Adrian Gostick


  • Global workplace expert & thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership & engagement
  • Co-author of #1 New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle & Leading with Gratitude
  • Talks about: All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief & Deliver Big Results
  • Past clients include: ADT, Bank of America, Bridgestone, Morgan Stanley, Intel, Microsoft, P&G
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About Adrian Gostick - Acclaimed Author and Speaker on Leadership, Anxiety in the Workplace and Employee Engagement:

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 best-selling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, organizational culture, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams.

Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works, and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-sellers All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. Keep an eye for Adrian's upcoming book Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results (Publisher: HarperBusiness) -- slated for a March 2020 release.

As a leadership expert, he has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Gostick has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, he is on the list along side Jack Welch and Jim Collins. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, JELD-WEN, and California Pizza Kitchen.

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What Adrian Gostick Talks About:

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

Teaming up with research giant Towers Watson, #1 best-selling author Adrian Gostick 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.

Gostick offers specific how-to’s 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 work-group culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give an extra push of effort

The Anxiety Solution
Helping employees mange stress, anxiety and avoid burnout:

  • 50%+ of workers say a anxiety negatively affects their performance quality
  • 75% say the most stressful part of the job is their immediate supervisor
  • 60% of organizations plan to address anxiety and well-being in the next three years

Adrian Gostick helps managers lead ‘the most anxious generation.’  Anxiety is crippling the performance of the people we manage – especially younger employees. It is affecting productivity and leading to ghosting and burnout.

When the Wall Street Journal covered the growing anxiety epidemic at work, the first expert featured was New York Times best-selling author Adrian Gostick. In the Anxiety Solution keynote, he offers tactics for managers to help their employees stay more calm, clearheaded, and be willing to speak up when feeling overwhelmed. He helps managers become more aware when employees are hiding anxiety and offers solutions to alleviate much of the unhealthy stress their people may be feeling while still maintaining productivity and performance.

Leaders will learn how to tackle issues regarding:

  • Overload (how less can become more)
  • Stagnation (the need for growth and development)
  • Uncertainty (how to turn ‘what should I do?’ into ‘will do!’)
  • Intimidation (how to motivate without the stick)
  • Exclusion (how to instill an ethic of inclusion and support in a team)

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

Based on an 850,000-person study of the most profitable, innovative work teams, New York Times best-selling author Adrian Gostick 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.

Adrian’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

Carrots 2.0: How Today’s Managers Use Recognition to Engage their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance 
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.

Based his #1 best-selling book The Carrot Principle, which unveiled a 10-year, 200,000- person survey, Gostick 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.

Gostick 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. Adrian shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks and in doing so achieve higher:

  • Productivity
  • Engagement
  • Retention
  • Customer Satisfaction

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Adrian Gostick is the undisputed thought leader in employee motivation

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