Meet Karim Bishay

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Karim Bishay is an industry leading consultant in the areas of Holacracy and building Adaptive Organizations.

Karim holds two Master's degrees in pastoral counseling and business. He is also the proud graduate and former leader of the Interchange Counseling Institute.

Most recently Karim worked with Dev Bootcamp as the Head of Admissions, Engineering Empathy curriculum designer / facilitator, and the Holacracy engagement lead.

Since leaving Dev Bootcamp Karim has gone on to start a consultancy called Living Orgs and implement Holacracy and other Adaptive Organization techniques with over 20 companies.

Karim lives in Oakland, California with his wife and son.

Karim’s Speaking Topics

Karim is capable of speaking on a variety of topics including:

  • Organizational Design
  • Project Management
  • Efficiency
  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Team Building
  • Holacracy
  • Data-Driven Decision Making

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 Karim's Existing Presentations

Karim is willing to create custom presentations to custom fit each individual audience. Below are samples of various videos and speaking presentations that Karim has given in the past.

The power of organizing around the work and not the people

This small, but significant shift in how a company organizes its work can catalyze tremendous change and bring about great clarity. The choice to move from souls to roles is being used in many teal management practices, and any organization can benefit from its principals.

In this presentation, participants will learn about the benefits of organizing around the work, and be given specific tools about how to think about roles apart from people, and design instructions about how to think about clarifying responsibilities between roles.

We will discuss what comes up around clarity, trust, and power and how to engage these topics through the process of organizing around the work.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the potential and power of organizing around the work
  • Practicing authoring clear and explicit roles
  • Capturing power, process, and relationships in roles
  • Having practical and applicable tools about how to move forward in your organization

Mastering your Inner Critic

The inner critic is one of the strongest elements of the psyche that keeps us from living fully integrated, courageous, and fulfilled lives.

You will learn how to recognize when you are under attack by your inner critic, by understanding its unique origin and voice in yourself, as well as how that attack manifests in your body, emotions, and thoughts.

You will work on three distinct skills: Recognizing the attack, empathising with the attack, and then metabolizing it so it doesn’t rule you or stop you from being present with whatever you’re doing in the moment.

Learning how to engage with the inner critic isn’t just vital work for our own happiness and integration as people, but it is crucial for anyone working as a teacher or leader to understand how to recognize an inner critic attack in others and help guide them back to their full selves.

Karim has taught this workshop to thousands of students and many have reported that it has completely changed their lives and relationships.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognizing, understanding, and empathizing with inner critic attacks
  • Learning how to respond to inner critic attacks in others
  • Learning how to integrate the inner critic back as a healthy part of the psyche

How an Adaptive Org responds to the 5 dysfunctions of a team

In his seminal book, the five dysfunctions of a team, Patrick Lencioni describes a cyclical process by which a team can break down and lose its effectiveness.

This presentation will walk participants through this process, and then give practical and applicable tools to address each of the five dysfunctions.

Participants will learn how to address trust eroding in an organization, increase the level of transparency and accountability, balance individual and team autonomy while maintaining cohesion and focus throughout the organization, and become metrics driven and focused.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognizing and understanding the five dysfunctions of a team
  • Learning how to create a working culture where trust is an output, not a requirement
  • Understanding how to build accountability and transparency in culture
  • Creating an environment that fosters healthy conflict
  • Having the understanding and tools to use metrics, goals, and objectives to align teams and assess performance

Becoming a feedback Jedi

Great feedback isn’t just an essential part of an individual’s learning and growth, but it is a crucial building block for a culture that is transparent and based on trust.

Without a healthy feedback flow mistakes are repeated, trust erodes, and personal and professional relationships suffer greatly.

In this presentation we break down the art of giving feedback into four distinct skills:

  • Soliciting feedback
  • Giving feedback
  • Receiving feedback
  • Integrating feedback

Each skill requires its own understanding and disciplined approach to master. We will delve deep into how the brain works around conflict and feedback and give practical guidelines for how to improve in these 4 key areas

Learning objectives:

  • Recognizing, understanding, and empathizing with difficulty in conflict for yourself and others
  • Learning how to approach difficult conversations, from preparing for them to having them
  • Having tools that you can use to approach giving, receiving, and integrating great feedback

How to bake trust and transparency into the fabric of your organization

How can you build your company so that trust is a natural output of the system, and not something you are required to build?

In this session, Karim will share tactics of organizational design that bake trust into the very fabric of your organization.

This is not a session talking about “trust falls” and fluffy ideas of how to build trust. Instead, Karim will be sharing how you can build trust by changing the way your team works. 

This includes how you define roles and responsibilities, how actions and projects get managed, and how your team communicates about the work.

When your team has efficient process on working together, trust becomes a natural output of the system. 

For speaking inquiries Contact:

Jake Jorgovan


Karim Bishay