Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende, a globally recognized speaker, author and podcaster on the future of work, will deliver the opening keynote address during the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show on Jan. 21 in Boston.

Having been on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work in the world, Termuende knows what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative and ready for the future. From employee engagement to building communities and strong teams, he helps organizations looking to improve their culture and attract and retain top talent.

The co-founder of NoW of Work and author of the bestseller “Rethink Work,” Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and elevates the importance of one-degree shifts to thrive in the future. He says even slight changes — perhaps just the language that an organization uses — can help employers be ready for the future and build teams that thrive.

“The future of work is not something that just happens to us,” he says on his website, “it’s something that we create.”

He encourages organizations to “create a culture of experimentation.”

“Unless we can ensure safe spaces are created to share ideas, that everyone is involved, and that we can pilot small ideas,” he wrote recently on Twitter, “we’ll never be as good as we can be in tomorrow’s world of work.”

For local government leaders to innovate, he said in an interview with the MMA, “a foundation of trust across the team must first be developed. Learn more about who the team is outside of work and create time to connect.”

He said local government leaders “must create time to experiment and make one-degree shifts — small changes that reduce friction and create new possibilities.” He suggests holding a 30-minute “innovation session” at the start of each month, where teams ask “what we can start, stop and continue doing.”

A former World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Termuende has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 by American Express, and his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, and many other publications.

He has been featured on TEDx Talks, has guest lectured at Cambridge University, and represented Canada at the Milken Global Conference in 2016.

The NoW website states that it helps organizations transform into resilient operations capable of navigating uncertainty and thriving in fast-changing, post-COVID times.

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