We help smart leaders build extraordinary workplaces

Ron Friedman, Ph.D.



social psychologist


Author of
The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace


Contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, and CNN




What audiences are saying:

  • You were the perfect keynote.

    The audience was ecstatic and evaluations are top notch. Our problem will be how to meet the exalted expectations next time.
    — LuAnn Heinen
    Vice President
  • We were more than impressed.

    Ron Friedman presented an excellent keynote... He prepared for our audience. Ron asked detailed questions about who he'd be speaking to and how he could provide them real value. In my experience, that's rare.
    — Kevin Press
    Assistant Vice-President, Market Insights
  • Very impressive keynote.

    Your message definitely resonates with me.
    — Michael Peterman
    Vice President of Employer Insights

Three Ways to Work With Dr. Friedman


Dr. Friedman's keynotes feature more than a charismatic speaker
or a good story


  They deliver powerful lessons that transform listeners, offering them actionable insights for improving performance and helping those around them succeed.


Sample Keynote Topics



What the World’s Best Workplaces Do Differently

In his highly-acclaimed new book, The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman surveyed the world’s most successful organizations, identifying key practices that position them to thrive.

In this engaging keynote, Dr. Friedman reveals the highlights, offering a surprising look at the emerging science of workplace excellence. You’ll discover why great workplaces reward failure, how turning colleagues into close friends can bolster your bottom line, and why smart managers aim to complicate rather than simplify their employees’ lives. You’ll learn why Dreamworks pays employees to decorate their desks, why the Boston Consulting Group flags analysts who don’t take paid time off (PTO), and why Radio Flyer provides mileage reimbursement for employees who ride their bikes.

By the end of this presentation, not only will you and your team think differently about your workplace, you’re bound to come away with a variety of actionable insights that you can immediately put to use.



Motivating Excellence

The Science of Fostering Passion, Loyalty, and Top Performance

How do you motivate others to produce their best work?

For generations, leaders have received conflicting advice. But now, thanks to groundbreaking new research, we have clear, data-driven insights into the factors that generate employee engagement and sustain performance over the long term.

In this compelling and persuasive presentation, you’ll learn the surprising truth about what motivates excellence (hint: it’s not money or titles), and discover practical steps you can immediately apply to elevate your team’s performance.

5 things you will learn:

  • How to make any job feel more meaningful.
  • The one workplace reward that feels better than a raise.
  • Why many of the practices leaders have been taught to boost motivation—including glowing performance reviews, employee-of-the-month awards, and annual bonuses—can actually reduce employee engagement.
  • What the best jobs have in common with a video game.
  • How you can use evidence-based techniques for elevating your team’s motivation, helping you become a more effective leader.


How to Turn Your Team Into a Creative Powerhouse

In the past, maintaining a successful business meant increasing productivity and eliminating waste. But today, the world is different. For any company to thrive it needs more than an efficient process—it needs a steady stream of creative ideas to drive innovation and stimulate growth.

What can leaders do to spark out-of-the-box solutions? As it turns out, quite a bit.

We’re led to believe that creativity is fixed—that people either have it or they don’t. But as you’ll discover in this talk, this assumption is false. There are practical, evidence-based steps that any company can use to foster workplace creativity.

5 things you will learn:

  • What the behaviors of creative geniuses like Shakespeare, Mozart and Picasso have in common with the world’s most innovative companies.
  • How your office layout can promote or stifle your creative thinking.
  • How strategically building diversion into your day can lead you to more creative insights.
  • Why successful teams often make more mistakes.
  • How you and your team can implement a creativity diet.

Our workshops are laser-focused on delivering actionable insights


We offer half-day sessions that provide evidence-based best practices and help you identify specific opportunities for putting them to use with your team.

Sample Workshops



How to Design an Extraordinary Workplace

How do you take a workplace from ordinary to extraordinary?

One thing’s for sure: You need a whole lot more than a profitable business. You also need daily experiences that inspire your team, highlight your company’s values, and make your workplace unique.

So how do you do it?

In this interactive workshop, we’ll show you how to make that happen within your organization. You’ll discover how to leverage key opportunities in the employee lifespan– everything from the way your company describes job openings and welcomes new team members, to the way it recognizes and celebrates top performers. Along the way, you’ll learn how to apply eye-opening findings from the science of motivation to create a more passionate, engaged, and loyal workforce.

By the end of this session, you will have an action plan for elevating your team’s experience based on groundbreaking research and best practices from outstanding companies around the globe.



Work Smarter

Proven Strategies for Being Healthier, Happier, and More Productive

We all want to work smarter, not harder. But how?

This interactive session offers practical, research-based strategies for maximizing performance, based on Dr. Friedman’s popular series of articles for the Harvard Business Review.

For years, we’ve been taught that being productive is a matter of effort. We’ve been led to believe that if only we arrived at the office each morning motivated to produce great work, we’d eventually succeed. But the research tells us something different. Studies now indicate that effort is only part of the equation. More important are the practices we use to manage our time and energy throughout the workday.

In this training session, Dr. Friedman outlines proven techniques for being more effective at your job, no matter what you do. You’ll learn how to think strategically about your calendar, how to generate creative solutions when you’re feeling stuck, and how to get the most out of every single hour of your day.


Online Training Program


The Peak Performance Formula is a 6-week interactive training program that teaches leaders how to apply cutting-edge, science-based techniques for boosting their energy, improving their health, and multiplying their productivity.


In every lesson, students learn to apply practical, evidence-based strategies that are proven to energize and motivate, including:


Getting the best sleep of your life

Designing your morning routine

Optimizing your schedule

Staying energized, all day long

Generating creative solutions

Using downtime intelligently

What audiences are saying:

“If you’re even thinking you need the Peak Performance Formula, I guarantee that you do. If you’re stressed out, or if you feel like you can’t get it all done, this program will help. I used to work almost every day of the week -- that’s changed. Now, when I go home, I am home. I’m not thinking about work all the time. I’ve actually had more time to be more social and catch up with some old friends as well as make some new ones -- that’s something that was missing. It’s nice. I take my girls camping on the weekends. This program is fantastic and it’s worth every penny I paid for it. I would do it again.”


– Jeff Currey, Regional Director of Sales,