David Allen Profile

For over thirty years David Allen has been researching the optimal strategies for personal and organizational productivity and passing on his expertise to some of the world’s most important professionals and organizations. CEO of his own eponymous company, Forbes has recognized him as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and Leadership Magazine ranks him as one of their “Top 100 Thought Leaders.”

David Allen has written three books: Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity (described by TIME magazine as “the defining self-help business book of its time”), which is available in 28 languages, Ready for Anything and Making it all Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.

David Allen’s unrivaled insight into time and stress management, management methodology and attaining executive peak performance led to Fast Company describing him as “One of the world’s most influential thinkers.”

David also has a wildly popular podcast named GTD. These podcasts will support you at every stage of your GTD practice. You will hear interviews with people from all walks of life about their journey with GTD, from beginners to those who have been at it for years. You will find ways to introduce GTD to a friend, family members, even kids and teens. The podcasts includes episodes on everything from making changes stick, to overcoming procrastination, and ways to optimize your GTD system.

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    Leading Thinker on Productivity

    David Allen is an author, consultant, international lecturer, founder and CEO of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world′s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world′s highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes′ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States. He was also named one of the “Top 100 thought leaders” by Leadership Magazine.

    Fast Company hailed David Allen “One of the world′s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his ground-breaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

    Time magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as “the defining self-help business book of it’s time.” David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Ready For Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it′s publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages. In 2015, he released a new edition of the book, with new insights, updates, and discoveries about the world of Getting Things Done and it’s many personal and professional applications.

    Today, David Allen is considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. The David Allen Company oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world.

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David Allen brings his expertise in the field of productivity to a series of keynotes which will set you thinking in a whole new way about how you manage your time, your workflow and your employees.

The key to David Allen’s philosophy is not to work harder but to work smarter; he gives speeches on such subjects as The Key to Relaxed Control and The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Using his unparalleled breadth of research and experience in coaching some of the world’s top executives and corporations, he will show you how you can smooth out your productivity flow, increasing your efficiency and reducing your stress at one and the same time. When you leave one of David Allen’s speeches, you will be ready to, in the words of one of his topics, Get Things off Your Mind and Get Them Done instead.

Speaking engagements are an excellent way for your group to experience the GTD methodology in a very condensed format.

Sample speech topics include:

    • Keys to Mastering Workflow
    • Managing Commitments - the Key to Relaxed Control
    • Creating Order Out of Chaos - Staying Afloat in a World of Too Much to Do
    • Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    • Getting Projects Off Your Mind and Moving - Why Natural Planning is Not Normal
    • Mastering the Art of Work
    • What′s On Your Mind? How to Stop Unproductive Thinking and Get Things Done
    • Making Change Stick - the Two Magic Ingredients
    • Getting Things Off Your Mind and Getting Them Done - The Zen of Inbox Maintenance
    • Leveraging Focus and Vision - Harnessing the Power of Imagery in Life and Work
    • Ready For Anything
    • The Art of Making It All Work

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“I am a devout, card-carrying GTD true believer. I got hooked 15 years ago… and the entire approach has boosted not only my productivity but also my wider well-being. But what amazes me just as much is how deeply GTD has taken hold around the world. Unlike the short-term, confected virality we often see in the digital age, this is a genuine movement… one that has already improved lives and will continue to improve many more.”
—Daniel Pink, Author

“The GTD system has opened up doors in my life, both personal and professional, that I did not know were possible. It has shaped my way of living and continues to help me be as innovative and creative as possible. Most importantly, it helps me be strategic and efficient so I have more time to do the things I enjoy—like spending time with my family and coaching/sport development with volleyball, baseball, and snowboarding.”
—Jeff Boliba, Burton Snowboards

“Getting Things Done offers help building the new mental skills needed in an age of multitasking and overload.”
—Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal

“GTD allows me to be present and to show up fully in the moment.”
—Louis Kim, Hewlett Packard (HP)

General Electric
Jet Propulsion Labs
Lockheed Martin
Los Alamos National Labs

Consumer Goods
General Mills
, Inc.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
L.L. Bean
M&M Mars
Pitney Bowes
Ralston Purina
The Coca Cola Company

Consulting/Business Services
Arthur D. Little
Deloitte Touche
McKinsey & Company

Babson College
Emory University
Georgia Tech College of Management
Georgetown University
Harvard University
Mt. Holyoke College
Stanford University
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts
University of Texas
USC Marshall School of Business

Financial Services
American Express
Bank of NY Mellon
Edward Jones Company
Fidelity Investments

First Union National Bank
World Bank

Baystate Health Systems

Blue Cross
/Blue Shield

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Massachusetts General Hospital
UK National Health Service
WellPoint Health Systems

Canadian National Railway
Herman Miller
John Deere
Mead Westvaco
Phillips Petroleum

Department of Interior
Department of Veteran Affairs
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Reserve Bank
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Social Security Administrations
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. National Guard Bureau

U.S. Navy
U.S. Marines

Information Technology
Hewlett Packard
Lotus Development

Microsoft Corporation

Sun Microsystems

American Automobile Association (AAA)
Integrated Insurance
John Hancock
Met Life
New York Life Insurance Company

British Telecom
Houghton Mifflin
Knight Ridder

Pitney Bowes
Turner Broadcasting
Washington Times

American Red Cross
Boston Museum of Science
The East-West Institute


Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
L.L. Bean
Meijer Grocery
Panda Restaurants
The Container Store

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Books by David Allen:

Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
The long-awaited follow-up to The New York Times bestseller Getting Things Done.

David Allen’s Getting Things Done hit a nerve and ignited a movement with businesses, students, soccer moms, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia. Now, David Allen leads the world on a new path to achieve focus, control, and perspective. Throw out everything you know about productivity—Making It All Work will make life and work a game you can win. For those who have already experienced the clarity of mind from reading Getting Things Done, Making It All Work will take the process to the next level.

David Allen shows us how to excel in dealing with our daily commitments, the unexpected, and the information overload that threatens to drown us. Making It All Work provides an instantly usable, success-building tool kit for staying ahead of the game.

Making It All Work addresses:

    • how to figure out where you are in life and what you need
    • how to be your own consultant and a CEO of your life
    • moving from hope to trust in decision-making; when not to set goals
    • harnessing intuition, spontaneity, and serendipity
    • and why life is like business and business is like life.

This eagerly awaited follow-up to Getting Things Done is guaranteed to find an audience in today’s competitive business environment and among David Allen’s many fans.

Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done
In his bestselling first book, Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen presented his breakthrough methods to increase efficiency. Now “the personal productivity guru” (Fast Company) shows readers how to increase their ability to work better, not harder—every day. Based on Allen’s highly popular e-newsletter, Ready for Anything offers readers 52 ways to immediately clear your head for creativity, focus your attention, create structures that work, and take action to get things moving.

With wit, inspiration, and know-how, Allen shows readers how to make things happen—with less effort and stress, and lots more energy, creativity, and effectiveness. Ready for Anything is the perfect book for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. In 2015, David released an updated edition of the original “manual” for GTD, with detailed overviews, examples and coaching advice to get your system up and running. This revised 2015 edition also contains new material on the rise of digital technology in our always-on world, and recent cognitive science research that validates the GTD methodology.

    • Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty
    • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
    • Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
    • Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
    • Feel fine about what you’re not doing

From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

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