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As the CEO and founder of Best Practice Institute. I’ve led senior executive and management teams for over 20 years and researched the best and next practices that work for corporations – and practices that don’t work. 

My mission is to help leaders create a more engaged, peak performing workplace.

Enjoy my website, which includes articles, tools, research, and white papers on what makes a great leader and organization.  

Employees are up to 4x more likely to perform better when they are emotionally connected to their organization.

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Books by Louis Carter

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Nearly a decade later, leading change pioneers in the field have realigned to bring you the second edition of the Change Champion’s Fieldguide.

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In this important book, successful organizations share their most effective approaches and tools for leadership development.

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A must read for all managers who wish to implement a best practice talent management program within their organization.


I’ve spent my career studying world-class organizations, governments and leaders around the globe to identify what they do well, what they don’t do well, and how to improve. Contact me so I can learn more about what you want to change in your work or life.

Louis Carter

Co-Creating and Transforming You and Your Organization Through Best and Next Practices

Louis Carter specializes in best practice research and leadership development as an advisor, speaker and best-selling author of 10 books on best practices including Change Champion’s Field Guide and Best Practices in Talent Management.

Carter is the recipient of ELearning! Magazine’s Trailblazer Award, HR Tech Conference’s Top Products Award, and Leadership Excellence Magazine’s Best in Leadership Development for his work as founder and CEO of Best Practice Institute and the creator of the first social anytime 360-degree feedback tool, skillrater.

He received his MA in Social/Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He has spoken for the Prime Minister of the UAE, Pentagon, UN, and various international conferences.

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Rated #1 Executive Coach and best selling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There


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Richard O'Leary

Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at Hardinge Inc

Lou is one of the clear thought leaders in the field of talent and change management as well as leading HR practices. His special strength is developing the next generation of leaders and bringing cutting edge solutions to organizations that enable an abundance of talent. His energy, zest for life and ability to make friends instantly is contagious. I learn something each time we meet. More importantly he helps all around believe and belong to something bigger than themselves. Lou is one of the most strategic minds with a range of interests that reminds one of Bill Gates in his curiosity and delight of life. I recommend Lou and his organization to you with the highest regard.

Christopher Carney

Senior Litigation Counsel at Department of Justice

Lou is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, and enterprising people I have ever met. I have known him for 20 years and can attest to the fact that his talents are matched only by his integrity. I consider it a high honor to be his friend, and have watched with admiration as he has built his company from the ground-up.

Gerry Kells

VP HR Operations & Technology at Johnson & Johnson

What a great-customer focused individual. He is great to work with and brings great value and results to everyone.

Christine Tricoli

Head of Human Resources at H.W. Kaufman Group


Louis is one of the most intelligent and genuine people I have ever met. He brings people together and creates an environment conducive to sharing and learning. He is a thought leader who combines theory with practice and offers hands-on solutions to everyday talent challenges.

Brian Fishel

SVP Enterprise Chief Talent Officer at KeyBank and HR Director Risk Management


I’ve known Louis for over 15 years. His customer focus is off the charts and provides the very best thought leadership and coaching available today.

John Nelson

CEO and Chief Transformation Architect

I have had the honor of working with Lou for nearly 6 years as a long-time member of the BPI Sr Exec Board. Lou works tirelessly for his clients and facilitates bringing true cutting-edge best practices and thought leadership. Lou is a true pleasure to work with – passionate about other’s success, insightful, personable, engaging and thoughtful. I continue to seek out Lou for collaboration, support and thought leadership and would highly recommend him for your professional and organizational business needs.

Bruce Cryer

Adjunct Faculty – Stanford; Founder, Renaissance Human

I’ve known Lou for more than a decade and in that time have found him to be an extremely creative, visionary and thoughtful leader who has a keen sense of what leaders and organizations need. He’s on the forefront of what’s working, not trailing behind and drawing conclusions. Engage with him.

Sandy Wells

Group Director, Eastern Management Development Center, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Louis is insightful, creative, solution-oriented, open and easy to work with. He works hard to create a good product with the interests of the end-user in mind. The success of BPI is a testament to his vision and capabilities.

Mike Schechter

General Counsel & Labor Relations Director for AGC-MN

Lou is an experienced leadership and human resource development coach and professional with a keen ability to link business and human resource strategy. A “big picture” thinker, he is creative and innovative. He quickly grasps the nature of organizational challenges; his solutions are practical and actionable. Lou personifies high energy and action!

Samantha Francart

Specialist at United States Army National Guard

Lou is innovative and a leader in the fields of best practices, leadership development, executive coaching, and e-learning. I had the pleasure of working under Lou for almost three years and am so thankful for the experience and opportunity to learn and grow from him. Lou is a very understanding and genuine in all that he does. I highly recommend Lou as a boss, supervisor, trainer, and leader.

Bjorn Martinoff

C-Level, Executive CEO Coach

Working with Louis is a sheer pleasure and delight. I have enjoyed working with Louis and know he is keen on making a difference in both the profession as well as our more and more fragile planet, world and economy. Thank you Louis for being a blessing to all of us not just in what you do but also in who you are.

Daniel Bishop

Institute for HeartMath

Lou broadened my approach to the marketplace. A creative/direct approach to asking relevant questions, moving from strategic to tactical keeping the vision. His care & sensitivity for people impressed me.

Justyna Krzych

Change Manager, Zalando SE

Louis gave a truly inspirational talk at Talent Management Asia Conference in KL and it immediately caught my attention. His passion and drive to make the world a better place is contagious. As he said “We are all here to put a dent in the universe” – it’s amazing to know there are organizations who promote valuable ideas and bring like-minded leaders together.

Riges Younan

Sales Leader at Workday, enterprise cloud applications for Finance and Human Resources

I found Louis’s presentation at Talent Management Asia Conference in Singapore to be very engaging, he spoke with a great deal of passion and insight into learning and talent development. I particularly like his references to our responsibility of providing people what they want out of work and that is “purpose”.

Jen Rabino

Marketing Manager at HRM Asia (owned by Diversified Communications)

I have had the privilege of working with Lou Carter at the Talent Management Asia conference. He is passionate about leadership and is a very dynamic speaker. Lou has a very engaging presentation style and combined with great content. His keen sense of people and unique ability to make a person feel like they are the most important person in the room when talking with him. Also with his depth of business knowledge and passion to enhance individual and organizational performance make him a priceless resource for anyone seeking to achieve success in business, and in life.

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