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Chester Elton

Leadership Expert & Culture Consultant

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.

Summit, New Jersey, USA

Presentations

Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive
Chester has been touring the world helping organizations dive deep on employee engagement. 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. In a fresh, humorous and thought-provoking keynote, 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. Designed for managers and senior leaders, the session is typically customized to an organization’s specific engagement needs.

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results
Based on a 300,000-person study conducted during the worst of the recession, a simple 7-step roadmap that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture within their own teams. 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 research-based 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 along with 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
In the What Motivates Me keynote, Chester offers up 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.; along with 60 simple but powerful job-sculpting strategies to help people “accomplish more” and “avoid blind spots.”

Teamwork and Collaboration: The Teachings of The Orange Revolution
This keynote highlights the key traits found inside the world’s most stellar teams. Chester illustrates the steps these teams took to conquer barriers, exceed expectations, and overcome mediocrity through brilliant collaboration. This presentation reveals the synergy that exists among teams in the world’s most respected and innovative organizations and how to tap into that power within any group of individuals. This must-see presentation introduces the simple steps to inspiring greater teamwork and collaboration in your organization through easy, prescriptive, outcome-based applications that can be implemented today.

A Culture of Recognition: The Teachings of The Carrot Principle
Based on his runaway bestseller, The Carrot Principle keynote reveals the ground-breaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, showing definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is that they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. This breakthrough study of 200,000 people over ten years found dramatically greater business results when managers offered constructive praise and meaningful rewards in ways that powerfully motivated employees to excel. This exceptional presentation introduces the simple steps to becoming a Carrot Principle manager and to building a recognition culture in your organization; it offers a wealth of specific examples, drawn from real-life cases, of ways to do recognition right. Following these simple steps will make you a high-performance leader and take your team to a new level of achievement.

Awards

2015
Global Gurus | World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals

  • You were simply outstanding. Specifically, your suggestions on low-cost-no-cost appreciation were well worth stealing – the car wash in particular. Thank you for inspiring us and entertaining us, for making us laugh and for making us sing. We have been talking about how much we thoroughly enjoyed the show, for you are quite a performer — delivering both steak and sizzle. Thank you forever, on behalf of all who were inspired.

    - Governor of Michigan
  • The sign of a great motivational speaker is someone who lives on well after they have left and yesterday was a great indication of how impactful & meaningful your message was to us. You were 'brought to life' through your quotes, non-verbal WOW gestures and lots of other great examples. Even I went home and cheered on my entire family!

    - Johnson & Johnson
  • Chester Elton has his finger on the pulse on what any industry needs to develop a positive workforce and build loyalty.

    - Hard Rock, International
  • You were simply outstanding. Specifically, your suggestions on low-cost-no-cost appreciation were well-worth stealing. Thank you for inspiring us and entertaining us, for making us laugh and for making us sing. We have been talking about how much we thoroughly enjoyed the show. Thank you forever, on behalf of all who were inspired.

    - Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan
  • 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 can¹t wait to continue this momentum and enthusiasm.


    - Head of Strategic Planning, Aetna
  • You were simply outstanding. Specifically, your suggestions on low-cost-no-cost appreciation were well worth stealing – the car wash in particular. Thank you for inspiring us and entertaining us, for making us laugh and for making us sing. We have been talking about how much we thoroughly enjoyed the show, for you are quite a performer — delivering both steak and sizzle. Thank you forever, on behalf of all who were inspired.

    - Governor of Michigan

Summary Profile

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 2014, you’ll find Chester Elton at number 12, right after John Baldoni and just ahead of Jim Collins.

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.