Professor at Wharton School of Business & Best-Selling Author of Total Leadership
Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been on faculty at Wharton, where he became the Management Department’s first Practice Professor for his work on applying theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations. As founding director of The Wharton Leadership Program, in 1991 he initiated the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses. He is also founding director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project. Read More >
Life is a zero-sum game, right? The more we strive to win in one dimension (such as our work), the more we have to sacrifice performance and satisfaction in the other three dimensions (family, community, and private self). Wrong! The bestselling Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (available in many languages) is a culmination of decades of research and practice. In this session, Stew Friedman persuasively shows how we don’t have to make trade-offs between life’s most important domains, and certainly not as often as we think. Nor should we. A trade-off mindset makes people feel all manner of painful emotions, it hurts those we care about most, and it prevents us from leading and performing effectively in every part of life. Friedman provides a blueprint for how to become a more successful leader in all domains of life: work, home, community, and self (mind, body, and spirit). Read More >
Friedman has brought this proven model to organizations around the world in keynotes and workshops (at Ford Motor, Google, Goldman Sachs, Target, UnitedHealth Group, the U.S. State Department, and hundreds more) as well as online in a MOOC with 135K+ enrolled students. Each participant leaves his interactive sessions charged up with working knowledge of how to use the Total Leadership method and a customized action plan designed to produce a four-way win – positive impact that’s sustainable because it improves performance in all domains of life. Read Less ^
Building on his national bestseller Total Leadership, decades of research and teaching on the faculty at Wharton, and practice as both consultant and senior executive, Friedman identifies the skills for creating harmony between work and the rest of life. He illustrates them with riveting original stories of sterling exemplars of great achievement and significant impact.
Each of these admirable (though surely imperfect) people exemplifies a specific set of skills that reduce conflict and produce a sense of purpose, coherence, and optimism. Friedman’s stories paint vivid pictures of the ways these very different leaders act with authenticity, integrity, and creativity – and they show that significant professional or public success is accomplished not at the expense of the rest of life, but as the result of meaningful attachments to all its parts. Friedman describes the engaging exercises he curated from research in organizational psychology and related fields that anyone can use for practicing these skills. His interactive talk is filled with practical insights that will inspire, inform, and instruct attendees on how to take realistic steps now toward leading the life you truly want, just as it has for employees at such organizations as Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Warby Parker, and others.
Millennials see the world very differently from those who’ve preceded them, and if you’re wondering why and what this shift means for our society, our organizations, and our families, then you’ll want to hear the good news and the bad from global thought leader Stew Friedman. Since founding the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project in 1991, his research, teaching, and advocacy for the evolution of social policy and business practices has influenced both the public sector (including projects with the White House and the U.S. Departments of Labor and State) and many private sector organizations. Friedman’s ground-breaking research of two generations of Wharton students as they graduated – Gen Xers in 1992 and Millennials in 2012 found that men and women are now more aligned in their attitudes about dual-career relationships. Read More >
Drawing on this historic research, Friedman’s thought-provoking talk addresses: Read Less ^
Everyone needs the support of other people in order to succeed – at work, at home, and in the community. So how do you cultivate your reputation as someone who others should want to help and thereby benefit from the abundance of resources that you can only acquire through others who are willing to help you?
In this high-energy session, Stew Friedman teaches the basics of social capital (understanding the practical meaning of “six degrees of separation,” the universality of the reciprocity principle, and more) and then leads an interactive exercise in which all attendees ask for help and give it to others. Not only does everyone gain real, practical assistance on a project that matters to them, attendees learn how to cultivate their networks by finding out what others need and providing it in a low-cost way that works for all parties.
Employees at all levels in organizations as diverse as KPMG, the OECD (in Paris), and Ford Motor have enjoyed the experience of actively learning how to design and enact a strategy for building lifelong support by enhancing their reputations as people worthy of others’ trust.
"People told me how grateful they were for your message. One person said, 'In my 20+ year corporate career, I’ve never had anyone tell me that I need to think about my life outside of work.' I wish we could have had longer, but I think we gave the CCE Leadership Team an important gift that symbolized our commitment to them as people. The leadership vision exercise is making its way back and will be a topic of many leadership/staff meetings next week when people return to the office…Your work inspires."
"Dr. Stewart Friedman delivered the Keynote Address at our National Conference on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital. He inspired attendees to assess and address both their individual challenges and those of their employees in creative and novel ways. It was an excellent start to an event dedicated to promoting productivity, health and well-being not as trade-offs, but as simultaneously achievable outcomes."
"Dr. Stewart Friedman delivered the keynote address at the National Business Group on Health’s 23rd National Conference on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital. He inspired attendees to assess and address both their individual challenges and those of their employees in creative and novel ways. It was an excellent start to an event dedicated to promoting productivity, health and well-being not as trade-offs, but as simultaneously achievable outcomes."
"Stew, thank you for an excellent presentation on Total Leadership. We received outstanding feedback about the usefulness, practicality and applicability of Total Leadership. I genuinely appreciate the time and focus that you gave our session, and I’m looking forward to bringing you back again. Your concepts will help make our leaders and volunteers more effective in their roles with our organizations, as well as their private lives and careers."