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Shaun Tomson

World Champion Surfer, Leadership on Purpose, Best-selling Author & Entrepreneur

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Shaun presents keynotes and workshops to some of the world’s best corporations to reawaken a new wave of purpose that results in higher levels of engagement, accountability and improved performance. Many have called his unique program “transformational” and “life-changing.”

Lack of engagement and lack of purpose are fundamental problems impacting business across the US. Purpose is the energy that empowers organizations and individuals to thrive.

Purpose positively impacts schools and the workplace too – recent research from EY indicates that purpose-led organizations perform 42% better than those that are simply in business.

However, according to a Gallup poll, two-thirds of employees worldwide are purposeless – bored, detached and ready to actively sabotage plans, projects and other people. Considering you spend around a third of your life at work, this disengaged culture means that helping people to find a sense of purpose isn’t just vital for business, but also for people’s overall wellbeing.

With these insights in mind, Shaun Tomson shows how to find and define one’s purpose to powerfully re-engage individuals and activate a positive wave of commitment and performance throughout an organization. Shaun has shared his academically tested Code Leadership Method around the world, from high-powered boardrooms in the US and Europe to rural schools in South Africa.

Clients have included General Motors, Cisco, Google, Gap, Disney, Sonos, Dermalogica, PWC and others – companies facing challenges often work with Shaun to give teams a fresh perspective on life, purpose and the future. Shaun works across sectors – finance, automotive, technology, law, health, education and food – and his presentations are lively, fun and exciting – educational, motivating and inspiring.

The presentations are ideal for companies looking for an academically validated intervention to connect individuals and teams together by focusing on higher level purpose – on values that unite rather than divide, and on a Code that commits individuals to a positive future.

The Code Method Workshop is a simple, actionable, academically validated system of transformational change that attendees use to create positive change in their business and personal lives – it can yield immediate results.

A former World Surfing Champion, Shaun was named one of the 10 Greatest Surfers of All Time. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University and has created two market-leading apparel brands, Instinct and Solitude (co-founded with his wife Carla).

He is the author of the best sellers Surfer’s Code and The Code – The Power of “I Will”. He produced and co-wrote the documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door (2006) and is a past board member of Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.

He lives in Montecito, California with his wife Carla and son Luke.

Shaun's contribution was amazingly inspirational and captivating - left the 600+ audience speechless. One of the best, if not the best, speech in all the 10 years of the RSM Leadership Summit.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Shaun opened our conference and was one of the stars of our elite line-up - his unique viewpoint on life, success and leadership wowed the capacity crowd and his engaging and warm approach left our attendees wanting more. I would strongly recommend him as an inspirational speaker.

Discovery Invest Summit

It was an absolute pleasure having you with us on Thursday, the feedback had been fantastic, and it is clear that you've made a huge impact on many people at Investec.

Investec Bank

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