BIOGRAPHY

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Ann Herrmann-Nehdi is CEO of Herrmann International, the originators and trailblazers of Whole Brain® Thinking and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®). The company’s primary subject matter expert, she applies the principles of Whole Brain® Thinking to her varied responsibilities, including day-to-day leadership, strategic consulting, ongoing research, learning design and speaking engagements.

Ann’s personal goal is to promote a better understanding of how people, teams and organizations think and become more effective, as well as to enhance learning and communication approaches worldwide through the application and development of the Whole Brain® System.

She has worked with many hundreds of organizations around the world of all sizes and industries, helping them increase their thinking agility to improve profitability, leadership, productivity, innovation, and overall business results. An engaging and in-demand speaker, she has presented keynote addresses and leadership sessions for Fortune 100 corporations and other major global organizations. She has also delivered hundreds of domestic and international keynotes, breakout sessions, clinics and featured presentations at conferences ranging from the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD), The Leadership Challenge Forum and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to the American Creativity Association, the Neuroleadership Summit and the Project Management Institute.

Ann is the co-author of The Whole Brain Business Book–Second Edition (McGraw-Hill) and is currently at work on her next book, a field guide for applying what we know about the brain and thinking to increase everyday agility. A thought leader in her field, she has written for and been interviewed by such media outlets as Business News Daily, Chief Executive Magazine, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, Developing Talent for Organizational Results (book chapter), HR Executive Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, The Leadership Challenge (book chapter), Management Today, T+D Magazine, Training Journal (UK) and O The Oprah Magazine. 

Ann is an AthenaOnline management expert, a Eureka Ranch board member, a member of the SmartBriefs on Workforce Advisory Board, an advisor to the American Creativity Association and Innovation Network, a founder of the Hickory Nut Gorge Community Foundation, and serves on other non-profit and for-profit boards.

“Thank you for speaking at the Coca-Cola Enterprises Sales & Marketing Leadership Conference III meeting…You were an integral part of the success of the meeting. I cannot thank you enough for spending the day with our top 200 leaders.  They found the workshop to be very impactful and have been talking about if for days following the workshop.”

Julia Francis Coca-Cola, North America Vice President, Sales & Marketing
“Without question Ann Herrmann-Nehdi is a dynamic and engaging speaker. She is authentic and takes great
care to tailor and align her experience and content to the needs of the audience. Her message is relevant
particularly in today’s complex world. Some of the core feedbackmessages I have received about Ann’s
session are listed below. Ann showed us how to:
  • Capitalize on the diverse perspectives of the talent in our organization so that we could leverageencourage creative and innovative thinking.
  • Engage and unleash the strengths of a team so we can be more effective leaders with loyal followers.
  • Embrace multiple perspectives so our team will look forward to contributing in meetings.
  • Provide support for productive and innovative outcomes through participation of diverse styles, cultures,experience, and training.
  • Help our team enjoy that every individual has something to contribute to the power of the whole company.”
Pam Schmidt ISA, Executive Director

“You hit the  bull’s eye with the Family Business Network-International Summit in Chicago! Perhaps the best way to demonstrate how effective your presentation was to fast forward to the end of  the summit, when the committee for the Singapore Summit next year took the stage. Their spokesperson referenced you and “Analyze”, “Strategize”, “Organize”,  and “Personalize”.”

Terry Plochman Owner, Family Business Network

“Ann was so  knowledgeable and gave an incredible presentation and created such  an engaging learning experience that I will be purchasing the book and researching the subject much further in an attempt to  fill in the gaps that we weren’t able  to cover in the given time.”

Confidential Attendee May 2015 Association of Training and Development International Conference

SPEECH TOPICS

  • CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

  • EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

  • LEADERSHIP AGILITY

  • LEADING THROUGH CHANGE

  • THOUGHT DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

  • POWER OF THINKING TEAMS

  • PRODUCTVITY & DECISION MAKING

  • THE SECRETS OF THINKING IN BUSINESS

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BOOKS

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If you think business can’t get any better, think again!

What is IBM doing to quickly build the agility of its next generation of global leaders? How has IHG Hotels been able to successfully manage complex, highly technical projects while still maintaining a creative, customer-focused culture?

Thanks to the power of Whole Brain® Thinking, you can apply what we know about thinking, performance, and the brain to transform your organization at every level. Read more.

“Whether you’re new to the Whole Brain model, or ready for a 21st century update to the classic volume, this book is a must-read for anyone with a brain. You will learn how your mind works, how to improve and expand your thinking style, and how to better understand and communicate with the brains around you.”
Daniel H. Pink
Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Ned Herrmann and Ann Herrmann-Nehdi know more about the brain than anyone.  If you want to function better, this is a must read.”
Ken Blanchard
Co-Author of the One Minute Manager

“This book is rich in ah-ha moments and a treasure trove of practical tips on how to apply Whole Brain® Thinking at work, home, and in the community. This is an extraordinary performance, a tour de force, and a must-read for everyone who wants to apply their whole selves in whatever they do.”
Jim Kouzes
Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge, Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WHOLE BRAIN® BUSINESS BOOK

The ultimate guide to better thinking in the 21st Century