Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Speaker: Matthew Kelly

 An internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, The Seven Levels of Intimacy, and The Dream Manager


  • The Dream Manager
  • Solving Your Turnover Problem
  • Personal Strategic Planning
  • Authenticity, Not Authority: A New Paradigm for Leadership
  • Passion and Purpose: The Keys to Productivity and Profitability
  • Customer Intimacy
  • The Talent War: Attracting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
  • The Next HR Revolution

Kelly’s books have sold more than four million copies and have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and numerous other best seller lists.  His titles include The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, The Seven Levels of Intimacy, and The Dream Manager.

With his keen sense of humor and passion for helping companies understand that developing their employees is the first step to achieving corporate goals, Kelly seems to effortlessly elevate and energize people to pursue the highest values of the human spirit and achieve their personal goals and ambitions.

Matthew Kelly’s message is both timely and timeless. His example is authentic and inspiring. His passion for life is refreshing and challenging. It is certain that he will continue to be, with increasing influence, one of the most sought-after and endearing voices of our time.

The Dream Manager
Once every twenty-five years or so a concept comes along that perfectly identifies a common problem and teaches us a new way.  The Dream Manager is that concept.  The simple truth is this: the destiny of your organization and the destiny of the people that drive your organization are inseparably linked.

The great majority of the people in the workplace today are actively disengaged.  To varying extents they don’t feel connected to the work they do, the organizations they work in, or the people they work with.  No single factor is affecting morale, efficiency, productivity, sustainable growth and profitability more than this disengagement.

The Dream Manager concept provides a revolutionary way of reversing this crippling trend and demonstrates how organizations, large and small, can actively engage their people once again, thus creating a competitive advantage of monumental proportions.

In this presentation, based on his most anticipated book yet, The Dream Manager, Matthew explains the powerful connection between employees’ personal dreams and a corporation’s ability to achieve goals and sustain growth.  Exploring the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy organizations, he demonstrates that a company cannot expect to attract and retain the employees necessary to guarantee sustainable growth and profitability unless that company can help those same employees move in the direction of their personal dreams and ambitions.  Using an array of practical examples, he illustrates the broad application of the Dream Manager concept and demonstrates how, in different areas of our lives, we all take on the role of the Dream Manager.

Participants will:

  • Learn how their personal dreams drive them inside and outside the workplace
  • Come to understand how the dreams of their direct reports are impacting their ability to achieve corporate or organizational goals
  • Be taught how to identify the people in their lives — personally and professionally — who they can serve in the Dream Manager role.  These people may include everyone from direct reports and customers in the corporate environment to children, spouses and friends in our personal environments.

Solving Your Turnover Problem
Any business leader knows that the costs of employee turnover drain profits.  Matthew Kelly offers four steps to solving the turnover dilemma.  Business leaders, executives, managers, and small business owners will learn how to address turnover and how to improve employee morale in the process.

Turnover is the largest corporate dilemma of the new millennium.  It is draining profits, destroying morale and perplexing corporate leaders.  Any corporation that can solve a significant turnover problem will gain a phenomenal competitive advantage.  For too long we have either ignored the problem or convinced ourselves that it exists because we simply do not pay our employees enough.  Throwing money at the turnover problem is not the answer.  In this presentation, Matthew will outline and explain the application of the four steps a corporation must take in order to radically reduce turnover.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to calculate the real cost of turnover to their team and organization
  • Come to understand how and why a culture of turnover perpetuates turnover, and how turnover is affecting your corporate culture in general
  • Be taught how to implement a four step program to radically reduce turnover across all departments

Personal Strategic Planning
During this presentation, audience members see the benefits of corporate strategic after receiving life-changing ideas for developing a personal strategic plan.  With Matthew’s guidance and personal success framework, audience members explore their life in the same way that business leaders explore the health of their business.

While most leaders understand the value of strategic planning, few have the discipline to drag themselves away from their day to day responsibilities to attend to this critical process.  The next great challenge is convincing the people on their team to turn off their cell phones and step away from their e-mail to participate in the strategic planning process.

In this presentation, Matthew takes his audience on a personal odyssey through eight areas of focus — physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial, professional, adventure, and legacy.  With his unique and original concept of applying the methods and exercises of traditional strategic planning to our personal lives, he demonstrates, once again, that the most powerful way to teach team members about the importance of corporate planning is to teach them the principles of personal strategic planning.

Most people spend more time planning their vacations than they do planning their lives.  If we cannot convince them of the importance of planning in their own lives, we will never convince them of how important planning is to the organization.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to create a strategic plan for their own lives by looking at eight distinct areas of our life experience
  • Come to understand how the absence of a plan often causes us to drift aimlessly at the whim and will of a variety of factors and forces in our lives
  • Be taught how to identify their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and critical success factors in all eight areas
  • Learn how to apply a variety of traditional and innovative strategic planning exercises to their personal life and their professional life

Authenticity, Not Authority: A New Paradigm for Leadership 
True leadership takes humility and rigorous honesty.  In this presentation, Matthew Kelly helps leaders analyze their leadership style and presents nine practical ways to transform their leadership style.

Last year, integrity was the most searched word in Webster’s online dictionary.  In an age that is allergic to authority, it is a time for a return to authenticity.  Authenticity is integrity-based leadership and does not consist of perfection, but rather the honest admission of strengths and weaknesses and the need for teams to complement those strengths and weaknesses.  If employees do not believe that their leader has their best interests at heart, it is impossible to expect that employee to have the organization?s best interests at heart.

Participants will:

  • Learn how their personal leadership style is helping or harming their organization’s ability to achieve goals and objectives
  • Come to understand the dangers of inauthentic leadership and the fruits and benefits of a more authentic style
  • Be taught how to identify the shortcomings and successes of their current leadership style and be given nine practical ways to transform the way they lead
  • Discover how to give team members permission to be human without sacrificing organizational goals and objectives

Passion and Purpose: The Keys to Productivity and Profitability
Today’s best companies are realizing that by encouraging employees to become the-best-version-of-themselves in every aspect of their lives, they guarantee themselves a more efficient and effective workforce.  In this presentation, Matthew Kelly shows companies, managers, and individuals how to implement these ideas from his New York Times best-selling book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose.

Are you thriving or are you just surviving?  If an employee is not thriving in his or her personal life it is unlikely that he or she will thrive in the workplace.  Emerging leaders understand that the great divide between personal life and life in the workplace was only ever an artificial one.  In this visionary presentation, based on his New York Times best-selling book, The Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion & Purpose, Matthew Kelly will take participants beyond traditional time management theory to discover that energy is our most valuable resource.  Using a series of practical examples, he will help participants identify what types of people and activities energize them and what types of people and activities drain their energy.

Today’s best companies are realizing more and more that by encouraging employees to become the-best-version-of-themselves in every aspect of their lives, they guarantee themselves more a more efficient and effective workforce.

Participants will:

  • Learn that the more energy we have, the more our experience of life expands
  • Come to understand that energy is our most valuable resource and how that energy is created, used, or wasted in the different aspect of our daily lives
  • Be taught how and why we often avoid or neglect the people and activities that flood our lives with energy 

Customer Intimacy
Based on his best-selling book, The Seven Levels Intimacy, but adapted to deal with the challenges and opportunities presented by corporate relationships, this presentation provides powerful and practical insights into customer and employee relationships.

Behind every corporate dilemma and opportunity is a human being / the decision maker.  Understanding what drives our internal and external customers and support teams is critical to the success of any business or organization.

As Matthew explains the seven levels, participants will gain dozens of insights about the following: the way people communicate and miscommunicate, why teams are healthy or dysfunctional, how to identify what fears or ambitions are driving people and situations, why negotiations fail or succeed, and how to increase sales every quarter for the rest of your life.

This unique model empowers us to move beyond the prejudgment of what people do and what people say to understand why people do what they do and say what they say.  Whether you’re interested in creating a more dynamic collaboration among your team members, or want to teach them how to develop greater customer intimacy, understanding the dynamics that govern human communication is essential.

This presentation is of particular value to two groups of people.  The first group is sales professionals / managers due to the importance of relationships to the sales process.  The second group is nonprofits who often overlook or are simply unaware of who their internal and external customers are.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to communicate more effectively with everyone in their lives from spouses and children to customers and fellow employees.  They will also learn how to understand more clearly what others are communicating verbally and nonverbally and why people communicate the way they do.
  • Come to understand how the Seven Levels of Intimacy Model can radically increase our ability to identify and meet the needs of customers
  • Be taught how to identify the expectations, needs, and fears of customers, direct reports and managers 

The Talent War: Attracting, Developing, and Retaining Talent
Due to increasing employee turnover, an aging population, and a shrinking workforce, Matthew Kelly argues that attracting, developing, and retaining talent should be the number one priority of any business leader.  In this presentation, Matthew provides background on the war for talent and provides managers and executives with the tools necessary to win that war.

In the past, corporations have gone to battle over price, quality, product leadership, and customer service.  But the next great corporate competition will be the war for talent.  The owners and coaches of all successful sporting franchises are intimately aware that their future success depends on their ability to attract and retain talent.  This is their number one priority.  Why should a CEO’s top priority be any different?  Business Week reports that over the next ten years 21% of top management and 24% of all management jobs across all functions, regions, and industries will become vacant.  Add to these statistics an aging population, a shrinking workforce, and a growing intolerance for the illegal immigrant population that provide much of the unskilled labor in the US today and you have a talent and labor crisis of monumental proportions.  Attracting and retaining talented people should be the number one priority of every CEO or manager serious about winning the war for talent.

Participants will:

  • Learn how the talent war is going to impact their organization and industry
  • Come to understand how important talent is in sustaining growth and profitability
  • Be taught how to identify, nurture, and retain talent within their organization
  • Discover the secret to attracting talent from outside their organization 

The Next HR Revolution 
In this presentation, Matthew Kelly illuminates what Human Resource departments can do to attract, develop, and retain a new caliber of worker in the midst of the war for talent.  Matthew focuses attention on how HR departments can strengthen the connection between employer and employee to significantly impact a company’s bottom line and increase employee fulfillment.

Despised by many, tolerated at best by most, HR has had a negative stigma attached to it for decades.  But now that companies are beginning to realize the real cost of turnover, with some experts estimating that cost at 150% of annual compensation, corporate leaders are looking for someone to turn to…in many ways the Dream Manager Program provides what the HR connection between employer and employee was originally intended to provide.  Much more than tallying sick days and granting permission for vacation time, the HR department is responsible for convincing team members that the organization is concerned about their individual well-being.  It will take a radical new approach to convince employees.  But once convinced, they become a new caliber of worker.

Participants will:

  • Learn how the role of a HR department must change if an organization is going to attract, nurture and retain higher caliber team members
  • Come to understand how the negative stigma that has attached itself to HR in the past can be cast off
  • Be taught how to implement new programs to increase the connection between employee and employer


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