Erica Dhawan

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Erica Dhawan

Leading Authority on Collaboration and Innovation. Bestselling Author. Named “Oprah of Management Thinkers” and Ranked #1 of Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020

When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan.

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Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, author and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language (published in 2021). It’s 2021, the world of business is increasingly digital and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. She shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Rated #1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020 and featured as one of the management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, Dhawan frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.

Dhawan uses the power of storytelling and humor paired with research findings to provide audiences with interactive, refreshing, practical strategies for modern innovation-driving teamwork.

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The Power of Connectional Intelligence

Erica Dhawan’s Speech Topics

  • Concrete Empathy: A Playbook for Leading Modern Teams to Innovation

    We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who expresses displeasure without giving valuable feedback. The mansplaining colleague who has no interest in the opinions of others. The team member who spends most of the meeting texting and answering emails.


    Why is empathy today at such a low point? Fewer face-to-face interactions, an ever-accelerating pace of change, and an increasing number of matrixed teams working remotely.


    In this keynote, attendees will learn practical ways to activate Concrete Empathy to create cultures of psychological safety, employee engagement, wellbeing and innovation.      


    Learning Outcomes:


    • Discover simple ways to signal understanding and empathy across difference and distance
    • Learn rules of thumb to avoid misunderstanding, ambiguity, and conflict
    • Gain tools to foster innovation and create lasting relationships both within your organization and with clients, customers and other key stakeholders


  • Digital Body Language: Collaborate Faster and Further, Together

    Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops… sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text-messages. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other?


    Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible – or are they? In her keynote, Erica combines cutting edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and culture. In person, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod and make eye contact to show we listen and care. Online, reading carefully is the new listening. Writing clearly is the new empathy. And a phone or video call is worth a thousand emails.


    In this keynote, Erica will supercharge your teams with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and drive innovation.    


    Learning Outcomes:


    • Understand your collaboration style and the digital body language signals you may be broadcasting (even if you don't intend to!)
    • Create cultures of maniacal clarity across email, phone, IM, text, video and even live meetings
    • Develop a collaboration strategy that fosters valuable relationships, both in-person and online
    • End cultures of useless meetings, missed deadlines, and digital misunderstandings


  • Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

    We live in a world of endless meetings, emails, and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication and delays. Our collaboration skills aren’t always working to unlock better value in our business. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough bottom line impact by harnessing the power of networks.    


    Learning Outcomes:


    • Learn successful tactics to address communication overload and foster authentic, innovation-driving relationships
    • Discover tools to break down silos and keep teams aligned, accountable, and motivated both in-person and online
    • Gain specific actions to foster loyalty, respect, collaboration, and innovation across stakeholder networks, regardless of physical distance


What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica offers a profound look at how to foster inclusion and better leadership in our digital world.

Non-Profit

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Her storytelling style of presenting along with a healthy dose of informative case studies kept everyone engaged and interested – and excited about using connectional intelligence to transform our business.

Food

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica’s presentation was absolutely perfect for our leaders. Our group was diverse and Erica was a hit with everyone! Her storytelling style of presenting along with a healthy dose of informative case studies kept everyone engaged and interested and excited about using connectional intelligence to transform our business.

Food

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica’s presentation was an absolute hit.

Leisure

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica delivered an outstanding keynote. Her message about digital body language could not be more relevant and timely than it is today.

Human Resources

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica was one of the best speakers we’ve had. Her message was of great value to our teams at FedEx who ranged from Gen Y to Traditionalists! We left with specific actions we could use right away to drive more innovation across our teams.

Transportation

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan was an inspiring and provocative keynote speaker at our executive retreat. I highly recommend her and her work to senior executives seeking to build a thriving talent pool in today’s world!

Business Consulting

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Terrific. Our leaders were very engaged and had immediate practical takeaways. Erica made a big impact.

Business Consulting

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

As a presenter at our organization’s first large scale virtual conference, Erica delivered a keynote session that was not only engaging and thought-provoking, it was extremely relevant to what our organizational membership is currently experiencing. Erica’s presentation took viewers outside of their home offices and truly felt like a live, in-person event.

Financial Services

What other organizations say about Erica Dhawan

Erica’s session was engaging, relevant, and actionable. She is thoughtful, inspirational, and smart with a contagious positive energy. All organizations and executive leaders would benefit from having her as an advisor to drive behavioral change, harness the power of networks, and think beyond traditional cohorts. She is a thought leader in the development of collaborative ways of working, improving productivity and customer engagement and experience.

Financial Services

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