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Shawn Achor

Author and Happiness Advocate
Country: USA

There is a real connection between happiness and success, and Shawn Achor is the authority who can really explain and show this connection. Shawn’s TED talk on happiness currently has more than 10 million views and his books are national bestsellers. Shawn and his topics continue to gain popularity and the simplicity of his message make him a highly requested speaker. He has worked with a third of the Fortune 100 companies. For any type of audience, Shawn Achor has the ability to change perspectives and make positive changes through a focus on happiness.

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Shawn Achor is the author of the international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage and the NYT bestseller, Before Happiness.  Shawn is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness has made the cover of Harvard Business Review. In addition, his TED talk has become one of the most popular of all time with over 10 million views. His most popular lecture called “The Happiness Advantage” was aired on PBS stations nationwide. It has been seen by millions.

Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he served as Head 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. in an effort to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured and researched in countries across the globe, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has worked with over a third of the fortune 100 companies and continues to be one of the nation’s most popular speakers.

In 2014 Oprah did a two hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning making Shawn a household name. His talks get the highest ratings and audiences are blown away by Shawn’s presentations.

    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 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.
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