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Haydn Shaw      

Expert in Generational and Cross-functional Roles, Change, Execution & Productivity

For twenty-five years, Haydn Shaw has helped managers and organizations raise their generational IQ so they can deal with the multigenerational workforce. More than 100,000 have attended his workshops Leading Across Generations and Working Across Generations.

He is the author of "Sticking Points: How to Get 5 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart."

TIME wrote, “Shaw is an expert on cultural differences at the office.” He has spoken to over 150,000 people, trained 30,000 managers, and worked with more than 1,500 businesses (from Fortune 500 companies to start ups), not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The results from his long-term organizational development and change projects have been written up in case studies. He was one of four consultants to win FranklinCovey’s Chairman’s award for 4000 days with clients.

He rolls up his sleeves and helps organizations cut the turnover of Gen Z and younger Millennials, the group companies struggle to keep.

Hailed as a “leadership guru” by the Washington Post, Shaw is known for taking groups from hilarity to deep reflection, Shaw has delivered over 700 keynotes that combine rich content with use-tomorrow tools. His work makes an impact because he does his homework, heavily customizing each speech so that you get results. Shaw connects with virtually any group in any industry and brings practical and inspiring examples from the boardroom and the front line.

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He is the author of the bestselling training course Leading across Generations. His generational keynotes get people laughing at the generations so they quit complaining about the generations and start learning why the generations are different and how to turn those differences into productivity and sales. People often refer to his presentation on generations as one of the best speeches they have ever heard.


  • Leading Across Multiple Generations: Helping Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials Get Through Their Sticking Points Get Stuff Done

  • Leading the Millennials: Gaining, Training, and Retaining the Text Message Generation

  • Don't Miss Half Your Market: Selling to Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials


Nothing is more frustrating or discouraging than trying to turn around negative environments or employees. This humorous keynote uses the metaphor of burping a baby to help leaders understand how to keep their teams from turning negative and what to do when they have already have. You’ll learn how to separate the dangerously negative people from the merely irritating, how to keep negative people from taking over your team, and how to move people through changes without letting the negative people take over.


  • Leading through the 6 Change Reactions: Why Change Stalls and What You Can Do about It (for leaders, managers, and supervisors)

  • Understanding the 6 Change Reactions: Making Change Faster and Easier for All of Us (for all employees)

  • Light Eaters, Yipper/ Yappers, and Hound Dogs: Dealing with the Three Types of Resistant and Negative Employees (for everyone)


Productivity has two parts: how well the organization communicates priorities and how well individuals use their time. Most approaches just focus on individual time management. Haydn's productivity presentations do both: he helps leaders and managers get clear on how to get their people focused while also helping individuals manage their time and deal with the overwhelming flood of email, technology, and information.


  • FranklinCovey’s The 5 Choices for Personal Productivity in the Information Avalanche

  • FranklinCovey’s 4 Disciplines of Execution

  • FranklinCovey’s Why Sales People Can’t Get Time to Sell and What to Do About It


When trust is high, teams get things done. But when trust is low, everything slows down and costs more.


FranklinCovey’s The Speed of Trust: the One Thing That Changes Everything

Haydn Shaw travels from Chicago, where he lives in a multigenerational household with his Gen Xer wife, Laurie, his Traditionalist mother-in-law, his disabled Gen X brother-in-law, and his Millennial children.


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