Erica Dhawan

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Bestselling Author & Leading Authority on Collaboration and Innovation

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    Erica Dhawan: Biography at a Glance

    • Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st-century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.
    • As a Harvard researcher, she gained insights on Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language to help teams and organizations worldwide succeed in today's workplace.
    • She was named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers” and rated #1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020.
    • Erica is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.
    • She shares innovative strategies to collaborate across silos, thrive in a hybrid environment, and maximize in-person interactions to create a truly connected culture.



    When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, 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: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.

    The world of business is increasingly digital and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. Erica 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, Erica frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and WSJ. She holds degrees from Harvard, Wharton, and MIT.

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


    Maniacal Clarity: Reimagine Leadership to Drive Impactful Innovationarrow-down

    We used to think of leadership as constant hustle and grit - the leader that never slept, sent profits through the roof, and embodied the classic rags-to-riches story… But this tired playbook doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did. What changed?  What makes a 21st century leader and a great team now? Is it their ability to tell stories? Their decision-making skills? Their communication style?

    The critical missing factor is Maniacal Clarity. This is when leaders give their teams exactly what they need to do their absolute best work and enable them to be empowered to influence anyone, anytime, anywhere. Without it, even skilled, motivated and effective teams languish, with cross-team dysfunction, duplicative work, and unhealthy internal competition. Maniacal Clarity in our modern world delivers the ability to spark overarching optimism, inspirational imagination, continuous courage and fast focus.  

    In her new keynote, WSJ bestselling author and world-renowned speaker Erica Dhawan constructs a new framework for truly shifting minds and changing hearts, in the office, across any distance and with customers. Based on years of research and experience advising the most respected companies around the world, this keynote promises a ground-breaking look into the science, frameworks, and stories of how to inspire anyone, anytime, anywhere to deliver their best results.

    Key outcomes include:

    • Conduct your own clarity audit of your workplace and assess your own Maniacal Clarity habits
    • Learn the 4 foundations of Maniacal Clarity and how to bring it to everyone around you with optimism, imagination, courage, and focus
    • Assess your strengths and opportunities to become a Maniacal Clarity change agent
    • Develop an action plan to inspire your teams, customers, and the world around you to drive performance, teamwork, and innovation
    Digital Body Language: Collaborate Faster and Further, Togetherarrow-down

    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. 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 Intelligencearrow-down

    We live in a world of endless meetings and emails and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication, and delays. Our collaboration skills aren’t 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 top and bottom-line impact.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Learn successful tactics to address communication overload and create authentic digital and in-person relationships
    • Discover how to break down silos and keep teams aligned, accountable, and motivated beyond in-person meetings
    • Gain specific actions to foster loyalty, respect, collaboration, and innovation across all stakeholder networks regardless of physical distance

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