Todd Henry


  • Talks about how leaders and organizations can establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance.
  • Audiences leave with practical takeaways on how leaders can be become more creative in their day to day, and lead their teams to brilliance by peak performing cultures.
  • Todd Henry is a best selling author of three books, and an internationally renowned speaker across a variety of industries.
  • Past clients include: Cisco, IBM, P&G, Merck, Crayola, Estee Lauder, Mattel, Intuit and Kimberly-Clark.

About Todd Henry - Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author, Teaches Leaders and Organizations how to Establish Practices that Lead to Everyday Brilliance

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books ( The Accidental Creative, Die Empty , and Louder Than Words ) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

His book Die Empty was named by as one of the best books of 2013.

His latest book, Louder Than Words, is about how to develop an authentic voice that resonates and creates impact. Bestselling author Tom Rath called it " of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read."

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What Todd Henry talks about:

Herding Tigers
Leading motivated people who are doing highly creative work is a difficult challenge. In this talk, you’ll learn what talented, creative people need from every leader, the common places where leaders unknowingly stand in the way of their own team, and the handful of conversations, practices, and rituals that can set you and your team up to do its best work every day.

(This talk is based on Todd’s book Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need.)

Key Takeaways:

  • Why every creative person needs both stability and challenge.
  • How to diagnose which your team needs more of.
  • The three ways that leaders forfeit trust, without knowing it.
  • How to establish a leadership philosophy that builds clarity and trust.
  • How to shape and prune your culture.
  • How to create an environment that talented people love to work in.
  • How to build a better brainstorm for clearer ideas and brilliant results.

Unleash Your Best Work Everyday
No matter how talented and driven your team is, there is always a danger of getting stuck in ruts. You have to be mindful of some of the common areas where even the most focused and successful teams eventually trip up, and build practices to help you avoid them. In this talk, you will learn a practical process for recognizing those “watch points” organizationally, identifying personal and organizational passion areas, and ensuring that the people in your organization are bringing their best focus and energy every day.

(This talk is based on Todd’s book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.)

Key Takeaways:

  • The seven “deadly sins” that lead to organizational stasis.
  • The three kinds of work (Mapping, Making, Meshing) you must do.
  • How to avoid aimlessness, especially in busy times.
  • Why “ghost rules” can limit your organization’s productivity.
  • How to identify core personal and team passion areas.
  • Tools for defining your team’s “battle lines”.

How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
Can you improve your odds of having great ideas when you need them most? Yes! While creative ideas can be elusive, with a few purposeful practices you can set yourself up to have great ideas, even under pressure. Learn the basics of life and work rhythm, and how to build an infrastructure that supports your personal and team creative process.

(This talk is based on Todd’s book The Accidental Creative.)

Key Takeaways:

  • How to spot the three assassins that rob people and teams of creative firepower.
  • The five areas where you must build practices in order to be effective (focus, relationships, energy, stimuli, hours).
  • How to use challenges and “the big 3” to gain focus for yourself and your team.
  • The five kinds of conversations you need to have for healthy collaboration.
  • How to prune and manage your energy for the right priorities.
  • How to build a deep well of stimulus that will keep you inspired.
  • How to avoid the “efficiency trap” that keeps teams in stasis.
  • Tactical questions that help you avoid “busy boredom”


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Todd is an excellent speaker. His speech was tailored on theme, well paced, full of information, inspiration and practical application. I’d recommend Todd to anyone considering him.


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