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Bob Vanourek

Changing Hearts and Minds about Leadership. Inspirational Speaker. Leadership Coach & Consultant

Greater Denver Area
Executive Office
  1. Vanourek & Partners, LLC,
  2. Vail Leadership Institute,
  3. Trust Across America
  1. Colorado Mountain College,
  2. University of Denver,
  3. Sensormatic Electronics
  1. Harvard Business School
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Vanourek & Partners, LLC

Vanourek & Partners, LLC


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I change hearts and minds about leadership.

Early in my career, I was shocked at the poor leadership models I encountered in business, so even as a young leader, I made it my aim to "find a better way." It took me decades, making many mistakes and learning from wonderful colleagues, but I began to recognize certain patterns and practices that lead to better results.

Now it's time to share that "better way" with other leaders who hunger for a better brand of leadership—one that creates a high performance culture of character that can stand the test of time.

I can show you how to:

• Hire and promote for sustained high performance
• Engage the hearts and minds of your employees
• Flex your leadership style for maximum effectiveness
• Build a high performance culture of character
• Align your organization for sustained high performance

These transformational leadership practices are based on my own scars of experience and the research we did in 11 countries for our book, *Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations*, winner of the 2013 International Book Award in the general business category and called “the best leadership book since *Good to Great*.”

Our book is one excellent resource for creating your own “better way.” You can find a copy at

I am available as a guest or keynote speaker. Separately, or in conjunction, I can conduct fun, interactive workshops and seminars or executive staff retreats. Our work together will inspire and motivate your employees, giving your leadership team transformational tools to "build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organization." You can find a sample video of my speaking at

I was honored to be named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America - Trust Around the World in 2013 and 2014.

I would be privileged to help you and your organization “find a better way to lead."


Award-Winning Book: "Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations"(Link)

Based on interviews with 61 leaders in 11 countries, "Triple Crown Leadership" outlines the five transformational practices to build an excellent, ethical, and enduring organization. Special chapters deal with breakdowns, turnarounds, startups, and social impact organizations. This 5-Star rated book (on Amazon) won the 2013 International Book Award in the general business category.

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Vanourek & Partners, LLC
– Present (15 years 1 month)

Vanourek & Partners, LLC is an international leadership development, consulting, coaching and speaking organization. Clients include boards, CEO's, and leadership teams in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.
We are available as guest or keynote speakers for hire. We provide cutting edge leadership practices in workshops and seminars that change hearts and minds about leadership.
I have given over 1,000 presentations over the years as a CEO (of five different companies), a keynote speaker, guest speaker, and leadership workshop facilitator for top corporations, associations, and non-profits around the world.
I am the co-author of "Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations," a winner of the 2013 International Book Awards in the general business category.
I was honored to be named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America - Trust Around the World.

Chairman Emeritus

Vail Leadership Institute
– Present (14 years)

Helped guide this excellent inside-first, head-and-heart leadership institute.


Trust Across America
– Present (2 years)

Participate in their trust-building initiatives.

Adjunct Instructor

Colorado Mountain College
(8 years)Edwards, CO

Teach adult classes on leadership.

Adjunct Instructor

University of Denver
(less than a year)

Teach classes on leadership. Frequent guest lecturer.


Sensormatic Electronics
(4 years)

Reversed extreme negative cash flow to +$100M/year. Stabilized firm, upgraded leadership team, settling numerous lawsuits after improper revenue recognition was uncovered.


Recognition Equipment \ Plexus
(6 years)

Saved firm from financial implosion.

Group VP

Pitney Bowes
(8 years)

Introduced numerous new products. Reduced defects from 20% to 2% in four years. Business won Malcolm Baldrige Award for Quality in state of CT.


Avery Dennison
(6 years)

Led Office Products Division to record levels. Turned around losing Business Systems Division.


Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations(Link)

May 2012

The triple crown in leadership is the quest to build excellent (make your numbers), ethical (do it the right way), and enduring (stand the test of time) organizations. Based on interviews with over 60 senior leaders in 11 countries from start-ups to multinational giants, for profits and nonprofits, we reveal the 5 practices these organizations use. Built around the metaphor of the Triple Crown in thoroughbred horse racing. Rich with interesting stories and lessons for leaders seeking a better way.


The Power of Leadership Trustees(Link)

People and Strategy Magazine
October 2010

Leadership trustees are people throughout an organization who develop and protect its values, culture and chosen leadership dynamic. They can be instrumental in creating high-performance
organizations. We usually think of trustees as members of a board of directors solely focused on fiduciary obligations. But leadership trustees—who can be board members, the CEO, officers and others—do something more: They provide the active checks and balances an organization needs to be its best. The trustees may have positional authority, or they may have no formal power, but they are all empowered to act by the shared values. They go beyond their functional positions, acting in the best interest of the organization and holding others accountable. They work on the business, not just in it.


The False Search for Great Leadership

Leader to Leader Magazine
July 2009

The great leadership we need won’t be found in the traits or skills of any single individual. We’ve been looking for leaders in all the wrong places. What people really want are lasting results secured with integrity. With today’s daunting array of leadership challenges, it is imperative that we learn the lessons of how high-performance organizations really operate. Great leadership is not the mystical province of only a few superhuman leaders. It is a dynamic interaction that ebbs and flows among aligned, committed collaborators. Empowered by shared values, they achieve extraordinary results.


Chasing The Triple Crown(Link)

Center for Creative Leadership
September 2012

The Power of Shared Values(Link)

Executive Leadership
October 2012

Trust Inc: Strategies For Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset(Link)

Next Decade Inc
June 2013

A compendium of essays from thought leaders about why trust is essential for building a better world and what leaders can do to build trust.


Trust Inc: A Guide for Boards and C-Suites

Next Decade Inc.
April 2014

A compendium of essays from thought leaders about how boards of directors and C-suite executives can build trust.



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Harvard Business School

MBA, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Baker Scholar (top 5%)

Princeton University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics, Magna cum laude

Phi Theta Kappa Society

Certificate, Teaching Leadership

Honors & Awards

Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School (top 5%)
Magna cum laude at Princeton University
Co-inventor of U.S. Patent 4949272A for a Flexible Billing Rate fo Mail Communication Systems
Malcolm Baldrige Award for the State of CT (while at Pitney Bowes)
Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing (shortly after leaving Sensormatic)
CO Governor's Award for Volunteer Service
Winner of 2013 International Book Award in the general business category
Leadership Teaching Certificate Phi Theta Kappa Society
Leadership Teaching Certificate, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government


National Speakers' Association Colorado Chapter

– Present

The CO chapter has educated more NSA presidents than any other chapter.

Trust Across America - Trust Around the World

Alliance member, steering committee member
– Present

Additional Organizations

Chair, Emeritus, Vail Leadership Institute


Flexible Billing Rate fo Mail Communication Systems(Link)

United States 4949272A
Issued August 1990

Co-inventor of U.S. Patent 4949272A for a Flexible Billing Rate fo Mail Communication Systems


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