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“The Human Competitive Advantage for Leading Through Crisis, Chaos, and Change” with Bryan Kramer


This week on the UpLevel Podcast, we're joined by the insightful and inspiring Bryan Kramer, a renowned business strategist, global keynote speaker, executive trainer, and coach, investor, two-time bestselling author, and Forbes contributor. Bryan is a shining example of authentic leadership, embodying a profound balance between ambition and empathy. As a thought leader on human connection in digital spaces, he emphasizes engagement as the key metric for success both personally and within organizations. Bryan shares his insights on the importance of personal connection and how being human is a competitive advantage in leading through crisis, chaos, and change. 

Bryan believes embracing our humanity is the ultimate power, and he's here to shed light on what that truly means.

In this Episode:

  • Bryan describes our era as one filled with chaos, turmoil, hate, vitriol, an overwhelming quest for balance, and the hidden opportunities beneath.

  • Insights about the evolution from early social media excitement to today’s challenge of maintaining genuine connections amidst AI advancements.

  • Hear why "being human" is your competitive advantage – fostering authenticity rather than relying on automated interactions.

  • Bryan emphasizes the importance of authentic engagement over templated communication and strategies for enhancing personal engagement.

  • Bryan highlights that leaders need to invest in their employees' well-being beyond work productivity, leading to loyalty and improved performance.

  • Hear how simplifying life by disconnecting from overwhelming news sources can lead us back to trusting ourselves more deeply.

  • Bryan shares his experience transforming agencies from traditional models to digital powerhouses. He stresses adaptability and continuous learning as key drivers for growth amidst change.

  • Bryan talks about his sobriety journey and how he got through it by having a support system—not only did it help him achieve sobriety but also allowed him to contribute more meaningfully across different facets of life including family bonds and professional endeavors.

  • Discover the three pillars essential for trust, including simplicity, empathy, and imperfection.

Order of Topics:

  • Current Global State

  • Humanity at the Forefront

  • The Unmatched Value of Personal Touch

  • Engagement Over Metrics

  • Self-Care and Leadership Tips

  • Trust and Presence

  • The Three Pillars Essential for Trust

  • Bryan’s Backstory

  • The Power of Support System

Action Items:

  • Embrace the Human Element in Business

  • Enhance Engagement as a Metric

  • Invest in Employee Well-Being

  • Practice Empathy and Simplicity

  • Acknowledge and Embrace Imperfection

  • Share Burdens Collectively

  • Prioritize Real Happiness & Sobriety Support

  • Consider Adventure and Change

  • Stay Connected Authentically

  • Contribute Meaningfully Beyond Work

About Bryan:

Bryan Kramer is a renowned business strategist, global keynote speaker, executive trainer and coach, investor, two-time bestselling author, and Forbes contributor. As President and co-owner of PureMatter, a Silicon Valley global marketing agency since 2001, and CEO of H2H Companies, he sparked the Human-to-Human “H2H” global movement that sets out to humanize business through simpler communication, empathy, and celebrating our imperfections. His TED Talk featured a TED “first” – allowing mobile devices during the event to illustrate his belief that even a small inspirational share holds the power to change the world for the better. Bryan has spoken all over the world, over 200 times at global companies including Mastercard, L‘oreal Paris, NASA, GoDaddy, Harvard University, Charles Schwab, SXSW, International Culinary Institute, Verizon, Dell, NFL, and Hawaii Lodging & Tourism, to name a few.

About UpLevel Productions: Founded by Christie Mann, MA, CPCC, PCC, and Rachel Baldi, CPCC, PCC, UpLevel creates, produces, and delivers Transformative Experiences, Workshops, Training, Events + Media that develop leaders who make our world a healthier, more alive, and connected place to be. As Associate CTI Faculty Partners, UpLevel is licensed to sell, produce, and deliver Co-Active coach training and leadership development programs around the world to support the transformational growth of individuals and culture inside the workplace and organization. Instagram @uplevelproductions Facebook & LinkedIn @uplevelproductionscompany


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