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Eric Chester

The Go-To Expert on Finding, Engaging & Keeping Great Employees and Creating a Workplace Culture of “on Fire” Performance and Service

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There is a war for talent taking place on a global scale, and the future belongs to forward-thinking organizations that are focused on creating and sustaining a dynamic and compelling workplace culture.

Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester has cracked the code on the tactics and strategies companies that are recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries are using to win the talent wars.

On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out (2015) is Eric’s 4th leadership book, featuring top-tier leaders of the world's best places to work who share their best practice strategies for getting employees to work harder, perform better, and stay longer.

His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce (2012) is the first business book on developing soft skills and core work ethic values since 1904. He is the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and created a work ethic training curriculum that is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.

Eric Chester has delivered more than 2000 paid keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame. Companies that have invited Eric back multiple times to keynote annual conventions, conferences and meetings include Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Sprint, Great Clips, and ALCOA, to name a few.

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This presentation can be delivered in 60 to 90 minutes and audience members have so much fun that they aren’t even aware of how much they’ve learned until they reflect on all the incredible life-changing lessons that were carefully weaved throughout the experience.

After interviewing highly acclaimed C-level leaders across all industries, Eric Chester has uncovered the practices and principles that Best Places to Work award-winning companies and great leaders are using to go beyond merely engaging today’s rapidly changing workforce, but to ignite what he terms “On Fire performance.”  Through a highly entertaining multimedia presentation, managers discover the best practice ideas, tactics, and strategies leading employers use to consistently attract and retain top talent, encourage innovation and collaborative thinking, and inculcate the desire to out-perform yesterday’s best.  This presentation also acknowledges top performing employees and inspires them to continue to excel in their roles while growing their skills and serving as role models for other employees.

Based upon the groundbreaking research in his recent books, Reviving Work Ethic: A Leaders Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce, and the newly released On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out leaders, managers, and employees walk away with actionable ideas for building a world-class workplace culture and attracting and retaining more top performers who take pride and ownership in their work.

Uplifting, inspiring, and content-rich, it’s impossible to experience “On Fire” without catching fire and igniting the passion for achieving excellence and fanning the flames of engagement in fellow team members.

The Golden Rule instructs us to treat others the way we want to be treated.  But what if the other person doesn’t want the same things we do? What if treating others the way we want to be treated only creates friction between us?

In a perfect world, business leaders would employ a workforce that’s engaged, enthused, and ethically unassailable.  The reality, of course, is that the new emerging workforce is streetwise and techno-savvy, but they’ve not been taught how to succeed in the workplace, at home, or at school.

Eric Chester is the leading authority on developing work ethic in young adults and leading Gen Y employees to achieve at their remarkable potential.  His presentation will illustrate why the work ethic in America has declined, and he’ll provide solid, actionable ideas and tools for developing the young worker and restoring the pride of a job well done, instilling within them the work ethic they should have received at home and in school – but didn’t.

Some of the key topics areas covered and learning objectives include:

  1. Discover the 7 Indisputable Core Values that every employer demands from every worker, and why they are getting harder to find but are essential to develop.

  2. Find out how to promote a workplace culture rooted in reliability, professionalism, integrity, and respect.

  3. Learn how to be an ‘up and over’ leader, moving employees from “Idle,” “Lucky,” and “Cheating” behaviors into the “Valued” Quadrant.

  4. Improve customer service in your business to break free from a “vending machine mentality” by learning how to instill an attitude of gratitude across your front line.