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Erica Dhawan

Foremost Expert of Connectional Intelligence and Co-Author of Get Big Things Done

Biography

Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on Connectional Intelligence and the Founder & CEO of Cotential. Through speaking, training and consulting, she teaches business leaders innovative strategies that increase value for clients, deliver results and ensure competitiveness. Read More >

She is the co-author of the bestselling book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. Erica was named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas” and featured as one of the emerging management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business. She hosts the award winning podcast Masters of Leadership.

Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to companies such as Fedex, Pepsico, and McGraw Hill Financial. Erica writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post.

Erica also serves as a board member to Lufthansa Innovation Hub. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. She has a MPA from Harvard University, a MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School. Read Less ^

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Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence

Connectional Intelligence

Speech Topics

Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence

We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability. Read More >

So, what is it? Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is helping people enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies, and sustain solutions to big problems.

This dynamic keynote will help employees understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to professional success and leadership in the 21st century. Attendees will learn from real-life stories and leave with an action plan to become a power player in your organization. Learning outcomes include:

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence.
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results.
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times.
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers.
  • How connectionally intelligent leaders outperform the competition and create remarkable results.

Now it’s your turn to leverage the secrets of the people using connectional intelligence. It’s your turn to “Get Your Big Things Done.” You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is. Read Less ^

How to Build a Connectionally Intelligent Organization

Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) helps organizations accelerate and sustain the capability to drive breakthrough innovation and results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. In our new world of an embedded digital, global infrastructure that connects all of our lives, the power of connectional intelligence holds exponential and previously untapped potential for breakthroughs in ways we can barely begin to imagine in the workplace. To harness CxQ, we have to work with the future workforce differently – because they are ahead of the rest of us in harnessing connective capacity. Read More >

In this keynote, Erica Dhawan shares insights into how leaders can bring out the connectional intelligence of your employees and utilize the talents that different silos, cultures, and generations all bring to the table. This is a powerful, interactive presentation for leaders who seek to breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift company culture and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce.

Learning Objectives: Read Less ^

  • Understand the resources each employee brings to the workplace.
  • Decode the connectional capacity of each generation and culture and use that knowledge to significantly improve innovation.
  • Transform workforce conflicts into growth points.
  • Create processes designed to maximize the ability to connect people, ideas, and resources for breakthrough results.

The Future of Talent: How to Maximize Value for Millennials

Millennials are the rising generation in the workforce today. Millennials expert Erica Dhawan reveals the #1 key to determining their workplace performance: Connectional Intelligence. For millennials, engagement with different kinds of connection is not just about social media – it’s embedded in all aspects of their daily life and work. This engagement enables them to realize exponential results from Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) leading them to drive growth, streamline costs and improve the overall performance of your business. The way to acquire, engage and retain top millennial talent to generate fast results is to stop with the play and perks. Instead, put their fundamentally different, powerful, radical, and disruptive Connectional Intelligence to work.

This presentation and/or workshop will decode the millennials’ employment mindset, reveal how to maximize millennials recruitment, retention and performance, and offers specific actions to unleash your millennials’ Connectional Intelligence.

Get Big Things Done in HealthCare: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

How did a rare disease patient create a knowledge network using Facebook that funded breakthrough medical research? How did a scientist use virtual reality to reduce pain of burn victims? How did a video storytelling campaign bridge scientists, doctors, providers and patients to change a company culture? The answer: Connectional Intelligence. Read More >

Connectional Intelligence is the capability to drive breakthrough innovation and outcomes by harnessing the power of relationships and networks in healthcare organizations, businesses, individuals and families. In our new world of an embedded digital, global infrastructure that connects all of our lives, the power of connectional intelligence holds exponential and previously untapped potential for healthcare breakthroughs in ways we can barely begin to imagine to improve patient outcomes, centricity and impact.

In this keynote, Strategist Erica Dhawan shares insights into how healthcare organizations can improve the interconnectivity between colleagues to drive engagement with patents by utilizing the talents that different skillsets and generations all bring to the table. This is a powerful, interactive presentation to breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift culture using technology and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce. Read Less ^

Preparing for the Global Workforce

Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough top and bottom line impact. Read More >

This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced keynote will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to collaboration success and leadership in the 21st century. Attendees will learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes.

Learning outcomes include: Read Less ^

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers

The Empathy Advantage: A Playbook for Leading Modern Teams

We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who constantly emails you are “wrong”—but never shows you how to correct those mistakes. The colleague who mansplains you to death in every conference call and has no interest in what you have to say. The team member who won’t stop looking at her phone as you share sensitive information during a meeting. Read More >

Why is empathy today at such a low point? You can credit various factors, including fewer face-to-face interactions, an ever-accelerating pace of change and an increasing number of global teams working remotely. These and other elements make it harder for any of us to understand and meet the unspoken needs of others. Teams have it especially hard. The more digitized teams become, and the more we interact online, the greater the need for empathy becomes to balance distances and misalignments and foster inclusivity and belonging.

How do we actively generate empathy in organizations? How do we bring people together, and make individuals feel genuinely emotionally connected, full-fledged members of the teams that have become the DNA of today’s organizations—teams that are virtual, global, multigenerational and matrixed?

In this keynote / workshop program, attendees will learn to activate the Empathy Advantage, a playbook for leading empathic teams today. With a combination of engaging stories, science, and practical tools, it shows readers how to cultivate greater empathy across teams, ultimately creating cultures of connection, collaboration and high-performance. Among other things, The Empathy Advantage teaches readers how to operationalize empathy with: Read Less ^

  • Simple ways of seeing the world as others do
  • Rules of thumb to avoid misunderstanding, ambiguity and rushes to judgment (or what we call, reading digital body language)
  • Signals that show others you understand their feelings and hear their ideas
  • Tools to diffuse tensions, bring an end to conflicts and create lasting connections