Chester Elton

Leading Business Speaker

Widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on corporate culture, employee engagement, teamwork and managing generations. Along with his co-author, Adrian Gostick, Chester delivers around 80 keynote speeches and senior-leader workshops a year to groups from Singapore to Seattle in industries ranging from high-tech to finance, manufacturing to health care.

He is a number 1 selling business author years with over 20 of experience and his goal is to help clients build stronger workplaces. With a number of presentations based on their research, they offer tools to engage, enable and energise employee performance and they emphasise the importance of recognition in the workplace including its effects on morale, productivity and return.

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Chester’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures.

Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Elton is co-author of several enormous leadership bestsellers. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers and have sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in 30 languages.

Chester is often quoted on leadership issues in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and New York Times, and has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS 60 Minutes. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, you’ll consistently find him on the list. Chester’s works on leadership and employee engagement issues with firms such as Procter & Gamble, American Express, AT&T, and Ciga.

Chester can speak individually but often speaks with his co-author Adrian Gostick.


Chester can speak individually or jointly with his co-author Adrian Gostick.

Corporate Culture

All In: How the best leaders develop a culture of belief & drive big results

The Dilemma:

While most leaders understand their most reliable competitive advantage comes from their people, few know how to get their teams “all in”—convincing employees to buy into the strategy they’ve put forward. If a culture is clear, positive, and strong, then people will believe what they do matters and that they can make a difference. If a culture is dysfunctional—chaotic, combative or indifferent—employees will spend more time thinking about why the people sitting next to them should be fired than getting fired up themselves.

The Research:

Teaming up with research giant Towers Watson, #1 bestselling author’s Adrian & Chester present the findings of an unprecedented 300,000-person study conducted in the worst of the recession for their book All In. Based on this breakthrough research and their extensive consulting experience with a who’s-who of successful organizations, they present a simple roadmap that all managers can follow to create a high-achieving culture in their own teams where employees are engaged, enabled and energized.

The Result:

Adrian & Chester offer specific how-tos for each step, and tell fascinating stories of leaders in action that vividly depict just how these powerful methods can be implemented. Audiences will learn: the 3 research-based characteristics of the world’s most profitable, productive organizational and team cultures; the 7 steps today’s most successful leaders use to generate buy-in; and how managers at any level can build a productive workgroup culture of their own where employees commit to the culture and give an extra push of effort.

The Audience:

Designed for senior leaders and managers (although sometimes tailored to include all employees), the session is typically customized to an organization’s specific culture challenges.

Employee Engagement

The Engagement Effect: How the best managers are engaging employees to meet the needs of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

The Dilemma:

Financial performance in high-engagement organizations is 44 percent higher than in low engagement organizations. Some 90 percent of senior leaders believe employee engagement is a key driver of business performance. But only 24 percent think their employees are engaged enough to move their businesses forward.

The Research:

Presenting findings from 20 years of research, with a total of 850,000-people now surveyed, to illustrate the steps today’s most successful organizations use to generate superior levels of employee engagement to drive energy, focus and innovation. Adrian & Chester’s work shows exactly which leadership behaviours move engagement and which don’t.

The Result:

In this practical and thought-provoking keynote, Adrian & Chester introduce a practical guide for leaders, showing them exactly how to move the needle on employee engagement. The authors drill deep with case studies of real managers in action and practical examples of proven drivers of engagement such as 1) alignment with future vision, 2) enhanced trust and innovation, 3) transparent communication, 4) career development, and 5) strategic recognition of contributions.

The Audience:

Designed for senior leaders and managers. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific engagement challenges.

Managing Millennials

What Motivates Me: How to lead and retain generations in the workplace.

The Dilemma:

By 2024, 75 percent of the workforce will be Millennials and Gen Z. The best leaders are retaining more of their key, young talent by creating meaningful career discussions from day one, and are helping younger workers understand their impact on the greater purpose of the organization.

The Research:

Based on their bestselling book What Motivates Me with the findings of an 850,000-person research study, and introducing their Primary Research Study of thousands of millennials, the authors identify practical methods to inspire today’s young workers to increase levels of commitment, enhance feelings of inclusion, and speed the process of onboarding.

The Result:

In addition to learning how to help team members of all generations work together more effectively, leaders in this session will discover ways to reduce employee attrition by helping each employee understand their core motivators and sculpt the nature of their positions to better match those drivers. The truth is very few leaders know what is really motivating to their people or, even if they do, don’t know how to apply that information to day-to-day work.

The Audience:

Designed for senior leaders, managers, and employee groups. Some groups have participants complete the online Motivators Assessment before the session.

Employee Recognition

Carrots 2.0: How today’s managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent, and accelerate performance.

The Dilemma:

Most managers want to create cultures where their teams achieve above-and-beyond results, but for a culture to really take off teammates must encourage each other on a daily basis. The answer is in rooting for each other: having each other’s backs, appreciating strengths, and recognizing strategic behaviours.

The Research:

Based on their #1 bestselling book The Carrot Principle, which unveiled a 10-year, 200,000- person survey, Adrian & Chester have become the preeminent authority on employee recognition. Now, they introduce us to Carrots 2.0—showing incontrovertible evidence that today’s employees respond best when they are recognized for things they are good at and for those actions where they had to stretch.

The Result:

Adrian & Chester introduce audiences to new generational and industry-specific data from their 2016 proprietary survey of 14,000 working adults—helping managers link recognition to what is most meaningful to their employees. They introduce practical concepts that help managers encourage excellence, including ideas such as appreciation vs. recognition, effort vs. achievement, and praise vs. rewards.

The Audience:

Designed for managers, the session is typically customized to an organization’s specific recognition needs and can also include the organization’s available R&R tools.

21st Century Leadership

Be a Better Manager by Friday: Real skills for inspiring employees, leading a team, and winning in today’s transformative marketplace.

The Dilemma:

For leaders looking to drive innovation, diversity, and inclusion in their teams, many established management practices are doing more harm than good. Too many leaders are dampening their employees’ exuberance and refreshing diversity with old-school management approaches that are killing their cultures.

The Research:

Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton have been some of the most influential voices in leadership research and organizational consulting for more than two decades, but it’s their research over the last few years that’s garnering extra attention. After surveying more than 14,000 working adults in 2015-16 alone, they have found 5 principles of effective leadership that managers in the 21st Century can employ to great effect, and 5 principles that must be avoided.

The Result:

In a fresh, funny and challenging keynote presentation, Adrian & Chester debunk myths such as The Smartest Person in the Room, Treating Everyone the Same is Fair, Appreciation Comes in a Paycheck, and We’ll Let You Know if You Mess Up. They teach audiences how to lead in such a way that today’s employees will follow—including establishing a clear future vision, enhancing diversity, increasing trust levels, and providing opportunity and growth development paths.

The Audience:

Designed for senior leaders and managers. The session is typically customized to an organization’s specific leadership challenges.


Chester – You were the “WOW” at our conference. Your “All In” principles aligned to every aspect of our key messaging and reinforced the effectiveness of this approach. We can¹t wait to continue this momentum and enthusiasm.

Head of Strategic Planning, Aetna

Chester… I looked at the evaluations and you got the highest marks. I wanted to let you know how much folks enjoyed your presentation, not only the entertaining way you presented but also the content. It really resonated with this group which says a lot for such a quiet and cynical crowd. Thanks again for all the time you put into getting it just right…

VP of Leadership Development

Fidelity Investments Asset Management HR Talent Development

You were simply outstanding. Specifically, your suggestions on low-cost-no-cost appreciation were well worth stealing – the car wash in particular. Thank you for inspiring us and entertaining us, for making us laugh and for making us sing. We have been talking about how much we thoroughly enjoyed the show, for you are quite a performer —delivering both steak and sizzle. Thank you forever, on behalf of all who were inspired.

Governor of Michigan

You did more in one hour to bring rewards and recognition to life than any of the rest of us could do over months and months of trying. Thank you! I’ve heard many comment that you were the best speaker they’ve heard at any HSBC conference ever, anywhere in the world.


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