Cy Wakeman

Recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership, Cy offers a new lens through which employees and executives can shift their attention inward and sharpen their focus on personal accountability. Cy helps us turn excuses into results and unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce – simply by ditching the drama. 


Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, shows employees how to calculate their true value to their organization. With an original formula for measuring current performance, future potential, and “emotional expensiveness” – the toll an individual’s actions and attitudes take on the people around them – Wakeman shows employees how to become invaluable team members and learn to love their jobs again. 


Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Keurig Dr. Pepper, AMC Theatres, White Castle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and countless others learn to navigate our rapidly changing world. 


Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on Twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Participants consistently rank her programs as the single most impactful training they have ever received. An expert blogger on, and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Social, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse,, and