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Greg McKeown

Author of the New York Times Bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, CEO of THIS Inc., and Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum

  • About Greg McKeown

    Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He also writes a regular blog for The Harvard Business Review as well as for LinkedIn’s Influencer group – his LinkedIn piece The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make has been read by more than 2 million people. McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company with a mission to inspire Essentialism in companies and people, whose clients include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Twitter, Salesforce.com, Symantec, VMware, and Yahoo!

    In his Essentialism lectures, Greg McKeown shares a systematic, strategic framework for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make the execution of what is actually essential as easy and streamlined as possible. By forcing audiences to apply tougher, more selective criteria for what is Essential, McKeown gives them the tools to regain control of their own choices so they can channel their time, energy, and efforts toward making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that truly matter.

    Originally from London, McKeown earned an MBA at Stanford University and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

  • Speaking Topics

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    This lecture speaks to anyone who has ever felt overworked but underutilized, always busy but never productive. Greg McKeown offers a framework for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make the execution of what is essential as effortless as possible. The disciplined pursuit of less allows employees to channel their time, energy, and efforts toward making the highest possible contribution to what really matters.

    Leadership & Execution: Why Some Teams Break Through to the Next Level—And Others Don’t

    IThis keynote looks at five ways teams become dysfunctional and how leading as an Essentialist is the key to combating these. Greg McKeown illustrates how to create unified teams that produce breakthroughs in results and innovation.

    Creativity & Innovation. The Other Half of Innovation

    The first half of innovation is fun and easy: it’s brainstorming, Post-It notes, exploration, iteration and ideation. The second half is rarer but it’s where the breakthrough value lies. This keynote teaches how to select only the most valuable ideas and how to execute them effortlessly.

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  • Praise for Greg McKeown

    You blew it out of the park—you had participants on the edge of their seats for nearly two hours. We imagined a great event, but this far exceeded our expectations.

    VMware

    Absolutely fantastic. He really hit a home run with the audience.

    Fiserv

    Greg was a hit and a people told me his presentation was life changing. WOW! He is a gifted speaker, and I hope we will be working with him again.

    Interior Design
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