Premier Expert on Workplace Culture,
Employee Engagement and the Emerging Generation
There is a war for talent taking place on a global scale, and the future belongs to forward-thinking organizations that are focused on creating and sustaining a dynamic and compelling workplace culture.
Emerging Workforce Expert
Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester has now cracked the code on the tactics and strategies companies that are recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries are using to win the talent wars.
On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out is Eric’s 4th leadership book. His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce is the first business book on developing soft skills and core work ethic values since 1904.
He is the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and created a work ethic training curriculum that is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.
Eric Chester has delivered more than 2000 paid keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame. Companies that have invited Eric back multiple times to keynote annual conventions, conferences and meetings include Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Sprint, Great Clips, and Wells Fargo, to name a few.
On Fire at Work - How Great Leaders Ignite Passion in their People without Burning Them Out
After interviewing more than one hundred highly acclaimed C-level leaders across all industries, Eric has uncovered the four principles that are common when it comes to engaging today’s rapidly changing workforce. Through a highly entertaining multi-media presentation, you’ll see how great leaders create cultures that attract top talent, encourage innovation and collaborative thinking, and inculcate the desire to out-perform yesterday’s best. Based upon the groundbreaking research in his new book On Fire at Work, business leaders walk away with actionable ideas that are innovative, relevant, and applicable. Uplifting, inspiring, and content-rich, it’s impossible to experience “On Fire” without catching fire and igniting the passion for achieving excellence in those around you.
From Rookie to Superstar: Improving Your Business by Developing Your People from the Inside Out
Research proves that most business leaders are not satisfied with the performance, productivity, and the service they are getting from their emerging workforce. The problem is not so much a skills gap as it is a values gap, which is apparent when analyzing the core work ethic values a growing number of employees are bringing to the job. This is the cause--and the effect--of Eric Chester's compelling presentation based on his breakthrough leadership book, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce. With his hilarious and unconventional style of delivery, Chester will help you build the seven essential work ethic values within your people to ensure their success, and the success and sustainability of your business.
Engaging the Disengaged (for Educators / Administration / Staff: How Educators Can End the Entitlement Mentality Among Students and Create an Environment of Achievement
Eric Chester is a former HS business teacher and football coach-turned motivational speaker. He spent 10 years speaking exclusively to students and was an invited presenter at more than 1000 schools in North America. However, for the past 12 years, Eric has been speaking to, and working with employers who are feeling the effects of an emerging workforce that is woefully prepared with the work ethic necessary to succeed. Developing work ethic in students is not optional; it is a responsibility—one that should be shared by every individual employed by a school district—whether in the classroom, the cafeteria, the administration office, or the school bus. The purpose of schools is to prepare students for success in the real world. Developing a healthy work ethic prepares young people to be better students while they are in school, but also prepares them to be better employees, better leaders, and better citizens. Eric Chester is the leading authority on developing work ethic in teens and young adults. His presentation will illustrate why the work ethic in America has declined, and he’ll provide solid, actionable ideas and tools for getting students to achieve at a higher level in school and off campus.
How to Get From Here to There... (College/Career Tech Students)… even if you haven’t yet figured out where ‘there’ is.
Eric Chester has spent his entire career in helping people figure out the transition of school-to-work-to-career. He’s a former business teacher and coach turned motivational speaker for millions of high school and college students. Over the past 12 years, he’s been the keynote speaker and consultant to more than 150 top companies and organizations that rely heavily on teens and young adults as their emerging workforce. He’s an author of five books and the co-author of eight others all written to help smooth the transition from school-to-work. His latest book – Reviving Work Ethic is the first book for business leaders written on work ethic since 1904. He'll share the secret of how to get where you really want to go, even if you don’t know where that is.
All Eric Chester Books
On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them OutPurchase Book
Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging WorkPurchase Book
Getting Them to Give a Damn: How to Get Your Front Line to Care About your Bottom LinePurchase Book
“…you definitely delivered the most “take home” value – for both Franchise Partners and Managers. It’s not just the content of what you say, but the very personable and convincing style that you have. I will use “relationships, not rules” for the rest of my life. You have definitely made a difference for me and all of our folks. Thank you! Thank you!”
- Focus Brands International | CEO
“No one knows the emerging workforce better than Eric Chester. He’s spot on when it comes to the challenge leaders face for improving work ethic and restoring pride, and he offers advice that is both practical and solid.”
- 7-Eleven, Inc. | President and Chief Executive Officer
“Eric was very engaging with over 1,500 people in the audience at our annual convention…He brings a great sense of passion and enthusiasm to his presentation and the material is very relatable for our franchisees.”
- ServiceMaster Clean | President
“Eric hit it out of the park at our convention….best keynote we have ever had at Gold’s Gym! Our franchisees were blown away with his passion and message…Great Job!”
- Gold’s Gym | SVP/Franchising