David holds his bachelor's in human resource management from Colorado State University and his master's in industrial / organizational psychology from the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a current doctoral candidate in business psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he is studying the interaction between meaningful work and burnout.
David is NOT your typical academic - as a scientist / practitioner translator, David makes leadership theory & business psychology accessible, implementable, and fun through the use of humor, stories, and 'real-world' examples.
- Building a Burnout-Proof Work Culture
Infusing Meaning & Preventing Burnout in a COVID-19 World & Beyond - Stress, burnout, turnover, and interpersonal conflict are occurring at epidemic levels within the workplace. As organizations manage the new demands and uncertainty of business in a COVID-19 reality (and beyond) it is more important than ever to infuse meaning, gratitude, and support into your work culture. In this keynote (or virtual) presentation, burnout & meaningful work expert, David Shar uses the power of story, humor & interactivity highlighting the latest research in Industrial / Organizational Psychology to explore tactics and benefits of creating a supportive and mission-driven workplace culture. Learning Objectives: The audience will learn to:
•Build a burnout-proof work culture.
•Prevent burnout before it starts, by going way beyond “resilience training.”
•Learn to initiate change from anywhere on the org-chart.
•Understand negativity bias & how to override it.
- Leadership in the new COVID-19 Reality: Creating Light in the Darkness for You and Your Team
COVID-19 is rapidly changing the world we once knew. For businesses to succeed during and after this CoronaVirus pandemic they must adapt to this new reality and effectively lead their teams through this storm. At the end of this webinar, participants will:
-Understand how to provide appropriate amounts of oversight, support and autonomy for a newly teleworking team.
-Understand the 3 main elements of burnout and how to build a burnout proof culture in these challenging times.
-Connect with their work's deeper meaning and learn to use it for internal fulfillment and external success.
-Understand survivors guilt and how to support their teams through challenging times.
- Leadership & Culture Training
David Shar offers custom half-day, full-day and multi-day trainings on a wide variety of workplace topics.
- Working with Purpose - Impacting the World from 9 to 5
As a society, we have lost sight of the value of work. We view work as a means to an end - merely a way to pay the bills. We talk about work as punishment from original sin, we count down the days to retirement, we talk about work-life balance as if we are not living when we are at work. As a result, annual employee turnover in American private industry is approaching 50%! Businesses are struggling to motivate and retain employees! SO many of us feel empty and depressed! But what if work was about something greater than a paycheck? What if work is not an impediment to living a fulfilled life, but that rather, a meaningful life begins with meaningful work? In this talk we will explore the concept of meaningful work and work as a calling as David Shar shares his personal journey managing young adults from inner city Baltimore, coupled with his research in meaningful work and burnout.
- The Science of Employee Selection: Using Psychological Principles to Build a More Effective & Diverse Team
We all known the exorbitant cost of turnover to our businesses. That cost has increased exponentially in the current labor market, as it has become increasingly difficult to find great talent. In this seminar we will learn how to strengthen our selection process while increasing diversity, through the utilization of some of the latest research in I/O Psychology. We will discuss the validity of various selection methods and we will debunk common myths and misconceptions about the selection process.
- Combating Burnout: Reignite Your Flame
Nearly 50% of American workers report having experienced burnout in their career. In the helping professions, those numbers are significantly higher! Burnout impacts everyone - employees, management, customers / clients / patients!
- Building a Kinder Kind of Workplace
Stress, burnout, turnover, and interpersonal conflict are occurring at epidemic levels within the workplace. But YOU can change all of that! In this keynote, Shar uses the power of story, humor & interactivity highlighting the latest research in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, social psychology and positive psychology to explore tactics and benefits of creating a workplace culture of kindness. Shar will have you rethinking how you view workplace conflict, empathy, and the incredible power each individual has to impact their workplace culture.