Shawn Murphy

CEO & Founder

Shawn has over 25 years’ experience as an organizational and culture change practitioner, and workshop facilitator.

An accomplished executive coach, and respected mentor to middle-managers, he takes great pride in his ability to develop today’s – and tomorrow’s – leaders. Because of his extensive experience and keen insight, Shawn was handpicked to join IBM’s elite New Way to Work futurist group.

Shawn’s debut book is The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment that Energizes Everyone. Adam Grant calls The Optimistic Workplace “…a rallying cry for a more uplifting world of work.” And author Ron Friedman, Ph.D. says, “If you’re serious about building an extraordinary workplace, then you need to know the insights in Shawn Murphy’s new book.”

Recently named a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker” in, you’ll also find Shawn in his element on stage inspiring a variety of audiences. From grand keynotes to intimate workshops, Shawn has created “Ah-ha” moments for organizations such as IBM, Zingerman’s, and George Mason University and at events such as the Principled Business Leadership Institute, Wellness Workdays, Elevate Summit, Totem Summit, and the Ultimate Culture Conference.


Bestselling Author

The Optimistic Workplace is a comprehensive and highly doable roadmap for re-engineering companies from the inside using a stewardship model and approach.

Actionable Books listed The Optimistic Workplace as a best book of 2015 saying, “It’s indispensable for any leader.”

Leadership expert Jim Kouzes explains that “At a time when we’re hearing how engagement at work is stuck in a rut and leaders can’t be trusted, it’s really nice to see something that offers a better future.”

Library Journal says: “…setting aside the quasi-military concept of command and control, Murphy sets traditional motivational and management theory on its ear.”


  • Published author, The Optimistic Workplace
  • Notable keynote speaker, Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speakers
  • Weekly columnist on, “Positive Business”
  • MBA from Drexel University, LeBow College of Business
  • BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco

I love working with teams who are willing to do what it takes to make change happen. I have no interest in mediocrity. And I certainly don’t have any patience for doing something because it’s the easiest path to take. If it makes sense then, yes, let’s do it. If you want to be great and stay great, I’m all about helping you figure out how to do that.

I have two life philosophies that guide me in life and in my work:

  • “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
  • “I didn’t come this far to come this far.”

Focus Areas

  • Facilitating leadership development workshops
  • Executive coaching and team coaching
  • Creating work environments that inspire high employee engagement
  • Strengths-based leadership coaching
  • Leading organizational change management efforts
  • Culture and climate changes

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