Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present.
A native of Durham, North Carolina and a Distinguished Alumnus of Durham Academy, Tom was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, which has honored him, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their "Distinguished Young Alumnus Award." He holds two masters degrees as well as a joint Ph.D. in both Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as other, honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Tom served for fifteen years as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became a campus legend, in many years having an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. He is now Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values in Wilmington, NC.
Tom Morris' twelfth book, True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence, launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and advisor to the corporate world. His audiences have included such organizations as: Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, Wells Real Estate Funds, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week Magazine, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Citi Mortgage, Campbell Soup, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, United Health Group and The Young President's Organization (YPO), to name just as few, as well as many of the largest national and international trade associations.
Tom is also the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling leadership classic If Aristotle Ran General Motors and the big yellow book, often seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Other more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living and Superheroes and Philosophy, where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Tom's most unexpected bestselling book about life and business is entitled If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. It's currently bringing magic into people's lives around the world. His newest book, The Oasis Within, is sparking wisdom in new ways as it launches an epic series of novels set in Egypt in 1934 and filled with the insights of the ages.
Tom's work has been featured, noticed, commented on, or covered by such diverse news outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel (TLC), NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Talk of the Nation, The New York Times, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Economist, Readers' Digest, The Globe and Mail, Die Zeit, Voce:SA, L'Agefi, The Leaky Cauldron and many other magazines, newspapers and websites across the globe.
Tom Morris has also appeared as the philosopher he is in Special Features on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: DVD Collection presented by Lucas Film, and on The Complete Superman Collection DVD. You will often see The Sage of Steel wherever wisdom is to be found.
Born Thomas Victor Morris, and known by his students as "TV Morris", he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin, on his old talk show, and on "The Today Show" with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts.
Tom Morris is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere. He may be the world's happiest philosopher.
- True Success: The Art of Achievement in Times of Change - We all need ideas we can trust-ideas that have stood the test of time and can help us achieve success in even the most demanding situations. Tom Morris has an unprecedented ability to bring together the wisdom of the ages in a form that people can use right now. This talk presents a simple, powerful and complete framework of seven universal conditions for deeply satisfying, sustainable excellence in all that we do. His now-famous "7 Cs of Success" have fueled extraordinary results in pockets of excellence around the world, and have never been more important than they are today. In a high-energy and very entertaining session, Tom will reveal the most fundamental tools for personal and institutional greatness and provide a practical guide for their use every day. This talk leaves people with a new, well-grounded enthusiasm and a determination to use the wisdom they've been given. Once they've heard it, they will never be the same.
- A Winning Culture: The Four Foundations of Sustainable Greatness - When you take good care of your people, your people take good care of your customers, and your customers take good care of you. The key to it all is a winning culture. So: What creates a great organizational culture? What guides and motivates us to bring our best to every challenge and work powerfully with others every day? Tom Morris shows that the answers to these questions are simple, profound, and transformational. At a time when pressures are high and companies are focusing on the discipline of execution, the main challenge is getting everyone to believe deeply in what they're doing and to do it with excellence and care every day. Aristotle and a few other profound thinkers have revealed four foundations for reaching and maintaining the highest levels of commitment and greatness in our work with other people. In this session, Tom presents those four foundations for a winning culture and offers practical guidelines for putting into practice the greatest wisdom for sustainable greatness. This talk will give you a profound diagnostic tool whose use empowers individuals and organizations in a new way, while strengthening all your most vital relationships beyond what you could have imagined. This is a must-have framework of ideas for leaders at any level, as well as for front line people who need to form strong and resilient client relations.
- Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change Into Something Great - We've all heard the old saying: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But no one ever says how to do this. Finally, with the help of the great philosophers, Tom figured it out. Are you going through any sort of major change in your business? Is your industry changing? How are people reacting to the new challenges that are coming their way? Is excitement in the air? Or are too many people worried and negative? Tom has put together this very wise, engaging, cutting edge and entertaining presentation on making the most of change. Too many people instinctively become anxious, defensive and even angry about the changes they face at work and in their lives. Tom draws on the wisdom of the ages to reverse our common emotions about change, and he shows clearly how even unsought and disruptive change can be a precondition for growth, extraordinary accomplishment and even happiness in our lives.
- Alchemy: The Power to Change - Over many centuries of the human adventure, the quest of the alchemist was to take something ordinary and create out of it something truly extraordinary. There is nothing in our time more ordinary now than the rapid pace of tumultuous change that we increasingly face in so many ways. And there are two kinds of change: The change that happens to us, and the change that happens only because of us. How do you respond creatively and powerfully to change that comes your way? How do you best initiate change that needs to be made? As a rare philosopher who is as full of humor and great stories as he is of insights that can change your business and your life, Tom Morris will explain in this talk the changeless wisdom of the ages on dealing well with change.
- The Essential Jobs @Work: The Success and Leadership Secrets of Steve Jobs - Steve Jobs. What did this man know that we need to know? What were his secrets? What did he do that crosses industries? How can we learn from one of the most unlikely and expansive success stories ever? Tom digs deep into the myth, mess and magic of Steve Jobs and provides a revolutionary, practical look at what we can adapt from the strange, charismatic and compelling character who basically invented the connected life we all now live. Starting in his parents' garage, Jobs built, in his lifetime, the world's most valuable company. How did he do it? And what can we all do to emulate the best of his practices? Tom has a new take on the amazing success of this modern business icon and how it can give fresh guidance to leaders at all levels in organizations. Drawing on the principles that catapulted Jobs to the top of the tech world and helped him build Apple into the world's most valuable company, Tom lays out strategies, tactics and actionable takeaways that imbue leaders with the skills necessary to inspire innovation and success and explains how these principles work in a way that no one else can with a level of insight that will leave people immensely excited about trying some of these powerful new ideas right away. Using great humor, memorable stories and a level of passionate energy that carries on the legacy of Jobs himself, Tom will mesmerize your group and provide the highlight of your meeting.
- Leadership Magic: Harry Potter and the Wisdom of the Wizards - Great stories have always touched on great ideas. The most surprising thing about the phenomenally successful Harry Potter books may be the amount of real wisdom they contain for excellence in business and life. Tom has been able to extract that wisdom in a way that's profound, engaging, funny and very practical. The talk is based on his bestselling book If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. The number of adults who have read the Potter stories with pleasure and enthusiasm is perhaps unrivalled in the history of books initially identified as children's literature. Tom is able to show why. In this talk, he reveals that the Harry Potter stories aren't really about the power of magic at all. They're about the nearly magical power of the classic virtues - the qualities praised from ancient times by such great thinkers as Plato and Aristotle, including: intelligence, courage, determination, persistence, resourcefulness, flexibility, creativity, fidelity, kindness and friendship. Tom's presentation does not presuppose any familiarity with the details of J.K. Rowling's stories, but is self-contained and is of equal interest to enthusiastic Potter fans as well as to people just puzzled over why all the worldwide hoopla has been generated by these stories. As the workforce begins to fill with young adults raised on the Harry Potter stories, Tom's insights will begin to have an even broader impact than ever.
- What IS a Balanced Life, and How Do We Get One? - This is Tom's innovative talk on life balance. His first main point is that perfect balance is not an option. His second is that balance is a dynamic dance of adaptation and alteration, based on what you value. The word 'balance' is a verb before it's a noun. Understanding what that means will bring emotional liberation and a new focus on our work. Things are better with balance, even when the urgencies of the moment demand terribly unbalance focus and monomaniacal commitment. An underlying dynamic process of rebalancing can make even the most extreme challenges work out better. Invite Tom to speak on this topic and give him a chance to show you how.