Author of They Shoot Managers...Don't They?
Dr. Terry Paulson is a licensed psychologist and leading authority on turning positive psychology research into practical insights that produce real-world results. Author of the popular books, The Optimism Advantage, Leadership Truths One Story at a Time, Making Humor Work and They Shoot Managers Don't They?, his presentations help organizations, leaders, and teams make change work. Read More >
Your Questions Define Your Leadership
Reclaim the Optimism Advantage
The change journey continues....! This powerful program provides today's leaders with practical tactics that make change work. You'll learn how to generate and sustain commitment to a compelling vision, develop an organization that is excited to learn, encourage early problem solving, motivate diverse teams, and focus resources to support your strategic business goals.
In this age of cost-containment, competition and constant change, conflict is increased. Learn how to capitalize on disagreements and team diversity to produce winning results. By finding the assertive middle ground between doormat and steamroller, you can increase your influence batting average in dealing with the tough issues and your tough people! Explore how your actions help produce on-the-job enemies and how to use bridge-building strategies that trade polarization and revenge for trust and results.
Your task is to keep hope alive in this age of cynicism. Trade feelings of helplessness and frustration for flexible optimism, resourcefulness, and persistence in the face of adversity and constant change. This insightful program will help you and your team focus on "the optimism advantage" as you face ever-increasing personal and organizational challenges.
Shape your organization's culture. This dynamic program explores how leaders spread cultural change by driving core values, asking strategic questions, and sharing best practices along with inspirational stories. You'll learn how to generate and sustain commitment to guiding principles and ensure that your team makes wise critical decisions in support of the organization's vision and values.
There is no more valuable skill for leaders to develop than effective communication. Two of the most important competencies that can give you a communication edge are effective listening and public speaking. Learn how to listen so that others are comfortable talking; learn to speak so that people listen.
There's only one person who can motivate you...You! While many programs claim to be "motivational," this proven energizer is guaranteed to help you master specific motivation tactics that work on and off the job. You'll master self-talk strategies, understand self-feedback tools, and embrace self-change habits that will have a lasting impact well after the program is over.
"Terry, I want to thank you again for spending time with my team last week and for the words of optimism, wisdom, and humor that you shared. The feedback from the group regarding your messaging and, in particular, how it complemented our theme “All-In,” was very positive. I know the group also appreciated the opportunity to visit with you throughout the day. I also want to thank you for the time that you took to prepare for our event. The incorporation of my team’s perspective made the connection to your remarks very powerful. I appreciate your help in making my team realize the power that they have to reframe a challenge and become champions in the years to come."
"Terry was a hit! Not only does he have a very engaging and entertaining presence, but he did a great job of integrating core messages from our content into his presentation. Our group encompassed every level of our department from Administrative Assistants to VPs, and I heard nothing but rave review from everyone. On top of being thoroughly entertaining, I believe that Terry enriched the business content of our meeting."
"I would like to thank you for the informative and inspiring sessions you led. You challenged us to ask the unsettling questions, identify what is worth keeping and what is worth changing, embrace the opportunity inherent in change, and claim the advantage of optimism. The formal and informal feedback we have received has shown that your sessions had lasting impact on all conference participants. Thank you for your insights and humor, and for sharing practical approaches to navigating change that we can use throughout our everyday lives."
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