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Chester Elton, Business Ethics Speaker

Chester Elton

    • #1 Bestselling Business Author
    • Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert
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Fee Range

$20,000 - $30,000

Travels From

New Jersey

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Managing With Carrots - TEDx Fordham University

Managing With Carrots - TEDx Fordham University

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Tesco keynote

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How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees in organizational strategy, vision, and values. In his inspiring and always entertaining talks, Elton provides real solutions for leaders looking to build culture, manage change and drive innovation. His work is supported by research with more than a million working adults across the globe, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.
Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company, and author of multiple award-winning, #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, All In, The Carrot Principle and Leading with Gratitude. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies.

He has been called “fascinating” by Fortune and “creative and refreshing” by The New York Times. Elton has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2019 Global Gurus research organization ranked Chester #11 among the world’s top leadership experts and #8 among the world’s top organizational culture experts. The Employee Engagement Awards 2019 named him a Top 101 Global Employee Engagement Influencer, and Engagedly named him Top HR Influencer of 2019. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s #MG100 Global Coaches, member of the Fast Company Impact Council, and serves as a board member for Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.

Some of Elton’s clients include globally recognized organizations, GE, Hard Rock Café, and Novartis. And as an executive coach, he has helped high potential leaders at American Express and The World Bank.

 

Leading with Gratitude

For leaders working to retain great talent & engage their people, the solution might be right under our noses. In their Leading with Gratitude keynote, New York Times bestsellers and corporate culture gurus Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton introduce research that shows how a few vital leadership skills—when done right—can boost employee engagement and reduce turnover. They also unveil the fascinating science behind why so many managers resist (aka: suck at) something so seemingly simple as gratitude.

Audiences will learn:  

- How gratitude helps managers understand the value their people are contributing—and what more their team members may have to give  

- How appreciation of employee efforts can enhance motivation & productivity, especially during times of change—81% of people say they’d work harder if their boss were more grateful

- How leaders can master this skill to enhance team performance & trust—introducing the 8 most powerful gratitude practices

 

The Best TEAM Wins: The 5 Disciplines of Today’s Most Effective Team Leaders

The Dilemma: The vast majority of employees’ days are now spent working collaboratively, but still 96 percent of executives cite poor teamwork as the main source of workplace failures in their organizations. It might be the most-pressing question organizations must address: How can managers lead their teams to improved performance given the volatility and challenges we face today.

The Research: Based on an 850,000-person study of the most profitable, innovative work teams, New York Times bestselling author Chester Elton introduces his audiences to the new science of teamwork—helping leaders deal with the increased speed of change in business, global and remote employees, the rise of the Millennials, the need to work more cross-functionally across departments, and more.

The Result: Elton’s research has discovered a set of leadership disciplines that make the biggest difference in building today’s best teams. He helps leaders:

  • Manage to the One—Identify the drivers of each team member for maximum engagement
  • Speed Productivity—Help new people and teams work faster & smarter
  • Challenge Everything—Inspire greater innovation through healthy debate
  • Focus on Customers—Build bridges across functions, cultures, and distance

The Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers (although often tailored to include all employees), Chester Elton has presented The Best Team Wins to corporate audiences and association conferences worldwide.

 

All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results 

The Dilemma: While most leaders understand their most reliable competitive advantage comes from their people, few know how to get their teams “all in”—convincing employees to buy into the strategy they’ve put forward. If a culture is clear, positive, and strong, then people will believe what they do matters and that they can make a difference. If a culture is dysfunctional—chaotic, combative or indifferent—employees will spend more time thinking about why the people sitting next to them should be fired than getting fired up themselves.

The Research: Teaming up with research giant Towers Watson, #1 bestselling author Chester Elton presents the findings of an unprecedented 300,000-person study conducted in the worst of the recession for his book All In. Based on this breakthrough research and his extensive consulting experience with a who’s-who of successful organizations, he presents a simple roadmap that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture in their own teams where employees are engaged, enabled and energized.

The Result: Elton offers specific how-tos for each step, and tells fascinating stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented. Audiences will learn:

  • The 3 research-based characteristics of the world’s most profitable, productive organizational and team cultures
  • The 7 steps today’s most successful leaders use to generate buy-in
  • How managers at any level can build a productive workgroup culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give an extra push of effort.

The Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers (although sometimes tailored to include all employees), Chester Elton has presented “All In” to corporate audiences and association conferences worldwide. The session is
typically customized to an organization’s specific culture challenges.

 

Carrots 2.0: How today’s managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent, and accelerate performance

The Dilemma: Most managers want to create cultures where their teams achieve above-and-beyond results, but for a culture to really take off teammates must encourage each other on a daily basis. The answer is in rooting for each other: having each other’s backs, appreciating strengths, and recognizing strategic behaviors.

The Research: Based his #1 bestselling book The Carrot Principle, which unveiled a 10-year, 200,000- person survey, Elton has become the preeminent authority on employee recognition. Now, he introduces us to Carrots 2.0—showing incontrovertible evidence that today’s employees respond best when they are recognized for things they are good at and for those actions where they had to stretch.

The Result: Elton introduces audiences to new generational and industry-specific data from his 2016 proprietary survey of 14,000 working adults—helping managers link recognition to what is most meaningful to their employees. He introduces practical concepts that help managers encourage excellence, including ideas such as appreciation vs. recognition, effort vs. achievement, and praise vs. rewards. Chester shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks and in doing so achieve higher:

  • Productivity
  • Engagement
  • Retention
  • Customer Satisfaction

The Audience: Designed for managers, Chester Elton has presented “Carrots 2.0” to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific recognition needs and can also include the organization’s available R&R tools.

 

The Engagement Effect: How the best managers are engaging employees to meet the needs of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world

The Dilemma: Financial performance in high-engagement organizations is 44 percent higher than in low engagement organizations. Some 90 percent of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance. But only 24 percent think their employees are engaged enough to move their business forward.

The Research: New York Times bestselling author and leadership experts Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton present findings from 20 years of research, with a total of 850,000-people, now surveyed, to illustrate the steps today's most successful organizations use to generate superior levels of employee engagement to drive energy, focus, and innovation. Their work shows exactly which leadership behaviors move engagement and which don't.

The Result: In this practical and thought-provoking keynote, Gostick & Elton introduce a practical guide for leaders, showing them exactly how to move the needle on employee engagement. The authors drill deep with case studies of real managers in action and practical examples of proven drivers of engagement such as:

* alignment with future vision
* enhanced trust and innovation
* transparent communication
* career development
* strategic recognition of contributions

The Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers, Gostick & Elton have presented "The Engagement Effect" to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization's specific engagement challenges.

 

What Motivates Me? How to lead and retain generations in the workplace

The Dilemma: By 2024, 75 percent of the workforce will be Millennials and Gen Z. The best leaders are retaining more of their key, young talent by creating meaningful career discussions from day on and are helping younger workers understand their impact on the greater purpose of the organization.

The Research: Based on Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton's bestselling book What Motivates Me, with the findings of an 850,000 person research study, and introducing their Primary Research Study of thousands of millennials, the authors identify practical methods to inspire today's young workers to increase levels of commitment, enhance feelings of inclusion, and speed the process of onboarding.

The Result: In addition to learning how to help team members of all generations work together more effectively, leaders in this session will discover ways to reduce employee attrition by helping each employee understand their core motivators and sculpt the nature of their positions to better match those drivers. The truth is very few leaders know what is really motivating to their people or, even if they do, don't know how to apply that information to day-to-day work.

The Audience: Designed for senior leaders, managers, and employee groups, the authors have presented "What Motivates Me?" to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. Some groups have participants complete the online Motivators Assessment before the session.

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