Tim Arnold

1-hour in-person and virtual presentations from Leaders for Leaders President Tim Arnold that motivate & inspire.


Let’s face it, most teams don’t work. Dysfunction, drama, and division run rampant, making your workweek feel like a never-ending battle. But there’s hope!

While other teams run away from tension, Tim Arnold will show you how to embrace it.

When you learn to harness the power of healthy tension in these five key areas, your team will shift from unproductive to unstoppable:

  1. Build trust by focusing on tasks AND relationships.
  2. Increase engagement by leveraging structure AND flexibility.
  3. Have courageous conversations through truthful AND tactful communication.
  4. Align your team to win by promoting collaboration AND independence.
  5. Unleash ownership by increasing empowerment AND accountability.

While this keynote won’t provide you with miracle cures or magical formulas. What it does offer is something even more valuable: an actionable plan. By implementing the ideas outlined in this talk, you will set your team on the path to success.

Life is simply too short to settle for working in a dysfunctional team!

This presentation can be adapted into a half-day, in-person workshop.

As a leader, you’re committed to making a difference and making the world a better place. But when it comes to moving things forward, does it often seem like you’re fighting an uphill battle against broken systems, impossible demands, and unreasonable people?

The secret is to move beyond divisive and limiting Either/Or thinking and embrace the transformational power of Both/And leadership. When you can successfully leverage six key leadership tensions, you will break through to a new level of resilience and results:

Become optimistic AND realistic.
Embrace change AND preserve stability.
Become profit focused AND purpose driven.
Have expectations AND extend grace.
Care for others AND care for yourself.
Become confident AND remain humble.

Most teams fail to reach their full potential because they get bogged down by unproductive conflict and polarizing points of view. Tim Arnold helps teams overcome the chronic issues that derail collaboration and teamwork, so your organization can tap into a new level of effectiveness!

In a polarized world that loves to pick sides, we can mistakenly treat every challenge as a simple problem to be solved, with a right or wrong answer:

  • Planning or action?
  • Structure or flexibility?
  • Change or stability?

This “either/or” thinking is a dangerous trap. For high performance and productive collaboration, we must learn to embrace what most people (and teams) avoid or ignore — tension!

The Power of Healthy Tension provides a simple framework to manage complexity in a healthy way. It shows teams how to tap into the superpower of “both/and” thinking to gain a massive competitive advantage and see next-level results.

Key learnings:

  • How to embrace diverse perspectives: gain the ability to work effectively with people who have different opinions and perspectives than your own.
  • How to communicate more effectively: Learn the difference between a problem to solve and a tension to manage, and the skills required to communicate conflicting points of view.
  • How to make better decisions: Learn a thoughtful, deliberate decision-making approach when dealing with complex issues.

This presentation can be adapted into a half-day, in-person workshop.

Research would suggest that 70% of organizational change initiatives fail. This is because leaders and teams fail to understand and manage the following three tensions:

  • Tension #1: Embrace change AND preserve stability. Change is hard, and even good change doesn’t always feel so good. The best way to overcome being stressed and overwhelmed is to understand the predictable stages of change and learn simple strategies that will help you move forward in a healthy way.
  • Tension #2: Be optimistic AND realistic. Effective professionals understand what they can and can’t control, and they focus their energy on things they can actually influence. Learn how to be driven by hope for a better future while accepting the brutal facts of reality to increase resiliency and results.
  • Tension #3: Care for others AND yourself. When looking beneath the surface of some of the most incredible leaders in history you’ll often find family breakdowns, health issues, and burnout. And this is more of a threat when you’re leading people through change. Learn self-care practices that are meaningful and manageable and find ways to fit them into your day.

When teams and leaders understand and leverage these three tensions, they gain the ability to embrace change faster and experience the positive results of change in a sustainable way.

This keynote can be adapted into or followed up with a series of one-hour virtual workshops.

Why These Keynotes Deliver:

We speak your language

By learning what’s unique about your organization, Tim integrates this into his talk, making the audience feel like they’re listening to someone who’s on the inside.

Relevant & Actionable

In a world that is becoming more polarized and divided, teams and leaders are desperate for way to find common ground, strategies to help them navigate diverse points of view in productive ways, and the confidence to become Both/And thinkers in an Either/Or world.


EVERYBODY wants to have a smile on their face.
That’s why our keynotes always have room for interaction, participation, and some laughs, because when learning is fun, people remember it!

Here's What Tim's Clients Are Saying ...

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The keynote went very, VERY well. Tim did a great job customizing the content, so it was like having an internal/external person. He listened, he knew us, AND he brought something fresh to our journey.

Our CEO called it a ‘rocking session’!”
Kelly Cowan
Senior Learning Consultant Human Resources Allstate Insurance Group

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“Healthy Tension is a simple yet profound concept that our senior executives are now raving about.

Leaders for Leaders kept the crowd engaged and we were able to have fun and learn at the same time!”

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