Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman

Speaker: Peter Bregman

Author, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done and Leadership Columnist, Harvard Business Review


  • Leading and Building Effective Teams: Why Communication, Collaboration and Culture Matter
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
  • Point B: Change Without Resistance

Companies routinely spend millions of dollars on complex initiatives to improve leadership, increase teamwork and empower everyone to contribute their maximum potential. Leadership consultant and expert Peter Bregman demonstrates that there are easier, more efficient, simpler ways to get there, starting with each one of us.

We often resist change, both as individuals and as organizations, but it inevitably ends up being easier than we expect—and we are usually far better off because of it. As an advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams and as the author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, Peter Bregman connects with audiences through everyday stories that are refreshingly honest and offers lessons that are clear, actionable and memorable. People who hear Peter speak often make simple changes that have an immediate and enormous impact on themselves personally and on their organizations. Organizational problems are often a series of personal problems and bad habits intersecting with each other. Peter helps organizations by helping individuals in very personal, constructive ways. From showing people a new, innovative path to productivity in 18 minutes a day, to helping people get out of their own – and other people’s – way, to teaching people strategies for leading change without resistance,

Bregman doesn’t just tell people how to improve teamwork, communication and productivity; he shows them how to do it.

Consistently the most-read blogger at Harvard Business Review, Peter’s articles and commentary appear frequently in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, The Financial Times and PBS.

Leading and Building Effective Teams: Why Communication, Collaboration and Culture Matter

Good relationships are the key to happiness, success, and productivity at the office. But it’s hard to develop and maintain strong ties with people – friends and colleagues alike. Little things get in the way. Someone acts politically. Or says something that offends us. Or we, unwittingly, say something that offends someone else.

These days, more than ever, a unified organization that transcends silos is a distinct competitive advantage. People who think beyond their own team or department or individual set of goals are positioned to become the most valued leaders. Reaching out and working well with others is perhaps the most important skill in today’s complex work environments.

The key to collaboration doesn’t require a complicated restructuring or company-wide transformation. All it requires is that each person makes conscious, strategic choices about how to engage with others. Peter demonstrates how the right set up, the right reminders, and the right debriefs – taking just a few minutes a day – can transform conflict into collaboration and animosity into admiration.

In this lively, practical, conversational presentation, Peter Bregman shares the most common mistakes people make with each other and offers ways to replace the downward spiral of negativity that can quickly destroys companies into an upward spiral of positive, productive collaboration that catapults organizations to success.

In this engaging talk, Peter will show audiences:

  • How to handle surprise criticism, why arguing is pointless, and the secret to ensuring follow-through
  • How to handle a power struggle, what the academy awards teach us about teamwork, and the key to breaking out of silos

How to avoid, and quickly recover from, misunderstandings

  • Easy to apply tactics for creating and sustaining powerful relationships and a collaborative organization

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

We squander a tremendous amount of our potential – and organizations waste a tremendous amount of their people’s potential – by focusing on the wrong things or not following through on real priorities. It’s not that people don’t try hard enough, it’s that their efforts don’t reap the benefits they could.

Drawing from his book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, Peter sets out the new, simple rules for leading in a way that brings focus to an organization and makes the best use of everyone’s talents.

Organizations succeed when people use every part of who they are to take care of their top priorities in the most efficient way possible. In this counter-intuitive speech, Peter shows us how getting people to fit in or fix their weaknesses works against us. Instead, he tells leaders to help people embrace their weaknesses, assert their differences, leverage their strengths, and pursue their passions.

And then focus those talents – hour by hour – on the right things, avoiding the inevitable distractions that otherwise subvert our efforts. Because how people spend their time is the key strategic decision they make. Follow-through always appears easy but it never is. When people call, emails arrive, and meetings get scheduled – sometimes without us even knowing – we get distracted.

In this engaging, story-based, and very practical talk, Peter offers ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks, and gentle nudges to help leaders bring focus to their people and their organization.

Peter shows audiences:

  • How to build a plan that places people at the intersection of their strengths, weaknesses, difference, and passions, maximizing their success and impact on the organization.
  • An 18-minute plan for managing their day and how it will enable them to get all the right things done.
  • How to get traction, stick to their focus, ignore non-priorities, avoid the allure of unproductive busyness and master their boundaries so they can resist distractions.

Point B: Change Without Resistance

Seventy percent of all major change efforts fail, mostly because of rampant fear, anxiety and resistance.  Do you think of resistance as an inevitable byproduct of change? Peter Bregman, author of Point B: A Short Guide To Leading A Big Change, argues that resistance is optional, an unintended consequence of the way most leaders try to execute change.

Peter’s key insight: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” Peter shows us how and why most change is executed poorly and most change management is counter-productive – creating stress in the leaders and resistance in everyone else.  Done well, change isn’t something to suffer through on the way to something better (or maybe just different). Change is really an opportunity to deepen engagement and ownership. To create a workplace where everyone feels responsible for the success of the entire organization.

In this lively talk, Peter begins with the obvious fact that people don’t resist their own ideas. So to make a change happen, the wider workforce needs to have some control. The question for leaders is, how to share control without losing control?

Illustrating his talk with a case study of a successful change involving 2000 people globally in a large financial services firm, Peter shares:

  • Three Change Rules that must underlie any organization change effort
  • How to use the “Engagement Continuum” to diagnose and describe their own change initiatives
  • Seven strategies for engaging the workforce during a time of change that shift the responsibility of change from leaders to the people who must take the daily actions to make the change successful.



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