Shawn Achor

Popular TED speaker; The Power of Positive Psychology

test – Shawn Achor is the author of the international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage. Shawn is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His TED talk is among the most popular 20 of all time.

Think happiness is simply soft business? Think again. Among Shawn’s recent research findings with Nationwide Insurance which made the cover of Training Magazine in 2015: After delivering his research on the Happiness Advantage to a wholly-owned subsidiary, revenues went from $350 million to $950 million in one year, and will eclipse a billion dollars this year. Other companies, including Google, have sent people to learn what was working so well.

He teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University. In 2012, Shawn’s research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk has became one of the most popular of all time with over 3 million views, and his new lecture called “The Happiness Advantage” began airing on PBS stations nationwide. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he served as He ad Teaching Fellow for “Positive Psychology,” which eclipsed “Intro Economics” as the most popular course at Harvard. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters in Christian and Buddhist ethics. And in 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc . to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe.
  • Author of the international best-seller The Happiness Advantage, and the newly released New York Times best seller, Before Happiness
  • Magna cum laude graduate from Harvard University
  • Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics
  • Winner of distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University
  • Researcher and Speaker on happiness and human potential
  • Clients include Google, Microsoft, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, KPMG, UBS, YPO

His programs align with the topics of Leadership, Business Growth/Strategy/Trends, Peak Performance, Retaining Top Talent, Managing/Leading Change, Corporate Culture, Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges

The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance

Most companies and schools follow this formula: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. A decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work first actually fuels greater success second. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. By researching top performers at Harvard, the world’s largest banks, and Fortune 500 companies, Shawn discovered patterns which create a happiness advantage for positive outliers—the highest performers at the company. Based on his new book, The Happiness Advantage (September 2010 from Random House), Shawn explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

Positive Genius: The Key to Raising Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

What is more important than IQ and emotional intelligence combined? Based on the research in Before Happiness, Shawn Achor takes us to the beginning of human potential to explain why some people are able to make great changes while others remain the same. Before you can make a change at work or home, your brain first constructs a picture of reality; this mental picture already determines your likelihood of success and your ability to harness your brain’s IQ, emotional and social intelligence.

In this engaging talk, Shawn takes the audience to the cutting edge of positive psychology and neuroscience to clearly demonstrate how one can become a “positive genius”: one who can continually architect successful, positive realities based upon true facts then transfer those realities to others. Using his signature humor, new case studies and interactive experiments that engage the audience, Shawn makes this research come alive.

Shawn illuminates new research he did in collaboration with Yale published in the top psychology journal this year showing step by step how a leader can change their mindset about stress to increase productivity by 30% and lower health problems and fatigue by 23%. Audiences leave with five clear, practical takeaways, which can immediately start to transform their life, raising both happiness and success rates. In this program, participants will learn how to navigate multiple realities at work, cancel internal and external noise, add vantage points to planning, use success accelerants to speed goal completion and use meaning markers to spread positive genius throughout a team, family and an entire organization.

Positive Leadership: Restoring a Culture of Confidence

Confidence, trust and job satisfaction are at historic lows. When the economic collapse began, the world’s largest banks called in Shawn Achor to research how to restore confidence and forward progress. While many managers succumb to helplessness, with their teams and clients quickly following suit, Shawn researched those who maintained high levels of success and leadership during the challenge. He found that our brains create confidence based on the belief that our behavior matters to the outcome we desire. To develop this trust, we must create “wins” for our brain necessary to overcome learned helplessness and must train our brains for rational optimism. Based on the science of positive psychology and case studies of working with companies in the midst of an economic collapse, Shawn provides practical applications for raising the belief that individual behavior matters and helping leaders to keep teams motivated and engaged.

The Ripple Effect: How to Make Positive Change Easier

Common sense is not common action. This is because information does not necessarily cause transformation because we require a certain level of “activation energy” to start a change. Shawn’s research in the field of positive psychology has revealed how changes in our own brain due to mindset and behavior can have a ripple effect to a team and an entire organization. This positive ripple effect can create a more productive, positive work culture making positive change easier. Audiences will learn about the latest scientific research on mirror neurons and mental priming to explain how positivity and negativity spread, case studies on how to become a lightning rod for change, and findings on how a positive ripple effect profoundly affects an organization’s ability to transition and change.

A slice of Client Feedback:

“Shawn brings energy and actionable ideas to countless research studies with flawless delivery!” MorganStanley SmithBarney

“A short note of appreciation for the outstanding, insightful and inspirational presentation at our Senior Leadership meeting. You have an uncanny ability to modify the content to the audience, and the result is impactful.” Adobe

“On behalf of the ASHRM membership, I want to thank you again for speaking at our conference. We received very strong positive feedback. I knew from your book that your research and thoughts would complement our work, but the reality of it far exceeded our expectations. Great jokes. Perfect timing. Meaningful, usable take away tips. Just perfect.” ~ American Society Of Healthcare Risk Management

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