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Closing Keynote

Lead With Joy and Watch Your Team Fly!

Change is hard.  To create a joyful workplace, you can’t continue to lead the way you’ve always led.  In this talk, Rich explores his own journey to joy, focusing on how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and, by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations.  In his talk, Rich applies the analogy of flight to the teams we lead. His message is simple: when we finally understand the relevant principles (in flight or in teams), we can fly to heights and distances that were previously unimaginable. But to get there, you, as a leader, will need to create change.  Serious change.  And you will need to undergo your own personal evolution as well.

Drawing from his book Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear, Rich will share the personal and professional journey he has taken as a leader and invite you to join him at the vanguard of understanding what it takes to unleash the potential of the people who work for you and around you.  He will explain how the longstanding and appalling disengagement statistics represent a fundamental failure of leadership and how you can reverse that trajectory in your own organization.

Finally, Rich will discuss the simple, actionable things you can do to get your teams off the ground and flying.  You will come away energized and inspired to start you own journey toward leading with joy tomorrow!  And you will be firmly convinced that it is within your power to do so, no matter how big your organization or how longstanding its culture.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Lead with Joy

  • Take Concrete steps to elevate the human energy in your organization

  • Change how you and your team see the role of a leader

  • Turn your organization around to one that embraces action instead of meetings

Meet Rich

Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan became disillusioned in the middle of his career in the chaotic technology industry. He had an all-consuming thought: things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. Why couldn't a workplace be filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity, and productivity?

Ultimately, Rich co-founded Menlo Innovations in 2001 to end human suffering in the workplace. Menlo's unique approach to custom software creation is so surprisingly different that 3,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it.

Rich's passion for creating joyful work environments led to his bestselling and widely celebrated book, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love. His second book, Chief Joy Officer, continues to prove that a positive and engaging leadership style is actually good for business.

Richard Sheridan

CEO, Menlo Innovations
Author, "Joy, Inc." & "Chief Joy Officer"

"As leaders we need to figure out how to get our team members working together with a spirit that is lifted, with a resolve that is focused on solving problems at work, with a heart that says I am going to collaborate with the people around me."

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