Greg McKeown

New York Times Bestselling Author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown

Essentialism will give you richer, sweeter results and put you in real control, giving greater precision to the pursuit of what truly matters.


Greg McKeown is the author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" and the CEO of THIS Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook,, Symantec, Twitter and VMware. He was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He has conducted research in the field of leadership, strategy and why people and teams thrive and why they don't. He is a blogger for Harvard Business Review and the Influencer Network on LinkedIn.

He also collaborated on the writing and research of the Wall Street Journal bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter," "Bringing Out the Best in Your People" and "Are You An Accidental Diminisher?"

Prior to this research and teaching, Greg worked for Heidrick & Struggles' Global Leadership Practice assessing senior executives. His work included being a part of a year long project for Mark Hurd (then CEO of Hewlett Packard) assessing the top 300 executives at HP. Greg is an active social innovator. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Washington D.C. policy group, Resolve (KONY2012), and as a mentor with 2 Seeds a non-profit incubator for agricultural projects in Africa. And he has been a guest speaker at nonprofit groups that have included The Kauffman Fellows, St. Jude and the Minnesota Community Education Association.

Originally from London, England, he now lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife, Anna, and their four children. Greg holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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  • Are You Keeping Your Database Clean?

    Greg McKeown

    Just think about your closets right now – If you simply had to show a picture of your closet, what would we see? Now for some of you we would see something very organized and so on, but for the rest of us, despite the fact that we don’t spend any time cleaning it or organizing it...

  • How Relevant is Your Presentation?

    Greg McKeown

    One of the things I think matters significantly about improving the quality sales experience is that you are presenting something, a solution, a product or the service that you are providing is something that you think is fantastic.

  • Are You Focusing on What’s Essential?

    Greg McKeown

    That’s a very career-limiting sort of behavior isn’t it – just say no to the boss. When people even hear that for a moment – If I suggested, “hey, do you say no to the CEO?” They often just laugh at that. It’s laughable.


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