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Tom Morris, Ph.D

Renowned Public Philosopher and Top Corporate Advisor on Excellence, Success and Performance; Distinguished Business Thought-Leader and Acclaimed Author

Travels From:
North Carolina
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

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Tom Morris on True Success

Goal Setting: The Greatest Advice.

Tom Morris on the Four Foundations of Greatness

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  •  Tom  Morris, Ph.D

A pioneering thinker and electrifying speaker, Tom Morris provides a unique path forward and a powerful sense of hope for our challenging times. Drawing on the wisdom of the ages and history's most inspirational minds, Morris helps people navigate change using timeless tools for achieving professional and personal success. No other message rivals his for its power, or his delivery for its energy, humor, and profound practicality.

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, having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. Known by his students as "TV Morris," he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, serving as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, as well as being 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. His invigorating, compelling message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.

In business today, there are subtle but important mistakes about what “ethics” means. These misunderstandings are what allow smart people to do foolish things, by thinking they are acting for the good of the business. As a persuasive corrective, Dr. Morris takes the audience to the most ancient conception of ethics as offering a distinctive form of power, and looks at two different approaches to ethical decision making: one exclusively rule-based and the other rooted in the wisdom and virtue tradition.

Based on his book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business, Morris provides a big picture perspective on what ethics is all about and how it fits into a framework for organizational and personal excellence. He takes people into a context where they can see not only why we have rules and compliance concerns, but also why ethics has to go far beyond a concern for rules. He introduces people to the most powerful conception of ethics from the ancient Greek philosophers: not about staying out of trouble but rather about creating a distinctive form of strength – strong people, strong organizations, and strong customer relations.

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.

Difficult change comes our way on a regular basis these days. And we have an old saying about how to deal with it: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. For decades, people have said this, but no one explains how to do it. The great philosophers did. In this highly entertaining and engaging talk, Tom Morris will equip you and all your associates to be expert lemonade makers! Some clients have themed their entire meeting around this topic and have served great lemonade during the break!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • "Thanks for being the highlight of our conference, and for pointing out that it's not really about Jobs, it's about how EACH of us can put a dent in the universe."

  • "Tom exceeded our expectations. He is an amazing speaker, and really made our event special! He hit the ball out of the ballpark with his knowledge, insights and energy."

  • "Besides being a gifted speaker, [Tom] is truly a gentleman's gentleman. He was very accessible after his speech, with our attendees, which everyone who had a chance to meet him appreciated very much."

  • "Tom's friendly, fun-loving approach won over everyone he met."

  • "I've seen Mr. Morris twice. He is always entertaining and informative. I could listen to him for hours! Knowledgeable and engaging! Great topic. Loved the energy and the message."

  • "One of the best speakers I have had the pleasure of hearing."

  • "Again, he's awesome! If we could just carry his contagious good vibe everyday the world would be a better place!"

  • "Best presenter year in and year out - just fabulous. Bring him back every year! He was phenomenal. Captures your attention."