Global expert engages with SA business leaders


Strong leadership in the face challenges and global uncertainty is highly valued
and much needed in business today.

Tal Ben-Shahar, internationally respected author, lecturer and Harvard university
professor, was recently in South Africa for 3 days where he met with top business
leaders and executives from some of South Africa?s largest corporates.

Tal spoke to over 200 leaders from a variety of organisations including Standard
Bank, Liberty, Elli Lilly, SAB, Old Mutual, FNB, Nedbank, Barlow, JD Group, Eskom,
Multichoice and Barclays Capital; as well as organisations like Edgegrowth.

Tal?s talk focused on the topic of leadership- and more specifically about the
need for a new type of leader in our volatile, uncertain, complex world. His focus
was on changing the questions we ask as leaders and highlighting strengths, being
grateful and appreciating progress; and developing resilience. Based on specific
examples of corporate success and best practice from around the world, he
highlighted the impact as an individual, a team, an organisation and even a nation of
making small changes that have a big impact.

Tal is very excited to now have a permanent Johannesburg office for Potentialife,
the revolutionary new leadership development programme which he spent three
years, together with cofounder, Angus Ridgway (former senior director at McKinsey)

Shrinkwrapping the best-of-the-best thinking on leadership behaviour and lasting
change, supported by a blend of highly personalised data, live interactions and a
proprietary platform, for the first time ever it has become possible to develop leaders
on a large scale.

Tal?s focus on enhancing well-being draws primarily on research from the field of
Positive Psychology - the science of happiness and he is world renowned as a
business consultant and lecturer who works with executives in multi-national
corporations, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, as well as the general
public. Tal?s areas of expertise include leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-
esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness.

Tal has featured on Jon Stewart?s The Daily Show, Fox News and CNN amongst
his many media appearances.

As a Harvard University professor, Tal repeatedly taught the most popular course at
the university, "Positive Psychology," as well as the university's third most popular
course, "The Psychology of Leadership"?with a total of more than 1,400 students.

He is also the author of a number of international best sellers including the New
York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
and Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life which
have been translated into 25 languages. Tal?s latest book Choose The Life You Want:
The Mindful Way to Happiness has just been released.

Tal Ben-Shahar isthe Chief Knowledge Officer of Potentialife and the Chief
Learning Officer of the Wholebeing Institute He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational
Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

"Professor Tal Ben-Shahar has the rare ability to reach the hearts of leaders, and
to show them the way back to a life that is not a problem to be solved, but a calling
to be answered. Based on sound academic research, yet laced with humor and
warmth, his Positive Leadership presentations leave you feeling as if you have just
had a life-transforming conversation with a wise mentor. He guides leaders to focus
on what?s working--not what?s broken--in their teams, in their organizations, in their
world, and in themselves as leaders. With engaging stories, compelling research, fun
exercises and inspiring examples, he rekindles a sense of meaning and passion for
leadership--and for life. Listening to Tal leaves you uplifted, inspired and

By Deb Giffen Director, Innovative Learning Solutions Wharton Executive