Chester Elton

  • Called the “Apostle of Appreciation"
  • Co-Author of The Carrot Culture
  • Leadership Speaker


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 2013, you’ll find Chester Elton at number 12, right after John Baldoni and just ahead of Jim Collins.

Chester Elton 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.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Business Ethics, CEO's, Coaching / Mentoring, Customer Service, Employee Retention, Hiring, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Peak Performance, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    New Jersey

  • Price:

    $20,000 - $30,000

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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 2013, you’ll find Chester Elton at number 12, right after John Baldoni and just ahead of Jim Collins.

Chester Elton 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.

To book employee engagement speaker Chester Elton call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

What Motivates Me

After surveying more than 850,000 people, New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton have found the key difference between employees who are most energized and productive at work is whether or not their work aligns with what motivates them.

In the What Motivates Me keynote, the New York Times bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In offer 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.
  • 60 simple but powerful job-sculpting strategies to help people “accomplish more” and “avoid blind spots."

More than half of workers surveyed say they are unhappy in their jobs. The ideas the authors present have been vetted with their consulting clients from American Express to Procter & Gamble to AT&T, and are shown to increase levels of employee motivation, engagement, and productivity. This is a vital message for leadership teams, employee groups, or association audiences.

All In - How Great Leaders Develop a Culture of Belief and Deliver Big Results

In this interactive and engaging session based on the New York Times bestselling business book “All In”—which includes research from more than 300,000 people in high-performance organizations—Adrian Gostick will teach leaders how to Engage, Enable and Energize their workforces. The formula of E+E+E outlines how high-performance organizations deliver extraordinary results by creating a vibrant, productive culture where people believe that what they do matters and that they can make a difference.

In this presentation, Adrian will relate fascinating stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented. Audiences will learn:

  • The 3 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. 
  • 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.  

The Orange Revolution – How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization

New York Times bestselling author Adrian Gostick transformed the corporate playing field with The Orange Revolution. This presentation reveals the synergy that exists among teams in the world’s most respected and innovative organizations—and teaches leaders how to tap into the power within any group of individuals. Adrian will show how to achieve true teamwork, and how that can produce results that can immediately increase:

  • Productivity
  • Engagement
  • Loyalty
  • Innovation
  • Bottom-line results  

The Carrot Principle – How the Best Managers use Recognition to Engage their People, Retain Talent and Accelerate Performance

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Carrot Principle has become the preeminent source on employee engagement and recognition. Attendees will learn how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing increases in operating results. Adrian shows how great managers lead with carrots, not sticks and in doing so achieve higher: 

Productivity? | Engagement ?| Retention ?| Customer Satisfaction 

Employee Engagement THE DEEP DIVE

 Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton have been touring the world helping organizations dive deep on employee engagement

The Dilemma: 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. 

The Research: New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton are founding partners of The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute, and have unprecedented access to meta-data on engagement that includes hundreds of thousands of employees in some the world’s highest performing organizations. 

The Result: In a fresh, humorous and thought-provoking keynote, Gostick & 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. 

The Audience: Designed for managers and senior leaders, the authors have presented “Employee Engagement: The Deep Dive” to many corporate audiences 

 


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The Two Questions Great Leaders Ask
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Two Questions Great Leaders Ask 
by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton   

Over the past twenty years, we’ve met interviewed a host of fascinating leaders all over the world. Some are truly inspiring; unfortunately, some are truly demoralizing. But frankly, most leaders fall somewhere in the middle.   

But who wants to be average? Is it possible, then, to move out of the management middle and be a truly transformational leader? Yes, but it will mean a change in your leadership style.   

The very best leaders we’ve studied do share one thing in common: They care about their people just as much as they care about their team’s performance. In that regard, they engage their employees in tasks with passion and an overwhelming sense of purpose, and they encourage their team members to grow and develop.   

We’ve found most of these managers ask some form of two very basic questions, and they ask them frequently and with sincerely.   

The first question is:   

How are you doing?   

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The Most Underutilized Tool in Making People Happier at Work
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Most Underutilized Tool in Making People Happier at Work. Every language has a word for “thanks.” It’s one of the few concepts that works in a hut in Bali, a London skyscraper or a mini-mart in Peoria.
In the U.S. (in November) and Canada (in October), we have actual paid-time-off days of “thanks.” And while many of us spend these Thanksgiving days expressing gratitude for our families, friends, health or prosperity, what about thanking the people who make your business possible: Your team.

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CULTURE EATS STRATEGY FOR BREAKFAST BY ADRIAN GOSTICK & CHESTER ELTON
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Too often in our work we meet with well-intentioned managers who seem to always have their noses down in the crisis of the moment, the numbers of the quarter. Many of them have hit a wall of productivity, or profitability, or creativity.  

Few pause and consider if there is a cultural issue that needs to be addressed. Are their people buying in, or not? 

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