Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Greg Bell

February 4, 2014
Greg Bell

Greg Bell

Expertise:   Leadership, Inspiration, Peak Performance, Change, Success, Teambuilding, Relationships

Speaking Style:  Inspiring. Dynamic. Thought-provoking.

Travels From:   Portland, Oregon

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Inspiring Remarkable Growth for Leaders and Teams 

As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Greg Bell distilled his findings into a remarkable practice and book, Water the Bamboo – a unique metaphor and compelling approach to success. The premise: Giant timber bamboo will shoot up an astonishing 90 feet in only sixty days, but it takes up to three years of care – water – before seeing the results. Just like bamboo, when an organization recognizes the value of nurturing their people by refocusing their core values and mission, their long-term success is assured.

A heralded basketball player at the University of Oregon, Greg received a political science and law degree there. After practicing law with a large organization, his work as a thought leader, author and speaker takes him to over 80 speaking engagements a year where his presentations inspire and encourage thousands to “water their bamboo” to create phenomenal results.

Learn more about Greg Bell...

Greg Bell, CSP, is a recognized thought leader, author of Water The Bamboo® : Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals, and founder of the Water The Bamboo Center For Leadership. As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, he distilled his findings into the Water The Bamboo approach to success. Through his entertaining and content-driven keynotes and seminars, Greg has encouraged and inspired thousands of leaders and teams to identify and water their bamboo to create remarkable results.

Greg learned the virtues of discipline and hard work from his grandfather, a Texas farmer. Greg was the first in his family to graduate from college; he played basketball at the University of Oregon where he was twice named Inspirational Player of the Year. After receiving a political science and law degree from the University of Oregon, he practiced law within a large organization.

Personal events inspired him to re-evaluate his life and priorities, and he helped launch the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign for the National Association of Basketball Coaches—a non-profit that has raised over 50 million dollars for cancer research.

Greg has become a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader. He teaches Water The Bamboo through his books, blog, and over 80 speaking engagements a year to help leaders and teams unlock their unlimited potential for growth. Greg is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned designation for the National Speakers Association and International Federation of Professional Speakers. Only 10% of speakers have earned this designation.

Starting as a personal mantra, Water The Bamboo has evolved through the daily practice and hard-earned success of the leaders, coaches, high-performing individuals, and teams who have embraced the philosophy. Greg and Water The Bamboo were featured on a Public Broadcasting special that aired on stations across the country.

Simply put, Greg is a problem solver who will help you and your organization flourish. Water The Bamboo is not a feel-good philosophy; it’s about seeing the world in a new and profound way for better results.

Greg lives, works, and plays in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three daughters, whose middle names are Grace, Hope, and Joy.


Presentation Topics

Awaken the Bamboo Farmer within You 

Break Through to Your Full Potential

From front-line employees to upper management, this keynote will inspire you to reexamine your personal and professional dreams, while creating value for others in the workplace – and beyond. It is perfect for all employee events, associations, and conferences. In what has become his most popular presentation, Greg Bell will demonstrate how adopting the mindset of the bamboo farmer can transform your life and those around you in amazing ways.


Lead Like a Bamboo Farmer

Revitalize Your Team by Cultivating Strong Roots

By adopting the principles of Water The Bamboo as your leadership style, you can create an environment that energizes and inspires your team to reach new heights in their working relationships and team results. As a leader, you may feel that all eyes are on you, but giant bamboo doesn’t grow in isolation. It grows in groves, where individual stalks draw strength from one another. If you deepen the roots of your bamboo grove (team), amazing things can happen.


Don't Farm Alone

How to Grow Better Relationships for Better Results

Whether you are connecting with clients or collaborating as a staff on strategic goals and objectives, building strong relationships is the foundation to your organization’s success. Working professionals will spend the majority of their lives on the job. If you want a workplace characterized by trust, collaboration, and shared risk, this is the program for you.


Adapt Like Bamboo 

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive with Change

For organizations or individuals to reach their greatest potential, they will inevitably face change. It will take commitment – and a circle of strong relationships – to thrive in the midst of it, but you will emerge more powerful and ready for the next challenge.



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