We help smart leaders build extraordinary workplaces

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.



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, National Business Group on Health
  • 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
    Sun Life Financial
  • Very impressive keynote. Your message definitely resonates with me.
    — Michael Peterman
    Vice President of Employer Insights, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

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.



Managers Boot Camp

Best Practices from the Latest Science

You’re great at your job. It’s what’s gotten you this far in your career. But now, as a manager, performing at a high level is no longer enough. To be successful, you need to motivate those around you on a daily basis.

How do the best managers motivate excellence?

In this interactive workshop, designed specifically for emerging leaders and managers seeking to get the most from their teams, we examine proven, actionable insights from the science of motivation. You’ll learn evidence-based practices you can immediately put to use, including:

  • The best (and worst) ways of motivating your team.
  • Five keys to making your feedback more effective.
  • Why you should complicate—rather than simplify—your employees’ lives.
  • How to motivate without saying a word.
  • The secret to making any job more meaningful.