Al Pittampalli speaks frequently to groups like NASA, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente, Allstate, and more. He is a writer for Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and the author of Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World (Harper Business 2016) which was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as a book-of-the month. As a business consultant, he's helped organizations like Hertz, Boeing, IBM and more transform the way they think about leadership. His first book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting, was the most popular kindle book in the world during the week of its release and has been translated into five different languages. Al has been featured in NPR, Forbes, CBS and more.
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The secret of successful modern leaders
How to Make Better Decisions, Faster
MEETINGS ARE BROKEN, LET's FIX THEM
How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World.
What do the world’s most successful modern leaders, from Jeff Bezos to Admiral William McRaven to Christine Lagarde, have in common? The genuine willingness to change their minds. Rife with actionable advice, this keynote is perfect for a data-driven, results oriented audience.
Creating a Remarkable Brand Through Captivating Stories
The goal in most competitions — like sports or board games — is to be better than everyone else. And because the rules of the game are so clear it’s easy to determine a clear winner. But in business, aiming to be the best just isn’t possible. After all how can you be the best pizza parlor, car manufacturer, or doctor when every consumer has different tastes, preferences, and needs?
That’s why in business, the key to success lies not in being the best but in being unique. Breakout businesses have a sui generis brand that calls to the a specific set of customers who have a specific set of needs.
And the key to communicating that brand? Stories. Stories that create memorable emotional experiences are the ones that stand out from the crowd, spread, and ultimately win. And in this speech, we’ll investigate what kinds of stories can help you stand out from the crowd and grow your business.
The Psychology of Data Driven Leaders.
With more and more business leaders expected to make data-driven decisions, the obvious question comes up: what does it actually mean to be “data-driven.” In this talk, you’ll learn that the key to making accurate judgments with data is not about the technology but psychology. In the presence, of unfavorable data the most effective decision makers practice what I call “radical open-mindedness”.
How to Improve Performance By Asking for Brutally Honest Feedback.
What makes top performers in any company, field or industry so exceptional? In this conversation, we’ll learn the answer: a proactive willingness to seek out brutally honest feedback. But seeking out feedback takes a particular mindset and a rarely developed set of skills. This keynote will explain precisely what those skills are.
The Modern Meeting: The New Rules of Workplace Collaboration.
The meeting has always been the way we communicate, collaborate, and decide on the pressing matters of the day. But now, in a world of e-mail, Slack, and instant messaging, what exactly is the modern meeting for? The answer may surprise you, and will fundamentally change how you lead, attend, and think about meetings. Based, in part, on Al’s first bestselling book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting, this keynote will give you will help audience members and their teams get more done.
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