Biography

With his finger on the pulse of the changing nature of work and Leadership, Seth Mattison blends storytelling from his own personal experience working with category-leading brands with cutting-edge research to develop fresh perspectives on the issues most relevant for organizations to thrive today.

Seth is an internationally recognized thought leader, author, advisor, and top-rated keynote speaker on talent management, high-performance cultures, leadership, and the Future of Work.

His research, case studies, and thought leadership focus on inspiring audiences while sharing actionable strategies to support individuals and organizations in their pursuit of being future-ready.

For almost two decades, Seth has shared his insights with tens of thousands of business leaders around the globe for many of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Mastercard, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, The Dallas Cowboys, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, E&Y, Caterpillar, and The Walt Disney Company, to name a few.

In addition to speaking, Seth is the founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, an org design and transformation firm that supports many of the world’s most inspiring leaders by helping prepare themselves and their organizations for the Future of Work through research, training, advising, coaching, digital tools, and thought leadership.

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The Human Advantage: The Strategy for Winning in the Age of Machines

As we find ourselves propelled into the age of artificial intelligence, it can be challenging not to think that tools will define our trades and machines will take much of our work. With every passing month, jobs are changing faster than people. For humans to thrive in this new era, we must reimagine our role and the value we create by connecting to the parts of our work that
only we can do. Because, while machines might replicate the work, they’ll never reflect the soul. They might take tasks, but they can’t take heart. It’s here, we find our edge.

Leveraging our human advantage isn’t just about helping to connect to more meaningful work. It’s about helping our businesses stand out in a sea of AI sameness. It’s about connecting with the market on a level that algorithms can't. It's about being so uniquely human that customers can’t help but pay attention and employees can’t help but love their work. Let’s unleash the power of your people.

Key Takeaways
1. Embracing our Humanity: Tap into the irreplaceable aspects of human creativity, empathy, and emotional intelligence that drive meaningful work and innovation.
2. Differentiating Authentically: Stand out in the AI era by forging genuine, human connections to create standout customer experiences that algorithms can't replicate.
3. Deepen Customer Connections: Go beyond digital to build personal human touchpoints to create a bond that feels authentic and irreplaceable.
4. Unleashing Workforce Potential: Foster a culture where passion, purpose, and personal investment are at the forefront, making every task and interaction distinctly human and
impactful.

Made With Love: The Key Ingredient to Unlocking Competitive Advantage

In a world where societal disconnection, business uniformity, and AI-induced role uncertainty converge, we face a profound crisis: individuals feel isolated and purposeless, brands grapple to
differentiate and stand out, and professionals fear the diminishing essence of their work and identity.

In the wake of these changes a new strategy emerges for humans and organizations to thrive by embracing our most unique and powerful human asset – love. Not romantic love, but love as an energetic force of creation, the innate desire to build, create, express, and innovate. To put love to work by creating brands, products, and experiences that deeply resonate with customers and employees.

Through captivating stories and actionable insights, we delve into a profound realization shared by high-performing groups: love is more than a feeling; it's a tactical advantage. This isn't about finding work you love; it's about infusing love into the work you do, leveraging it as a force of innovation, a nurturing tool for expansion, and a guiding principle for decision-making.

Key Takeaways
1. Embracing Love Strategically: Learn to put love to work as a creative and strategic asset in your organization.
2. Innovating with Passion: Discover how infusing love into work can unlock creativity and resonate with customers and employees.
3. Differentiating Brands with Love: Leverage love to make your brand stand out and create meaningful customer experiences.
4. Decision-Making through Love: Apply a love-centric approach to enhance empathy and compassion in strategic choices.

Obsession: Building a Business and a Brand People Love

In a world where 'good' is no longer good enough, the magic happens when brands crack the code on going from being liked, to being loved, from being a choice to an obsession. This isn't
just business as usual; it's about creating movements and crafting legacies where brands don’t just exist in the market, they live in the hearts of customers.

The journey is about making every transaction a story of transformation, kindling a fire of loyalty and passion in your audience by reflecting their innermost desires and values through your brand. Authenticity isn't just a buzzword here; it's the linchpin of this strategy, making each interaction not just memorable but transformative. The goal is to elevate your brand from a mere option in the marketplace to a symbol of devotion and obsession, resonating deeply and meaningfully with those it serves.

Key Takeaways:
1. Elevating Brand Experience: Transform your brand from just another option to an essential part of customers' lives. It’s about creating experiences that resonate deeply, turning customers into passionate advocates.
2. Crafting Transformative Stories: Make every interaction a story of transformation. It's about connecting your brand’s narrative with your customers' desires and values, creating a powerful emotional bond.
3. Fostering Authentic Connections: Build authenticity into every aspect of your brand. Genuine, heartfelt engagements are key to moving from mere transactions to memorable, transformative experiences.
4. Igniting Customer Passion: Kindle a fire of loyalty and devotion in your audience. Aim to reflect and amplify their innermost desires through your brand, making it a symbol of their own values and aspirations.

Teams on Fire: Igniting High Performance Cultures

In a world of rapid transformation, hyper competition, and a labor market tighter than ever, leaders today face the difficult task of not only attracting and retaining great people but enabling those individuals to perform at their highest potential in and across teams.

But what sets apart the highly successful, resilient, and agile teams from the rest? Surprisingly, it's not about individual team member’s skills, competencies or even potential. The secret to
enabling high performance lies in leadership’s ability to foster the routines, rituals and habits that unlock connection, trust, belief, standards of excellence, and a compelling vision of the
future.

Backed by two decades of research on the future of work, leadership and teams, this program will unpack the key drivers needed to help leaders create exceptional teams capable of delivery results and committed to the customer, the mission and each other.

Attendees will gain:
1. Insight on the new state of talent.
2. Actions for attracting and retaining top talent.
3. Strategies for unlocking connection and greater collaboration.
4. Perspective on the key drivers of high-performance.

The Heart of Leadership: Charting a New Course in a Changed World

In a world that's rapidly evolving, understanding how to navigate the new landscape is crucial. We're all aware of the change, but the real task is developing a future-ready strategy that's attuned to the shifting expectations of customers and employees. This is an era calling for a shift in leadership focus – placing people and their needs at the forefront.

Traditional leadership models are becoming outdated amidst these changes. What's needed now is a leadership style that's as dynamic and adaptable as the environment we operate in.
This new paradigm of leadership is about more than just management; it's about forging genuine human connections, aligning teams around a shared vision, and cultivating a workplace where every individual is acknowledged and valued.

Key Takeaways:
1. Understanding Emotional Intelligence is Key: Learn how to ditch the old playbook and embrace emotional intelligence. It’s about listening, really listening, to your team and understanding what makes them tick.
2. Unlocking Fearless Freedom: When we create environments where people feel free to take shots, make mistakes, speak up, step back, and lean in, we unlock next level performance.
3. Recognizing Empowerment is the New Control: Discover how letting go is the new holding on. Empower your team to take the reins, make decisions, and drive outcomes. It’s about trust, and it’s about time.
4. Embracing Authenticity Above All: Learn how to lead with authenticity. Cut the corporate speak and connect with your team as real people. It’s about building trust, fostering genuine connections, and creating a culture where everyone can thrive.

Testimonials

As CEO of Audigy Group, I've worked with Seth Mattison over the past six years to help our leadership team guide the organization through change, transformation, and the future of work. Seth has been instrumental to our growth and success as one of the fastest-growing brands in the country and he has consistently been one of our highest rated speakers at our events and one of our most trusted strategic advisors to the business.
– Brandon Dawson, Founder & CEO Audigy Group, Cardone Ventures
As we navigated our own transformational journey, Seth’s research and insights provided a spot on and powerful framework to help our executive team challenge the assumptions they've made and the beliefs they carry about who they are and how they're showing up in the world as leaders.
– Susan Cisco, Head of HR & Employee Experience MassMutual
Seth did a wonderful job here at 3M for us. Everyone who attended provided great feedback on the session. Seth was rated one of the top performers! Thank you very much for your professionalism, enthusiasm and quality work, we really enjoyed working with you.
– Wanda Frias, Strategic Planning & Government Markets, 3M Latin America Region
We've engaged Seth for multiple engagements over the years and look to him as a key strategic advisor as to how we will nurture, grow, and future-proof this important component of the trades talent pipeline.
– Steve Gunderson, President & CEO Career Education Colleges and Universities
Seth kicked off our sales and client management conference with a compelling call for change and tactical strategies for us to more effectively engage our clients of the future. He set the tone for the entire conference.
– Peter Cook, Head of Distribution Guardian Life Insurance

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Waldo Waldman
Waldo Waldman
May 19, 2024
I’ve been Speaking professionally for 21 years and work with the largest agencies in the world. I’m a Hall of Fame keynote speaker and a New York Times best selling Author. I have can honestly say in full confidence that Seth Dechtman and his team at Keynote Curator is the best agency I have been honored to work with. I’ve witnessed Seth’s client focused relationship skills On multiple occasions. His clients love him and he’s detail oriented and has great communication skillls. But most importantly, I’ve been on the receiving side of his servant, focused leadership style. He treats me like a valued partner and emulates everything a wingman is.
David Allison
David Allison
May 17, 2024
Seth and the Keynote Curators team are tenacious and determined to do right by their clients and their speakers. I appreciate our relationship so much, and highly reccomend this group to anyone looking to book a speaker for an event.
Meir Statman
Meir Statman
May 10, 2024
It is wonderful to join Seth in helping people reflect on their financial and life well-being and enhance them.
Trevor Wilde
Trevor Wilde
April 24, 2024
This was an amazing experience. the Keynote Speaker we had was perfect for our event and will definitely be having another for our next one!
Sandro Forte
Sandro Forte
March 22, 2024
Brilliantly hosted, with great content. An absolute ‘must add’ to any podcast list!
Jon VanDeventer
Jon VanDeventer
November 18, 2023
I've been working with Seth at The Keynote Curators for over 3 years. I always look forward to our meetings because of both his professional expertise and his enjoyable, engaging personality. We have fun during our virtual meetings while developing innovative strategies and accomplishing goals. It's obvious from working with Seth over a number of years that he is always making event planning and booking services an easy process and providing responsiveness that sets him apart. He's an excellent partner who gets invested in your business and collaborates through every step of a process that can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Jason Galaska
Jason Galaska
November 7, 2023
Seth and his team were fantastic to work with in 2023 and we look forward to working with Keynote Curators to find potential speaker matches for our events in the future. Thank you, Seth, for your professionalism!
Hailey Wilson
Hailey Wilson
October 23, 2023
A Treasure Trove for Anyone Involved in Speaker Selection! As someone deeply involved in the intersection of marketing and technology at AImpact, I find the process of selecting the right keynote speaker to be a critical part of any successful event. Seth Dechtman's "The Keynote Curators" podcast is nothing short of a godsend for anyone facing the challenges and opportunities that come with this task. Seth brings an almost poetic understanding to the power of words, acknowledging that a speech isn't just a scheduled event but a transformative experience that can change the dynamics of an entire room. His enthusiasm for the craft is contagious, making each episode a joy to listen to.
Nicole
Nicole
September 14, 2023
Seth is super knowledgeable about the needs of meeting planners to have a successful event and partners with you to find just that right fit!
Duncan Sigurdsson
Duncan Sigurdsson
August 28, 2023
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Working with Seth Dechtman and The Keynote Curators is always true partnership. In the three plus years that we have been involved in various projects, I can tell you that they always deliver. We have done some really cool stuff together. Any meeting professional, conference planner or event producer will greatly benefit from partnering with The Keynote Curators. High praise to Seth and his team.

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