Caroline Webb

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Caroline Webb

Behavioral Scientist; Leadership Coach; Senior Advisor, McKinsey; Author "How to Have a Good Day"

A leading expert in the real-world application of behavioral science, Caroline Webb’s ideas are transforming the quality of workplace performance and teaching organizations how to achieve high levels of success.

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Caroline Webb is a management consultant, economist, and renowned leadership coach who has worked with hundreds of organizations to help their employees be more productive, energized, and successful – first as a Partner at McKinsey, where she continues to serve as a Senior Advisor, and now as CEO of her own firm, Sevenshift.

Webb specializes in showing people how to transform their life and work for the better by applying insights from the behavioral sciences: behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience. Her book on that topic – How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life – has been published in 14 languages and over 60 countries so far. It was hailed by Forbes as one of their “must-read business books,” described by Fortune as one of their top “self-improvement through data” books, and listed by Inc. magazine as one of the “best 15 leadership and personal development books of the past five years.” It also won plaudits from publications as diverse as the Financial Times, Time, and Cosmopolitan magazine.

During her 12 years with McKinsey & Company, Webb co-founded McKinsey’s leadership practice, and designed the firm’s approach to transforming senior team dynamics. She also founded and remains faculty of McKinsey’s flagship training course for senior female executives. Before that, Webb spent the 1990s working in public policy as an economist at the Bank of England. Her work there included global economic forecasting and institution building in post-communist eastern Europe.

Webb has been a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, and she has also written on behavioral change topics for the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Quartz, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Wired. Her work has also been widely featured in national and international media over the years, including in The Economist, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, and BBC Radio. She is a member of Silicon Guild, a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching, and has degrees in Economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Webb splits her time between New York and London, and travels frequently to give speeches and run workshops for clients around the world.

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Caroline Webb: “How to Have a Good Day” | Talks at Google on February 4, 2016
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Caroline Webb: “How to Have a Good Day” | Talks at Google on February 22, 2016
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Caroline Webb’s Speech Topics

  • How To Have A Good Day in Challenging and Uncertain Times

    These are challenging times, full of uncertainty and radical shifts to the way we work. It’s not clear when there will be a real return to normal – or even what “normal” now means. There will undoubtedly be some positive legacies from the experience of living through the pandemic – for example, we can hope for more openness to flexible working models. But in the meantime, ambiguity and upheaval continues to take a toll on mental health and wellbeing, making it hard for people to be at their best. The good news is that there are certain simple mental habits that have been proven to immediately give us a sense of control, making it easier for us think calmly, clearly and creatively. Caroline will explain the science and practice of three techniques that that we can use both for ourselves and with our teams, to help us navigate these times with skill and grace.


  • Seven Sources of Energy for a Tired Brain

    We've long been used to our jobs demanding a lot of us, especially when there's a need to solve a new problem under pressure or to land a new opportunity against the odds. But around the world many professionals are working longer hours than ever, as we deal with unprecedented uncertainty and radically new ways of working. To continue to thrive in this kind of environment, it's ever more important to know how to sustain our sense of wellbeing and motivation when we're stretched and tired. Luckily, insights from the behavioral sciences can help us with that. Research tells us that there are a number of small interventions that can make a big difference to our ability to perform and feel at our best under pressure. In this talk, Caroline Webb will share some of her favorite science-based tips for boosting energy and resilience even on the hardest of days.


What other organizations say about Caroline Webb

What a joy it was to host Caroline Webb at Calvin College, and, personally, to spend the day with her. Her presentation was engaging and fun to listen to and we learned a great deal. In addition to her lecture, Caroline graciously met with our students and engaged our luncheon guests as well. She inspired us all to have better days in the future.

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What other organizations say about Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb was a huge hit. Her personality is warm and engaging and her content was relevant and well-received.

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