Excellence at Work Episode 257: Navigating Success in a Disengaged World – Strategies to Equip Leaders and Teams

Navigating Leadership in a Disengaged World: How to Equip Leaders and Their Teams for Success

Speaker: Niko Drakoulis, Founder and CEO, SurePeople

Niko Drakoulis founded SurePeople on the belief that people are the most important factor of success — that the quality of companies, careers and personal lives are determined by the quality of relationships. Niko’s ability to bring people together and create a strong culture is based on more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished executive leader, serial entrepreneur and five-time patent holder. He is also a member of the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Prior to founding SurePeople, Niko was Chairman and CEO of Akoo International, named one of Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work.”

Host: Rachel Cooke, COO and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group™

Rachel Cooke is Brandon Hall Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Principal HCM Analyst. She is responsible for business operations, including client and member advisory services, marketing design, annual awards programs, conferences and the company’s project management functions. She also leads Advancing Women in the Workplace and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, research and events. Rachel worked in the HCM research industry for 20+ years and held several key management and executive positions within the Talent and Learning Research and Performance Improvement industries.

Company Bio: SurePeople

SurePeople empowers organizations to build and sustain a people-centric culture. SurePeople’s patented platform is powered by its proprietary Prism psychometric algorithm, with the latest advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

SurePeople’s solutions include:

  • Enhancing executive and leader onboarding by accelerating speed-to-relationships, enriching cultural assimilation and amplifying leader effectiveness.
  • Aligning and optimizing teams by equipping leaders to foster relationships, enhance collaboration, reduce conflict and nurture a cohesive, engaged and agile team environment.
  • Elevating people skills by delivering personalized digital development to improve people skills throughout the organization.
  • Managing change and disruption by aligning leaders and teams during pivotal periods of change and disruption, ensuring successful mergers, acquisitions and digital transformations.

SurePeople’s mission is: To make people sure of themselves and organizations sure of their people.

A Brandon Hall Group™ Bronze SmartChoice® Preferred Provider, SurePeople is a Gold Sponsor of the Brandon Hall Group 2024 Human Excellence Conference, Feb. 13-15, in West Palm Beach, Fla. SurePeople won three HCM Excellence Awards in 2022.


Niko Drakoulis, SurePeople’s Founder and CEO, will explore new, innovative approaches to empower leaders and their teams to thrive in today’s challenging environment characterized by hybrid work, continuous disruption and disengagement. He’ll examine some of the long-standing reasons that leaders and managers fail in their roles and share what high-performing, “people-centric” teams are doing differently.

Social Media Handles:

SurePeople’s Evolve Blog: www.surepeople.com/community/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/surepeople/

X/Twitter: www.twitter.com/surepeople

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SurePeopleSocial/

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