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Greg McKeown

Innovative Strategist and High-Performance Expert

Travels From:
California
Fee Range:
$40,000 – $60,000

Greg McKeown is a thought-leader and a true entrepreneur in the business world. With an extraordinary understanding of the factors that make people and businesses successful, he gives keynotes all around the world, sharing his insights on high performance, leadership, and innovation.

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Greg McKeown: Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of ...

Steve Harvey Show - “Essentialism” At Home

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Bio

Greg McKeown is emerging as one of the most refreshing and transformative business thought leaders and speakers on leadership, productivity and business growth. He is the founder and CEO of THIS Inc.—a leadership and strategy design agency in Silicon Valley—a NYT and WSJ best-selling author, and one of the most popular writers for Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencer Group.

Greg McKeown’s main message is about Essentialism. This message surfaced from a painful life-lesson learned the day his daughter was born. Caught between the instinctive fatherly desire to stay with his wife and new baby, and the pressures of a demanding job, Greg made the choice to leave the hospital and attend a client meeting. Shortly after the appointment, Greg recognized that he had made a fool’s bargain. He had been untrue to himself, and had let the expectations and schedule of someone else prioritize his life. In trying to keep everyone happy, he had sacrificed what mattered most. That experience gave Greg an inexhaustible obsession to answer the question, “Why is it that otherwise successful people allocate their resources in such a way that they make too little progress in too many directions?”

His research led to the discovery of the “paradox of success” where people, teams, and companies are kept back from breaking through to the next level by their success. Success can lead to the undisciplined pursuit of more. To avoid this, people need to become successful at success. Greg left his job and founded THIS, Inc. to inspire people everywhere to apply these insights. Clients include Apple, Adobe, Google, Facebook, Pixar and Twitter. He co-designed a class at Stanford called, “Designing Life, Essentially.” He was named a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and wrote what became the New York Times bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (2014).

McKeown has taught at hundreds of events across the world including in the U.S., Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and South Africa. Organizations, teams, and individuals have benefited from McKeown’s innovative perspective, which challenges conventional wisdom and defines how to break through to the next level of success and profitability.

Speech Topics

We all know it’s easy to be busy without being productive in our hyper-connected reality. This keynote offers a new mindset and skill set for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make execution as effortless as possible.


We have all worked for leaders who are focused on results but care little about the overall growth and development of each team member: this is cold clarity. Warm clarity is different: it combines courage and compassion to create high performance teams.


This keynote shares five ways teams become dysfunctional and how leading as an Essentialist is the key to combating these and, instead, creating unified teams that produce amazing results.


Becoming successful is one thing but it’s another thing altogether to become successful at success. This keynote teaches the essential mindset and skillset needed to go from being successful to very successful—the answers will surprise.


The first half of innovation is fun and easy: its 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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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • "Greg is a total pro and added tremendous value to our summit. The session was very, very good!" - Apple

  • "It has been six months since we were together and we are still seeing lasting changes in behavior that are material and meaningful to out business (really)!" - Cisco

  • "Participants were frankly dazzled as witnessed by a sampling of the letters they sent afterwards!" - STANFORD

  • "I have been a part of this event for 16 years and McKeown is the best speaker we have ever had!" - Greater Public