Chester Elton

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert

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  • Languages Spoken

    English, Italian

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    New Jersey, USA

  • Chester Elton`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Chester Elton`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    Please Inquire

  • Languages Spoken

    English, Italian

  • Travels From

    New Jersey, USA

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The Best TEAM Wins: The 5 Disciplines of Today’s Most Effective Team Leaders

The Dilemma. The vast majority of employees’ days are now spent working collaboratively, but still 96 percent of executives cite poor teamwork as the main source of workplace failures in their organizations. It might be the most-pressing question ...

The Dilemma. The vast majority of employees’ days are now spent working collaboratively, but still 96 percent 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 bestselling 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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All In
: How the Best Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief & Drive Big Results

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 ...

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.

Teaming up with research giant Towers Watson, #1 bestselling 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 roadmap that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture in their own teams where employees are engaged, enabled and energized.

Elton offers specific how-tos 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; and how managers at any level can build a productive workgroup culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give an extra push of effort.

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.

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The Engagement Effect: 
How the best managers are engaging employees to meet the needs of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world

Financial performance in high-engagement organizations is 44 percent higher than in low engagement organizations. Some 90 percent of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance. But only 24 percent think their employees are engaged enough...

Financial performance in high-engagement organizations is 44 percent higher than in low engagement organizations. Some 90 percent of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance. But only 24 percent think their employees are engaged enough to move their businesses forward.

New York Times bestselling author and leadership expert Chester Elton presents findings from 20 years of research, with a total of 850,000-people now surveyed, to illustrate the steps today’s most successful organizations use to generate superior levels of employee engagement to drive energy, focus and innovation. His work shows exactly which leadership behaviors move engagement and which don’t.

In this practical and thought-provoking keynote, Elton introduces a practical guide for leaders, showing them exactly how to move the needle on employee engagement. The author drills deep with case studies of real managers in action and practical examples of proven drivers of engagement such as 1) alignment with future vision, 2) enhanced trust and innovation, 3) transparent communication, 4) career development, and 5) strategic recognition of contributions.

Designed for senior leaders and managers, Chester Elton has presented “The Engagement Effect” to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific engagement challenges.

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Carrots 2.0
: How today’s managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent, and accelerate performance

Most managers want to create cultures where their teams achieve above-and-beyond results, but for a culture to really take off teammates must encourage each other on a daily basis. The answer is in rooting for each other: having each other’s backs, appreciating strengths, ...

Most managers want to create cultures where their teams achieve above-and-beyond results, but for a culture to really take off teammates must encourage each other on a daily basis. The answer is in rooting for each other: having each other’s backs, appreciating strengths, and recognizing strategic behaviors.

Based his #1 bestselling book The Carrot Principle, which unveiled a 10-year, 200,000- person survey, Elton has become the preeminent authority on employee recognition. Now, he introduces us to Carrots 2.0—showing incontrovertible evidence that today’s employees respond best when they are recognized for things they are good at and for those actions where they had to stretch.

Elton introduces audiences to new generational and industry-specific data from his 2016 proprietary survey of 14,000 working adults—helping managers link recognition to what is most meaningful to their employees. He introduces practical concepts that help managers encourage excellence, including ideas such as appreciation vs. recognition, effort vs. achievement, and praise vs. rewards.

Designed for managers, Chester Elton has presented “Carrots 2.0” to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific recognition needs and can also include the organization’s available R&R tools.

 

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What Motivates Me?
 How to lead and retain generations in the workplace

By 2024, 75 percent of the workforce will be Millennials and Gen Z. The best leaders are retaining more of their key, young talent by creating meaningful career discussions from day-one, and are helping younger workers understand their impact on the greater purpose of the ...

By 2024, 75 percent of the workforce will be Millennials and Gen Z. The best leaders are retaining more of their key, young talent by creating meaningful career discussions from day-one, and are helping younger workers understand their impact on the greater purpose of the organization.

Based on Chester Elton’s bestselling book What Motivates Me with the findings of an 850,000-person research study, and introducing Elton’s Primary Research Study of thousands of millennials, the author identifies practical methods to inspire today’s young workers to increase levels of commitment, enhance feelings of inclusion, and speed the process of onboarding.

In addition to learning how to help team members of all generations work together more effectively, leaders in this session will discover ways to reduce employee attrition by helping each employee understand their core motivators and sculpt the nature of their positions to better match those drivers. The truth is very few leaders know what is really motivating to their people or, even if they do, don’t know how to apply that information to day-to-day work.

Designed for senior leaders, managers, and employee groups, the authors have presented “What Motivates Me?” to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. Some groups have participants complete the online Motivators Assessment before the session.

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Be a Better Manager by Friday: 
Real skills for inspiring employees, leading a team, and winning in today’s transformative marketplace

For leaders looking to drive innovation, diversity, and inclusion in their teams, many established management practices are doing more harm than good. Too many leaders are dampening their employees’ exuberance and refreshing diversity with old-school management approaches ...

For leaders looking to drive innovation, diversity, and inclusion in their teams, many established management practices are doing more harm than good. Too many leaders are dampening their employees’ exuberance and refreshing diversity with old-school management approaches that are killing their cultures.

Chester Elton has been one of the most influential voices in leadership research and organizational consulting for more than two decades, but it’s his research over the last few years that’s garnering extra attention. After surveying more than 14,000 working adults in 2015-16 alone, he has found 5 principles of effective leadership that managers in the 21st Century can employ to great effect, and 5 principles that must be avoided.

In a fresh, funny and challenging keynote presentation, Elton debunks myths such as The Smartest Person in the Room, Treating Everyone the Same is Fair, Appreciation Comes in a Paycheck, and We’ll Let You Know if You Mess Up. He teaches audiences how to lead in such a way that today’s employees will follow—including establishing a clear future vision, enhancing diversity, increasing trust levels, and providing opportunity and growth development paths.

Designed for senior leaders and managers, the author has presented “Be a Better Manager by Friday” to corporate audiences and associations worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific leadership challenges.

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About Keynote Speaker Chester Elton

About Keynote Speaker Chester Elton…

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.

He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2018 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #13 in the world’s top leadership experts and #5 in the world’s top organizational culture experts; and he is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches pay it forward project.

Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. He serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group and Procter & Gamble. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children-more exceptional now they’ve grown up and left home.

 

Testimonials

“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

Chester was a huge hit and personally inspired me to be a better leader! Not only did he bring relevant, factual data into his presentation about driving business results through engaging the workforce, he used humor and audience participation to keep the team motivated and invested!

MaryLynn Carver

Chief Communications Officer, General Mills

Chester received a standing ovation. I’d say that it was a grand slam home- run to spearhead a cultural change initiative throughout our region. Chester’s approach to combine strategy and tactics, supported by real- world studies, was instrumental at not only gaining participants buy-in, but at inspiring our leaders and helping us formulate actionable plans to move forward.

Glen Stambone

Northern Regional Medical Command, U.S. Army

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