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and financial institutions. Emerald, along with his wife, Donna Zajonc, now heads the Bainbridge Leadership Center, coaching companies on leadership issues. He is also a business facilitator, public speaker, and author. TED in the Workplace “People bring a certain amount of energy to their work each day, and as leaders, we have very little influence over that. But what we do have influence on is how they direct their energy.” SPRING 2017 The beauty of bringing TED into the workplace, says client Steve Hall, CEO of driversselect.com, is that it can transform both your personal and professional life simultaneously into models of excellence. Sure enough, upon landing at the driversselect website, one is immediately struck by an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau as well as a “Best Places to Work 2016” citation by the Dallas Business Journal, both of which symbolize a commitment to fostering the type of positivity that TED embodies. The company touts its purpose is “to infect the world with highly contagious C.A.R.E. (Caring Acts Randomly Expressed).” Hall first met Emerald at a business event some years ago and grew to embrace the TED model which, he says, has become part of his company’s very DNA. “People bring a certain amount of energy to their work each day, and as leaders, we have very little influence over that. But what we do have influence on is how they direct their energy,” says Hall. “Do they choose to show up as victims, creators, persecutors, challengers, rescuers, or coaches? If they choose to become a coach, a challenger, or a creator, their confidence will rise and they will be a better performer and better person all around.” Hall has parlayed his strong belief in Emerald’s leadership philosophy into a boon for his company, growing revenue from $38 million to $140 million since implementing TED two and a half years ago. Nearly 60 percent of his 100-person workforce have completed some sort of TED training, and he raves about the transformation. The Power of TED website quotes Hall: “A big part is [that] the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energy people bring to work today is not being wasted on internal drama and building silos but rather focused on growing the business and taking on the challenges of the marketplace....We have measurable results in turnover, absenteeism, and revenue per employ