Caroline Adams Miller

As a positive psychology expert, Caroline uses her keynotes and workshops as a platform to inspire and empower her audiences to set and accomplish goals by using their grit … thus being more successful and happy both in their work and life. All of Caroline’s keynote presentations and workshops offer insightful scientific research, applicable examples and powerful stories including her own personal journey and leaves her audiences with tangible takeaways and actions they can use to create their own happiness and success. 

Throw Out What You Know About 'SMART' Goals

How to Set Effective Goals & Accomplish Them Using Grit

One of the most common misconceptions about goal setting is that there are only a few things we need to know in order to achieve our goals. Often, the acronym SMART is used to help people to remember to set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time- sensitive. While this is a nice start, the acronym doesn’t do justice to some of the tremendous complexities that motivational specialists and researchers have discovered are important to an individual’s success. In this presentation, Caroline walks sales managers, business leaders, and employees through the science of goal setting and grit, and provides practical ways they can apply this research to exceed established goals. Caroline’s unique, comprehensive, and evidence-based approach helps attendees to create and accomplish any goal, driving happiness and success in their professional and personal lives.

After attending, participants are able to:

  • Set challenging and specific goals (learning and performance) and avoid the most common mistakes that derail progress;
  • Cultivate grit, to help them stay resilient and persevere in the face of difficulty; and
  • Establish accountability and a positive “web of influence.”

Creating Your Best Life

How to Identify and Pursue Meaningful Goals and Live a Life With No Regrets

Happy people wake up every single day to clear-cut, hard goals that provide their lives with meaning and purpose. They go outside their comfort zone, with no guarantee of success. They don’t quit or make excuses. Instead, they rely on the characteristic of “grit” to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. In this talk, Goals & GritTM expert Caroline Adams Miller connects research on goal setting with the science of positive psychology. She provides evidence-based knowledge and exercises to help attendees assess and use their character strengths, set bigger goals, and cultivate grit to drive happiness and success in their professional and personal lives.

After attending, participants are able to:

  • Create a personal life list using a vision of their “best possible future self” with an understanding of why it is important to flourishing;
  • Set challenging and specific goals (learning and performance) and avoid the most common mistakes that derail progress;
  • Cultivate grit to help them stay resilient and persevere in the face of difficulty; and
  • Establish accountability and a positive “web of influence”.

Grit Is the New MBA

How to Hire for Grit and Cultivate It In Your Team

It’s no secret these days that grit (more than talent, IQ, looks, or wealth) is one of the top indicators of success. When you hire for grit, you get someone that thrives, no matter what you throw at them. Gritty candidates make for dedicated, high-performing employees, who bounce back faster from setbacks. Already have a team in place? The good news is that grit is a characteristic that can be cultivated among your existing team members. In this talk, Caroline Adams Miller takes Angela Duckworth’s research on grit to the next level... Duckworth says: “I don’t know anybody who has thought more than Caroline Miller about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives.” Caroline shares stories of ordinary “gritty” people, unpacks the qualities and behaviors we can all cultivate to get gritty, and identifies specific actions that audience members can take to push themselves further in driving success for your organization.

After attending, participants are able to:

  • Cultivate their own character strengths that lead to becoming grittier and in turn inspire their team members;
  • Spot the different types of grit—good and bad—and what to look for when hiring and mentoring team members;
  • Frame questions and use personality assessments, such as the VIA Strengths Survey, to test for grit and teamwork skills; and
  • Implement strategies within their company to attract candidates with grit.

How to Cultivate Grit in Schools...

And Put the “Awe” Back in Awesome

Although the word "awesome" is thrown around a lot in today's society, experts say that we have become "awe-deprived" in recent years due to cheating scandals in sports and business, and overall lowered standards for excellence. The millennial generation, however, was raised with abundant praise, leading to concerns that when their performance reviews aren’t "awesome" they feel discouragement and demotivation. Easy goals and low standards for excellence can actually prevent people from becoming awesome. According to the most current research, when people are truly awe-inspired by extraordinary behavior and events, they are profoundly impacted, and are more likely to work hard, be hopeful, and be kind to others. Grit is also an essential element in being awesome, and specific character strengths that undergird gritty behavior can be cultivated to support becoming one’s best self. Using research and stories of gritty people, Caroline weaves together a variety of information that leaves “Gen Z” students, parents, and teachers understanding the importance of hard goals, gritty behavior, and why inspiration is a necessary ingredient in a flourishing life.

Be All In

What it Takes to be a Gritty Woman

What do most female leaders who thrive in the current business climate have in common? Grit! Authentic Grit is the passionate pursuit of hard goals that awes and inspires others to become better people, flourish emotionally, take positive risks, and live their best lives. Achieving hard, meaningful goals is one of the most rewarding things women can do personally and professionally. In this talk, Caroline Adams Miller shares the actions, habits and mindset of gritty women around the world, lessons that female leaders can learn at a time when it’s never been more important. Through storytelling and ground-breaking research, Caroline inspires your audience to be fearless, take bold steps, imagine limitless futures, and have the passion, persistence, humility, and courage to take risks and achieve their toughest goals.

After attending, participants are able to:

  • Assess and amplify their flourishing, using their character strengths;
  • Set goals with evidence-based approaches for best possible outcomes;
  • Develop their environment with a supportive “web of influence” including a “moai” – a Mastermind group; and
  • Cultivate a mindset of self-efficiency, resilience, optimism, and grit, as well as commit to help other women through sharing their stories of grit.