Stewart Friedman

Wharton Professor of Management, Author, Leadership Development and Work/Life Integration Expert

Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management.  In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program – initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses – and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.  

Stew served for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.  In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford, as the senior executive for leadership development.  In partnership with the CEO, he launched a portfolio of initiatives to transform Ford's culture; 2500+ managers per year participated.  Following these efforts, a research group (ICEDR) hailed Ford as a "global benchmark" in leadership development. 

Stew’s most recent book is Leading the Life You Want:  Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal bestseller.  In 2013 he published Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press).  He is also author of the award-winning bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008).  It describes his challenging Wharton course (originally produced at Ford), in which participants do real-world exercises to increase their leadership performance in all parts of their lives by better integrating them, while working in peer-to-peer coaching relationships and using an innovative social learning site. The Total Leadership program – which marries the work/life and leadership development fields – is now used by individuals and organizations worldwide, including the 90K+ students in his recent Coursera course.  The Total Leadership Web site was chosen as one of Forbes’ best for women.  

Stew’s other publications include the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles, “Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game” (1998) and “Be a better leader, have a richer life” (2008), and “The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees” (Academy of Management Executive, 2003). His Work and Family – Allies or Enemies? (Oxford, 2000) was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field's best books.  In Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998), Stew edited the first collection of learning tools for building skills for integrating work and life.  

He has advised many organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the U.N., and two White House administrations.  He gives high-energy keynotes, conducts interactive workshops, and is an award-winning teacher. The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 business thinkers.  The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award in 2013.  In 2014 he was chosen as one of the 10 HR Most Influential International Thinkers. 

Follow on Twitter @StewFriedman.  Tune in to Stew’s show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, Tuesdays at 7:00 PM EDT. 

To book Stewart Friedman call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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    Business Performance, Change, Leadership, Life Balance, Management

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    Pennsylvania

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    $20,000 - $30,000

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Professor Stew Friedman on Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management.  In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program – initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses – and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.  

Stew served for five years in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.  In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford, as the senior executive for leadership development.  In partnership with the CEO, he launched a portfolio of initiatives to transform Ford's culture; 2500+ managers per year participated.  Following these efforts, a research group (ICEDR) hailed Ford as a "global benchmark" in leadership development. 

Stew’s most recent book is Leading the Life You Want:  Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal bestseller.  In 2013 he published Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press).  He is also author of the award-winning bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008).  It describes his challenging Wharton course (originally produced at Ford), in which participants do real-world exercises to increase their leadership performance in all parts of their lives by better integrating them, while working in peer-to-peer coaching relationships and using an innovative social learning site. The Total Leadership program – which marries the work/life and leadership development fields – is now used by individuals and organizations worldwide, including the 90K+ students in his recent Coursera course.  The Total Leadership Web site was chosen as one of Forbes’ best for women.  

Stew’s other publications include the widely-cited Harvard Business Review articles, “Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game” (1998) and “Be a better leader, have a richer life” (2008), and “The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees” (Academy of Management Executive, 2003). His Work and Family – Allies or Enemies? (Oxford, 2000) was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field's best books.  In Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998), Stew edited the first collection of learning tools for building skills for integrating work and life.  

He has advised many organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the U.N., and two White House administrations.  He gives high-energy keynotes, conducts interactive workshops, and is an award-winning teacher. The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 business thinkers.  The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award in 2013.  In 2014 he was chosen as one of the 10 HR Most Influential International Thinkers. 

Follow on Twitter @StewFriedman.  Tune in to Stew’s show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, Tuesdays at 7:00 PM EDT. 

To book Stewart Friedman call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Total Leadership

Stew brings passion and practical ideas for action to his highly engaging keynotes. With his worldwide experience as a successful leader of change in organizations for three decades — he's an accomplished executive, award-winning educator, widely-cited researcher, sought-after consultant, high-impact coach, and dynamic speaker — he knows how to help people in organizations produce sustainable results.

Now more than ever, a leader's success isn't just about being a great businessperson. You have to be a great person, performing well in all domains of your life — work, home, community, and self… and that's a tall order. Based on his best-selling, award-winning book, this is the challenge that Stew will put before your group; how to achieve greater performance by finding mutual value among all life domains.
This dynamic, interactive experience begins with an overview of Total Leadership — how to achieve four-way wins — and focuses on three principles:

  1. Be real — acting with authenticity by clarifying what's important
  2. Be whole — acting with integrity by respecting the whole person
  3. Be innovative — acting with creativity by experimenting what how things get done

Participants assess satisfaction and performance in all four domains and the alignment of their actions with their values. They explore what it means to lead with impact in all domains and leave with a game plan and scorecard for an experiment designed to produce a four-way win, along with a peer coach devoted to supporting their progress.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to reframe the idea of business leadership by applying new skills and insights at work, at home, in the community, and within the self
  • Learn how to transform the way you allocate your attention, skills and resources by identifying your core values
  • Learn new strategies for engaging others in the process of change

US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

As a government organization we are going through some very challenging times. Now, more than ever, our people need to see clearly where they are going as individual leaders and we as an organization are going together. We need the skills and confidence to ask for help, to reach out to those who need help, and to support each other through coaching as we seek to produce positive change. The Total Leadership program is helping our organization do all of these things and improve performance in our work and in our lives with the practical application of peer-to-peer coaching, the detailing of our leadership visions, the open communication with our key stakeholders, and the creative pursuit of four-way wins. I highly recommend this engaging and transformative method — it’s fun and it works!

Global Talent Management, CISCO

It was an honor and privilege to meet one of my favorite leaders in academia. Your model resonates with me deeply. Thank you for bringing your energy, authenticity, and ‘whole’ness.

OECD

I have received so many compliments [despite] lots of sceptics here. We have to bring you back here again next year!

Chief Learning Officer, GE

You were a superb addition to our ongoing learning! We really appreciate your time and insights.
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