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The Most Important Thing

for greater well-being during challenging times based on the world's longest study — and a faster way to get there

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About My Program

“The Most Important Thing” teaches participants:

  • what matters most for well-being based on data — and why it’s not simply money, family, or even love
  • what matters most for team performance, also based on data — and why it’s not talent or execution
  • how the founder of the modern stress concept made a fundamental mistake — and where stress really comes from
  • a 7-step process that changes how you handle stress and disruption in your life, with no jargon, stigma, or “touchy-feeliness”

Millions of families are experiencing unprecedented disruption right now. This program can help. To vet the program for your organization and attend an upcoming webinar as my guest, use the contact form below.

About Me

Who are you?

Since 2007, I’ve taught regularly through Wharton Executive Education, where my resilience classes have been audience favorites for thousands of leaders. Additional clients include more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits, from top financial advisors to Navy SEALS to Supreme Court justices. I’m the author of The Myth of Stress and the founder of the Resilience Academy.

What do you teach?

I teach people a different way to understand stress and happiness, and a 7-step toolkit that “flips a switch” in how you handle disruption and conflict, with no stigma or “touchy-feeliness.” This toolkit has applications for sales, team dynamics, leadership, organizational change, parenting, relationships, marriage, divorce, health & fitness, and more. Mindset matters in many ways. I teach you a different way to shift mindset in the face of change.

Where did this come from?

When I was a teenager, my father and little sister passed away unexpectedly. That left me with some big questions about how to handle challenges in my own life. In my 20’s, I explored many different transformational processes, culminating in 3 years working closely with self-help pioneer Byron Katie. In 2004, I left her company to create something similar but different. Business leaders in particular liked it because it’s a fast and practical way to clear your head and be a better leader. I’ve been teaching it full-time ever since.

So is this therapy?

No. It’s insight — the light bulb that goes on whenever you have a breakthrough and see a situation through new eyes. These 7 steps guide to provoke insight on demand, shifting how you think, feel, and act. Once you know how to do it, you can apply it from everything to team conflict to weight loss to parenting during Covid. But it’s more like a workout than therapy. You don’t say anything to anyone. You just follow the steps and — surprisingly — feel different and lead change from a different perspective.

Where are you based?

In Manhattan. I used to fly 100,000 miles a year teaching this to audiences around the US. Now I let the Internet do the traveling for me, which gives me more time with my wife and our two little kids.

Can I vet your program for my organization?

Yes. When I was delivering presentations in person, you could only see video, which isn’t the same thing as being on stage. But now that the presentation is virtual, you can actually sample the same experience your people would have (but recorded instead of live). Contact me below to get access.

 

Client Feedback

“An excellent introduction to resiliency. If practiced well, it can tremendously reduce the burden of stress at work and home.”

- Johnson & Johnson

“Useful, tangible ways of thinking differently, and real ways of solving differences. I feel much more wise at work already. Wishing I had done this when I began my career.”

- Citi

“Groundbreaking. This was the first time I’ve been given a logical, step-by-step process to get from the beginning point to the end point of changed awareness without being intimidating or too New Agey.”

- 21st Century Fox

“A clear, concise way to deal with challenges, with practical applications and immediate results.”

- Coca-Cola

“An enlightening experience that gave us a new tool to manage work/life responsibilities. It's a great technique I would recommend to other organizations committed to helping their employees be more productive and balanced.”

- Patagonia

“This was by far the most useful, provocative, and fascinating seminar I have ever participated in. It's not nonsense, it's not a Band-Aid, it's just smart, tangible, and something that can be implemented across the board.”

- Ogilvy

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