Shola Richards


About Shola Richards - Bestselling Author & Expert on Workplace Culture:

Most organizations have a version of "joyful peak performance" somewhere in their mission statement. But how many are actually achieving it? Across the US, 65M people are experiencing some form of toxicity at work every day. Many of these employees resign themselves to the pitiful fate of spending each day dodging the bullies, accepting deep-seated job dissatisfaction, fighting back clinical depression, or worse, succumbing to it.

Shola Richards was one of them. The workplace bullying he experienced, which went unaddressed even after he complained to HR, drove him into clinical depression, and the unimaginable. Shola intentionally swerved off the interstate in an attempt to take his own life. As his car clipped the guardrail on I-405, something changed...

This catalyst has since become Go Together™ Movement - a transformational roadmap of mindset, behaviors, and tools that transform workplace cultures. Sholas mission is to help every workplace in America become one where joyful peak performance is lived every day and where engagement and satisfaction become the new norm.

Shola Richards’ life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work.

Shola is an advocate, a one-man counsel, and a humanitarian hardwired for positivity, who (ironically) speaks, coaches, consults, and authors books on the shadowy, often underground, and underestimated subject of workplace bullying, a pernicious reality that, when overlooked, corrodes trust, distorts communication, and ultimately usurps equity from the bottom line by using up a company’s most valuable resource: its people.

His approach is to open eyes to the staggering price we pay for normalized, toxic behavior, because we can’t address what we don’t see. His result is people equipped with tangible, doable solutions because we can’t accomplish what we can’t make actionable. His conviction is that everyone deserves a healthy work environment because the quality and meaning of our work suffers when we do.

Through his books--Go Together and Making Work Workand featured articles that have reached readers in over 160 countries, and through his presentations with institutions that range from Silicon Valley businesses to the Department of Homeland Security, Shola is spearheading a timely revolution that teaches us how to protect the professionalism of our company cultures, the preciousness of our time, the strength of our talents, the dignity of ourselves, and the mutual respect of one another.

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What Shola Richards Talks About: 

The Courage To Go Together: Three Questions to Change How You Work, Live, and Lead
Do you have a culture where leaders intentionally adopt beliefs and systems that inspire and empower your people to do their best work, so your organization can deliver exceptional results consistently? In his highly-inspiring flagship keynote, Shola will introduce the transformative concept of Ubuntu (pronounced, “oo-BOON-too”) which translates to “I am, because we are.” The Ubuntu philosophy, along with three powerful questions, will provide the audience with actionable strategies to transform their work culture, amplify team civility, and inspire themselves and others to consistently bring their best to their work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Searching for proven strategies to strengthen team cohesion and togetherness
  • Struggling to keep themselves engaged, energized, and positive when managing the nonstop challenges and complexities of life
  • Feeling as if they do not have the influence, professional title, or education to make a meaningful positive change in their organization.

Unstoppable Resilience: The Keys to Staying Strong Through Any Crisis
This is a uniquely difficult time for leaders and staff in workplaces all over America. A deadly pandemic is barreling through the world, there are deep divisions that have been exposed within our country, parents are being asked to balance working and homeschooling their kids simultaneously, and according to recent studies, Americans are the unhappiest they have been in the past 50 years. Needless to say, navigating all of the aforementioned challenges can have a significant impact on one’s overall resilience and mental health. The Unstoppable Resilience™ keynote provides the audience with the highly-practical strategies to build unshakable strength within themselves and within their teams.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:

  • Feeling overwhelmed with the multiple competing priorities (both at work and at home) that are draining them mentally and emotionally.
  • Experiencing heightened stress levels as they manage the seemingly nonstop onslaught of incoming unpleasant news happening in the world around them.
  • Unsure of how to support their colleagues who may be struggling.

The audience will leave with:

  • The keys to creating a resilient mindset, regardless of the circumstances.
  • The strategy to apply the aforementioned keys to any challenge that the attendees are currently facing (professionally, personally, or otherwise).
  • Three personalized commitments that the attendees will use to build their resilience, and a strategy to stay accountable to their new commitments.

Becoming Anti-Racist: Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
It is no longer good enough to not be a racist, whether it’s inside or outside of the workplace. In order to create a culture of diversity, equity, and belonging it will require the willingness to actively work against racism and bias in all of its forms. The highly-engaging Becoming Anti-Racist™ keynote provides the audience with the key tools, strategies, and information necessary to engage in this important work, while also ensuring that the commitment to this work remains long after the keynote ends.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:

  • Ready to create an anti-racist workplace, but don’t know where to begin.
  • Concerned about the current civil unrest, and its impact on BIPOC’s (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) mental health, productivity and overall well-being..
  • Unaware of how to effectively engage in difficult conversations with colleagues and others about race and inequity.

The audience will leave with:

  • The discovery of the history of systemic racism and its impact on the modern-day workplace.
  • Strategies to recognize bias, prejudice, and/or microaggressions in the workplace, and how to address it immediately.
  • The education and the inspiration to stay committed to the ongoing work of anti-racism.

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 Recent Publications

We recently had Shola at our annual TeamWorks program, his energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Shola delivers lasting lessons through the gift of storytelling. From the moment we met Shola the passion for his work was evident; your presentation was relevant, empowering and extremely helpful during this period of unprecedented times. Our team has been raving about the content and we appreciated the time you took to meet with us to customize your presentation. You are AMAZING!

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

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