Ron Friedman, Ph.D.

Ron Friedman, Ph.D.

"The single
BEST speaker
we’ve ever had..."

— Zach Brandon, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Meet Ron Friedman, Ph.D.

Ron Friedman,

I’m a social psychologist who left academics to join the corporate world.

When I got there, I was stunned. All the factors that we psychologists know lead to motivation, productivity, and high-performance were being ignored.

So I turned my attention to writing a pair of books translating over 1,000 peer-reviewed studies into actionable strategies that anyone can use to create a high-performing team or simply elevate their performance at work. Those books have now sold over 100,000 copies, been translated into 10+ languages, and have both been named a “Best Book of the Year” by Inc Magazine and Amazon’s editors, respectively.

So, what does science tell us about becoming better leaders, creating high-performing teams, and building extraordinary workplaces?

That’s exactly what my keynotes reveal.

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Praise for Dr. Friedman’s Keynotes

“I was blown away by the quality. Dr. Friedman was very prepared, natural, and engaging. I’ve already heard discussion throughout our building about bringing him back for a workshop or another speaking engagement.”

-Trey Whitaker, Mass Mutual

“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 Heinin, National Business Group on Health

“Dr. Friedman’s insightful, little-known, practical strategies captivated our audience. A joy to work with, he went above and beyond to customize his presentation to our group. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’d have him back in a heartbeat.”

-Pete Seljevold, Blue Cross Blue Shield

“It’s not easy being the speaker for an after-dinner format such as you experienced last week at the Chamber Annual event. But you were superb. Your content was gripping—some of it wonderfully confirming to people. But many of the study findings were stunning, and compelling to many. Ideas and examples you shared were quite illustrative and motivating. Additionally, your presentation style was authentic and by that I mean not the overly polished tendencies of those “on the circuit.” You were different. We could feel it. You had great research findings and a sincere cause in revealing them to us.”

-Marsha Lindsay, CEO, Lindsay Foresight and Stratagem

“Really well-designed. Ron offered tangible tools and tips that our leaders can easily implement. The fact that the keynote was underpinned by data gave the presentation credibility with our audience of life sciences CEOs.”


-Patricia Wolf, Founder, LifeScience ORG & nextGEN

“Dr. Friedman helped make our offsite a truly memorable event. He didn’t just deliver great content—he invested hours getting to know us and customized his presentation to our group.”


-Brian Doyal, CoHead of Global Investment Banking, Robert W. Baird & Co

“Dr. Friedman is the single best speaker we’ve ever had at an annual event. For context: we have a tough audience—smart, analytical, and busy. Ron kept nearly 1,000 executives engaged and entertained every minute of the way. More than that, his insights have already sparked a wave of transformations throughout companies in our area. Months later, I’m still receiving compliments about our event. I could not recommend him more highly.”

-Zach Brandon, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

“Ron was absolutely fabulous. Our attendees were blown away.”

-IBM Smarter Workforce Institute

“Ron Friedman spoke at our Great Places to Work breakfast and many people later told me that he was the highlight of the event for them. He offered clear, concise advice on how to make a workplace better, and many of the event’s attendees said they were going back to the office with ideas they wanted to implement.”

-Sherri Dalphonse, Washingtonian

“Ron Friedman’s speech was the highlight of our Leadership Summit. His presentation was salient and actionable, leaving the entire group engaged. I highly recommend Dr. Ron Friedman as your next keynote speaker.”


-Mary M. Ryerson, President, Alpine Bank

Praise for Dr. Friedman’s Books

“Friedman’s findings are often surprisingly counterintuitive, yet always convincing.”
author of Drive and When
“A much-needed handbook for learning how success really happens. Read this book if you want to upgrade from working hard to actually producing results that matter.”
author of Deep Work and Digital Minimalism
“Psychologist Ron Friedman melds storytelling and science with a page-turning effect. I finished Decoding Greatness with a list of things I want to try in my own work, and I bet you will too.”
author of Range
“In this stunning book, Ron Friedman helps us get back on track, exploring not only what work is for, but how we can leap forward and become more human, more alive, and more effective.”
author of This is Marketing
“An engaging journey through the latest science of improving the quality of life in organizations.”
Wharton professor and author of Think Again
“Ron Friedman is a master of how people think and work, and shows us how we can apply these insights in our own lives.”
author of Contagious and The Catalyst

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