been in challenging times in the past and we will be faced with challenging times again at some point in the future.  Here’s the reality check - The fact that times are challenging is not the source of our pain in our businesses.  The source of our pain is the absence of great leadership based in reality.

And yet, in HR, we have worked on leadership for over fifty years with dismal outcomes.   We must become willing to admit that the ways in which we have taught our leaders to lead over the years is simply not working.  These times are calling for a new type of leader.  One who can bring peace, sanity and results back to the workplace! 

We need leaders who are willing and able to recreate mindsets-their own and the mindsets of others - in order to change circumstances and lead in a new and revolutionary way.  And the revolution begins with a few good leaders practicing Reality-Based Leadership. 

A Reality-Based Leader is one who is able to quickly see and radically accept the reality of the situation, conserve precious team energy, and use that energy instead to impact reality.  Better yet, a great Reality-Based Leader anticipates the upcoming changes and capitalizes on the opportunity inherent in the situation without drama or defense. 

This session will provide HR professionals with an innovative and revolutionary new look at their roles. Cy will rock your HR group as she teaches the principles of her wave of   Reality-Based LeadershipTM.  By challenging the conventional wisdom many in HR have accepted to be best practices, HR leaders can begin to re-evaluate the work they have done to date in their companies and work to transform their tools, programs, and philosophies into ones that actually work and that leaders will actually use, thereby ditching the drama, returning sanity to the workplace and turning excuses into results.  

  • Identify the reasons the current leadership model is failing from an organizational perspective
  • Understand the principles of Reality-Based Leadership TM
  • Learn how to apply the principles to your work place and in your coaching opportunities throughout the organization.
  • Speaker:
    • Cy Wakeman, President & Founder | Keynote Speaker | Leadership Expert, Reality-Based Leadership

GS2 - Healthcare Strategy Breakfast and Keynote Presentation

  • Location: Ballroom 6 AB

  • Date: Monday September 18
  • Time: 08:00 AM-09:30 AM

Get energized at the Healthcare Strategy Breakfast with the dynamic international keynote speaker Cy Wakeman!

Cy WakemanCy Wakeman
President, Reality-Based Leadership

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, drama researcher, New York Times best-selling author and trainer who has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce. Through her prolific work with companies such as Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, Wakeman has helped eliminate tired, impersonal management techniques in favor of a reality-based revolution.

An expert blogger on, and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse,, and She’s written three books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010,) The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013) and No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (St. Martin’s Press; 2017.)

Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3%of speakers. She was also voted #15 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2017. For more information, please visit

  • Speaker:
    • Cy Wakeman, President & Founder | Keynote Speaker | Leadership Expert, Reality-Based Leadership