Chester Elton | New York Times Bestselling Author Inspiring Leaders to Engage Employees and Drive Business Results with Recognition, Culture, and Gratitude

Chester Elton

New York Times Bestselling Author Inspiring Leaders to Engage Employees and Drive Business Results with Recognition, Culture, and Gratitude

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Chester Elton

Chester Elton is one of the world’s leading experts on organizational culture, employee engagement, and leadership. He has spent over 20 years helping clients create high-performance teams and cultures that drive business results. He is the co-author of several bestselling books, including All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and Anxiety at Work, which have sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He is also a co-founder of The Culture Works, a global consultancy that helps organizations build positive and productive work environments.

Chester Elton is a dynamic and engaging speaker who delivers insightful and inspiring talks on how to lead with gratitude, recognition, and resilience. He draws on his extensive research with more than one million working adults, as well as his experience as a leadership consultant and executive coach to some of the world’s most successful organizations, such as American Express, The World Bank, Zoox, Momofuku, Metro Health, McKee Foods, and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. He shares practical and proven strategies that leaders can use to foster a culture of belief, innovation, and wellness in their teams.

Chester Elton has been featured in numerous media outlets, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Fast Company, CNN, NBC’s Today, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS’s 60 Minutes. He has been named one of the “Top 30 Leadership and Organizational Culture Gurus” by Global Gurus and one of the “Top 10 Organizational Culture Professionals” by Human Resources Today. He is also a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches and a recipient of the prestigious Thinkers50 Coaching Award.

Chester Elton is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting worthy causes. He is a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camps for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. He is also a proud father of four amazing children and three adorable grandchildren. He has been happily married to his wonderful wife Heidi for 40 years.

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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—Gostick & Elton teach leaders how to Engage, Enable and Energize their workforces.

The presentation 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, the authors relate stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented.

Key Learnings

  • 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 and belief.
  • 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.

Build Resilience & Psychological Safety

  • 50% of workers say anxiety negatively affects their performance. 
  • 75% say the most stressful part of their job is their immediate supervisor. 
  • 60% of organizations plan to address anxiety & well-being in the next three years. 

Even before the pandemic, anxiety was crippling the performance of workers—especially young employees. Today it is affecting productivity and leading to ghosting and burnout.

In their bestselling book from Harper Business, Anxiety at Work: 8 strategies to help teams build resilience, handle uncertainty, and get stuff done, and in their keynotes/workshops, Gostick & Elton offer 8 tactics for managers to help their employees build resilience. 

They Teach Leaders:

  • How to spot the signs of employees hiding anxiety
  • Solutions to alleviate stress
  • Ways to help team members manage uncertainty
  • How to help people speak up when feeling overwhelmed
  • Ways to beat perfectionism and get things done 
  • How to instill an ethic of inclusion and support

Leading with Gratitude
Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results

Leadership concepts that can increase employee engagement and will help you attract and keep great talent.

In his powerful keynote, the author introduces research that shows how a few vital leadership skills—when done right—can boost employee engagement and reduce turnover. He will also share the fascinating science behind why so many managers resist (aka: suck at) something so seemingly simple as gratitude. 

Your Attendees will learn:

  • How gratitude helps managers understand the value their people are contributing—and what more their team members may have to give
  • How appreciation of employee efforts can enhance motivation & productivity, especially during times of change—81% of people say they’d work harder if their boss were more grateful
  • How leaders can master this skill to enhance team performance & trust—introducing the 8 most powerful gratitude practices

The Best Team Wins
5 Disciplines of the Most Effective Team Leaders

Based on an 850,000-person study of the most profitable, innovative work teams, the authors introduce the new science of teamwork

Most employees today work collaboratively, but 96% of executives cite poor teamwork as the primary source of workplace failures. Given the volatility and challenges they face today, how can managers better lead teams to improved performance? 

Gostick & Elton’s research has shown a set of leadership disciplines that makes the biggest difference in building today’s best teams. 

Key Learnings 

  • Manage to the One—Identify the unique drivers of each team member.
  • Speed to Productivity—Help new people and teams work faster & smarter.
  • Challenge Everything—Inspire innovation through healthy discord.
  • Find Focus—Build bridges across functions, cultures, and distance.

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Featured Books

Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Doneby Chester Elton

Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done

by Chester Elton

Axiom Award Bronze Medalist for Leadership

Executive coaches and #1 bestselling authors of All In and The Carrot Principle offer insight and advice in this practical eight-step guide both managers and employees can use to reduce work anxiety in the office and at home.

Have you ever dreaded Sunday night, got a pit in your stomach on the way to work, or had your heartbeat speed up at the sound of your boss’s voice? If so, you may have had anxiety at work. In this empathetic and wise guide, executive coaches and gurus of gratitude Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explore the causes of workplace stress and anxiety and the management practices that have proven successful in reducing tension and cultivating calm.

If you’re a manager, how do you keep up with demands while creating a stress-free work atmosphere? How can you spot rising anxiety levels in your people? If your employees feel overwhelmed or worried about the future, what can you do to ease their concerns? How do you engage in productive conversations about emotions in uncertain times? Anxiety at Work builds on the authors’ vast knowledge and experience working with the leadership teams of some of the world’s most successful organizations to offer effective strategies that can make any workplace better, helping supervisors and their employees: 

  • Weather uncertainty
  • Balance overload
  • Beat perfectionism
  • Build confidence
  • Create and sustain an environment that fosters resilience
  • Strengthen strong social bonds

In today’s volatile, fast-paced, and ever-changing global climate, organizations and their employees are under more pressure than ever to perform. Anxiety at Work shows how everyone at all levels can work together to build an environment that fosters camaraderie, productivity, and calm.

Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Resultsby Chester Elton

Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results

by Chester Elton

The influential New York Times bestselling authors—the “apostles of appreciation” Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick—provide managers and executives with easy ways to add more gratitude to the everyday work environment to help bolster moral, efficiency, and profitability.

Workers want and need to know their work is appreciated. Showing gratitude to employees is the easiest, fastest, most inexpensive way to boost performance. New research shows that gratitude boosts employee engagement, reduces turnover, and leads team members to express more gratitude to one another—strengthening team bonds. Studies have also shown that gratitude is beneficial for those expressing it and is one of the most powerful variables in predicting a person’s overall well-being—above money, health, and optimism. The WD-40 Company knows this firsthand. When the leadership gave thousands of managers training in expressing gratitude to their employees, the company saw record increases in revenue.

Despite these benefits, few executives effectively utilize this simple tool. In fact, new research reveals “people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else.” What accounts for the staggering chasm between awareness of gratitude’s benefits and the failure of so many leaders to do it—or do it well? Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton call this the gratitude gap. In this invaluable guide, they identify the widespread and pernicious myths about managing others that cause leaders to withhold thanks.

Gostick and Elton also introduce eight simple ways managers can show employees they are valued. They supplement their insights and advice with stories of how many of today’s most successful leaders—such as Alan Mulally of Ford and Hubert Joly of Best Buy—successfully incorporated gratitude into their leadership styles.

Showing gratitude isn’t just about being nice, it’s about being smart—really smart—and it’s a skill that everyone can easily learn.

The Best Team Winsby Chester Elton

The Best Team Wins

by Chester Elton

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In deliver a breakthrough, groundbreaking guide for building today's most collaborative teams--so any organization can operate at peak performance.

A massive shift is taking place in the business world. In today's average company, up to eighty percent of employees' days are now spent working in teams. And yet the teams most people find themselves in are nowhere near as effective as they could be. They're often divided by tensions, if not outright dissension, and dysfunctional teams drain employees' energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Now Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton share the proven ways managers can build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing.

In The Best Team Wins, Gostick and Elton studied more than 850,000 employee engagement surveys to develop their "Five Disciplines of Team Leaders," explaining how to recognize and motivate different generations to enhance individual engagement; ways to promote healthy discord and spark innovation; and techniques to unify customer focus and build bridges across functions, cultures, and distance. They've shared these disciplines with their corporate clients and have now distilled their breakthrough findings into a succinct, engaging guide for business leaders everywhere. Gostick and Elton offer practical ways to address the real challenges today's managers are facing, such as the rise of the Millennials, the increasing speed of change, the growing number of global and virtual teams, and the friction created by working cross-functionally.

This is a must-read for anyone looking to maximize performance at work, from two of the most successful corporate consultants of their generation, whom The New York Times called "creative and refreshing."

The Carrot Principleby Chester Elton

The Carrot Principle

by Chester Elton

Stick Management is out. Carrot management is in! The Carrot Principle offers proven strategies to help recognize and motivate your valued employees.

Since its original publication in 2007, the New York Times bestseller The Carrot Principle has received rave reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The New York Times, and has helped a host of managers to energize their teams, and companies to dramatically boost their business results. The book was even adopted by the prestigious FranklinCovey International training and consulting group for its leadership training. This updated edition couldn't come at a better time, as the economic downturn requires us all to come up with creative and cost-effective ways to stimulate growth and productivity.

Revealing the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, The Carrot Principle shows definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is that they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. With independent results from HealthStream Research, and analysis by bestselling leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, this breakthrough study of 200,000 people over ten years found dramatically greater business results when managers offered constructive praise and meaningful rewards in ways that powerfully motivated employees to excel. These managers lead with carrots, not sticks, and in doing so achieve higher:


In a new chapter, Gostick and Elton report on the results of an extensive study, conducted by leading research authority Towers Perrin, that confirms the extraordinary effectiveness of the Carrot Principle approach all around the globe.

Drawing on case studies from leading companies including Disney, DHL, KPMG, and Pepsi Bottling Group, Gostick and Elton show how the key to recognition done right is combining it with four other core traits of effective leadership. Gostick and Elton walk readers through exactly how to use the simple but powerful methods they have discovered all great managers use to provide their employees with this effective recognition, which can be learned easily and will produce immediate results.

Great recognition can be done in a matter of moments--and it doesn't take budget-busting amounts of money. Following these simple steps will make you a high-performance leader and take your team to a new level of achievement.

The Invisible Employeeby Chester Elton

The Invisible Employee

by Chester Elton
Praise for The Invisible Employee

"A gem of a book . . . finding that workers who are recognized are more productive, have fewer on-the-job accidents, and translate their satisfaction into customer satisfaction."
--Financial Post

"There is magic in this book. Whether you are looking for a few good tips to keep a good thing going or need to recapture the very essence of a productive workplace, The Invisible Employee provides valuable lessons nestled among the pages of a clever and compelling story."
--Stephen C. Lundinbestselling coauthor of Fish!

"Gostick and Elton's simple-to-understand and teachable approach of setting and supporting core values and recognizing and celebrating those behaviors can be a very effective management technique for creating a committed and engaged workforce of 'visible employees.' This is a culture no organization can afford to be without."
--Michael R. LoseyPresident, World Federation of Personnel Management Associations

"The basic principles detailed in The Invisible Employee are simple yet profound (1) setting a guiding vision, (2) seeing employees supporting that vision, and (3) praising and celebrating that behavior. Engaging our entire staff by using these principles helps Friendly's provide great memories for our guests."
--John L. CutterCEO and President, Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

"The Invisible Employee is a very inventive and original book. Combining facts that will surprise you and a fable that will fascinate you, Gostick and Elton have crafted a book that educates and entertains. The Invisible Employee is a wonderful read with a powerful message, and I highly recommend it to leaders at all levels."
--Jim Kouzescoauthor of The Leadership Challenge

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Resultsby Chester Elton

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

by Chester Elton

The authors of the bestsellers The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution present groundbreaking new findings: In the highest-performing teams and companies, managers create a “culture of belief,” following seven essential steps of leadership. To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in. Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters. Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly to their culture and give that extra push that leads to outstanding results? And how can managers at any level build and sustain a profitable, vibrant work-group culture of their own? These leading workplace experts teamed up with research giant Towers Watson to analyze an unprecedented 300,000-person study, and they made a groundbreaking finding: managers of the highest-performing work groups create a “culture of belief.” In these distinctive workplaces, people believe in their leaders and in the company’s vision, values, and goals. Employees are not only engaged but also enabled and energized (termed the three Es), which leads to astonishing results—average annual revenues three times higher than for organizations lacking such a positive culture. And this was true during a period that included this most recent recession. Based on their extensive consulting experience and in-depth interviews with leaders and employees at exceptional companies such as American Express, Cigna, Avis Budget, Pepsi Bottling, and Hard Rock, the authors present a simple seven-step road map for creating a culture of belief: define a burning platform; create a customer focus; develop agility; share everything; partner with your talent; root for each other; and establish clear accountability. Delving into specific how-tos for each step, they share eye-opening stories of exceptional leaders in action, vividly depicting just how these powerful methods can be implemented by any manager. All In draws on cutting-edge psychology and all of the creative genius that have made Gostick and Elton a must-read for leaders worldwide. This vital resource will empower managers everywhere to inspire a new level of commitment and performance.

The Orange Revolutionby Chester Elton

The Orange Revolution

by Chester Elton

From New York Times bestselling authors and renowned leadership consultants Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton comes a groundbreaking guide to building high-performance teams.

What is the true driver of a thriving organization’s exceptional success? Is it a genius leader? An iron-clad business plan? Gostick and Elton shatter these preconceptions of corporate achievement. Their research shows that breakthrough success is guided by a particular breed of high-performing team that generates its own momentum—an engaged group of colleagues in the trenches, working passionately together to pursue a shared vision. Their research also shows that only 20 percent of teams are working anywhere near this optimal capacity. How can your team become one of them?

Based on a groundbreaking 350,000-person study by the Best Companies Group, as well as extraordinary research into exceptional teams at leading companies, including, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Madison Square Garden, the authors have determined a key set of characteristics displayed by members of breakthrough teams, and have identified a set of rules great teams live by, which generate a culture of positive teamwork and lead to extraordinary results.

Using a wealth of specific stories from the breakthrough teams they studied, they reveal in detail how these teams operate and how managers can transform their own teams into such high performers by fostering:

-Stronger clarity of goals
-Greater trust among team members
-More open and honest dialogue
-Stronger accountability for all team members
-Purpose-based recognition of team members’ contributions

The remarkable stories they tell about these teams in action provide a simple and powerful step-by-step guide to taking your team to the breakthrough level, igniting the passion and vision to bring about an Orange Revolution.

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