Keynote Speaker Chester Elton

Chester Elton

Workplace Expert on High Performing Cultures & Co-author of What Motivates Me, All In & The Carrot Principle

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English, Italian
  • Travels From
    New Jersey, USA

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Chester Elton’s Accomplishments Include . . .
Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His work has been called a “must read for modern managers,” by Larry King of CNN.

Elton’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies worldwide. As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times, and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. And if you Google the 30 top leadership gurus of 2013, you’ll find Chester Elton at number 12, right after John Baldoni and just ahead of Jim Collins.

Why Chester Elton

  • Chester Elton will teach leaders how to Engage, Enable and Energize their workforces. The formula of E+E+E outlines how high-performance organizations deliver extraordinary results by creating a vibrant, productive culture where people believe that what they do matters and that they can make a difference.
  • More than half of workers surveyed say they are unhappy in their jobs. The ideas the authors present in their latest book/keynote have been vetted with their consulting clients from American Express to Procter & Gamble to AT&T, and are shown to increase levels of employee motivation, engagement, and productivity. This is a vital message for leadership teams, employee groups, or association audiences.
  • “Chester Elton is the preeminent source on employee engagement and recognition. Attendees will learn how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing increases in operating results. Chester shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks and in doing so achieve higher: Productivity
 | Engagement 
| Retention 
| Customer Satisfaction”

Chester serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, Avis Budget Group and Cigna. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children—all the more exceptional now they have grown up and left home.

More About Chester Elton . . .
Chester Elton, along with partner Adrian Gostick (aka “The Carrot Guys”) is co-author of several successful leadership books and is an in-demand speaker the world over.

Chester Elton’s bestselling work The Carrot Principle reveals the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken. It illustrates definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is providing their employees with frequent and effective recognition. This breakthrough study of 200,000 people over ten years, analyzed by noted leadership experts Gostick and Elton, found dramatically greater business results when managers offered constructive praise and meaningful rewards in ways that powerfully motivated employees to excel.

Drawing on case studies from leading companies including Disney, DHL, KPMG, and Pepsi Bottling Group, Chester Elton shows how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing increases in operating results–whether measured by return on equity, return on assets, or operating margin. And Chester Elton shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks, and in doing so achieve higher productivity, engagement, retention and customer satisfaction.

Testimonials 3

  • “Chester – You were the “WOW” at our conference. Your “All In” principles aligned to every aspect of our key messaging and reinforced the effectiveness of this approach.  We can’t wait to continue this momentum and enthusiasm. During our next meeting, we will discuss sustainment options.

    We look forward to speaking with you.”

    Lynn Leblanc

    National Accounts | Head of Strategic Planning , Aetna

  • “Just wanted to follow up and let you know that I came back from vacation today to a series of emails from a number of folks at various levels throughout the organization raving about your session.  I looked at the evaluations and you got the highest marks. I wanted to let you know how much folks enjoyed your presentation, not only the entertaining way you presented but also the content.  It really resonated with this group which says a lot for such a quiet and cynical crowd. Thanks again for all the time you put into getting it just right.  I also really appreciate the thank you note, it is  posted on my wall with others I have collected over this year. “

    Lisa Stornaielo

    VP of Leadership Development, Fidelity Investments Asset Management | HR Talent Development

  • “Chester Elton is one of the finest business speakers I have come across in my 15 year professional career around the world. I say that for three reasons-

    One- his messages are simple- he translates corporate mumbo jumbo into very simple, easy to understand behavioral attributes that are very easy to comprehend.

    Two- his techniques or tips are extremely easy to implement. We had Chester present to the top 120 leaders of Novartis General Medicines team in the US and three months later, they are still talking about the insights they gained from the presentation and are using everyday- it is creating a cultural shift in our organization that I have not seen any other two hour talk do!

    Three- the key reason why the messages stick is because Chester is both authentic and entertaining- he drives a really important message of great profundity in a manner that is incredibly engaging- be it the use of toy carrots, the singing that goes on, the quizzes that he throws in and just his energy is infectious.

    We used Chester for our top leadership team and since then, whenever we have felt the need to have someone talk to leaders around teamwork, around how we can approach problems in a collaborative manner, around engaging the workforce, around the need for recognition and appreciation on a regular basis- we have leaned on Chester, and he has never disappointed.

    Also, Chester is coachable, he takes feedback well and adjusts his talk to suit the needs of the audience.

    I would highly recommend him for any upcoming engagement.”

    Mahat Misra

    Global Head | Talent Management/US General Medicines, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, "Mahat MisraGlobal Head - Talent Management

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