Greg Bell

Greg BellWater the Bamboo Center
for Leadership

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Greg Bell, CSP, is a recognized thought leader, author of Water The Bamboo®: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals, and founder of the Water The Bamboo Center For Leadership. As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, he distilled his findings into the Water The Bamboo® approach to success. Through his entertaining and content-driven keynotes and seminars, Greg has encouraged and inspired thousands of leaders and teams to identify and water their bamboo to create remarkable results.

Greg learned the virtues of discipline and hard work from his grandfather, a Texas farmer. Greg was the first in his family to graduate from college; he played basketball at the University of Oregon where he was twice named Inspirational Player of the Year. After receiving a political science and law degree from the University of Oregon, he practiced law within a large organization.

Personal events inspired him to re-evaluate his life and priorities, and he helped launch the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign for the National Association of Basketball Coaches-a non-profit that has raised over 50 million dollars for cancer research.

Greg has become a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader. He teaches Water The Bamboo® through his books, blog, and over 80 speaking engagements a year to help leaders and teams unlock their unlimited potential for growth. Greg is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned designation for the National Speakers Association and International Federation of Professional Speakers. Only 10% of speakers have earned this designation.

Starting as a personal mantra, Water The Bamboo® has evolved through the daily practice and hard-earned success of the leaders, coaches, high-performing individuals, and teams who have embraced the philosophy. Greg and Water The Bamboo® were featured on a Public Broadcasting special that aired on stations across the country.

Simply put, Greg is a problem solver who will help you and your organization flourish. Water The Bamboo® is not a feel-good philosophy; it's about seeing the world in a new and profound way for better results.

Speaking Topics 

Awaken the Bamboo Farmer Within You - Break through to your full potential

From front-line employees to upper management, this keynote will inspire you to reexamine your personal and professional dreams, while creating value for others in the workplace – and beyond. It is perfect for all employee events, associations, and conferences. In what has become his most popular presentation, Greg Bell will demonstrate how adopting the mindset of the bamboo farmer can transform your life and those around you in amazing ways. Giant bamboo grows with astonishing speed and strength. However, such growth only comes as a result of the bamboo farmer faithfully watering the bamboo over time until it can establish deep and resilient roots. We all can become bamboo farmers, nurturing the qualities of patience, courage, self-discipline, persistence, and belief.

How you will benefit:

Lead Like a Bamboo Farmer - Revitalize your team by cultivating strong roots

By adopting the principles of Water The Bamboo as your leadership style, you can create an environment that energizes and inspires your team to reach new heights in their working relationships and team results. As a leader, you may feel that all eyes are on you, but giant bamboo doesn’t grow in isolation. It grows in groves, where individual stalks draw strength from one another. If you deepen the roots of your bamboo grove (team), amazing things can happen. To lead a team effectively, you will need to lay the groundwork for success. In this insightful presentation, Greg Bell will give you tools and strategies that will guide you and your team to reaching your full potential.

How you will benefit:

Don't Farm Alone - How to grow better relationships for better results

Whether you are connecting with clients or collaborating as a staff on strategic goals and objectives, building strong relationships is the foundation to your organization's success. Working professionals will spend the majority of their lives on the job. If you want a workplace characterized by trust, collaboration, and shared risk, this is the program for you. 

This riveting, research-based program, modeled on the GregBell Curve®, will demonstrate how cultivating healthy relationships within your organization will lead to heightened productivity and personal success. Insightful, humorous, and practical, this Water The Bamboo® presentation will leave employees energized and eager to connect and reconnect.

How you will benefit:

Adapt Like Bamboo - Don't just survive, thrive with change

For organizations or individuals to reach their greatest potential, they will inevitably face change. It will take commitment – and a circle of strong relationships – to thrive in the midst of it, but you will emerge more powerful and ready for the next challenge. In this energetic presentation, Greg Bell will show leaders and teams how to embrace change, ask strategic questions, and harness the human talent and potential within their organizations - without losing focus. Greg will help guide participants to be strong and flexible like bamboo. Attendees will leave excited and equipped with the skills to design and implement a successful strategy for change.

(Note: A specialized program is available for leaders/managers/supervisors on leading change.)

How you will benefit:

Greg lives, works, and plays in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three daughters, whose middle names are Grace, Hope, and Joy

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