Becoming a Valued Player: A Toolkit for Personal and Professional Success

Jan 24, 2019

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Practical Tips and Tactics for Becoming an MVP at Work and in Your Personal Life

With the growing trend of distraction and dysfunction in the workplace, more people are seeking to be the valued team members they feel they should be.

Consultants and authors Mark Thompson and Bonita Buell-Thompson, along with researcher Clifford Nass, have assembled new, clear strategies for anyone wanting to become a truly valued contributor both at work and in their personal lives.

This webcast will present recent study data and lay out the tactical, practical steps required for this type of change.

Sir Richard Branson will be a special guest on this program, answering questions program registrants have submitted in advance. Topics to be covered include:

  • The myth of multitasking
  • The power of reciprocity
  • Removing the distractions



Mark Thompson  is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Success Built to Last and Now … Build a Great Business with sales expert Brian Tracy (AMACOM). Thompson knows what makes people and products valuable. Forbes Magazine called him one of America's top investors with the Midas Touch, having invested in Facebook, Schwab, and Apple's top iPhone and iPad applications companies. He was chief customer experience officer for Charles Schwab and a former director of Best Buy and Korn Ferry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Peter Drucker's Leader to Leader Institute and a visiting scholar at Stanford University and the World Economic Forum. His latest book, with coauthor Bonita Buell-Thompson, is Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value


Bonita Buell-Thompson is an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University and research director for Success Built to Last and Now … Build a Great Business. She spent 25 years in corporate human resources and created the first corporate intranet at such companies as Levi Strauss, Bank of America, Genentech, and Pacific Telesis. 


Sir Richard Branson is the founder of the United Kingdom-based Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies around the world, including the airlines Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, wireless company Virgin Mobile, and international health club Virgin Active. Branson started his first business when he was 16 and in 1972 he opened a chain of record stores that kick-started his Virgin brand. His business ventures have ranged from a vodka line and financial services to a private 74-acre island for rent to space tourism. He is the author of six books, including Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School.