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A graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities, Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc, a management consulting firm which advises CEOs and leadership teams across the globe.

Peter's career began by teaching leadership through wilderness and mountaineering expeditions. He then became a consultant with Hay Group and Accenture before beginning his own company.

As a consultant his expertise has been in demand from organizations such as Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, amongst many others.

Peter's writing on leadership has been widely acclaimed. His most recent publication, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, won the Axiom Business Book awards Gold medal, was named best business book of the year on NPR and both Publisher's Weekly and the New York Post named it as a top ten business book. Peter has also written Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change as well as being the co-author of five other titles.

In the media, Peter has been featured on PBS, ABC and CNN and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes and Psychology Today. He also appears on National Public Radio and CNN and is a weekly commentator on Fox Business News.

Peter sees organizations as being the launchpad for talent. His work focuses on helping managers and individuals to lead in such a way that talent comes to the fore, subsequently enabling the development and growth both of individuals, teams and companies.

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Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and in organizations.

Companies routinely spend millions of dollars on complex initiatives to improve leadership and increase teamwork. Leadership consultant and expert Peter Bregman demonstrates that there are more efficient, simpler ways to get there by offering innovative strategies, ideas and tools that empower everyone to contribute their maximum potential.

Peter’s most recent book is Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want, a New York Post top pick for your career. His previous book was the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book. He is also the author of Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and contributor to five other books. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Peter’s articles and commentary appear frequently in Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. Peter has advised CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.

Peter bases his work on the notion that everyone–no matter their job or level—has the opportunity to lead. Unfortunately, most don’t. There is a massive difference between what we know about leadership and what we do as leaders. What makes leadership hard isn’t theoretical, it’s practical. It’s not about knowing what to say or do. It’s about whether you’re willing to experience the discomfort, risk and uncertainty of saying or doing it.

In other words, the critical challenge of leadership is, mostly, the challenge of emotional courage. Since 1989, Peter has trained and coached all levels of management and individuals to recognize their leadership, exhibit leadership behaviors, model and stimulate change, and foster growth of their own emotional courage as well as that of their teams and colleagues.

Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?

BREGMAN: How the gap between getting what we want - and just wanting it - is usually surprisingly small. A few small changes in our behavior - in what we do and say - can make a huge difference in how productive we are and how effectively we move our organizations forward.

SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How to you prepare for your speaking engagements?

BREGMAN: I always meditate - every day - and that is a huge help to being present for a presentation. I always look over my notes about the organization and people who will be there and I try to get in their heads. What are they thinking about? What moves them What keeps them up at night? What little hacks can I offer them that is exceedingly practical, highly implementable, and will make a huge difference to the outcomes they want to produce.

SPEAKING.COM: Who are some of your favorite audiences?

BREGMAN: I love sales people. They are just about the most positive people on the planet! I also like HR because I think their work is so undervalued. And senior level audiences because I can suggest a couple of compelling ideas and watch the immediate impact it has on their organizations.

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to become a speaker?

BREGMAN: I have ideas that I want to spread. I see the way we operate in the world - myself included - and I think we can do better. It excites me that I can connect with audiences in a way that motivates some kind of shift in their behavior so they get more out of life and their organizations perform more powerfully.

SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you've helped clients make?

BREGMAN: I’ve literally seen stock prices go up - I know that might sound like a tall story - but it’s true. If the right people are in the room, and they catch on to an idea, and they have the rank or personal power in the organization to spread it - it will impact bottom line results.

SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories and or humor factor into your keynote speech content?

BREGMAN: Almost everything I write about and speak about is related to my personal experiences - failures (many of them) and successes. My personal stories - along with a healthy dose of research - factor in a lot.

SPEAKING.COM: What other projects are you working on currently?

BREGMAN: I run a Leadership Intensive program which is about deep leadership impact - it’s four days and it has a powerful impact and I love it. It’s about emotional courage - the willingness to take risky actions in the service of high aspirations.


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Peter Bregman TEDx Speech


"Pretty deliverables, centralized control, answers for everything… these are all pretty good indicators that things are going to crash," says Peter Bregman.

Drawing on his own experience, Peter explains how becoming too focused on organization, rather than talent, is a recipe for disaster.

TEDxMillRiver - Peter Bregman


18 Mintues by Peter Bregman


Peter Bregman Interview



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Peter explains why however hard people work, if they are not focusing on the right areas they will not reap the benefits they deserve. Peter explains how trying to “fix" people and get them to fit in is actually counter-productive; supposed weaknesses can become strengths and leaders have to allow employees to follow their passions.

Peter offers a very engaging and practical perspective on what can be done by leaders to develop good relationships within organizations. He demonstrates how, without major organizational change, leaders can make conscious decisions to reach out to other members of their organization and transform conflict into collaboration.

One of the great problems in implementing change is that most people within the workplace think that at best change is something that must be suffered to achieve a goal. Peter demonstrates that change can really be an opportunity to deepen engagement; involving all workers and making them feel personally responsible for organizational success.

Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-productive Habits and Get the Results You Want

Drawing from his most recent book, Bregman points out the funny places where our intuitive—but counterproductive—knee-jerk reactions get us in trouble, and shows audiences how to replace them with counter-intuitive, but productive, ones.

Bregman shows how a few individual changes can transform an entire organization—moving it from a silo mentality to collective leadership. In this session, he offers practical ideas, tools and tips to help people work together in a way that benefits them and their entire organization. Bregman will show audiences:

  • How to build a foundation of strength that inoculates them from getting triggered by what others do and say.
  • How and why we often they say the wrong things, and what to do and say instead to build relationships and get the most important things done together.
  • A three-step process for transforming poor habits into productive ones.
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

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

    In this engaging, story-based talk, Bregman offers ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks and gentle nudges to help leaders bring focus to their people and their organization. Bregman will show audiences:

  • An 18-minute plan to manage their day and empower them to get 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.
  • How to build a plan that places people at the intersection of their strengths, weaknesses, differences and passions to maximize their success and impact on the organization.
  • Leading with Emotional Courage

    Emotional courage distinguishes powerful leaders from weak ones. It means standing apart from others without separating yourself from them. It means speaking up when others are silent and remaining steadfast, grounded and measured in the face of uncertainty. It means responding productively to political opposition—maybe even bad-faith backstabbing—without getting sidetracked, distracted or losing your focus.

    In this engaging and interactive talk, Bregman not only shares real-life stories of emotional courage in action, he gives audiences a taste of it by showing them:

  • What emotional courage looks like and why it is so important.
  • What it feels like—experientially—to have emotional courage through fun and effective exercises.
  • How to grow emotional courage that will help them take bolder moves in their work, their lives and the world.
  • Managing Change without Resistance

    Bregman has successfully designed and executed major change efforts that involve thousands of people at some of the world’s most prestigious companies. The key insight he shares with his audience: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” Bregman shows audiences how most change is executed poorly and why most change management is counterproductive, creating stress in the leaders and resistance in everyone else.

    In this speech, Bregman teaches the audience how to shift their thinking and implement some simple strategies that can completely transform the way managers and leaders lead. Change instantaneously becomes an opportunity to deepen engagement and ownership, and to create a workplace where everyone feels responsible for the success of the organization. In this lively, participative speech, Bregman presents a case study of a successful change that involved 2,000 people in a global financial services firm. He shares with the audience:

  • 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 to engage the workforce during change and shift the responsibility from leaders to the people who must take the daily actions to make the change successful.




  • Exclusive Interview with Peter Bregman

    The higher you are in the organization, the more you need to operate from the perspective of the whole.
    In this interview, Peter discusses:

  • Some of the main opportunities for leading effective teams.
  • How people can embrace time management principles.
  • Tips on getting more of the right things done.

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    Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want
    In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows that the answer is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—to replace bad habits and reactions with more productive behaviors. In his trademark style of blending personal anecdotes with practical advice, Bregman reveals some of our most common counter-productive tendencies and describes counter-intuitive strategies for acting more intentionally, including:

  • Why setting goals can actually harm your performance
  • How to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower
  • Why listening—not arguing—is the best strategy for changing someone's mind
  • How taking responsibility for someone else's failure can actually help you succeed
  • Drawn from Bregman's hugely popular Harvard Business Review blog, this engaging and wise book provides simple solutions to create the results you want without the stress.



    18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
    Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns (which is one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.

    Bregman works from the premise that the best way to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one′s own. Based upon a series of short bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone calls, and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing our time on those things that are truly important to us.

    Mixing first-person insights along with unique case studies, Bregman sprinkles his charming book with pathways which help guide us -- pathways that can get us on the right trail in 18 minutes or less.
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    Point B: A Short Guide To Leading a Big Change
    Seventy percent of all corporate change efforts fail because people resist the change. But there is another way. A way that will enable your change to succeed. That way is captured in this book. This is a guidebook - it reveals the mindset, strategies, and steps to help you lead people from point A to point B.

    "Much has been written about managing change, most of it theoretical. What makes this book different is that Peter Bregman is in the trenches. His real life experiences and simple step-by-step guidance make this the most valuable book you′ll ever read as you lead people to point B." - Doug Stern, President and CEO, United Media

    "If you are responsible for moving people from point A to point B, then read this book! You could probably do it without reading this book, but why wouldn′t you want to get it right the first time?" - Philip Weisberg, CEO, FXall

    "Point B has given me a simple, useable approach to leading people through change. It′s all here in one place. Everything you need to know to execute your strategy by leveraging the skills, wisdom, capability, and energy of the people in your company." - Barbara Kurka, Senior Vice President, Katz Media Group "If you need to motivate change in others, then you need to read this book. Peter Bregman is a creative thinker, an engaging storyteller and an insightful advisor. Whether you are leading a 100,000 person organization or a small team, following the principles he outlines will give you the confidence and the skills you need to move people from point A to point B." - Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global leadership development and change management firm. He has advised leaders in many of the world′s premier organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Peter graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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    Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-productive Habits and Get the Results You Want

    Drawing from his most recent book, Bregman points out the funny places where our intuitive—but counterproductive—knee-jerk reactions get us in trouble, and shows audiences how to replace them with counter-intuitive, but productive, ones.

    Bregman shows how a few individual changes can transform an entire organization—moving it from a silo mentality to collective leadership. In this session, he offers practical ideas, tools and tips to help people work together in a way that benefits them and their entire organization. Bregman will show audiences:

  • How to build a foundation of strength that inoculates them from getting triggered by what others do and say.
  • How and why we often they say the wrong things, and what to do and say instead to build relationships and get the most important things done together.
  • A three-step process for transforming poor habits into productive ones.
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

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

    In this engaging, story-based talk, Bregman offers ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks and gentle nudges to help leaders bring focus to their people and their organization. Bregman will show audiences:

  • An 18-minute plan to manage their day and empower them to get 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.
  • How to build a plan that places people at the intersection of their strengths, weaknesses, differences and passions to maximize their success and impact on the organization.
  • Leading with Emotional Courage

    Emotional courage distinguishes powerful leaders from weak ones. It means standing apart from others without separating yourself from them. It means speaking up when others are silent and remaining steadfast, grounded and measured in the face of uncertainty. It means responding productively to political opposition—maybe even bad-faith backstabbing—without getting sidetracked, distracted or losing your focus.

    In this engaging and interactive talk, Bregman not only shares real-life stories of emotional courage in action, he gives audiences a taste of it by showing them:

  • What emotional courage looks like and why it is so important.
  • What it feels like—experientially—to have emotional courage through fun and effective exercises.
  • How to grow emotional courage that will help them take bolder moves in their work, their lives and the world.
  • Managing Change without Resistance

    Bregman has successfully designed and executed major change efforts that involve thousands of people at some of the world’s most prestigious companies. The key insight he shares with his audience: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” Bregman shows audiences how most change is executed poorly and why most change management is counterproductive, creating stress in the leaders and resistance in everyone else.

    In this speech, Bregman teaches the audience how to shift their thinking and implement some simple strategies that can completely transform the way managers and leaders lead. Change instantaneously becomes an opportunity to deepen engagement and ownership, and to create a workplace where everyone feels responsible for the success of the organization. In this lively, participative speech, Bregman presents a case study of a successful change that involved 2,000 people in a global financial services firm. He shares with the audience:

  • 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 to engage the workforce during change and shift the responsibility from leaders to the people who must take the daily actions to make the change successful.


  • Peter Bregman TEDx Speech


    "Pretty deliverables, centralized control, answers for everything… these are all pretty good indicators that things are going to crash," says Peter Bregman.

    Drawing on his own experience, Peter explains how becoming too focused on organization, rather than talent, is a recipe for disaster.

    TEDxMillRiver - Peter Bregman


    18 Mintues by Peter Bregman


    Peter Bregman Interview



    Leading and Building Effective Teams with Peter Bregman

    By Peter Bregman

    Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and in organizations through leadership programs, coaching, and as a consultant to CEOs and their leadership teams. He is the author, most recently, of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results ... more

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