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Chester Elton

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

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

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Chester Elton Biography

Chester Elton is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert.

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, 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, Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to build culture, drive innovation, and enhance wellness. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than one million 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 bestselling leadership books including All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.6 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 2022, the Global Gurus research organization ranked him No. 3 among the world’s top leadership experts and No. 3 for organizational culture. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches and is a Thinkers 50 Coaching Award winner. Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works 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 and coach to firms such as American Express, The World Bank, Zoox, Momofuku, and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL.

He is most proud to be the father of four exceptional children, three delightful grandchildren, and married to the amazing Heidi for 40 years.

Chester Elton Speaking Topics

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

    The Dilemma: 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.

    The Research: 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.

    The Result: 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. Chester shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks and in doing so achieve higher: ?Productivity ?Engagement ?Retention ?Customer Satisfaction The Audience: 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.

  • All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results

    The Dilemma: 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.

    The Research: 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.

    The Result: 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; ?how managers at any level can build a productive workgroup culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give an extra pushof effort.

    The Audience: 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.

  • 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 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. ?Extremely engaging and motivating talk! Most importantly, you tailored the content perfectly to ensure it was relevant to our fast-paced and forever-changing needs.

  • Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive (Done with Adrian Gostick)

    • The Dilemma: 90% of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance, but only 24% think their employees are engaged enough to move their businesses forward.
    • The Research: New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton are founding partners of The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute, and have unprecedented access to meta-data on engagement that includes hundreds of thousands of employees in some the world’s highest performing organizations.
    • The Result: : In a fresh, humorous and thought-provoking keynote, Gostick & Elton can show exactly how real leaders move the needle on employee engagement. The authors drill deep with case studies and practical examples of known drivers of engagement such as open & honest communication, people development and recognition.
    • The Audience: Designed for managers and senior leaders, the authors have presented “Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive” to many corporate audiences as a follow-up to their All In presentation on Culture. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific engagement needs.

  • All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results

    In this interactive and engaging session based on The New York Times best-selling business book All In—which includes research from more than 300,000 people in high-performance organizations—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.

    In this presentation, Chester will relate fascinating stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented. Audiences will learn:

    -The 3 characteristics of the world’s most profitable, productive organizational and team cultures. -The 7 steps today’s most successful managers use to generate buy-in. -How managers at any level can build a productive workgroup culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give that extra push of effort.

  • What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work

    After surveying more than 850,000 people, New York Times best-selling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton have found the key difference between employees who are most energized and productive at work is whether or not their work aligns with what motivates them.

    In the What Motivates Me keynote, the New York Times best-selling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In offer an extensively tested method for leaders to identify their employees’ unique blend of core motivators and then help them align just a little more of their work with what drives them—creating huge boons in productivity and engagement.

    In a fresh and wildly thought-provoking keynote presentation, audiences will learn:

    -A step-by-step method to help identify employees’ particular blend of core motivators.

    -A process to figure out the disconnect that may exist between employees’ passions and their current work situation.

    -60 simple but powerful job-sculpting strategies to help people “accomplish more” and “avoid blind spots.”

    More than half of workers surveyed say they are unhappy in their jobs. The ideas the authors present 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 Videos

  • Managing With Carrots | Chester Elton | TEDxFordhamUniversity ...
    The "Apostle of Appreciation," Chester Elton, details the importance of appreciation and recognition in a workplace.
  • Chester Elton Keynote Speech for Tesco
    Chester Elton Keynote Speech for Tesco @ NEC, Genting Arena Birmingham, UK.
  • The Carrot Principle | Chester Elton
    Chester Elton's keynote at the 2014 VitalSmarts REACH conference.

Chester Elton Books

  • Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done
    Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done
  • All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results
    All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results
  • The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization
    The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization
  • The Daily Carrot Principle: 365 Ways to Enhance Your Career and Life
    The Daily Carrot Principle: 365 Ways to Enhance Your Career and Life
  • The Invisible Employee: Using Carrots to See the Hidden Potential in Everyone
    The Invisible Employee: Using Carrots to See the Hidden Potential in Everyone
  • The Carrot Principle:  How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their Employees, Retain Talent, and Drive Performance
    The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their Employees, Retain Talent, and Drive Performance

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Chester Elton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Carrots 2.0: How today’s managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent, and accelerate performance With Chester Elton, All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results, The Best TEAM Wins: The 5 Disciplines of Today’s Most Effective Team Leaders, Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive (Done with Adrian Gostick), All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results and What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chester Elton for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Chester Elton generally travels from Kamas, UT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Adrian Gostick, Eric Boles, Erica Dhawan, Dr. Jackie Freiberg and Mike Abrashoff. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chester Elton for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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