True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change
This is Tom’s most widely requested talk. It’s high energy fun, profound, and extremely practical, all at the same time. In it, Tom presents a simple, powerful and complete framework of seven universal conditions for deeply satisfying, sustainable success in all that we do. His now-famous “7 Cs of Success” drawn from the great philosophers have fueled extraordinary results in pockets of excellence around the world, and have never been more important than they are today. This talk leaves people with a new, well-grounded enthusiasm and a determination to use the wisdom they’ve been given. Once they’ve heard it, they'll never be the same.
Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change Into Something Great
We've all heard the old saying: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But no one ever says how to do it. Finally, with the help of the great philosophers, Tom figured it out and created a timeless talk on resilience and creativity in the face of difficult challenge and change. This entertaining and wise presentation has instantly changed the climate of thought and emotions in companies undergoing great change, as it has helped people to understand how even disruptive change can be a precondition for growth, extraordinary accomplishment, and even, ironically, enduring happiness in our lives and work.
Socrates in Silicon Valley: The Essential Jobs @Work. The Deep Philosophical Operating System of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs: This singular man knew some things that we all need to understand. What were his secrets? What did he do that crosses industries? How can we learn from one of the most unlikely and expansive success stories ever? In this talk, Tom digs deep into the myth, mess and magic of Steve Jobs and provides a revolutionary, practical look at what we can adapt from the strange, charismatic and compelling character who basically invented the connected life we all now live. CEOs who have asked for this talk have dubbed it “extraordinary in its application to all leadership and everything we do.”
A Winning Culture: The Four Foundations of Greatness
When you take good care of your people, your people take good care of your customers, and your customers take good care of you. The key to it all is a winning culture. As Tom laid out in his classic book If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business, Aristotle and a few other profound thinkers have revealed four foundations for reaching and maintaining the highest levels of commitment and greatness in our work with other people. It's all about Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Unity—four things we rarely talk about, and simple things that can transform a culture.
For fifteen years, Tom Morris was Notre Dame's most popular professor, often having in class one eighth of the entire student body. He now lives in Wilmington, NC where he serves as Chairman and CEO of the Morris Institute for Human Values and works to rediscover the greatest ideas that have ever been thought or written.
Tom is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He holds a double PhD from Yale University, and has won many awards in the academic world, including the University of North Carolina’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award, an honor he shares with former basketball great, Michael Jordan.
Tom’s the author of 25 published books and counting. His widely acclaimed 12th book, True Success, launched him into a new role as america's most active public philosopher dealing with issues of success and personal growth. His next book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, followed up with advice from ancient thinkers linking happiness and excellence. His more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living, and that extremely popular, big yellow book often seen in college dorms the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Then there are other books, such as Superheroes and Philosophy, where Plato and Aristotle finally meet Superman and Batman, the business bestseller, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, and his new novels, The Oasis Within, The Golden Palace, The Stone of Giza, The Viper and the Storm, and The King and Prince that have been collectively described as “The Alchemist Meets Harry Potter Meets Indiana Jones.” His newest nonfiction book is Socrates in Silicon Valley.
A former rock guitarist in his youth, Tom has appeared in network tv commercials as the national spokesman for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, a most philosophical bear, and has shared his wisdom on national television with such unlikely philosophy students as Regis Philbin on ABC, and the hosts of the NBC Today Show. His work has also been covered by CNBC, CNN, NPR, and such other news outlets as The New York Times, USAToday, Newsweek, and The Economist, as well as various European newspapers and magazines. He’s been called the world’s happiest philosopher. Wherever he goes, Tom brings the wisdom of the ages into the challenges of everyday life with high energy and good humor.