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Jason Lauritsen

Jason Lauritsen

Has been described as “a corporate executive gone rogue.”

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Fee Range: 10000-19999
  • Advises leaders about workplace culture and talent
  • Best Places to Work Expert at Quantum Workplace
  • Helps groups see beyond outdated approaches to talent and leadership development
  • Co-Author of Social Gravity: Harnessing The Natural Laws of Relationships

Jason Lauritsen is a keynote speaker and employee engagement expert. His passionate, engaging and thought-provoking style will challenge you to think differently.

Jason has been described as “a corporate executive gone rogue.” For nearly a decade, he spent his days as a corporate Human Resources executive where he developed a reputation for driving business results through talent.

Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program where he has studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest.

Classically impatient, curious, and ambitious, Jason’s early career was a rapid progression of sales and management roles including launching, leading, and ultimately selling a small business in his mid-twenties. He’s a leader, sales guy, entrepreneur, and corporate executive — all rolled up into one.

Jason is the co-author with Joe Gerstandt of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships and a frequently published writer and blogger on employee engagement, culture and leadership.

Unlocking High Performance

Can you engage employees and maximize performance at the same time? Isn’t having fun at work counter-productive? Why do I need to recognize employees for simply doing their job? If you wrestle with these questions, you aren’t alone. You’re struggling with the disconnect between an outdated model of management and a new world of work. The time for top down, compliance-based management is over. To attract, retain and unleash great talent for your organization, a new approach is required.

In this powerful keynote, you will learn how successful organizations are unleashing the full potential of their employees by creating a more “human-friendly” work experience. Employee engagement expert, Jason Lauritsen, will reveal how you can more effectively manage performance by making work feel more like a healthy relationship than an unpleasant obligation. You’ll leave the experience inspired, informed and equipped with a new approach for unlocking higher performance that employees will love.

Learning Objectives:
• Why traditional management practices have failed us
• How work as a contract is being replaced by work as a relationship
• Managing performance is really about creating the right kind of employee experience
• To manage human performance through experience requires planning, cultivation and accountability
• Case studies and examples for how to transform the performance of your team or organization

The Secret to Building a Best Place to Work

Becoming a “Best Place to Work” is at the top of many organization’s priority lists. To attract and keep the best talent requires fostering an engaging culture where people want to work. But, building an extraordinary workplace is easier said than done. In fact, it’s hard to even know where to start.

This dynamic session will reveal research-based insights into the what, why and how of building and sustaining a “Best Place to Work” for your employees. And (spoiler alert) it’s not about installing ping pong tables or sleep pods.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what organizations with exceptional workplaces do differently than others to engage and retain their best talent
  • Discover the common elements found within “Best Places to Work” and what they tell us about how to create the most engaging workplaces
  • Gain practical advice for how to take action within your organization to implement the lessons from “Best Places to Work” in order to increase employee engagement and performance within your own organization.
The Relationship Comes First: Discovering the True Path to Employee Engagement

Work has been defined in many ways over the years: a contract, a transaction, a value exchange. This led to describing humans as capital and designing systems that treat people like assets to be managed and optimized. Is it any wonder that employees’ feeling of engagement within these organizations continues to drop? It doesn’t feel good to be treated like an investment to be maximized.

To reverse this trend requires that we understand what work is for employees, a relationship, and a critically important one. Research has shown us that employees crave the same things from work that they do from other important relationships in their lives: appreciation, connection, acceptance, communication, and support. In this session, we will explore how designing the employee experience through the lens of a healthy relationship will focus your employee engagement efforts for greater impact.

What you will learn:

  • Deconstruct employee engagement practices to discover why and how the current model is falling short by focusing on maximizing employee discretionary effort
  • Discover that for employees, work is an important relationship and that the work experience should be designed as a relationship for employees rather than as a company process to be optimized
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the elements that make for a healthy relationship and how to use this model to design a more engaging and fulfilling experience for employees at work
What Are You Waiting For? Find the Courage to Disrupt

As the pace of change accelerates, leaders must face the reality that what we’ve always done isn’t working any longer. Innovation is a requirement of survival. And innovation demands disruption.

Knowing disruption is needed is one thing, doing it is another. It requires an ingredient that can be hard to find: Courage. To do the work that will truly make a difference demands that you face your fears of failure and rejection and move beyond them.

In this session, we will confront the most common fears that are holding you back and replace them with the mindset and skill to find your courage.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify key mental obstacles that are holding you back from making a bigger impact
• Explore the nature of courage and how to find more to fuel your work
• Discover some key skills to equip yourself to move past your fear and accomplish breakthrough results

HR as Social Architect: Maximizing the New Talent Equation

It seems that everyone these days is saying that business is now “social.” The rise of social media and other technology has changed how we do business. These same technologies are changing the very nature of work and how the workplace must be designed. The truth is, business has always been social, and so has work. Technology has simply unleashed the power of social in new and powerful ways.

This evolution has revealed that our traditional models for cultivating talent are insufficient. The new equation for talent isn’t just about building human capital (the knowledge, skills and abilities). It must also include social capital (the value that exists within relationships) if you are to unlock your organization’s true capability for innovation and performance. This thought provoking and actionable session will reveal to you the new talent equation and how the next evolution for Human Resources is to become the social architect of the organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how the evolution of the organization and the rise of social technology has fundamentally changed how value is created within the organization. Uncover how this shift now requires an expanded definition of talent that considers the power of personal relationships and networks as an amplifier of impact.
  • Discover how cultivating connection, as a means to build social capital, is an underutilized but powerful strategy for gaining competitive advantage.
  • Learn six powerful strategies with twelve specific tactics for creating a work environment that fosters connection and grows social capital as means to fuel innovation, engagement and performance across the organization.
Hacking HR: Big Change Starts with Thinking Small (additional cost if taught with Joe Gerstandt)

Driving innovation in HR can feel overwhelming. Just the idea of innovation is intimidating—as if the big breakthrough is somehow always just beyond our reach. This is fueled by some common misunderstandings about how innovation works. The truth: innovation isn’t about big changes. And it doesn’t even require a big budget, a big title, or any permission. The changes that matter don’t happen overnight, they are the result of a lot of small, meaningful changes over time. Computer programmers and hackers have known this for years and we’ve reaped the technological rewards.

Applying insights from the computer hacking culture, Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt will teach you a simple but incredibly powerful process for hacking your work in HR. This process will help you and your team to innovate and make progress in your work, one small change at a time. Regardless of your title or experience, you can make big things happen through a series of smart, small changes (hacks).

Workplace Application: Drive improvement and innovation within your work in HR by applying a powerful and simple process derived from hacking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding for how change and innovation occurs.
  • Participants will learn to use a simple process derived from computer hacking to drive change and progress in their work in HR, regardless of their level or expertise.
  • Participants will practice hacking an actual aspect of their work (for example: team meetings, performance appraisals, preparing reports, etc.) and will leave with actionable ideas that can be implemented immediately.
Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships (additional cost if presents with Joe Gerstandt)

Relationships matter, in both our personal and professional lives. Conventional wisdom tells us that “it’s not what you know, but who you know that matters.” But how do you get to know the right people?

In this high-impact keynote, Talent Anarchy reveals to the audience the awesome power of Social Gravity. Audiences discover the science behind how and why relationships form between people and gain an understanding of the value that exists within these relationships called social capital. The Six Laws of Social Gravity will then empower each individual with the knowledge and tools they need to grow a powerful network of relationships to fuel their personal and professional success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will leave with an broader understanding of social capital — the resources and value that exist within networks of relationships.
  • Participants will understand the importance of marshaling the resources within networks on both the individual and organizational level.
  • Participants will have The Six Laws of Social Gravity as a framework for intentional individual and organizational efforts to grow their network of relationships towards achieving higher levels of success and achievement.
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