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Greg McKeown

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CEO of THIS Inc. & Best-Selling Author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"

Greg McKeown

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5 out of 5

CEO of THIS Inc. & Best-Selling Author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"

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Greg McKeown Biography

Greg McKeown has dedicated his professional life to uncovering counterintuitive ways to be very successful–without burning out.

In this pursuit he has written two New York Times bestsellers, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”, which has sold over one million copies and been voted by Goodreads as “The #1 Leadership and Success Book to Read in a Lifetime” and “Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most.” Together they have been published in 37 languages.

McKeown is an exceptional public speaker and has spoken to hundreds of audiences as he has traveled to 40 countries around the world, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Nike as well as TED Fellows, SXSW and by personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, at his Annual Innovation Conference.

He’s the host of The Greg McKeown Podcast which has been ranked in the Top 5 of all Self Improvement podcasts (out of 11,000) and Top 10 in all Educational podcasts (out of 30,000) on Apple Podcasts. Guests have included Harvard professor Arthur Brooks, Matthew McConaughey, Maria Shriver, John Hope Bryant, and Ariana Huffington. His work has been covered in print media including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, Fast Company, Fortune, Politico, Inc., and Harvard Business Review. It’s been covered on NPR, NBC, FOX and many times on The Steve Harvey Show.

McKeown is an active Social Innovator. He served for 7 years as a Board Member for Washington D.C. policy group Resolve and as a mentor with 2 Seeds, a non-profit incubator for agricultural projects in Africa. He has also been a speaker at non-profit groups including The Kauffman Fellows, Net Impact and Stanford University where he co-created the popular class, Designing Life, Essentially.

He serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He recently moderated a session at the Summer Davos in China called, Unpacking Social Innovation Models for Maximum Impact, and served as a panelist at the Sharpening Your Creative Edge working session at the Forum.

Prior to this, McKeown collaborated in the research and writing of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and worked for Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Leadership Practice assessing senior executives.

McKeown did his Masters of Business Administration at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, his Global Leadership and Public Policy certificate at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is currently doing doctoral research at the University of Cambridge.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 06/03/2024.

Greg McKeown Speaking Topics

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    This keynote speaks to anyone who has ever felt overworked and underutilized, always busy but never productive who are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions. Greg McKeown shares a system he used as part of the Stanford course he co-created called “Designing Life, Essentially.” It is a system for achieving more by doing less: a way for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make the execution of what IS essential as easy and effortless as possible.

    By applying tougher, more selective criteria, we can regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and efforts toward the goals and activities that truly matter.

  • Leadership Essentials – The Leadership Development Training

    In this workshop McKeown gives participants the tools to define the Strategic Intent of their business. Specifically, they will learn to Evaluate the trivial many from the vital few, Eliminate the nonessentials and to Enable the team to almost effortlessly execute on the essentials.

  • Leading as an Essentialist – Keynote

    In this keynote, Greg McKeown illustrates why leading as an Essentialist can help organizations accomplish more with fewer resources, take teams to the next level and produce breakthroughs in results and innovation.

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (But Better) – Keynote

    This lecture speaks to anyone who has ever felt overworked but underutilized or 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 effort toward making the highest possible contribution to what really matters.

Greg McKeown Videos

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
    Greg McKeown's Big Idea speech at the 2018 VitalSmarts REACH conference.
  • Greg McKeown: "Essentialism" | Talks at Google
    Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized?
  • LinkedIn Speaker Series: Greg McKeown
    Do you find yourself stretched too thin? Do you feel simultaneously overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy, but not productive?

Greg McKeown Books

  • Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
    Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Greg McKeown is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less , Leadership Essentials – The Leadership Development Training, Leading as an Essentialist – Keynote and The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (But Better) – Keynote. The estimated speaking fee range to book Greg McKeown for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Greg McKeown generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Ryan Holiday, Josh Linkner, Mike Walsh and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Greg McKeown for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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