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Tom Morris        

American Philosopher; Corporate Advisor; Best-Selling Author

While the ancient world had Socrates, for new millennium problem-solving, we have Tom Morris, one of the most pioneering public philosophers of our time. Morris brings the wisdom of the greatest philosophers of the ages to bear on the challenges of today, helping audiences to live and work better and smarter.

For fifteen years, Morris was a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame where at one time his teachings became so in demand, as much as an eighth of the student body was enrolled in his classes. He is now chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values and prolific author of twenty books, including the best-selling If Aristotle Ran General Motors, The Art of Achievement, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric. One of his latest books is Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom), the first book to capture the pithy daily wisdom that arises out the Twitter.

Morris is a frequently sought after business speaker for his insights on current events in context to the lessons of philosophy. He has been featured by such diverse news outlets as CNN, NBC, CNBC, NPR, The New York Times, Fast Company, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist. He also blogs regularly at The Huffington Post where he philosophizes about life and business issues.

Morris's electrifying presentations provide audiences with new ideas, angles, and realizations that they can use to enlarge their thinking, solve modern problems, and achieve true personal and professional success and fulfillment.

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The Essential Jobs at Your Office: The Success and Leadership Secrets of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was the quintessential California Hippie, with bare feet, long hair, hallucinogenic drugs, and a fascination for all things Zen, who believed that the right sort of diet would grant him an exemption from the bathing habits of normal people. And yet, as we know, against all odds, and despite a great many personal flaws, idiosyncrasies, and imperfections, Jobs became a pioneering business visionary and hugely accomplished leader, who ended up practically in a class by himself. The real story of how he did it can now spark people and companies across all industries to new levels of world-class achievement.

Philosopher Tom Morris has a new take on the amazing success of this modern business icon, and how it can give fresh guidance to leaders at all levels in organizations. Drawing on the principles that catapulted Jobs to the top of the tech world and helped him build Apple into the world's most valuable company, Morris lays out strategies, tactics and actionable takeaways that imbue leaders with the skills necessary to inspire innovation and success. Tom explains how these principles work in a way that no one else can -- with high energy, good humor, and a level of insight that will leave people immensely excited about trying some of these powerful new ideas right away.

Since the untimely death of Steve Jobs, you've heard all the stories. But now you can bring into your group the empowering perspectives, attitudes, and actions that he lived every day and that can now take you to a new level of leadership excellence and success.

True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change

We all need ideas we can trustideas that have stood the test of time and can help us achieve success in even the most demanding situations. Tom Morris has an unprecedented ability to bring together the wisdom of the ages in a form that people can use right now. This talk presents a simple, powerful and complete framework of seven universal conditions for deeply satisfying, sustainable excellence in all that we do. His now-famous 7 Cs of Success have fueled extraordinary results in pockets of excellence around the world, and have never been more important than they are today. In a high-energy and very entertaining session, Tom will reveal the most fundamental tools for personal and institutional greatness and provide a practical guide for their use every day. This talk leaves people with a new, well-grounded enthusiasm and a determination to use the wisdom theyve been given. Once theyve heard it, they will never be the same.

A Winning Culture: The Four Foundations of Sustainable Greatness

When you take good care of your people, your people take good care of your customers, and your customers take good care of you. The key to it all is a winning culture. So: What creates a great organizational culture? What guides and motivates us to bring our best to every challenge and work powerfully with others every day? Tom Morris shows that the answers to these questions are simple, profound, and transformational. At a time when pressures are high and companies are focusing on the discipline of execution, the main challenge is getting everyone to believe deeply in what theyre doing and to do it with excellence and care every day. Aristotle and a few other profound thinkers have revealed four foundations for reaching and maintaining the highest levels of commitment and greatness in our work with other people. In this session, Tom presents those four foundations for a winning culture and offers practical guidelines for putting into practice the greatest wisdom for sustainable greatness. This talk will give you a profound diagnostic tool whose use empowers individuals and organizations in a new way, while strengthening all your most vital relationships beyond what you could have imagined. This is a must-have framework of ideas for leaders at any level, as well as for front line people who need to form strong and resilient client relations.

Creating the Conditions for Innovation

There are conditions in which creativity flourishes, and alternative situations in which its almost impossible and disappears. The culture of your company makes all the difference as to whether you will be a hotbed of innovation, or a place where anxiety, habit, and inertia rule. Tom Morris draws on the wisdom of the ages in a way that only he can do, to provide you with a simple map to a powerfully innovative culture. And since one great idea can be worth dozens or even hundreds of incremental improvements, he will use the insights of the most creative thinkers in history to show you how you can encourage not just those small innovations that improve products and services in discernible ways, but also the big breakthroughs, the great insights, the revolutionary perspectives that will keep your business flourishing, regardless of the ups and downs of the market and the general economy.

Alchemy: The Power to Change

Over many centuries of the human adventure, the quest of the alchemist was to take something ordinary and create out of it something truly extraordinary. There is nothing in our time more ordinary now than the rapid pace of tumultuous change that we increasingly face in so many ways. And there are two kinds of change: The change that happens to us, and the change that happens only because of us. How do you respond creatively and powerfully to change that comes your way? How do you best initiate change that needs to be made? As a rare philosopher who is as full of humor and great stories as he is of insights that can change your business and your life, Tom Morris will explain in this talk the changeless wisdom of the ages on dealing well with change.

How to Succeed in Turbulent Times

Tom provides a unique path forward, and a powerful sense of hope for our challenging times. Drawing on the wisdom of the ages and history's most inspirational minds, he helps people navigate change using timeless tools for achieving professional and personal success.

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