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Happiness and engagement with strengths-based development

Are you looking for an inspiring keynote on how to create more happiness at work? Do you want to learn to utilize strengths, lift each other up and build on all the things you already do well?

Gunnel Ryner is passionate about strengths-based development; methods and approaches focusing on what we want more of – not less of – and strengthening what already works well. Let the ideas from strengths-based practices inspire you to create not just more happiness at work, but also pride, engagement, creativity and a team performing at its very best.

Book Gunnel Ryner as your speaker on happiness, engagement and strengths-based methods if you want to be inspired, engaged and laugh a lot, while also learning practical methods and tools that you can start using right away, and see immediate results!

“The Power of Appreciation
– Look for what’s right rather than what’s wrong”

Our human brains are much better at noticing errors and shortcomings than at acknowledging and appreciating all that is right and good. But if we simply remove a problem, we will only get to OK, non-problem. Too much of a problem focus can also create a negative atmosphere, where people feel unhappy and lose their motivation.

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Would you rather want a workplace characterised by pride, happiness, inspiration and creativity, where people perform at their best and create exceptional results? If so, you need to shift your focus, and start to utilise and build on your strengths and all that you do well. Using a strengths-based approach means talking about what you want more of (rather than less of), seeing opportunities and solutions and doing more of what works well.

“The power of appreciation” is based on research within the fields of psychology and organizational psychology and methods such as Appreciative Inquiry and Solution Focus. With lots of positive energy, humour and passion, Gunnel Ryner gives you the tools you need to take yourselves and each other to a whole new level. The result? More happiness at work, better relationships, more engagement and pride, increased well-being and better results!


  • Appreciation at work – creating happiness and a positive atmosphere by utilising strengths, exploring successes and building on what works well
  • Appreciate life – about gratitude, happiness and appreciating the small joys
  • Appreciate yourself – seeing everything you do well, using your strengths, while also accepting that you’re not perfect
  • Appreciate others – seeing the best in others and reinforcing what you want more of

Happy customers

” Thank you so much for the fantastic contribution you made at the CIDESCO International´s Schools & Examiners meeting. I was most impressed by the way you referred to scientific research, motivated the audience and mixed it all with a great sense of humor. I knew you would do an outstanding job and you lived up to and exceeded our expectations! “

Anna-Cari Gund

President, Cidesco

” I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU for your fantastic keynote for us at The Body Shop! YOU were very appreciated and we have started a true positive revolution in my entire district! We have come into a marvellous FLOW which can be noted both among the employees but also in our numbers! Many thanks!!!”

Carina Rosenblad

District Sales Manager, The Body Shop

” Thank you for a truly amazing keynote! We have already started to implement your ideas in the organization. For instance, we had our best staff meeting in a long time this morning, when everyone started by sharing the positive things that happened last week. Your speech couldn’t have had better timing – many thanks!”

Ted Wallin

Business Director, Gambit

” Gunnel’s inspirational keynote is one of the best I have heard. Gunnel is down-to-earth, tasteful and personal and with lots of humour she delivers spot-on truths that landed very well in our organisation. In addition to giving inspiration and joyful laughter she also gave us some simple tools to apply in our everyday work life. We have started our positive revolution! “

Katarina Törnros

Regional Manager, LRF Konsult

” Gunnel Ryner is one of the best speakers we have hired for Kvalitetsmagasinet Live. By mixing theory and vivid examples, delivered with a great sense of humour, she helps everyone see how a positive approach can take your organization to a whole new level.”

Anna Nyström

Chief Editor, Kvalitetsmagasinet

” A huge THANK YOU for your incredibly energizing and positive keynote! It completely blew me away! So professional, so sweet, such an amazing talk! Your wonderful charisma and your positive message really gave me a huge energy boost. THANK YOU!!!. “

Sanna Thörnholm

Owner, Soliv Hälsoföretaget

” Thank you for an amazing keynote and workshop, you lifted the entire team and helped us shift our focus, from getting stuck in the negative to start thinking about what works well. Already on the following Monday, some members of our staff started to share positive experiences.”

Valentina Trpezanovska

Manager Område Varberg, Närsjukvården Halland

” Many thanks for a great speech that gave lots of wisdom and insights to the audience! Serious parts mixed with humour, delivered in such a masterful, light-hearted way. Focusing on the positive has definitely stuck with our entire team. A+ from us all!”

Sofia Sestorp

Business Manager, Kinda Ydre Sparbank

” A nuclear power plant should of course put effort into preventing and fixing deviations, but our processes can become even better if we also include our successes in our development work. Thank you for that insight, Gunnel – you were a true source of inspiration! “

Cecilia Lindmark

Safety Engineer, Forsmark Kraftgrupp AB

” The inspirational speech about Appreciative Leadership for our group of administrative managers was followed by a strengths-based workshop, where we explored our own good examples. A fantastic day with lots of new knowledge and the opportunity to practise and reflect. A HUGE THANK YOU, Gunnel for a CONTENT-RICH TALK and a VERY INSPIRING WORKSHOP!!!!! “

Anne-Li Silberk

Administrative Manager, Linköping University

Want even more happiness at work?
Combine the keynote with a strengths-based workshop!

To get even more out of the keynote “The Power of Appreciation”, combine it with a strengths-based workshop, based on the methods Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and Solution Focus.
You pick the topic – something you want to develop and/or get more of. The workshop focuses on what you already do well – you explore your own good examples and success stories and learn from them. The appreciative approach creates a positive atmosphere, joy, pride, engagement and lots of creative ideas for further developing yourselves, your team and the work you do.

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