Putting Employees First Speech

Self-Assessment of Your Effectiveness as a Leader of People

Bergdahl speaking in Lima, Peru

Bergdahl speaking in Lima, Peru


Using storytelling, humor, inspiration, along with his real world experience working as an HR executive, Bergdahl shares the keys to effective leadership of a diverse and multi-generational workforce in the 21st century.

In this 60 to 90 minute speech or half/full day master class he discusses Actions, Beliefs, Values and Key Leadership Competencies. His focus is on what employees expect from you and how you can more effectively lead diverse and multi-generational employees. This speech is based on his latest book, to be published in 2017.

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THE BOOK: (To be published in 2017)

The recurring themes of this book are effective leadership, putting employees first, employee engagement, and employee-centered culture. A majority of this book is written around the Actions, Beliefs, Competencies (ABC’s) and values of effective leaders with special emphasis on engagement of highly diverse and multi-generational employees.

You’ll find as you read, the primary focus is on you. Whether you are an entrepreneur, CEO, president, manager, supervisor or corporate staff member, you’ll come away from reading about PUTTING EMPLOYEES FIRST with a burning desire to become a better leader of people.



In this speech or master class, Bergdahl will cover three Core Leadership Values: Respect, Trust and Support. He’ll also cover the ABC’s of Effective Leaders: Actions, Beliefs, and Competencies, focusing specifically on the Ten Key Leadership Competencies: Empowerment, Mentoring, Listening, Approachability, Empathy, Integrity, Acknowledgement, Communication, High Expectations, and Leading by Example.

Berdahl will provide a handout that will allow audience members to self-assess their own leadership effectiveness of today’s diverse and multi-generational employees.


* Core Leadership Values * Leadership Effectiveness Self-Assessment * 10 Leadership Competencies *


Michael Bergdahl, SPHR, is an international business speaker, turnaround specialist, and author of five books. He has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch”, “On the Money”, “Morning Call”, and “Closing Bell”.

Bergdahl, a 25 year HR Professional, worked for four Fortune 1000 Companies including: Walmart (#1), HQ Director of People, PepsiCo (#44), Group HR Manager, Waste Management (#217), VPHR, and American Eagle Outfitters (#703), VPHR.


“Michael Bergdahl’s full day master class was a blend of solid content, great stories, and humor. Bergdahl’s dynamic presentation skills held everyone’s attention through four 90 minute sessions! I highly recommend Michael Bergdahl as a world class presenter!” – Conference Producer

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