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Breakout Session

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Presentation Details

How do we make work, less work? We are in the midst of a crisis of commitment in the workplace—organizations are searching for engaged employees (“talent”) and employees are looking for a place to thrive. Both are struggling. What if the issue isn’t good or bad culture, but the fit between our ideal way of working day-to-day and that of the companies we join. If we fit, we hum, we connect, we create momentum and do our best work with grace and ease because our creative energy is not eaten up in coordination cost and deciphering how to be a success–we just are. But the wrong fit has serious consequences. It can erode performance, drive up frustration, increase attrition, and steal our competence and competence. The good news is, there is a way forward. Through his decades of experience and exhaustive research, including in-depth interviews with knowledge workers and leaders from all walks of life, Dr. Martin guides talent and organizations to find right fit.


In this session, you will receive:

  • Insight into the trends and patterns that are impacting employee engagement.

  • Insight into the impact of wrong fit experiences on talent and companies.

  • Tips and tricks for leaders and talent on how to make work, less work.


Speaker Bio:

André Martin, PhD, is an entrepreneur, operating advisor, board member, organizational psychologist, and coach to top founders and c-suite executives. He has held key C-level leadership roles dedicated to talent, employee engagement, leadership development and culture in some of the biggest consumer brands including Disney, Mars Incorporated, Nike, Target, and Google. Early in his career, he was an enterprise faculty member and senior researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), one of the top executive development firms in the world. 

When he isn’t helping companies grow, Andre is a guest lecturer at top universities and coveted speaker on culture, engagement, design thinking and innovation, a committed husband and father of two wonderful children, an owner of a sustainable mushroom farm in the Ozark Mountains, and can otherwise be found hiking the rain- soaked trails around Portland with his two English labs (Bode and the Fonz).

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