Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende

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Future of Work and Corporate Culture Expert, Best Selling Author

Eric Termuende is a best-selling author, internationally recognized thought leader, and keynote speaker on all things future of work, leadership, workplace culture, and talent management. After years spent studying the world’s greatest places to work, he has deciphered what sets amazing leaders apart from the rest, and what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative, and ready for the future.

His research and insights have inspired category-leading companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, Nationwide, IBM, Zoom, Nokia, John Deere, and Toyota, to name a few. Eric’s perspectives and accomplishments have also been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and many other prominent publications.

In addition to the hundreds of keynotes he has delivered around the world, Eric is an entrepreneur and leader in his own right. As co-founder of NoW of Work, Eric has been named one of the world’s Top 100 Emerging Innovators by American Express, making him a trusted resource as we collectively navigate the future of work together.

Eric’s keynotes aren’t just engaging and insightful, they’re a fun, practical journey loaded with actionable takeaways that audiences can implement right away. Those that attend Eric’s keynotes often share that his refreshing, down-to-earth messaging not only gets them excited about the future, but also provides the practical tools and know-how to build teams and thrive in it.  

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LEADERSHIP AND AI: Building High-performing Teams in the New World of Work

Weaving its way into nearly every conversation from the boardroom to the dinner table, we talk about AI like we talk about any news story of the day. AI though, isn’t just a news story, nor is it a flash-in-the-pan, it is a revolutionary technology that is turning the page and starting a brand-new chapter in the world of work and leadership. Today, leaders of category-leading companies, associations, and non-profits need to not only understand what AI truly is, but where it came from, how it will change the world of work in the years to come, and how the foundations of building trust, belonging, and connection haven’t changed one bit. The very best leaders don’t just know what AI is, they know how to build high-performing teams as AI continues to invade the workplace.

In this insightful, actionable, and eye-opening keynote, leaders will understand specifically how to build resilient, trusting, and engaged teams both because of and despite AI in a world that is changing faster than we’ll ever understand. While AI won’t replace us, the leaders that understand AI and know what to do about it most certainly will. Eric Termuende will teach exactly how to be a better leader in a world dominated by AI.

Attendees will learn:

–       What AI really is, how it is changing the world of work, and what to watch out for

–       How to build trust on their team when change appears to be constant

–       3 tips to boost engagement, remove friction, and navigate uncertainty

–       Why AI is a tool and not a threat

–       Strategies to boost camaraderie and experimentation across teams

–       The ethics of AI and what we truly need to know

BLUEPRINT TO THE FUTURE: Leading in a New World of Work

While the trends, charts, graphs, and predictions about the future of work are interesting, the rhetoric around the future of work is often stuck on what it might look like, not how we get there. Instead of wasting time trying to predict what’s next, leaders need to better understand the specific steps we need to take to focus on building incredible teams that thrive in the face of adversity and uncertainty; and have each other’s backs along the way.

In this engaging, insight-filled, and actionable presentation, workplace culture and leadership expert Eric Termuende shares his research-backed blueprint for successful leadership in a world that has yet to be created.

Attendees will receive a practical guide to building teams that are more productive, engaged, creative, and innovative. They’ll learn from the experiences of the National Football League, category-leading companies, and trailblazers from around the world about the importance of building trust, removing friction, and creating a culture of experimentation. Attendees will discover ways to ‘future-proof’ their teams by making a series of one- degree shifts that result in an improved sense of belonging, psychological safety, and engagement. Attendees will walk away with immediate, actionable, budget-free steps to become the type of leader that builds resilient, innovative teams, no matter what else is going on in the world.

 What audiences come away with:

  •   Practical strategies to boost trust, resilience, and camaraderie
  •   Research-backed insights on building team agility and excitement toward impending change
  •   An understanding of how to harness the power of one-degree shifts
  •   Methods for finding and reducing friction within teams
  •   Actionable steps to cultivate a culture of experimentation, risk free

 Perfect for those looking to:

  •   Understand what to expect in the future of work
  •   Navigate lasting talent shortages
  •   Build an action plan to navigate uncertainty
  •   Discover trends in talent/work location/demographics/economic trends
  •   Build agile, human-centered leaders

 

UNWAVERING: Building Incredible Teams for the Future of Work

Uncertainty is inevitable in the new world of work. In the face of ongoing change, will we see our people running for the exits, or will they be there to support and help each other? Change is happening faster than ever before and building unwavering teams that are resilient, ultra-collaborative, and even excited about that change has never been more important. But how do we build unwavering teams? Trust, empathy, and ongoing experimentation.

 Workplace culture and leadership expert Eric Termuende has spent nearly a decade decoding exactly what creates unwavering teams: those that are resilient, rooted in belonging, and have a deep sense of safety and inclusivity. These are the types of teams that thrive through change because they know that while change may be difficult, the only thing worse is standing still. Eric has created a playbook for cultivating unwavering teams, and in this session, attendees will both learn it and be able to take it home with them.

 By discovering how to enhance collaboration, developing excitement for all of the possibilities experimentation yield, and deciphering the root of trust across a team, attendees will come away from this session understanding how to become the incredible leader who inspire their teams to perform at their best and stand strong through anything the future may hold.

 What audiences come away with:

  •   Deep knowledge about the root of collaboration and how to enhance it across the team
  •   Research-backed insights trust, psychological safety, and belonging at work
  •   How to enhance excitement about change and how to involve the whole team in the process
  •   The most important question to ask to get engagement and buy-in
  •   Why the future is something to be excited about, not scared of

  Perfect for those looking to:

  •   Improve team resiliency
  •   Instill a sense of belonging and psychological safety in their teams
  •   Effectively lead remote/hybrid teams
  •   Navigate uncertainty smoothly and successfully

SNOWFLAKES AND FINGERPRINTS: How to Attract Top Talent in the Future of Work

Regardless of where we look, talent shortages are impacting every industry, and competition is fierce. With an entire generation on the precipice of retirement, and not enough workers ready to replace them, the situation is only going to get fiercer. More than ever before, we need to do whatever we can to attract and retain top talent – but what is that? After a decade of research on the world’s greatest places to work, workplace culture and leadership expert Eric Termuende has the answer.

 Like snowflakes and fingerprints, it all comes down to uniqueness. The days of job listings demanding an extensive list of skills and attributes from potential employees are gone. Instead, we need to talk about the larger workplace experience and the difference our organizations are making in the world. To attract the right talent in today’s environment, we must plant our metaphorical flag in the ground and emphasize what makes us, as employers, different from the rest.

 This means highlighting not only how and where we work, but also the more intangible aspects of our organization, like our purpose and values. It means leveraging our current employees’ experiences and sharing why they love their jobs. To attract talent in the future of work we need to be loud and proud about the things that make us uniquely us. 

In this fun and takeaway-filled presentation, attendees will not only learn how to create their own compelling stories to attract the right talent to their organization, but they’ll also leave with a talent attraction framework they can continue to refine as the world of work keeps evolving.

 What audiences come away with:

  •   Actionable ways to create and share a unique, sticky, and impactful employee value proposition
  •   Key strategies for leveraging your best recruiters (your existing team)
  •   An understanding of why creating a ‘best’ place to work might not mean what you think it does (and what licorice, cilantro, and pineapple pizza has to do with it)
  •   Knowledge of where culture lives, and how to adapt your story based on the team/location you’re hiring for

 Perfect for those looking to:

  •   Stand out from competing companies and attract and retain talent
  •   Turn existing employees into ambassadors/storytellers
  •   Reignite excitement about the potential of their team/business with new talent

 

GENERATION ALL: How to Build and Lead a Multigenerational Teams

Regardless of which workplace resource we look at, we’re inundated with information about how to ensure harmony, productivity, and alignment when the different generations come together as co-workers. But what if we’re answering the wrong questions? Instead of asking ‘how do we get different generations to work together?’ we asked, ‘how do we build deeper connection, trust, and awareness of the people we work with every day?’

 In this refreshing, insightful, and actionable presentation, workforce expert and bestselling author Eric Termuende shares insights gleaned from his years of research into how to build a better workforce – one that includes all generations, perspectives, and experiences. After studying the topic for years and surveying tens of thousands of people, Eric knows exactly what it takes to lead multigenerational teams. While the future of work may be unpredictable, one thing is certain: those who are able to build strong, multigenerational workplaces will have the advantage.

 What audiences come away with:

  •   Actionable ways to improve engagement and alignment across all generations in the workplace
  •   Strategies for leading different generations
  •   An understanding of the role of company purpose, and why it is secondary to workplace experience
  •   Knowledge of the differences and similarities across generations as employees and teammates
  •   The skills needed to promote idea sharing, creativity, and inclusivity across generations

 Perfect for those looking to:

  •   Understand the needs of the next generation of workers
  •   Bust generational myths
  •   Promote cross-generational mentorship/collaboration
  •   Attract and retain the next generation of work

 

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Speaker testimonials

Today’s presentation was great and I’m delighted at the response from the Team. The videos, the customization, and of course, your presence, knowledge, and energy made it a huge success! I’ve contracted and supported many Executive Leadership Summits for the agency over the years and it is not often that they say…”This is the best Summit we’ve ever had!” There’s been a lot of that type of feedback today and it is much deserved and well-earned praise.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

In October 2020, in the middle of this Pandemic crisis, we had the pleasure to work with Eric for one of our episodes of our Dell Technologies Thought Leader Series. In addition to being a very fun person to work with, Eric was very generous of his time and an amazing presenter that our customers love!!!! His story was very inspiring and helped people with a different perspective during these difficult times.

Dell Technologies

Wow, just WOW. Safe to say that was the best virtual presentation we’ve done yet, and not just
for this event! The comments section definitely showcased that. Thank you very much for that incredible presentation. I will be in touch again very soon.

Senior Conference Producer, Key Media

Eric is highly knowledgeable in his field of business and, at the same time, is capable of quickly understanding the complexity of the event we were hosting. Eris is an excellent speaker with a plethora of great thoughts and ideas. His insights regarding the future of work were spot-on and the content of his keynote spurred a significant amount of conversation amongst our attendees.

Executive Director, AAA

Eric is an absolute pro. He was tasked with closing our 4-day event. He was the 13th speaker, he followed 12 incredible presentations, not an enviable position to be in. Not only did he bring something from every other presentation into his program, he also wrapped our entire event with a bow. He may have been the youngest presenters on our faculty but ended like a seasoned pro.

Founder, EPIC Conference

Eric delivered an engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking session to our audience. It was
a pleasure working with Eric – he delivered the perfect presentation. Eric is a charismatic and passionate storyteller with great insights, real-world experience and exceptional presentation
skills. It was a pleasure to work with Eric and I would highly encourage any organization to
invite Eric to present to their community!

University of Manitoba, Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship

Eric delivered a high energy, engaging and informative keynote that left our people leaders inspired, informed and committed to shifting 1 degree. The task of creating a conversation about what ‘has got us here, won’t get us there’ was met 100% with modern research and examples of companies that were relevant and thought-provoking. Eric has a gift for deep listening, challenging the status quo and confidently sharing his stories with humility, humor at a world class standard.

Senior Manager, People & Culture - Arc'teryx

We had the opportunity to bring Eric in as the keynote speaker for our annual strategic planning workshop with all of our Senior Leaders. Eric did an excellent job of helping us understand and connect the links between strategy and culture with some “one-degree shifts” in our thinking about people and process. This slight change in our thinking was a great catalyst for the subsequent discussions as we built out our strategies for the coming year.

Vice President Human Resources at Toyota Material Handling

Eric wowed us with his interventions at our manager summit. For the first act, his keynote presentation on the one-degree shifts to move from TEAM to COMMUNITY was perfectly tailored to the audience. A master storyteller, he captivated the group with humor and human insight, and made the abstract HR challenges of our business seem practical and simple. And then in the 2nd act, he facilitated a small audience implementation workshop of property managers that quickly moved them from conceptual discussion to realistic concrete actions. Bravo!

Director Talent Development - North America, Caribbean, Mexico at Club Med

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