Paul Stoltz

Paul Stoltz, PhD

Influential Thinker, Originator of the Adversity Quotient®
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AQ: The Adversity Advantage

Dr. Stoltz’s signature keynote address gives a compelling overview of Adversity Quotient® (AQ®). He describes how AQ drives performance, resilience, and success, and discusses how to begin strengthening AQ to thrive on adversity. Highly tailored to each group, participants leave with tools they can use immediately to tackle their next challenge and optimize their next opportunity.

Leading Through Adversity

It is through adversity that leadership shines forth. Demanding times call for leaders with exceptional fortitude, tenacity, and resolve. This keynote address draws from dramatic examples of how great leaders across the ages, world, and industries use AQ to lead through adversity and unleash the greatness in others.

AQ Unleashed—Resilient Sales and Service

Imagine how a more resilient sales and service organization could drive your results! When it comes to selling, skills and personality are no longer enough. AQ predicts sales performance and retention across industries and countries. This keynote address reveals to sales people and executives what it really takes to achieve and sustain top performance, even in the most difficult circumstances. People gain tools that they can use to surmount their obstacles with renewed focus and vigor.

Creating Resilient Teams

Resilient teams thrive on challenges and deliver superior performance. Resilient teams are at their best when times are tough. They rise to challenges and are inspired by seemingly insurmountable odds and daunting obstacles. They are the ones that get things done when others cannot. This keynote address provides practical insight into what it takes to form and grow a high-performance, resilient team.

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Dr. Paul G. Stoltz is considered the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. He is author of four international bestselling books on the subject—printed in 14 languages—was voted by HR Magazine as “One of the Top 10 most influential global thinkers,” and by Executive Excellence as “One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time.” His newest book, GRIT—The New Science of What it Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed is available now, in which he pioneers the first construct for growing both the quantity and quality of one’s GRIT.

Dr. Stoltz guest lectures at MIT, where his GRIT-related methods and assessments are used to equip tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Dr. Stoltz has also been a member of Stanford University’s Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, was selected as the Millennial Thinker for Singapore, “Thought Leader of the Year” in Hong Kong, and is a top-rated international faculty member for the Young Presidents’ Organization.

He has also guest lectured for Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program. HBS incorporates Dr. Stoltz’s AQ (Adversity Quotient) theory and methods into its prestigious executive development and MBA programs. Dr. Stoltz has been a featured blogger and author for the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.

Today, GRITTM and AQ® are the most widely adopted methods of their kind in the world for measurably enhancing one’s resilience, agility, and GRIT—currently in use by industry-leading companies, top institutions, and many governments in 63 countries across the globe.

Dr. Stoltz is frequently featured in the world’s top media. Examples include the major news shows CNN, CNBC, ABC, Sky News, Business News Network, NBC Nightly News, Public Broadcast Service (PBS), as well as the biggest daytime shows such as the Today Show, and Oprah. You will also find Dr. Stoltz quoted in the major press, worldwide, including Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, Asia 21, Inc., Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Singapore Straits Times, The Australian Financial Review, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Boss Magazine, The Drucker Foundation’s prestigious Leader to Leader and other publications.

Dr. Stoltz founded PEAK Learning, Inc. in 1987. PEAK is a leading global research and consulting firm, through which he coaches, consults, teaches, and collaborates with top leaders, thinkers, and influencers within a broad range of organizations from start-ups and NGO’s to the Fortune 50 on six continents.

As a highly sought-after thought leader, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Stoltz combines inspiration and humor with application and substance, delivering a compelling and practical message to audiences of 10 to 10,000 people, including some of the largest venues in the world.

As Director of the Global Resilience and GRIT Institutes, Dr. Stoltz oversees a research agenda in 29 countries dedicated to exploring, expanding, and advancing the applications of AQ and GRIT to strengthen people and their organizations. His research partners have included top thinkers at Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Harvard, and more than a dozen universities overseas. Dr. Stoltz received his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Economics from the University of California, as well as his business and social sciences interdisciplinary master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. PEAK Learning’s international headquarters is situated in the coastal mountains of San Luis Obispo, California, where Dr. Stoltz resides with his family, who were honored by USA Today as “America’s Most Creative Family.”

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