Chester Elton


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About Chester Elton - Author, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker on Developing an All In Culture and Engaging your People:

Chester Elton delivers results when he asks "how do today’s best leaders accelerate business results?" By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. Chester has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees in organizational strategy, vision and values. In his inspiring and always entertaining talks, Elton provides real solutions for leaders looking to build culture, manage change and drive innovation. His work is supported by research with more than a million working adults across the globe, revealing the proven secrets behind high performance cultures and teams.

Elton is co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company, and author of multiple award winning, #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-sellers, All In; The Carrot Principle and Leading with Gratitude. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Leading with Gratitude is Elton's newest book (from HarperCollins, released March 2020) - which addresses results from a survey of 1 million people to understand employee engagement & talent retention.

He has been called “fascinating” by Fortune and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Elton has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2019, Global Gurus research organization ranked Chester #11 among the world’s top leadership experts and #8 among the world’s top organizational culture experts. The Employee Engagement Awards 2019 named him a Top 101 Global Employee Engagement Influencer; and Engagedly named him Top HR Influencer of 2019.

He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s #MG100 Global Coaches, member of the Fast Company Impact Council, and serves as a board member for Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.

Some of Elton’s clients include globally recognized organizations, GE, Hard Rock Café, and Novartis. And as an executive coach, he has helped high potential leaders at American Express and The World Bank.

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What Chester Elton Talks About:

Leading Through Uncertainty: Six Strategies to Embrace the Discomfort of Working with Ambiguity
We live in times of uncertainty and change. Organizations are experiencing fast-moving transformations like never before. Leadership strategy experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton can help your team think and act more decisively with a set of proven strategies that can accelerate their ability to continually learn, evolve, and navigate through complex challenges.

With a keynote or workshop designed for senior leaders and managers (which can be tailored for all employees), the New York Times bestselling authors of All In and Anxiety at Work offer 6 Practical Strategies:

  • Make it Okay to Not Have All the Answers
  • Embrace the Power of Directness
  • Control What Can Be Controlled
  • Adopt a Bias to Action
  • Resist Perfectionism
  • Build Trust & Collaboration

Gostick and Elton can help your team evolve from a “must know it all” to a “must learn it all” mindset. This re-engineered way of thinking can help lessen the discomfort of transformation by eliminating the pressure for your managers to have all the answers and to enable them to move forward with a focus on delivering the best results they can.

For leaders working to retain great talent & engage their people, the solution might be right under our noses. New York Times best-selling author Chester Elton is back with a major new book (from HarperCollins) on the topics of leadership and gratitude – including exclusive interviews with CEOs such as Alan Mulally of Ford, Ken Chenault of American Express, and Hubert Joly of Best Buy.

In this fantastic new keynote, Chester introduces groups to this new research that shows how gratitude, done right, can boost employee engagement and reduce turnover – he also shows how few leaders effectively utilize this simple tool.

Audiences will learn:

  • How authentic, specific and timely gratitude can help managers understand the value their people are contributing – and what more their team members may have to give
  • How appreciation of employee efforts can enhance motivation & productivity, especially during times of change – 81% of people say they’d work harder if their boss was more grateful
  • How leaders can master this skill to enhance team performance & trust – introducing the 8 most powerful gratitude practices

The Dilemma: 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.

The Research: Teaming up with research giant Towers Watson, #1 best-selling author Chester Elton 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 road map that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture in their own teams where employees are engaged, enabled and energized.

The Result: Elton 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 Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers – although sometimes tailored to include all employees – Chester Elton has presented “All In” to corporate audiences and association conferences worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific culture challenges).

The Dilemma: The vast majority of employees’ days are now spent working collaboratively, but still 96% 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.

The Research: Based on an 850,000-person study of the most profitable, innovative work teams, New York Times best-selling author Chester Elton 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.

The Result: Elton’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

(The Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers – although often tailored to include all employees – Chester Elton has presented The Best Team Wins to corporate audiences and association conferences worldwide).

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