You won't get to joy by leading the way you always led. You, the leader, will need to make change—serious change. Lead with Joy explores Rich’s own journey to joy, how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way, and by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations. These lessons are available to everyone, no matter how big their company or how old their organization.
In 1903, the Wright Brothers achieved sustained, powered, manned flight for the first time. Shortly after, Orville Wright was interviewed about the feat and he declared that man would never be able to build a plane capable of carrying more than two people. (Rich read that story on a 747 from Detroit to London while flying at 35,000 feet, at 500mph, with 50,000 gallons of fuel on board, with 400 passengers and their luggage in perfect creature comfort.)
In this talk, Rich will use that example and, by analogy, apply it to human teams we are leading. The message is simple: when we finally understand the relevant principles (in flight, or in teams), we can fly to heights and distances that were previously unimaginable.
Rich will take you on a journey of change and bring you to the place he is now… at the vanguard of understanding what it takes to unleash the human potential of the people who work for us and around us. He will explain how the common and unchanging disengagement statistics are a fundamental failure of leadership and what simple things we can do to get our teams off the ground and flying.
Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan became disillusioned in the middle of his career in the chaotic technology industry. He had an all-consuming thought: Things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. Why couldn't a workplace be filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity, and productivity?
Ultimately, Rich co-founded Menlo Innovations in 2001 to end human suffering in the workplace. His unique approach to custom software creation is so surprisingly different that 3,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how it’s done.
Rich is also the author of Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love and Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear.