Communication and Culture expert, Co-founder of Good Company Consulting, Future of Work Trendspotter
Hannah Ubl's core mission is to create organizations that don’t suck. She’s devoted her career to flipping the traditional workplace script, throwing out the old “employees are lines on a spreadsheet” in favor of treating people at work more like… well, people.
As Co-founder of Good Company Consulting, Ubl is sought after for her bold take on building workplaces that prioritize the human experience while simultaneously increasing the bottom line. Hannah’s dedicated the past decade to researching people at work - not just top talent and leadership - but everyone in between. She’s discovered a strangely well-kept secret for recruiting and retaining the workforce of the future: the best recipe for organizational success is rooted in mindfulness, empathy, and kindness.
Hannah’s work is a fresh approach to the standard (and outdated) workplace narrative. Not afraid to ask the hard questions, she pushes audiences towards self-inquiry to help them become better leaders, better managers, and better colleagues.
With heart, deep conviction, and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Hannah Ubl will sweep you along on a journey of insights that lead to deep, lasting mindset shifts about how work works. A passionate speaker and consummate professional, she’s energized by her audiences and brings her full self to each and every presentation.
THE FUTURE IS HUMAN: CREATING PEOPLE-FIRST WORK CULTURES
Based on their upcoming book, The Future is Human: Transforming Work in a Post-Pandemic Era.
We are entering a new era of work, one where businesses win when leaders are compassionate, communication is empathetic, and people are prioritized. But that transformation, much like any kind of change, requires a great degree of intention and care. By embracing the workplace lessons learned during the pandemic years there’s an opportunity to design the kind of organization we all want to work in, and a culture we can all be a part of. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to create a healthier, happier, and ultimately more successful workplace culture by putting people first. Steeped in years of research and listening (really listening) to employees at all levels, it will paint the picture of what the future of work can and should look like, and how you can get started with that redesign right away.
- An exploration of the three cornerstones of compassionate leadership
- Strategies to take organizational communication from autopilot to intentional and empathetic
- Tactical tools to start transforming your work culture
- Sneak peek into Gen Z and what they want most from employers
THRIVING IN 2022 AND BEYOND: MOVING PAST LIMITING BELIEFS TO CREATE THE FUTURE YOU WANT
We’re boldly striding into a brave new world of work, and while all of us have struggled in some way … women and their careers have taken a huge hit. Along with these already less-than-favorable conditions, many women are grappling with all kinds of limiting beliefs about themselves and their work: imposter syndrome, guilt, the comparison trap, and the illusion that in order to stand out professionally, they need to be perfect and outwork their peers. Not only are these beliefs an incredibly heavy burden—they’re also major barriers to professional women stepping up to their potential.
In order to thrive in 2022 and beyond, it’s critical that women learn how to put these thoughts in their proper place. With some subtle mindset shifts and strategies for pushing back on those limiting beliefs, they can free up space to embrace their unique strengths and build a career that is not only satisfying, but empowering. From unpacking the root cause of imposter syndrome, to defeating burnout with a self-nourishment practice, to owning the innate talents and quirks in all of us, Hannah’s presentation sparks energy, excitement, and the confidence that actually, yes—you can create the year (and career) you really want.
THE ALCHEMY OF TRUST. BUILDING TEAMS THAT REALLY WORK
Establishing trust at work is no simple matter. People have devoted entire lives trying to pinpoint that special, almost magical alchemy behind cohesive, collaborative, and trusting teams. While every organization is different, and no two teams will be the same, there are some core concepts that can help leaders craft their own cultures of trust. In this presentation, we identify common (and sometimes surprising) barriers and break down the key ingredients required to build strong, truly trusting teams. From consistent messaging to embracing candor, to admitting vulnerabilities and extending grace, The Alchemy of Trust highlights the “why” and demystifies the “how,” all while providing actionable insights that can be implemented the very next day.
- How to establish psychological safety so employees feel confident taking calculated, innovative risks
- Critical, sometimes counterintuitive mindsets that will create buy-in and help bridge gaps across teams
- Case studies from organizations that have figured out how to successfully build trust, be it in-person or in a virtual or hybrid setting
WHY CONNECTIONS AT WORK MATTER. STRATEGIES TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AUTHENTICALLY.
Technology has changed the way we work, in ways both good and bad. With much of our communication shifting from face-to-face to screen-to-screen, building authentic work relationships is harder now than ever before. With study after study citing strong professional relationships as a key factor for engagement, motivation, and work satisfaction, now is the time to acquire the skills to build and maintain connections at work. In this presentation, we identify what’s getting in the way of connecting authentically at work, explore strategies to shape stronger teams, and present best practices from organizations that have discovered the secret sauce to building communities of supportive and interconnected peers.
- How to remove barriers that prevent meaningful relationships at work
- Using a people-first approach to create a sense of belonging and appreciation
- Overcoming the need to be “perfect,” and instead, learning how to show up as your authentic self
RECLAIMING WORK: FINDING YOUR FLOW IN CHAOTIC TIMES
The workforce is struggling. Struggling to stay motivated, to prioritize tasks and remain productive, and even struggling to find the energy to just show up. With terms like brain fog, languishing, burnout, and pandemic fatigue hovering over our day-to-day, it’s no surprise that engagement is faltering and people feel like they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. But the show must go on! And leaders are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to reinvigorate employees who are overworked and exhausted. The good news? It is actually possible to reclaim some control over how we show up at work, even in the midst of trying times. This presentation offers a path forward by presenting concrete strategies to reclaim control over focus, attention, motivation, and productivity. Through research that validates why you’re feeling the way you are and tools that can help you break through the fog, this presentation answers the question, “how can I feel motivated again?”
- Tactics to eliminate distractions and find your focus
- Tools to prioritize your workload and maximize efficiency
- Ideas to reignite your energy and help you stay motivated and on track
- Mindset shifts around how to do your best at work while being mindful of well-being
WORK REIMAGINED: CRITICAL SHIFTS FOR TODAY’S WORKPLACE
We are boldly striding into a brave new world of work. As organizations, leaders, and employees try to reconcile what it means to “return to the office,” so many questions are being asked about what this next normal should look like. Do we start from scratch? Do we go back to the way things were? Do we tackle the challenges of hybrid work? With all these questions comes all the anxiety. And while it might be tempting to return to what was familiar and comfortable before, we need to take recent lessons to heart and courageously create a work environment that serves both the organization and the humans doing the work. A workplace reimagined is one that leads with a people-first approach, proactively creates a burnout-free but productive culture, and embraces flexible policies without sacrificing the connection and collaboration of in-person work. It might feel daunting, but it is doable—and this presentation shows you how.
- Framework to shift your mindset and reimagine the future of work
- The Do’s and Don’ts of returning to work
- Fresh insights on how to prevent and manage stress during change
- Techniques to spot hybrid work hazards before they happen
- Practical strategies to redesign how you motivate, engage, and lead
MAKING #HYBRIDWORK AWESOME - BEST PRACTICES FOR A HYBRID WORK WORLD
2020 and its aftermath have turned our world upside down. There is no part of our lives that has been left unchanged, and work is no exception. As we get to our “next normal” and explore what it means to create exceptional hybrid work environments, we can’t just assume that previous practices will produce similar results. With very real issues emerging—think virtual meeting fatigue, lingering pandemic burnout, lack of motivation, rising feelings of disconnection and isolation—it’s time to rethink how we approach company culture. From bringing intentionality to our communication to fostering a sense of belonging, to reimagining camaraderie and community when we’re not gathered in one physical space and place, this presentation examines what we need in order to create an awesome, energized work environment, no matter where people are working from.
- A better understanding of the shifts needed for a truly dynamic hybrid workplace
- Practical strategies to redesign how you communicate, connect, and collaborate
- Best practices from organizations with proven awesome virtual and hybrid workplaces
*VIRTUAL MAINTAINING A HEALTHY CULTURE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
Alt. title: Effective Communication During COVID-19
It’s hard enough to communicate effectively in the best of times. When a crisis hits, all of a sudden there’s stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and even fear added to the mix. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we work, connect and communicate. While the challenge to convey clarity in the chaos is very real, there are some proven strategies to help everyone at work craft clear messages with intention. Understanding the best ways to communicate in hard times like these can be the difference between a culture of isolation and misunderstanding, and one of connection, unity, and perhaps most importantly… calm.
LEADERSHIP REDEFINED: A CRITICAL SHIFT FOR THE MODERN WORKFORCE
The tides have changed, and so have perceptions about what makes for a good job, a good organization, and a good leadership methodology. So why is it that so many leaders continue to operate with a workplace ethos that just isn't resonating in our modern working world? Those that aren’t adapting to the new rules of the game are facing an environment rife with frustrated employees, high attrition rates, and broken lines of communication... not to mention a pipeline of talent that will quickly dry up without some much-needed change.
Through this presentation, Hannah makes the case for why the new leadership mindset shift is critical and explores how the best in the biz are embracing transformation and choosing…
- Trust and transparency over strict rules and regulation
- Radical candor over formal, diplomatic messaging
- Listening to understand over listening to respond
- People and empathy over dollars and cents
COMMUNICATING SO PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU
In today's workplace culture, the loudest voice in the room is the one that gets heard. In meetings, the employee that can articulate their thoughts fastest is labeled a rock star. In digital communication, one person groans at the sight of a text message while another cringes when listening to voicemail. Just like that, your message can be misinterpreted and then you’re falling behind, getting passed over for promotions, and worst of all, becoming frustrated with your fellow colleagues, managers, or leaders. Expert communicator, speaker, and storyteller Hannah breaks down how people at all levels can communicate more effectively so that everyone’s voice is heard and nothing gets lost in translation.
- How to use empathetic communication and active listening techniques that will fundamentally change the way you communicate
- Awareness of the most prevalent communication mishaps in the workplace, and how to overcome them
- Concrete strategies that will allow you to deliver messages clearly, and in a way that resonates
CREATING A WORKPLACE THAT DOESN'T SUCK
Everyone deserves an amazing place to work... so why do so many people dread getting out of bed in the morning? We’ve embraced future-focused, cutting-edge tools to revolutionize how we work but have let ideas about company culture evolve at a snail’s pace. With organizational strategies better-suited to the last century, it’s no wonder that so many employees are struck by a case of the Sunday scaries. Hannah’s presentation aims to shed light on strategies that actually matter for not only today’s workforce but the workforce of the future. She’ll challenge the way you think about culture, communication, work ethic, and trust so that no matter your level, whether you’re a new hire or a mid-level manager, a senior executive, or a front-line employee, you can learn how to create a workplace that works (and doesn’t suck).
- Mindset-shifting insights on the future of work and how to stay competitive in a continuously shifting landscape
- A fresh perspective on the work culture that challenges the way things “should be done”
- Best-practices from organizations with proven awesome workplaces, and how you can adapt their strategies for your workplace
HOW GEN Z IS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF WORK
In a very real way, Generation Z is seeing the world differently than any generation that’s come before. And while they’re often lumped in with Millennials, Gen Z—born 1996 to 2010—has emerged as a distinct cohort that’s shifting the workplace in profound ways. These are true digital natives who were raised by skeptical and independent Generation Xers. Never having known a time without the internet, Gen Z is unsurprisingly resetting expectations for communication, engagement, and motivation at work. From ghosting to Facetuning to Bitmoji resumes, this presentation takes you into the Gen Z mindset, the ways they may shift the future of work, and how you can adapt to meet the changing tides.
- Gain strategies to recruit and retain the youngest generation at work
- Learn why the human element will be even more critical for engaging these digital natives
- Deep understanding of the why behind the what of Gen Z behavior and motivation
- Tools to navigate the most current and critical workplace trends
CONNECTING ACROSS GENERATIONS
We are living in the golden age of technology. With options to connect that include texting, calling, emailing, IMing, DMing, it should be a breeze to get your message heard. But add five generations into the mix and the fact that we’re all strapped for time, and you have the perfect recipe for miscommunication and messages getting lost in translation. What one generation perceives as rude and unprofessional can be seen as kind and relatable to another. These misunderstandings can seriously impact team dynamics, peer relationships, and—ultimately—the bottom line.
Learning how many emojis or exclamation points are OK to use is only a small part of the solution; it’s equally critical to learn how to build authentic connections, listen to one another, and respond respectfully. This presentation will explore not only how we connect differently, but why.
- Decrypting every generation’s potential miscommunications, and how to prevent them before they occur
- Best practices for balancing technology use with day-to-day interactions
- Identifying the potential areas for disconnect across generations
- Spotlight on how Gen Z influences communication at work
GEN Z AND MILLENNIALS: THE SUBTWEET NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT
It’s a story often told: a new generation enters the workplace and every other generation grapples with how to understand and connect with the unknown factor on their teams. For the past fifteen years, this tale has focused on the over-researched Millennials, and while some might prefer to unsubscribe from the generational conversation (especially Millennials themselves), Generation Z’s presence is cause for a reboot. Because much to everyone’s surprise, they are proving to behave, communicate, and engage in stark contrast to their predecessors. Who’s feeling that pain the most? Millennials. From how each generation was raised, to how they collaborate, what they expect for work-life balance, and how they prefer manager-managee relationships… the potential for conflict is high. This presentation makes sense of the change so everyone can work together seamlessly as their most authentic selves.
- The truth about how similar Gen Z and Millennials are (or aren’t)
- Tools for Millennial managers to engage Gen Z
- Communication tactics for Gen Z to manage their Millennial managers
- Analysis of the latest generational trends impacting the workplace
"You simply did a fantastic job! Your preparation, focus on the nature of the conference participants, sensitivity to the issues facing educators and community partners was a grand slam! Everyone I have spoken with absolutely loved the content and presenter!"
"We should be thanking you! The event went over so well. We’ve been getting nothing but raving reviews and feedback. I think there is a lot of anxiety building around heading back to work and I think you presented some very tangible things to think about and do once we are back."
"Hannah was amazing! She added a much-needed perspective about remembering that we are in the people business. We received excellent feedback on her session, and we would absolutely bring her back for another session."
"Hannah is kind and confident, and it shows in her delivery. She carries a powerful message in a genuine fashion. She delivers facts within context that connects people. She knows her subject matter, and she does her homework on her audience. True professional. Excellent speaker."
North Dakota Society of CPAs
"I just want to take a minute to thank you for being with us this morning. Very timely content and needed for all of us. You do a great job of presenting and engaging the attendees. I think this virtual format actually increased engagement as could be seen from the interaction in the polls and the questions that came through. We don't have all the answers, but you allowed us time to think through and contemplate our approach to things right now. So Thank You."
Iowa Hospital Association
"Hannah kicked off our Summer Leadership Forum virtual event called Noons in June. We couldn't have picked anyone better to launch this virtual series. Her relaxed and conversational style came across so well online. Hannah's information was fresh, relevant and well organized. She had done her homework in customizing it to our members' industry and she kept the audience engaged with interactive polls that used different approaches. I would highly recommend Hannah."
"This was uncharted territory and you helped us navigate the waters smoothly. I felt like there was a natural overlap with our message and your presentation. I can’t count the number of people that said we would love her presentation….I feel like she was talking to me! So thank you for spending the time to understand the kind of company we are and for taking personal time to join us for our reception."
CEO + Lead Facilitator of The Business Women's Circle (or The BWC)
"Hannah Ubl DELIVERS! Hannah knows how to speak to her audience and deliver her message. She gets out in the crowd connecting, engaging and truly interacting with the attendees. The crowd loved her and we ended with a standing ovation! If you want to work with an individual who cares about your event and the attendees as much as you do and then delivers on all of that, you cannot go wrong with inviting Hannah to be that speaker!"
CEO + Lead Facilitator of The Business Women's Circle (or The BWC)
"If you want to work with an individual who cares about your event and the attendees as much as you do and then delivers on all of that, you cannot go wrong with inviting Hannah to be that speaker!"
Senior VP, Vision Bank
"Hannah has the most amazing presence with a unique ability to connect with your audience and deliver a message in such a fun and memorable way. She is always so knowledgeable about her topic that I marvel at her adaptability to the situation and the crowd."
CEO & Founder of Anser Innovation, OmCare
"Through fluent, powerful, elegant and persuasive written and spoken language, Hannah promotes a human-centric workplace and inspires greatness through kindness, warmth, transparency, courage, vulnerability and candor. Hannah is truly a good human supporting the growth of good companies."