When Your Employees Aren’t Fully Engaged, You Are Losing Your Greatest Resource for Success.

Almost 80% of employees describe themselves as disengaged from their work and workplaces. 1 That means they’re showing up with very little energy and enthusiasm on the job, little to no loyalty to the organization, and next to no buy-in to the company vision and mission. They are simply going through the motions in order to get a paycheck.

As a result, companies are spending millions of dollars every year in re-training because of their inability to retain workers. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Organizations that put emphasis on training their managers to be effective coaches to their teams – and are helping employees understand and leverage their strengths in what they do every day – experience 72% lower turnover and 29% increased profit. 2

Focus Areas

Successful organizations must address these three areas:

Effective Leadership

Leadership sets the tone, the atmosphere, and the belief in what’s possible. Show me a self-absorbed, ego-driven leader and I’ll show you an organizational culture that sings that same tune. Show me a leader who empowers and I’ll show you an organization that transforms the world.

Powerful Teams

Innovation and performance come from all team members knowing and using their strengths in a collaborative atmosphere. When your team is at its best, the sales, profits, and engagement increase by up to 30%.3

Healthy Culture

Organizations are holistic organisms, just like the human body. It’s vital to evaluate and support the health of each part of the system – leaders, teams, structures, beliefs, values – and ensure that each is being cared for in a sustainable way.

For the Past 15 Years, I’ve Worked With Some of the World’s Leading Companies and Non-Profits

As a lifelong observer and specialist in human and group behavior, I’ve seen how vital culture is: it either empowers people or diminishes people. Being intentional about building people up is central to establishing strong and successful companies. I’ve worked with brands such as Fitbit, Amazon, Walmart, Lyft, Applied Materials, and American Express; and with nonprofits like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Best Buddies International, and Golden Gate University.

Through the years I’ve realized that the heart of my work is awakening personal human connection in professional settings. For instance, at a fast-paced product development tech company, I facilitated a session with a team of engineers in which I asked them to tell a story of one of their top strengths in action. Watching them get vulnerable and personal, and then show genuine empathy for each other, really touched and inspired me. And more importantly, I could see that everyone was more deeply connected with respectful of each other, too.

Utilizing tools like Gallup's CliftonStrengths, my work is about creating moments like these: moments of deeper personal reflection and awareness, greater relational empathy, and stronger team identity. From that foundation comes more innovative collaboration and increased productivity.

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How I Help Companies and Nonprofits Excel

Coaching and consulting
for executives, teams, and the WHOLE organization

I am a thought partner to executive and director-level leaders who believe in the significance of creating empowering, affirming, and honest work environments in order to increase employee engagement.

Over the past 15 years, I have developed a unique strength-based approach (via Gallup's StrengthsFinder assessment) which builds on the capacity of each person to leverage their essential natural preferences. Managers and teams learn how to work better together, utilizing everyone's unique strengths, and making sure the team has the most effective balance of strengths needed to do its work well. 

My work may take the form of a single daylong off-site, multiple team meetings, or a massive organizational reinvention lasting several years and involving all leaders and their teams.

If you're looking for a motivating, empowering, and intuitive coach to work with your teams and leaders, learn more by downloading this Strengths Coaching One Sheet for Corporations and NonProfits and then click here to request me as a coach.

Keynote Speaking

As a former pastor, I bring an unparalleled level of humanity to my corporate speaking, infusing my message with the wisdom, warmth, and authenticity that I’m known for. High-profile companies and nonprofits such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fitbit, Amazon, and American Express have sought me out for my speaking and coaching. 

Whether I’m addressing employees at an all-hands meeting or speaking at a conference on leadership, I tune in to the emotional side of the conversation, as well as make connections from where people are operating to the bold strategic vision.

Some of my most requested topics are:

  • The Three Most Important Secrets to Developing High Performing Leaders and Teams – Discover the latest research showing the three non-negotiable elements that determine the potential of all leaders and teams.

  • How Being Courageously Authentic Increases Your Leadership Influence – Learn the five steps to discovering the powerful you. What is your unique leadership style? How can you show up with more vulnerability and authenticity? And how can this increase your influence with the people around you?

  • Soul Ballast: What Sailing Teaches Us About Staying On-Mission When the Winds are Fierce – Do you and everyone else in your organization know the Why that drives what you do? Learn the five ways to stop drifting in the chaotic winds of market fluctuations and find a powerful and authentic mission that you stick to.

If you’re looking for a powerful and dynamic speaker to inspire your company or conference, learn more by downloading this Speaker One Sheet for Corporations and Nonprofits and then click here to request me as a speaker.


“I have had the great pleasure of working with Greg and bringing him in to two companies (Amazon & Fitbit) and multiple teams.  The end results have been an increase in engagement, retention and ultimately productivity.  The results in all aspects have been so successful that people who have moved to other teams and/or companies then ask Greg to come work with them.  This is the wisdom you will find in his coaching and consulting.”

—Tina L. Dao, MBA Chief-of-Staff to EVP Engineering & Head of Engineering Business Operations, Fitbit

"Everyone loved your talks so much they wished you could have stayed all week! Your inspiring and uplifting message – and powerful information – was such a light to our staff. We are still sharing your language and reminders to fulfill our work and remain grounded in our mission. Thank you for such moving and motivating sessions!"

 – Katie Brydon
Director, Programs, Best Buddies International

"Greg Nelson is an expert with the experience of drawing out strengths in a way that informed, entertained, inspired and maintained attention. Our departments are still applying the learnings one year later. And we’re having Greg come back again!”

 – John Fyfe
Assistant to the President, Golden Gate University

"Greg Nelson is a master at weaving lessons of life with humor and stimulating thought. He has brought great learning to my organization as a result of my time with him."

– Jonathan Hoehn
CEO, Colorado

“THANK YOU so much for the wonderful sessions. The team enjoyed them greatly. Thanks for your energy and passion on this topic for it really came through and energized the team. We are applying your knowledge and wisdom with us and it is hugely strengthening our effectiveness as a company."

Joy Chen
CEO, Yes To

“Dr. Greg Nelson is an outstanding speaker, trainer, and coach. He knows how to bring the best out of teams by helping them to identify the best way to use their own individual strengths! The impact is transformational.”

– Peggy Stritch
Manager, Amazon

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