Eric Chester

The go-to expert on finding, engaging & keeping great employees; Top-rated speaker on millennials & bestselling author of On Fire at Work. ; Always funny, unique & dynamic with tons of actionable ideas!

Fee Range?: $17,500 - $20,000
Traveling From: Colorado

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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.

Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading » Read Full Bio

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.

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 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 (2015) is Eric’s 4 th leadership book, featuring top-tier leaders of the world's best places to work who share their best practice strategies for getting employees towork harder, perform better, and stay longer.

His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce (2012) 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 ALCOA, to name a few.

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On Work At Fire, How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out
How do great companies attract top talent, encourage innovation, and instill a desire for excellence? That's the question Eric Chester set out to answer. By interviewing more than one hundred acclaimed C-level leaders across all industries, Eric discovered commonalities in how successful leaders create cultures of engagement. In this entertaining and content-rich multimedia presentation, he shares those discoveries with you. Uplifting and inspiring, it's impossible to experience this keynote without catching fire and igniting a passion for excellence in those around you!
Improving Your Business by Developing Your People from the Inside Out (for Business Leaders in most any industry)
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 new groundbreaking book, Reviving Work Ethic. With his hilarious and unconventional style of delivery, Chester will help you build the 7 essential work ethic values within your people to ensure their success, and the success and sustainability of your business.
Hey Dude, Who Stole My Work Ethic? (for Food Service Corporations and Franchises)
Today's young workers are street-wise and techno-savvy, but they've not been taught how to succeed in the workplace. In a highly entertaining presentation, Eric Chester, an expert on the Gen X, Y & Z labor force, will show you how to inspire a work ethic in your restaurant. Among the nuggets you'll take away from his presentation: a list of the seven core values that establish work ethic and how to apply them with your front line and future leaders; an introduction to the single most effective tool for improving work habits; and a clear understanding of attitudes workers today have about their jobs and how to get their heads in your game.
Reviving Work Ethic (Educators/Staff Development Programs) 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. 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. 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. 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 them to perform, and achieve, up to their remarkable potential.


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  • Corporate Culture (Driving a High Performance Culture)
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  • Generational Diversity (Managing/Working with Gen Y)
  • Human Resources
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  • Management Skills
  • Motivation
  • Recruitment & Retention


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