Dov Siedman

Dov Seidman is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LRN and Author of “HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything…in Business (and in Life)”

Named one of the “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade” by The Economic Times, “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit” by Fortune Magazine and a “Game Changer” by Time Magazine, CEO, author and thought leader Dov Seidman has built a career, and pioneered an industry, around the idea that the most principled businesses are the most profitable and sustainable.

Eighteen years ago, Dov founded LRN with a powerful vision that the world would be a better place if more people did the right thing.  From that basic notion, he has grown a successful business that has helped to shape the ways millions of employees, managers and leaders behave and interact all over the globe.  LRN helps more than 500 leading companies worldwide develop values-based corporate cultures and inspire principled performance in business.  LRN is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Growth Company community of dynamic high-growth companies with the potential to be tomorrow’s industry leaders and to become a driving force of economic and social change.

Dov maintains that in today’s connected and transparent world, people and organizations stand to gain by dedicating new thought and energy to how they do what they do.  That's the inspiration behind his award-winning book, “HOW:  Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything.”  Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new foreword from President Bill Clinton and a new preface from Dov on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. Since 2007, HOW has been published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Korea, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Russia and Turkey.

The HOW philosophy is prominently featured as one of the nine rules for companies to embrace in Thomas L. Friedman’s seminal book, “The World is Flat.”  In Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” Dov explains how to lead a green revolution by adopting the HOW philosophy to outbehave and outgreen the competition.  Friedman’s latest work, “That Used to Be Us,” suggests the sustainability and success of our institutions, countries and world lies in HOW.  

Dov is frequently invited to speak at leading industry events, and to senior corporate managers and boards of directors.  Recent presentations include The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, The World Economic Forum, The World Business Forum, The National Press Club and The Aspen Ideas Festival.  He has also been the keynote speaker at University of California Los Angeles’s annual commencement, and has received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College.  

Dov’s views on business behavior, success and corporate culture have been quoted in hundreds of media, including an in-depth profile in FORTUNE Magazine and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Charlie Rose and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Each month, Dov shares his views on human behavior as the ultimate source of competitive advantage in a monthly column for Forbes.  

Dov testified in 2004 before the U.S. Sentencing Commission arguing that corporations must move from a check-the-box, compliance-only approach to instead focus on fostering ethical cultures and behaviors.  His proposals were adopted and today are the very standards by which companies, cultures and programs are judged.

Led by a lifelong pursuit and passion for ethical leadership, he and his company LRN became the exclusive corporate sponsors of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics in 2008, as the institution was in its 20th year of celebrating ethical decision making among America’s youth.  Dov is a member of the board at the 92nd Street Y.

Dov earned simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees, summa cum laude, in philosophy from UCLA.  He later earned a B.A. with honors in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.  He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.  He, his wife Maria and their son and daughter live in New York City.

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Dov Seidman Speaking at the World Business of Ideas Expomangagment in Brazil

Thomas Friedman’s 2014 Next New World Conference: HOW Do You Do Business in the Next New World?

Named one of the “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade” by The Economic Times, “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit” by Fortune Magazine and a “Game Changer” by Time Magazine, CEO, author and thought leader Dov Seidman has built a career, and pioneered an industry, around the idea that the most principled businesses are the most profitable and sustainable.

Eighteen years ago, Dov founded LRN with a powerful vision that the world would be a better place if more people did the right thing.  From that basic notion, he has grown a successful business that has helped to shape the ways millions of employees, managers and leaders behave and interact all over the globe.  LRN helps more than 500 leading companies worldwide develop values-based corporate cultures and inspire principled performance in business.  LRN is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Growth Company community of dynamic high-growth companies with the potential to be tomorrow’s industry leaders and to become a driving force of economic and social change.

Dov maintains that in today’s connected and transparent world, people and organizations stand to gain by dedicating new thought and energy to how they do what they do.  That's the inspiration behind his award-winning book, “HOW:  Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything.”  Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new foreword from President Bill Clinton and a new preface from Dov on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. Since 2007, HOW has been published in the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Korea, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Russia and Turkey.

The HOW philosophy is prominently featured as one of the nine rules for companies to embrace in Thomas L. Friedman’s seminal book, “The World is Flat.”  In Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” Dov explains how to lead a green revolution by adopting the HOW philosophy to outbehave and outgreen the competition.  Friedman’s latest work, “That Used to Be Us,” suggests the sustainability and success of our institutions, countries and world lies in HOW.  

Dov is frequently invited to speak at leading industry events, and to senior corporate managers and boards of directors.  Recent presentations include The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, The World Economic Forum, The World Business Forum, The National Press Club and The Aspen Ideas Festival.  He has also been the keynote speaker at University of California Los Angeles’s annual commencement, and has received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College.  

Dov’s views on business behavior, success and corporate culture have been quoted in hundreds of media, including an in-depth profile in FORTUNE Magazine and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Charlie Rose and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Each month, Dov shares his views on human behavior as the ultimate source of competitive advantage in a monthly column for Forbes.  

Dov testified in 2004 before the U.S. Sentencing Commission arguing that corporations must move from a check-the-box, compliance-only approach to instead focus on fostering ethical cultures and behaviors.  His proposals were adopted and today are the very standards by which companies, cultures and programs are judged.

Led by a lifelong pursuit and passion for ethical leadership, he and his company LRN became the exclusive corporate sponsors of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics in 2008, as the institution was in its 20th year of celebrating ethical decision making among America’s youth.  Dov is a member of the board at the 92nd Street Y.

Dov earned simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees, summa cum laude, in philosophy from UCLA.  He later earned a B.A. with honors in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.  He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.  He, his wife Maria and their son and daughter live in New York City.

To book Dov Siedman call Executive Speakers Bureau at  800-754-9404.

Power through the People: Inspirational Leadership

Leaders and leadership models are under challenge as never before. Many leaders express uncertainty about how to align a global team of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people. Despite holding all the “reins of power,” these leaders increasingly are coming to believe that the traditional ingredients of success – while necessary — are no longer sufficient. They are looking for a better way to unite and inspire their people and their behavior. Today, leaders seek to inspire performance not only in terms of the new ideas that will become our next-generation products and services, but also in how they behave in and relate to the world around them. The old system of ‘command and control’ using carrots and sticks to exert power over people is fast being replaced by ‘connect and collaborate’ to generate power through people and to inspire principled performance in them. What leadership approaches do we need to get the kind of game-changing ideas and behaviors we need today…and what approaches must we do away with?

Trust: Your Company’s Innovation Strategy

In an era where every corporation wants to be at the forefront of disruptive innovation, the question becomes how do you create and scale a culture that incubates game-changing ideas? The answer can be found in purpose, mission, values, and perhaps most importantly, trust. Statistically, research has shown that employees who experience a high-trust environment are up to 22 times more likely to take risks that benefit the company; employees who operate in a culture of trust and risk taking are eight times more likely to report higher levels of innovation relative to their competition; employees functioning in a culture of high trust, risk taking, and innovation are six times more likely to report elevated levels of financial performance compared to the competition. How do you extend trust as a tested business strategy? 

The New Metrics

Business is always about metrics and measurement, and we have evolved complex systems to measure the quantity and quality of what we do. Yet, without question, our systems of measurement have not mapped to our 21st century realities. Conversations about “how much” echo throughout business, politics and our personal lives: How much revenue can we squeeze into this quarter?; How much debt can we tolerate?; How much growth can we generate?; How much government do we need? But “how much” and “how big” aren’t the right questions – not in a world with dwindling resources, and not in a business realm where competitive advantage cannot be sustained via out-producing, out-spending or out-selling. Instead of reflexively asking “how much,” we should examine the new models and frameworks that focus on the “question of HOW”: how decisions are made, how employees are treated, how service is delivered, how we relate and behave toward all stakeholders. This session will discuss the models, frameworks and tools that will enable a new set of metrics, and the past efforts (quality and safety movements) that serve as helpful models on how this change can become systemized.

HOW: The Era of Behavior

The flood of information, unprecedented transparency, increasing interconnectedness - and our global interdependence are dramatically reshaping today's world, the world of business, and our lives. We are in the Era of Behavior and the rules of the game have fundamentally changed. It is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do. What are commodities, easily duplicated or reverse-engineered. Sustainable advantage and enduring success for organizations and the people who work for them now lie in the realm of how, the new frontier of conduct. This session describes why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.

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