Tom Morris

Public Philosopher and Advisor

Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present.

A native of Durham, North Carolina and a distinguished alumnus of Durham Academy, Morris was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which has honored him, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their "Distinguished Young Alumnus Award." He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University, as well as other honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Morris served for fifteen years as a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers, in many years having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. He is now chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values.

Morris is the author of twenty published books. His twelfth book, True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence, launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and advisor to the corporate world. His audiences have included such organizations as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, Wells Real Estate Funds, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week magazine, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Federated Investors, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Raymond James, Citi Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, MasterFoods, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, United Health Group and The Young President's Organization, to name just a few, as well as many of the largest national and international trade associations.

Tom Morris is also the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling leadership classic If Aristotle Ran General Motors and the big yellow book, often seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Other more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living and Superheroes and Philosophy, where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Morris’ newest best-selling book about life and business is entitled, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. It's currently bringing magic into people's lives around the world.

Morris’ work has been featured, noticed, commented on or covered by such diverse news outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel (TLC), NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Talk of the Nation, The New York Times, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Las Vegas Sun, USA Weekly, The Economist, Readers’ Digest, The Globe and Mail, Die Zeit, German Elle, Voce:SA, L'Agefi,ABC.com, The Leaky Cauldron and many other magazines, newspapers and websites across the globe.

Morris has also appeared as the philosopher he is in special features on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: DVD Collection presented by Lucas Film and on The Complete Superman Collection DVD, presented by Warner Home Video. You will often see “The Sage of Steel” wherever wisdom is to be found.

Born Thomas Victor Morris and known by his students as "TV Morris,” he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin on his talk show and on TODAY with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Morris is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.
He may be the world's happiest philosopher.

Morris now blogs regularly at The Huffington Post and is on twitter as TomVMorris. His latest book, Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom): A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less, is the first book of wisdom to arise out of the amazing social media website Twitter. To book innovation and peak performance speaker Tom Morris call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

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Tom Morris

Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present.

A native of Durham, North Carolina and a distinguished alumnus of Durham Academy, Morris was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which has honored him, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their "Distinguished Young Alumnus Award." He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University, as well as other honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Morris served for fifteen years as a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers, in many years having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. He is now chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values.

Morris is the author of twenty published books. His twelfth book, True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence, launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and advisor to the corporate world. His audiences have included such organizations as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, Wells Real Estate Funds, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week magazine, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Federated Investors, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Raymond James, Citi Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, MasterFoods, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, United Health Group and The Young President's Organization, to name just a few, as well as many of the largest national and international trade associations.

Tom Morris is also the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling leadership classic If Aristotle Ran General Motors and the big yellow book, often seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Other more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living and Superheroes and Philosophy, where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Morris’ newest best-selling book about life and business is entitled, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. It's currently bringing magic into people's lives around the world.

Morris’ work has been featured, noticed, commented on or covered by such diverse news outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel (TLC), NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Talk of the Nation, The New York Times, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Las Vegas Sun, USA Weekly, The Economist, Readers’ Digest, The Globe and Mail, Die Zeit, German Elle, Voce:SA, L'Agefi,ABC.com, The Leaky Cauldron and many other magazines, newspapers and websites across the globe.

Morris has also appeared as the philosopher he is in special features on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: DVD Collection presented by Lucas Film and on The Complete Superman Collection DVD, presented by Warner Home Video. You will often see “The Sage of Steel” wherever wisdom is to be found.

Born Thomas Victor Morris and known by his students as "TV Morris,” he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin on his talk show and on TODAY with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Morris is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.
He may be the world's happiest philosopher.

Morris now blogs regularly at The Huffington Post and is on twitter as TomVMorris. His latest book, Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom): A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less, is the first book of wisdom to arise out of the amazing social media website Twitter. To book innovation and peak performance speaker Tom Morris call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

The Essential Jobs at Your Office: The Success and Leadership Secrets of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was the quintessential California Hippie, with bare feet, long hair, hallucinogenic drugs, and a fascination for all things Zen, who believed that the right sort of diet would grant him an exemption from the bathing habits of normal people. And yet, as we know, against all odds, and despite a great many personal flaws, idiosyncrasies, and imperfections, Jobs became a pioneering business visionary and hugely accomplished leader, who ended up practically in a class by himself. The real story of how he did it can now spark people and companies across all industries to new levels of world-class achievement. 

Philosopher Tom Morris has a new take on the amazing success of this modern business icon, and how it can give fresh guidance to leaders at all levels in organizations. Drawing on the principles that catapulted Jobs to the top of the tech world and helped him build Apple into the world's most valuable company, Morris lays out strategies, tactics and actionable takeaways that imbue leaders with the skills necessary to inspire innovation and success. Tom explains how these principles work in a way that no one else can -- with high energy, good humor, and a level of insight that will leave people immensely excited about trying some of these powerful new ideas right away. 

Since the untimely death of Steve Jobs, you've heard all the stories. But now you can bring into your group the empowering perspectives, attitudes, and actions that he lived every day and that can now take you to a new level of leadership excellence and success.

True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change

We all need ideas we can trust—ideas that have stood the test of time and can help us achieve success in even the most demanding situations. Tom Morris has an unprecedented ability to bring together the wisdom of the ages in a form that people can use right now. This talk presents a simple, powerful and complete framework of seven universal conditions for deeply satisfying, sustainable excellence in all that we do. His now-famous “7 Cs of Success” have fueled extraordinary results in pockets of excellence around the world, and have never been more important than they are today. In a high-energy and very entertaining session, Tom will reveal the most fundamental tools for personal and institutional greatness and provide a practical guide for their use every day. This talk leaves people with a new, well-grounded enthusiasm and a determination to use the wisdom they’ve been given. Once they’ve heard it, they will never be the same.

A Winning Culture: The Four Foundations of Sustainable Greatness

When you take good care of your people, your people take good care of your customers, and your customers take good care of you. The key to it all is a winning culture. So: What creates a great organizational culture? What guides and motivates us to bring our best to every challenge and work powerfully with others every day? Tom Morris shows that the answers to these questions are simple, profound, and transformational. At a time when pressures are high and companies are focusing on the discipline of execution, the main challenge is getting everyone to believe deeply in what they’re doing and to do it with excellence and care every day. Aristotle and a few other profound thinkers have revealed four foundations for reaching and maintaining the highest levels of commitment and greatness in our work with other people. In this session, Tom presents those four foundations for a winning culture and offers practical guidelines for putting into practice the greatest wisdom for sustainable greatness. This talk will give you a profound diagnostic tool whose use empowers individuals and organizations in a new way, while strengthening all your most vital relationships beyond what you could have imagined. This is a must-have framework of ideas for leaders at any level, as well as for front line people who need to form strong and resilient client relations.

Creating the Conditions for Innovation

There are conditions in which creativity flourishes, and alternative situations in which it’s almost impossible and disappears. The culture of your company makes all the difference as to whether you will be a hotbed of innovation, or a place where anxiety, habit, and inertia rule. Tom Morris draws on the wisdom of the ages in a way that only he can do, to provide you with a simple map to a powerfully innovative culture. And since one great idea can be worth dozens or even hundreds of incremental improvements, he will use the insights of the most creative thinkers in history to show you how you can encourage not just those small innovations that improve products and services in discernible ways, but also the big breakthroughs, the great insights, the revolutionary perspectives that will keep your business flourishing, regardless of the ups and downs of the market and the general economy.

Alchemy: The Power to Change

Over many centuries of the human adventure, the quest of the alchemist was to take something ordinary and create out of it something truly extraordinary. There is nothing in our time more ordinary now than the rapid pace of tumultuous change that we increasingly face in so many ways. And there are two kinds of change: The change that happens to us, and the change that happens only because of us. How do you respond creatively and powerfully to change that comes your way? How do you best initiate change that needs to be made? As a rare philosopher who is as full of humor and great stories as he is of insights that can change your business and your life, Tom Morris will explain in this talk the changeless wisdom of the ages on dealing well with change.

President, JLW

Hey Tom! We really enjoyed your talk last night and everyone raved about you afterwards. Your passion and wisdom are such an inspiration! I was thinking today about the fact that being a source of inspiration and encouragement is really one of the greatest gifts you can give to another person. You were a gift last night and we're very grateful.

President & CEO, Fidelity Bank

Tom: I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your talk Saturday at our annual meeting. I have had numerous conversations with employees since Saturday and they are fired up and ready to make great accomplishments in 2013. You did a great job motivating them and myself. I have heard from a number of employees that you are the “best speaker” that we have ever had, so we would LOVE to have you speak to us again.

General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales

Tom: Thank you for coming and speaking to our group of customers. I have heard positive comments from everyone. Your presentation was engaging and enjoyed by all. Thank you for making yourself available afterwards for the customers and autographing books, too! A nice, special touch. We will pass your name along to others looking for speakers as "highly recommended"! My only disappointment is that I was so busy taking care of the event that we did not have more time to spend together. Thank you again, Tom.

President, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Fidelity Investments

Hello Tom: A whole day has passed since you were here inspiring the Fidelity Charitable organization, and throughout the day I've continued to get rave reviews about your talk. You really struck the right cord at the right time for us, for which I'm truly grateful!
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