We harness the age-old power of great stories and storytelling to inspire higher levels of engagement and performance. Our stories challenge, teach, and inspire people to be better leaders and be more fully engaged so that they can help drive performance. Our storytellers use them along with interactivities and exercises to create unique programs for every client. We also help our clients capture, craft and enable the stories that define them and their culture.
We have a library of over 60 incredible video stories of people, companies, and ideas that have changed the world. They are the pillars of all of our programs. We MC, facilitate, run workshops, and deliver unforgettable keynotes at conferences using the powerful combination of video stories with a live storyteller.
Doug Keeley – Chief Storyteller
Doug Keeley, CEO and Chief Storyteller of The Mark of a Leader, is a globally recognized communicator, a serial entrepreneur, and a self-professed “leadership junkie”.
Doug started the first of several communications businesses in 1978, and quickly became a pioneer in the marketing and communications industry, travelling the globe working with hundreds of Fortune 500 corporations and executives.
In 2004, he created The Mark of a Leader, a revolutionary program designed to inspire new thinking in the workforce about leadership, engagement, and corporate culture, and to provide a tool to make any conference unforgettable.
Based on a powerful concept called Five Level Leadership, the program uses incredible video stories to share insights into the success of many of the world’s greatest leaders and brands and show how their leadership principles can be applied to business today.
The Mark of a Leader has been used repeatedly by companies like ADP, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Disney, Frito-Lay, General Mills, HP, Microsoft, Pepsi-QTG, RBC, Scotiabank, Starbucks, TD Bank, Universal Studios, Xerox, and many other leading corporations, associations, and schools.
Doug has written a book of inspiring stories, authored many magazine features and columns, appeared as a subject expert in several books on creativity and corporate culture, and been interviewed many times on radio and television on the subjects of leadership and innovation. He is also an inductee in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Hall of Fame.
Tim Magwood – Consultant Storyteller
Tim is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader. A colleague describes him as a “lightning rod in driving positive change.” Tim has the head of an entrepreneur, the heart of a coach, and the soul of a singer/songwriter. As a seasoned facilitator and presenter, he has brought value to over 10,000 participants.
Before entering the business world, Tim delighted audiences in stage productions such as Les Miserables (Royal Alexandra Theatre, National Arts Centre), Napoleon (Elgin Theatre), and Fiddler on the Roof (Huron Country Playhouse).
In the mid-1990s he joined Canada’s largest private communications firm at the time, ICE, as a Senior Account Director, and worked with many of Canada’s biggest and best corporations. He left to pursue his passion for training, becoming a senior consultant and trainer with Horn and Associates where he designed and delivered sales and sales management training programs.
In 1999, his vision was to create the “defacto sales learning leader in Canada.” He started Fusion Learning, which became the fastest growing sales effectiveness firm in the country, providing programs for hundreds of corporate clients including Dynamic Funds, Rogers, BDC, Molson Coors, and TD Bank. Tim sold his shares in Fusion in 2010, but continues to work with them.
Tim reunited with ICE’s CEO Doug Keeley as a Consultant Storyteller at The Mark of a Leader in late 2012. He now combines his unique skills and passion for leadership to teach, challenge, and inspire businesses and educators through The Mark of a Leader program.
Outside of work, he enjoys time with his wife and 3 kids, and fuelling his passion for music, recently releasing his second successful CD of original songs.