Greg McKeown (author)

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Greg McKeown
Greg McKeown
Greg McKeown in 2014
Born1977 in London, England
EducationB.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business
OccupationLeadership/management consultant, Writer, and Public Speaker
HonorsInducted into the Forum of Young Global Leaders
Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown (born in London, England, in 1977) is a public speaker,[1] leadership and business consultant,[2] and author.[3][4] He is the founder and CEO of THIS, Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency based in Silicon Valley.[5] In 2012, The World Economic Forum inducted McKeown into the Forum of Young Global Leaders.[6]

His most recent project, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,[7] (Crown Business, April 2014),[8] is a business and self-help book that discusses how to lead a more meaningful and successful life.[9][10]

McKeown earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business[11] after studying communications and journalism at Brigham Young University.[12]

Originally from England, he is now an American citizen, living in Menlo Park, California. Prior to founding THIS, Inc., Greg worked for Heidrick & Struggles' Global Leadership Practice.[13]


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

McKeown is the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,[14] and co-author (with Liz Wiseman) of the Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.[15] He is also a blogger for the Harvard Business Review[16] and LinkedIn’s Influencers Group.[17][18]

Public Speaker[edit]

Mckeown speaks on how to live and lead as an Essentialist.[19][better source needed] In 2014, McKeown interviewed Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum[20] in Davos, Switzerland, and received an invitation from the Crown Prince of Norway, Haakon, to speak at his Annual Innovation Conference.[21]

McKeown has been interviewed on television and radio shows including NPR's All Things Considered[22] and NBC.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SXSW March 2014
  2. ^ PCMA Convene, Do You Need More Jomo in Your Life, Barbara Palmer Dec. 29, 2014
  3. ^ Number 7 May 2014,
  4. ^ Hardcover Business July 2010
  5. ^ "Menlo Park's Greg McKeown Named Young Global Leader". The Almanac. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  6. ^ "Rodgers, R, BYU alum announced as a Young Global Leader of 2012." The Universe. March 2012.
  7. ^ Culver, Hugh. "Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  8. ^ Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Crown Business. April 2014.
  9. ^ HuffPost Live, retrieved 2015-09-03
  10. ^ Dallas Morning News, To Get the Most Out of Life Do Less, Cheryl Hall, February 10, 2015
  11. ^ Degree received in 2008. See Insights by Stanford Business, Pursue Only What is Essential, Steve Fyffe, February 10, 2014
  12. ^ The Digital Universe, Marriott School Closing Banquet, Carla Da Silva, March 28, 2013
  13. ^ Foothill College, Author Series, Oct. 20, 2011
  14. ^ Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Crown Business. April 2014.
  15. ^ Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter Harper Business, 2010.
  16. ^ Bariso, Justin. "Want to be Smarter, More Productive, and Laugh More?". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Levo, Office Hours with Greg McKeown, Interview by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  18. ^ "Greg McKeown Influencer". LinkedIn.
  19. ^ McKeown, Greg. "Why Innovating Means Eliminating Much of What We Have Just Created". Fast Company. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  20. ^ "Greg McKeown Opens Up About Al Gore Getting Personal". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  21. ^ "Press Release: Greg McKeown Tabbed As P2 ASCEND Keynote Speaker". P2 Energy Solutions. 2014-10-13.
  22. ^ July 26, 2014 NPR lessons in Essentialism
  23. ^ White, Martha (2014-06-27). "Leaning In, Burning Out, and the Humblebrag". NBC. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

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