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Business strategist, motivational speaker, and innovation expert Erica Dhawan helps businesses decrease friction and increase freedom. A pioneer researcher in the field of “connectional intelligence,” she teaches leaders and companies innovative strategies to create more value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results, and ensure future global competitiveness.
As a researcher at Harvard, Erica co-authored Get Big Things Done, the first book on connectional intelligence, the ability to “to drive innovation and breakthrough results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks.” Get Big Things Done was rated #1 on “What Corporate America is Reading.”
Erica has been featured on the Thinkers50 RADAR list for the emerging management thinkers around the world most likely to shape the future of business, management and strategy. She has also been named one of Levo 100’s Transformers.
Erica is the founder and CEO of Cotential (Connection + Potential) where she helps deliver collaboration across teams, business units and with customers by ingraining collaborative approaches and behaviors in the organizations she works with. Her clients range from Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and Pepsico.
An in-demand speaker, Erica has spoken, worldwide, to organizations and enterprises that range from the World Economic Forum at Davos to U.S. and global Fortune 500 companies.
When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. The world of business is increasingly digital and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. Erica shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Rated #1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020 and featured as one of the management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, Erica frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and WSJ. She holds degrees from Harvard, Wharton and MIT.
Erica uses the power of storytelling and humor paired with research findings to provide audiences with interactive, refreshing, practical strategies for modern innovation-driving teamwork.
Erica Dhawan’s mission is to prepare your global workforce for the future. Her interactive keynote speeches show organizations and leaders how to accelerate the connectedness of your workforce, become masters of connectional intelligence, and “spar” in order to reach your goals more quickly.
Erica’s speaking style is personal, fresh, humor-laden and energetic. She is a gifted presenter who is able to read a room, customize her approach and style accordingly, and draw audiences in with her storytelling and pragmatic solutions to your organization’s most pressing challenges.
Erica has presented to corporations, universities, technologists, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and many other groups. Private corporate speaking has included places like Pepsico, Deloitte, Fidelity, McGraw Hill Financial, United Nations, Facebook, Social Media Week, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Keynote: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence
We typically associate success with speed and smarts. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Collaboration expert Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough impact.
This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced session will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to purposeful collaboration, resilience, and business success. Attendees will shift the notion of collaboration from more meetings and emails to productive engagement that improves speed and quality of service, increases subject matter expertise and specialist sharing across silos, reduces cross-team dysfunction and delay, and eliminates duplicative work. Attendees will learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes.
● Discover new ways to lead, inspire, and communicate with diverse teams through uncertainty.
● Learn how to keep cross team collaborations aligned, build trust, and foster motivation.
● Gain specific actions to inspire teamwork, innovation, resilience, revitalization, and results-driven progress.
● Behaviors to understand and build trust and connection, no matter the distance.
Keynote: Maniacal Clarity: Reimagine Leadership to Drive Impactful Innovation
We used to think of leadership as constant hustle and grit - the leader that never slept, sent profits through the roof, and embodied the classic rags-to-riches story… But this tired playbook doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did. What changed? What makes a 21st century leader and a great team now? Is it their ability to tell stories? Their decision-making skills? Their communication style?
The critical missing factor is Maniacal Clarity. This is when leaders give their teams exactly what they need to do their absolute best work and enable them to be empowered to influence anyone, anytime, anywhere. Without it, even skilled, motivated and effective teams languish, with cross-team dysfunction, duplicative work, and unhealthy internal competition. Maniacal Clarity in our modern world delivers the ability to spark overarching optimism, inspirational imagination, continuous courage and fast focus.
In her new keynote, WSJ bestselling author and world-renowned speaker Erica Dhawan constructs a new framework for truly shifting minds and changing hearts, in the office, across any distance and with customers. Based on years of research and advising the respected companies around the world, this keynote promises a ground-breaking look into the science, frameworks, and stories of how to inspire anyone, anytime, anywhere to deliver their best results.
● Conduct your own clarity audit of your workplace and assess your own Maniacal Clarity habits
● Learn the 4 foundations of Maniacal Clarity and how to bring it to everyone around you with optimism, imagination, courage and focus
● Assess your strengths and opportunities to become a Maniacal Clarity change agent
● Develop an action plan to inspire your teams, customers, and the world around you to drive performance, teamwork and innovation
Keynote: Digital Body Language: Collaborate Faster and Further, Together
Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops... sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text-messages. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other? Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible - or are they? In her keynote, Erica combines cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and cultures. In person, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod, and make eye contact to show we listen and care. Online, reading carefully is the new listening. Writing clearly is the new empathy. And a phone or video call is worth a thousand emails. In this keynote, Erica Dhawan, author of the new book DIGITAL BODY LANGUAGE will supercharge your teams with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and drive innovation.
● Understand your collaboration style and the digital body language signals you may be broadcasting (even if you don't intend to!)
● Create cultures of maniacal clarity across email, phone, IM, text, video, and even live meetings
● Develop a collaboration strategy that fosters valuable relationships, both in-person and online
● End cultures of useless meetings, missed deadlines, and digital misunderstandings
“Erica’s presentation was an absolute hit.”
―Erik Spoelstra, Head Coach of Miami Heat
“Non-verbal cues are vital to understanding each other. Now that so much communication happens online–and with the massive shift to distance learning and remote workplaces–we need Erica Dhawan’s book more than ever. In Digital Body Language, Erica shares tips and strategies for communicating effectively on chats, emails, and video calls, so everyone can successfully share and connect in the digital age.”
―Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
“Erica offers a profound look at how to foster inclusion and better leadership in our digital world.”
―Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative
“Terrific. Our leaders were very engaged and had immediate practical takeaways. Erica made a big impact.”
―Mike Fucci, Chairman Emeritus, Deloitte
“Erica’s session was engaging, relevant, and actionable. She is thoughtful, inspirational, and smart with a contagious positive energy. All organizations and executive leaders would benefit from having her as an advisor to drive behavioral change, harness the power of networks, and think beyond traditional cohorts. She is a thought leader in the development of collaborative ways of working, improving productivity and customer engagement and experience.”
―Lisa McCann, COO & Global Head of Customer Success and Delivery Services, Korn Ferry
“Erica’s presentation was absolutely perfect for our leaders. Our group was diverse and Erica was a hit with everyone! Her storytelling style of presenting along with a healthy dose of informative case studies kept everyone engaged and interested and excited about using connectional intelligence to transform our business.
―George Chavel, Chairman Emeritus, Sodexo
“As a presenter at our organization’s first large scale virtual conference, Erica delivered a keynote session that was not only engaging and thought-provoking, it was extremely relevant to what our organizational membership is currently experiencing. Erica’s presentation took viewers outside of their home offices and truly felt like a live, in-person event.”
―Hannah DeBevoise, AACSB International
“Erica delivered an outstanding keynote. Her message about digital body language could not be more relevant and timely than it is today.”
―Bridget Dunn, Meeting Planner, Association for Talent Development
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Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance
An instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller
The definitive guide to communicating and connecting in a hybrid world.
Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text-messages. Weird punctuation you can’t make heads or tails of. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other?
Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible — or are they? In Digital Body Language, Erica Dhawan, a go-to thought leader on collaboration and a passionate communication junkie, combines cutting edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and culture. In real life, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod and make eye contact to show we listen and care. Online, reading carefully is the new listening. Writing clearly is the new empathy. And a phone or video call is worth a thousand emails.
Digital Body Language will turn your daily misunderstandings into a set of collectively understood laws that foster connection, no matter the distance. Dhawan investigates a wide array of exchanges―from large conferences and video meetings to daily emails, texts, IMs, and conference calls―and offers insights and solutions to build trust and clarity to anyone in our ever changing world.
Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence
We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hyper-competitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Get Big Things Done argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence. Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability.
So, what is it? Put simply, Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is changing everything from business and sports to academics, health and politics by quickly, efficiently and creatively helping people enlist supporters, drive innovation, develop strategies and implement solutions to big problems. Get Big Things Done unlocks the secrets of how the world’s movers and shakers use Connectional Intelligence to achieve their personal and professional goals–no matter how ambitious.
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