Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende

Future of Work and Leadership Expert

A globally recognized thought leader, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and the future of work. His actionable and entertaining keynotes combine research, storytelling, and case studies to help leaders attract and retain top talent and build teams that thrive. Audiences will leave energized, empowered, and equipped with the tools needed to build trust, remove friction, and create a culture of experimentation within their organizations.

Termuende has a deep understanding of the next generation of work and how to attract and retain the right talent. As co-founder of NoW Innovations, Termuende advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace. His bestselling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders.

A former World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Termuende was recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 by American Express, and his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Termuende inspires, challenges, and opens minds to opportunity and doors to growth.


One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work

The future of work may look wildly different depending on industry, size, and location but the one thing all great leaders do is build a deep sense of trust, respect, and safety across their team. The question is: how do they do it?

In this completely tailored, engaging, and takeaway-loaded presentation, workplace expert Eric Termuende shares what years of research, stories, and insights uncover about the one-degree shifts leaders use to remove friction, improve communication, and innovate. From Domino’s Pizza to the British Cycling Team, discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes builds tomorrow’s greatest places to work.

In this presentation, leaders will learn the secret of a one-degree shift to:

  • Reduce friction and build trust.
  • Work more effectively with a smaller team.
  • Build a culture of innovation.
  • Understand your role in creating a ‘greatest place to work’.
  • Discover what cilantro teaches us about strong workplace culture.

Leading Remote Teams: Maintaining Engagement, Productivity, and Happiness

Having studied some of the world’s best companies and surveyed thousands of employees, workplace expert and bestselling author Eric Termuende knows that those who lead remote teams do three things effectively: They communicate well, reduce friction, and are highly empathetic. With the world changing at a break-neck pace, there are key steps we can take today to ensure that we’re mitigating burnout and getting the most out of our teams whether working remotely or together in the office.

In this fully customized, insightful, and takeaway-filled keynote, Eric Termuende shares leadership stories from the Cleveland Browns to Chicago’s Holy Cross Hospital to uncover what makes for an incredible workplace experience. Building stronger remote teams requires a deeper understanding of how we use our time, connect with our people, and tie recognition back to our values. While the future is anything but certain, the actions we take today are sure to prepare us for whatever the world throws our way.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to build a deeper sense of trust with your remote team.
  • The three golden rules of recognition.
  • Where a stronger foundation of belonging resides and how to access it.
  • The research-backed correlation between recognition and engagement.
  • How leaders can take ownership of company culture remotely.

Can You Make It? What a Race Across Europe Fuelled by Red Bull Teaches Us About Leadership and Building Thriving Teams

300 people on 100 teams with seven days to get from London to Berlin. The catch? No communication with anyone outside your team, no currency or credit cards, no pre-arranged accommodation and no pre-arranged transportation – only 24 cans of Red Bull. Would we make it? And what would it teach us about leading and cultivating an incredible team?

In this highly entertaining, always surprising keynote, hear from Eric Termuende as he takes you on his harrowing escapade across Europe. Learn how his team overcame new languages, new modes of transportation, and navigated their way across an unfamiliar continent before crossing the finish line and completing the journey of a lifetime.

Leadership and team development doesn’t just happen in the office. A remarkable story with unforgettable lessons may be exactly what your leaders need to be energized, engaged, and equipped with a new set of tools to lead their team.

In this highly engaging, interactive presentation, you’ll learn:

  • How to reduce friction across your team.
  • What the difference between forced innovation and chosen innovation is and how to execute.
  • Why choosing the road less travelled is more effective than the highway.
  • How empathy, trust, and experimentation breed success.
  • How to empower the team to rise to any challenge.
  • Why failure almost always leads to success.
  • And finally, how to travel 2,013 miles across a continent you’ve never been to before without anything to trade other than a few cans of a caffeinated sugar drink.

One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work

The future of work may look wildly different depending on industry, size, and location but the one thing all great leaders do is build a deep sense of trust, respect, and safety across their team. The question is: how do they do it?

In this completely tailored, engaging, and takeaway-loaded presentation, workplace expert Eric Termuende shares what years of research, stories, and insights uncover about the one-degree shifts leaders use to remove friction, improve communication, and innovate. From Domino’s Pizza to the British Cycling Team, discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes builds tomorrow’s greatest places to work.

In this presentation, leaders will learn the secret of a one-degree shift to:

  • Reduce friction and build trust.
  • Work more effectively with a smaller team.
  • Build a culture of innovation.
  • Understand your role in creating a ‘greatest place to work’.
  • Discover what cilantro teaches us about strong workplace culture.

The Great Comeback: Building a Thriving Culture in a Post-COVID World

The countdown is on and the days are numbered until we’re back in the office again and it’s “business as usual”. Or is it? With five years of change happening in the past two months, there is no “normal” to go back to anymore, and the responsibility to create a culture of safety, experimentation, and belonging is more important now than ever before.

In this interactive virtual presentation, Eric Termuende walks audiences through how, in a post-COVID world, we can create a new normal together, foster cultures of experimentation, and build an intentional future for our organizations and teams.

Audiences will learn:

  • A clear framework and model to build a more intentional future.
  • How to build a deeper sense of trust across teams.
  • The two types of culture innovation and how to focus on getting ahead.
  • The one question we need to ask our team to build deeper, more meaningful relationships.
  • Where culture really lives and how we can leverage the past weeks of remote working.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute presentation, plus Q&A. Length can be customized to meet your needs.

Building a Thriving Community Rooted in Soft Skills, Belonging, and Psychological Safety

Having surveyed and interviewed thousands of people across North America, Eric Termuende profoundly discovered that a team doesn’t always equate to success —  community does.

Gone are the days when we could simply attract people solely based on what they can do and the experience they have. Competition is too fierce and employees need to be a part of something bigger than a group of people that share a common skillset; they need to share values, a similar way of working, and have a sense of community that many teams miss.

In this highly engaging, interactive presentation, you’ll learn:

  • The components of a thriving community.
  • New best practices that allow your community to stand out.
  • How to tell a story that speaks to the right candidates.
  • The skills, competencies, and character traits of today’s workforce and how these individuals are shaping the future of work.
  • A clear framework for building and nurturing an environment where people thrive, together.