Dr. Paul Stoltz


About Dr. Paul G. Stoltz - Motivational Speaker on Change, Adversity and Resilience:

Dr. Paul G. Stoltz is considered the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. He is author of four international bestselling books on the subject—printed in 14 languages—was voted by HR Magazine as “One of the Top 10 most influential global thinkers,” and by Executive Excellence as “One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time.” His newest book, GRIT—The New Science of What it Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed is available now, in which he pioneers the first construct for growing both the quantity and quality of one’s GRIT.

Dr. Stoltz guest lectures at MIT, where his GRIT-related methods and assessments are used to equip tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Dr. Stoltz has also been a member of Stanford University’s Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, was selected as the Millennial Thinker for Singapore, “Thought Leader of the Year” in Hong Kong, and is a top-rated international faculty member for the Young Presidents’ Organization.

He has also guest lectured for Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program. HBS incorporates Dr. Stoltz’s AQ (Adversity Quotient) theory and methods into its prestigious executive development and MBA programs. Dr. Stoltz has been a featured blogger and author for the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.

Today, GRIT™ and AQ® are the most widely adopted methods of their kind in the world for measurably enhancing one’s resilience, agility, and GRIT—currently in use by industry-leading companies, top institutions, and many governments in 63 countries across the globe.

Dr. Stoltz is frequently featured in the world’s top media. Examples include the major news shows CNN, CNBC, ABC, Sky News, Business News Network, NBC Nightly News, Public Broadcast Service (PBS), as well as the biggest daytime shows such as the Today Show, and Oprah. You will also find Dr. Stoltz quoted in the major press, worldwide, including Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, Asia 21, Inc., Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Singapore Straits Times, The Australian Financial Review, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Boss Magazine, The Drucker Foundation’s prestigious Leader to Leader and other publications.

Dr. Stoltz founded PEAK Learning, Inc. in 1987. PEAK is a leading global research and consulting firm, through which he coaches, consults, teaches, and collaborates with top leaders, thinkers, and influencers within a broad range of organizations from start-ups and NGO’s to the Fortune 50 on six continents.

As a highly sought-after thought leader, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Stoltz combines inspiration and humor with application and substance, delivering a compelling and practical message to audiences of 10 to 10,000 people, including some of the largest venues in the world.

As Director of the Global Resilience and GRIT Institutes, Dr. Stoltz oversees a research agenda in 29 countries dedicated to exploring, expanding, and advancing the applications of AQ and GRIT to strengthen people and their organizations. His research partners have included top thinkers at Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Harvard, and more than a dozen universities overseas.

Dr. Stoltz received his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Economics from the University of California, as well as his business and social sciences interdisciplinary master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. PEAK Learning’s international headquarters is situated in the coastal mountains of San Luis Obispo, California, where Dr. Stoltz resides with his family, who were honored by USA Today as “America’s Most Creative Family.”

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What Dr. Paul G. Stoltz Talks About:

The Adversity Advantage
It is in the flames of adversity that our character is forged. This signature keynote address gives a compelling overview of Adversity Quotient (AQ). Stoltz describes how AQ drives performance, resilience, and success, and discusses how to begin strengthening AQ to thrive on adversity. Highly tailored to each group, participants leave with tools they can use immediately to tackle their next challenge and optimize their next opportunity.

Leading Through Adversity
It is through adversity that leadership shines
forth. Demanding times call for leaders with
exceptional fortitude, tenacity, and resolve.
This keynote address draws from dramatic
examples of how great leaders across the
ages, world, and industries use AQ to lead
through adversity and unleash the greatness
in others.

Unleashed: Resilient Sales and Service
Imagine how a more resilient sales and
service organization could drive your results!
When it comes to selling skills and
personality are no longer enough. AQ predicts
sales performance and retention across
industries and countries. This keynote
address reveals to sales people and
executives what it really takes to achieve and
sustain top performance, even in the most
difficult circumstances. People gain tools that
they can use to surmount their obstacles with
renewed focus and vigor.

Creating Resilient Teams
Resilient teams thrive on challenges and
deliver superior performance.
Resilient teams are at their best when times
are tough. They rise to challenges and are
inspired by seemingly insurmountable odds
and daunting obstacles. They are the ones
that get things done when others cannot. This
keynote address provides practical insight into
what it takes to form and grow a high performance|
resilient team.

The Invincible Investor
A new conversation about money.
Tailored to the financial services market, the
Invincible Investor keynote introduces the
landmark science and practice of investor
resilience. In a time of tremendous volatility
and uncertainty, investors and their advisors
need new tools to protect and grow what
matters most, no matter what. This keynote
presentation introduces a whole new way to
think and talk about how we relate to money in
our lives.

Creating the Resilient Workforce
How would it affect your business if people
could be measurably more resilient?
For those who shape the workforce in any
way, this keynote presentation draws from
leading science on AQ and resilience. It
introduces practical, new methods for
transforming your current workforce into one
that can not only withstand any setback or
challenge but also bounce back and benefit
from such situations.

Hiring Resilient People
How would it affect your business if the people
you hire were measurably more resilient?
PEAK offers the #1 tool in the world for
assessing any job applicant’s resilience and
overall AQ. In a poll of 1|264 employers, when
asked if they would hire for skill set or
mindset, 96 percent chose mindset. The AQ
Profile can help you gauge and hire the right
mindset for every hiring decision. This keynote
draws from the science of AQ and reveals
simple steps for quickly identifying those who
will deliver superior results in demanding

The GRIT Program™
If you want to master the basics on GRIT, this is the program for you. In addition to the customized outcomes, participants who complete The Grit Program typically will:

  • Understand and appreciate the role GRIT plays in everything one set out to accomplish.
  • Assess one’s personal GRIT using the GRIT Gauge™, with a comprehensive personal feedback report.
  • Practice and begin to master a series of GRIT Gainers™ (tools) to a broad range of situations, to measurably improve one’s GRIT.
  • Immediately apply GRIT Gainers to their goals, challenges, and opportunities upon completion of the program.

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