Frank O'Dea's story of triumph over adversity and raw ambition and determination in the face of dire circumstances has inspired audiences around the world. His rag to riches story is one that is unbelievable and truly inspiring.
From living on the street and against all odds, O'Dea became one of Canada's most successful and celebrated entrepreneurs, founding numerous businesses, including The Second Cup. He tells his audiences the fascinating story behind its creation. In addition to his string of business successes, O'Dea's achievements in the not-for-profit sector, both in Canada and worldwide, are extraordinary. The Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan, The Secretary of State in the US, Colin Powell and even former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney have all praised his work.
O'Dea has been featured in several print media including, Entrepreneur, Reader's Digest, Enroute magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star as well as various television and radio programs. His ideas on leadership, entrepreneurship and visionary thinking make him a compelling and sought after speaker. While he inspires audiences and leaves them with a renewed respect for the power of the human spirit, he does more than that. He shares with his audience the three keys that unlocked his success and shows his audiences how they can use these keys in their own personal and business lives.
Among his many honours, O'Dea is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds two Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees, from Royal Roads University and Carleton University, respectively. A book about his inspiring journey, entitled When All You Have is Hope, was released by Penguin Canada and is available in bookstores across the country. Piloting his own plane, O'Dea is able to fit in speaking engagements across the country.
1. The Power of Hope Vision Action
With hope -- all things become possible.
With hope, one has the courage to change the present into a very different future.
With hope, dreams are possible;
With hope one has the persistence to follow the dream and
With hope one can - and will - become much more than you ever dreamed possible.
Frank demonstrates this power by using his own story as a real-life experience of hope, courage, change and persistence. You will see from his biography that much has been accomplished. The story becomes remarkable when you add the real life story to that bio. In real life, Frank was in the bowery-- panhandling for nickels and dimes not so many years ago.
This is truly a motivational story. Audiences from all walks of life identify with this very real story of achievement, and Frank's warm style convinces his audiences that he is speaking directly to them, personally.
Cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool, according to celebrated Canadian entrepreneur, Frank O'Dea. In order to succeed then, we must create value in a product or service to a market that is currently not on the radar. His latest talk, Blue Ocean Strategy, is inspired by W.C. Kim and Renee Mauborgne's phenomenal best-seller of the same name, in which success is linked to the ability to create "blue oceans" – untapped new market spaces that are ripe for growth. O'Dea illustrates how he experienced this philosophy when he founded The Second Cup. In the face of an unattractive market, he took a mundane product like coffee and created a whole new market (a Blue Ocean), estabilishing a brand that changed the business of selling coffee forever and is still strong 30 years later. As a successful businessperson who has repeatedly created new markets for his companies, O'Dea shows how this concept can work for any organization.
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