Adrian Gostick

  • Global Thought Leader on Workplace Strategy
  • Author of The Carrot Principle
  • Expert on Organizational Culture

Adrian Gostick is author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Carrot Principle, All In and What Motivates Me. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. 

If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, you’ll consistently find Adrian on the list along with Jack Welch and Jim Collins.  As a workplace expert, Adrian was called a “must read for modern-day managers” by Larry King, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times and “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and the Harvard Business Review.

Adrian earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Seton Hall University where he is a guest lecturer on workplace culture.  He is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy focused on helping organizations build high-performance work cultures.  He consults and speaks for world class organizations – and those on their way to becoming world class.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Peak Performance, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    Utah

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    $20,000 - $30,000

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Adrian Gostick

Adrian Gostick is author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Carrot Principle, All In and What Motivates Me. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. 

If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, you’ll consistently find Adrian on the list along with Jack Welch and Jim Collins.  As a workplace expert, Adrian was called a “must read for modern-day managers” by Larry King, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times and “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and the Harvard Business Review.

Adrian earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Seton Hall University where he is a guest lecturer on workplace culture.  He is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy focused on helping organizations build high-performance work cultures.  He consults and speaks for world class organizations – and those on their way to becoming world class.

To book employee engagement speaker Adrian Gostick call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

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 Adrian Gostick 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. Gostick'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), Adrian Gostick 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."

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 Adrian Gostick 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: Gostick 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 push of effort. 

The Audience: Designed for senior leaders and managers (although sometimes tailored to include all employees), Adrian Gostick has presented “All In” to corporate audiences and association conferences worldwide. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific culture challenges. 

“The ‘All In’ principles aligned to every aspect of our key messaging and reinforced the effectiveness of our approach. We can’t wait to continue this momentum and enthusiasm."

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

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, Gostick 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: Gostick 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. Gostick 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, Adrian Gostick 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. 

“The concepts of "All In," "The Carrot Principle," and "What Motivates Me" can be combined to create a tool-box that all organizations can leverage to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness."

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

“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.”

CEO, JELD-WEN

“The feedback was outstanding! Adrian made a significant and impactful contribution to our meeting and our journey as a company. Everyone is talking about “being in the wheelbarrow” and being “all-in.” We now have some highly motivated senior leaders.”

CEO, California Pizza Kitchen

“What can I say, Adrian was awesome! He delivered a fantastic message that left our people inspired at our annual GM Conference. We will see him again soon.”

CEO, Danaher

“Adrian’s messages were right on and resonated beautifully with all. His wonderful delivery of insightful leadership lessons with great humor captured the minds and hearts of all. As one participant said, ‘Adrian spoke for an hour and if he went for two hours, we’d still be with him’.”

Applied Materials

"Adrian did phenomenally well with our audience. Our Head of HR said it was a home run! Thank you so much for all your help in putting this together on such short notice. I will definitely use your services again in the future, and would be happy to recommend Adrian unconditionally to prospective clients."

A Holiday Gift Your Employees Will Remember
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Adrian Gostick is an employee relations speaker. In his most recent article written with the help of Chester Elton, the duo talk about holiday gifts for your employees.

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What Engaging Managers Do Differently
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It’s the main thing a leader is supposed to do—engaging people—and yet the truth is very few of the smart, driven managers we talk with every year come naturally to it. 

 Business experts have been talking about the need for engagement since the early 1990s. And yet despite this, in most companies nothing changes. Workers are not getting more engaged. On the contrary, they are disengaging in droves. 

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WHY SMART LEADERS ARE USING POSITIVITY PSYCHOLOGY
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One of the fastest-growing fields of study today is “positive psychology,” with research being conducted on what creates well-being and what contributes to us humans “flourishing.” It’s a lesson that too many managers fail to learn. Criticism rarely motivates, praise and appreciation do.

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