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Chester  Elton

Chester Elton

Bestselling Leadership Author


Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His work has been called a “must read for modern managers,” by Larry King of CNN. Read More >

Elton’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies worldwide. As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times, and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. And if you Google the 30 top leadership gurus of 2013, you’ll find Chester Elton at number 12, right after John Baldoni and just ahead of Jim Collins.

Chester serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, Avis Budget Group and Cigna. Read Less ^

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How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief & Drive Big Results

In his New York Times bestsellers The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Elton reveals groundbreaking new findings: today’s high-performance organizations have a distinctive kind of culture that leads to astonishing results. Based on breakthrough research and extensive consulting experience with the “who’s who” of successful companies, Elton presents a simple seven-step roadmap that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture within their own teams. With the most current data available on corporate culture, Elton offers specific how-tos for each of the seven steps. He will relate fascinating stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented. Read More >

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  • The three research-based characteristics of the world’s most profitable, productive organizational and team cultures
  • The seven steps today’s most successful managers 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 that extra push of effort

A Culture of Recognition

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Carrot Principle has become the preeminent source on employee engagement and recognition. In this presentation based on the runaway bestseller, Elton reveals the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, showing definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. This breakthrough study of 200,000 people over ten years found dramatically greater business results when managers offered constructive praise and meaningful rewards in ways that powerfully motivated employees to excel. Drawing on case studies from leading companies including Disney, KPMG, and the Pepsi Bottling Company, Elton shows how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing increases in operating results. He shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks, and in doing so achieve higher productivity, engagement, retention, and customer satisfaction.

How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization

In The Orange Revolution, which is recognized worldwide as the premiere book on how breakthrough teams and teamwork revolutionize a company, a community, and the world, Elton highlights the key traits found inside the world’s most stellar teams. He illustrates the steps these teams took to conquer barriers, exceed expectations, and overcome mediocrity through brilliant collaboration. Based on the acclaimed bestseller, this presentation reveals the synergy that exists among teams in the world’s most respected and innovative organizations—and how to tap into that power within any group of individuals. Drawing on startling research and case studies from leading teams at Zappos, Pepsi Bottling Company, The Blue Angels, Texas Roadhouse, Apple, and numerous others, Elton will show how true teamwork produces results that change the world and can immediately increase productivity, engagement, loyalty, innovation, and the bottom-line.

Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive

The Dilemma: 90% of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance, but only 24% think their employees are engaged enough to move their businesses forward. Read More >

The Research: New York Times bestselling author Chester Elton is a founding partner of The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute, and has unprecedented access to meta-data on engagement that includes hundreds of thousands of employees in some the world’s highest performing organizations.

The Result: In a fresh, humorous and thought-provoking keynote, Elton can show exactly how real leaders move the needle on employee engagement.  The author drills deep with case studies and practical examples of known drivers of engagement such as open & honest communication, people development and recognition.

The Audience: Designed for managers and senior leaders, Elton has presented “Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive” to many corporate audiences as a follow-up to his All In presentation on Culture. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific engagement needs. Read Less ^

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