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Tom Rath        

NYT Bestselling Author of StrenghtsFinder 2.0, Strengths Based Leadership & How Full is Your Bucket

Tom Rath is an author and researcher who has spent the past two decades studying how work can improve human health and well-being. His 10 books have sold more than 10 million copies and made hundreds of appearances on global bestseller lists.

Rath’s first book, "How Full Is Your Bucket?," was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and led to a series of books that are used in classrooms around the world. His book "StrengthsFinder 2.0" is Amazon’s top selling non-fiction book of all time. Rath’s other bestsellers include "Strengths Based Leadership," "Wellbeing," "Eat Move Sleep," and "Are You Fully Charged?." He has also co-authored two illustrated books for children, "How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids" and "The Rechargeables."

Rath’s most recent books are "Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World" and "It’s Not About You: A Brief Guide to a Meaningful Life," published in partnership with Amazon Original Stories.

During his 13 years at Gallup, Rath led the organization’s strengths, employee engagement, wellbeing, and leadership consulting worldwide. Rath has served for the past five years as an external advisor and Gallup Senior Scientist. He also served as Vice-Chair of the VHL cancer research organization and has been a regular lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Most recently, Rath co-founded a publishing company and he is also an advisor, investor, and partner in several startups. Rath holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Ashley, and their two children.

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This presentation draws heavily on Tom's New York Times bestseller Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes and shares some of the best ways to improve health, energy, and achievement in the workplace. Tom explores what is working and some of the changes that need to occur in order for current health and well-being programs to be more meaningful and effective.


Tom challenges individuals and organizational leaders to rethink what leads to employee engagement and sustainable high performance. He incorporates the latest research on health and well-being with his stories and observations from working with some of the world's most admired employers.


Reviewing some of the most practical research from Tom's books on strengths and leadership, this presentation focuses on how managers and leaders in particular can invest in other people in a way that benefits individual lives and improves the long-term future of the organization. Tom questions the conventional wisdom of how we look at the relationship between individuals and organizations, while suggesting a better fundamental compact for the future.


Drawing on the latest and most practical research from business, psychology, and economics, Tom focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. He challenges audiences to stop pursuing happiness and start creating meaning instead, rethink their daily interactions with the people who matter most, and to put their own health first in order to be their best every day.


'Fully Charged' life: Tom Rath shares advice from latest research
Studying human behavior is a passion for author Tom Rath. "I've been doing this work for the last 10 to 15 years, and I still get surprised and inspired by the research," said Rath, who has sold more than 6 million books, including best sellers "How Full Is Your Bucket?" (Gallup Press) and "Eat Move Sleep" (Missionday).

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