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Bio

Are your leaders ready? An epidemic shortage of ready leaders is today’s business reality. As experienced leadership talent exits, organizations committed to preparing their leaders have the strategic advantage.

Phillip Van Hooser’s plainspoken experience and engaging stories equip emerging leaders (and those who’ve been around a while) with relevant, workable strategies for success in today’s multi-generational workplace.

His experience in FORTUNE 500 manufacturing, community banking, and boardroom leadership aid leaders at all levels to:
+ Motivate a multi-generational workforce
+ Manage conflict and change
+ Improve communication skills between employees and superiors
+ Build high-performance work teams and
+ Create a culture of continuous leadership growth.

Top U.S. companies including ExxonMobil, Reebok and AmeriGas and small-town organizations alike have embraced Phil’s approach to personal leadership, employee motivation, team building and communication.

Since 2014, Phil has volunteered as advisor, leadership instructor, mentor and coach through Vision 2050, a non-profit initiative he began for the development of rural-area millennial leaders.

Phil is a Hall of Fame leadership keynote speaker, trainer and author. His latest book, Leaders Ought To Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, is a must-read for leaders feeling the pressure to perform.

Phil’s Programs

We Need to Talk: Building Trust When Communicating Gets Critical

Knowing how to communicate is a huge factor in leadership and organizational success. A leader’s ability to communicate impacts all facets of business operations – bottom line issues like sales and production  – customer and employee relationships – productivity, cost reduction and profitability. For leaders who need help with their communication skills, this presentation reveals six common sense strategies that help them immediately improve the results of their communications efforts.

  • Reduce conflict and improve team relations by building trust and respect.
  • Deliver difficult or sensitive messages with tact.
  • Repair damaged relationships by reining in “brutal honesty.”
  • Rebuild the believability quotient when truthfulness hasn’t always been practiced.
  • Improve employee morale and job satisfaction through improved listening skills.
Motivating Managers, Millennials & Misfits

More than any other issue, leaders struggle with how to motivate employee performance — yes, the performance of Millennials, but also the performance of other generational employee groups. Whether it’s Millennials, Baby Boomers Gen Xers or the up-and-coming Gen Zers you’re working with, learn the methods that really motivate individual employee performance long-term.

  • Learn the secrets to communicating with Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials or Gen Zers
  • Learn two motivational truths that apply to all generational groups
  • Identify five clues to an employee’s level of motivation
  • Explore methods to discover what will motivate each employee
Ground Rules for Leaders

Emerging leaders, mid level managers and executives – any leader who is feeling the pressure to perform – needs to know the essential, yet often, unspoken ground rules of building cohesive leadership relationships. For those who need a dose of reality and practicality, this keynote reveals leadership strategies that propel managers into respected, integrity-based leaders – leaders with staying power – leaders who can perform at ever increasing levels of responsibility. When practiced consistently, these leadership strategies help leaders know:

  • How to motivate — not manipulate — to get results
  • How to communicate with honesty, integrity, and confidentiality
  • How to earn the respect of those you lead
  • How to manage fear and control emotions
  • How to take responsibility and be accountable