Author Archives: Greg McKeown

World Economic Forum and Young Global Leaders

I am blown away. On March 6th 2012 the World Economic Forum announced that I would be named one of their Young Global Leaders. The YGLs selected by a committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and [...]


Greg McKeown Named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum

On March 6th 2012 Greg McKeown was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.  Drawn from a pool of several thousand candidates, the 2012 Young Global Leaders were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. [...]

You’ll Never Be the Same Again

It was the first week of orientation for my graduate degree at Stanford. There are 60 of us in a room for a team building exercise called “Star Power.” The game was this: three groups of 20 (top, middle and [...]


Positive Tickets

Think of the last time you were pulled over by the police. Did you wonder to yourself: “Is this going to be a positive ticket or a negative one?” Not likely. Because wherever you are in the world we know [...]


If You Do Fewer Things, You Can Go Higher

When Steve Jobs returned to an almost bankrupt Apple, he could have tried to maximize profits by squeezing every cent out of each of the existing product lines. Instead, he went from hundreds of products down to 10. It was [...]


A New Gandhi in India

I was recently in Bangalore amidst one of the most extraordinary demonstrations of leadership I have ever seen or studied. Without hyperbole, I believe we may be seeing a new Gandhi rise in India. The leader is Anna Hazare.  He [...]

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The Last Monarchy: The Inevitable Fall of Hierarchy and the Birth of the Intelligent Organization

How smart is your team? Have you ever been on a team where the individuals were intelligent but the team was unintelligent? While each team member could solve problems and learn quickly, did the team struggle in adapting to new [...]

Director Magazine, “Think Smart.”

This UK publication outlines some practical suggestions for creating a platform for people to do the best work of their careers.

Multipliers Becomes Wall Street Journal Bestseller

We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, [...]

Harvard Business Review article, “Bringing the Best Out of Your People.”

Some leaders drain all the intelligence and capability out of their teams. Because they need to be the most capable person in the room, these managers shut down the smarts of others, ultimately stifling the flow of ideas. At the [...]