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Meet Aaron Levy
Aaron sees a future where work doesn’t suck – where work is both challenging and fulfilling, where your manager is your coach – where she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. Aaron founded Raise The Bar and wrote the best-selling book Open, Honest, and Direct, to create this future by empowering managers with the tools, skills, and training to be better leaders of people.
Over the last decade, Aaron has worked with over 10,000 business leaders, inspiring them to define their goals, achieve sustained success, and create high performing teams. Aaron is also the host of The Open Honest & Direct Podcast, the Co-Director of Startup Grind Chicago, a Thrive Global contributor, an 1871 mentor, an ICF Certified Coach, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.
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Do More With Less

Keep Your Team Engaged, Inspired, and Performing.


How can you keep your team engaged, inspired, and performing with fewer resources? A high performing team starts with a high performing manager. Great managers drive 48% more profit for their company. How you show up as a leader makes all the difference. In this workshop, Aaron Levy gives you a roadmap to help your team find its stride.

*Approved for 1.0 SHRM & HRCI Recertification Credit

Remote Leadership:

How to Succeed in The New World of Work

Remote work is forcing thousands of businesses and employees out of their comfort zones, having to not only figure out how to work from home but also how to use new technologies, adapt and, ultimately, innovate. In this workshop, Aaron Levy walks you through the five steps for leading a remote team.

*Approved for up to 1.5 SHRM & HRCI Recertification Credit

The Future of Work:

Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce

Today’s workplace can encompass employees from four different generations, all who have been shaped by their own unique social, environmental and personal experience. While people all share the same basic human needs, they are motivated and inspired differently. Aaron Levy discusses the motivating factors and nuances between the generations in the workplace, how to best lead and inspire them, and unite them together as a high performing team.

*Approved for 1.0 SHRM & HRCI Recertification Credits

High Performing Teams:

A Guide to Unlocking Your Team's Potential

To create a high performing team, you need people who are willing to be radically transparent with one another, who are open, honest, and direct in their communication and an environment where team members feel psychological safety to share ideas, offer feedback, and innovate. In this session, Aaron Levy provides the key ingredients of high performing teams and shares tactical steps you can take with your team today.

*Approved for 1.0 SHRM & HRCI Recertification Credits

Difficult Conversations: 

How to Set Yourself Up for Success

Difficult conversations can be a source of anxiety and hinder our productivity in the workplace. Join Aaron Levy of Raise The Bar for a discussion about how to eliminate our emotional filters and respond, rather than react. Whether you need to discuss performance issues with an employee, deliver bad news to a client, or serve as a mediator for your team, this process will help you to frame the conversation for the best possible outcome.

Listening with Intention and Attention:

How to Motivate Your Team

Listening is hard, and we’ve likely not practiced or trained this skill properly, which is why most people suck at listening—and also why most of us go through each day of our lives not being truly heard. Where there is a collective problem, however, there is also an opportunity. In this session, Aaron Levy shares how you can improve your ability to listen and in turn have a profound impact on the way you lead your people.

*Approved for up to 6.0 SHRM & HRCI Business Credits

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