Peter Bregman Profile

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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    Bestselling author and Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker Peter Bregmanunlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders in his most recent book Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked – and essential – skill of leading at the highest levels: emotional courage. It shows us that truly great leaders don’t just know what to say or do – they are willing to experience the discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of actually saying or doing it. Bregman guides audiences to become great leaders, no matter their role or level in the hierarchy. Leaders who have the power to align teams, inspire action, and achieve stellar results.

    A world’s Top 30 Time Management Professional for 2018, Bregman is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done; Point B: >A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change, and 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 in 2015. Consistently the most-read blogger at Harvard Business Review, Peter’s articles and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, CNN, NPR, FOX Business News, The Financial Times and PBS.

    People who hear Peter speak often make simple changes that have an immediate and enormous impact on themselves and on their organizations. From helping people show up with Emotional Courage to a new, innovative path to productivity in 18 minutes a day, to teaching people strategies for leading change without resistance, Peter does not just tell people how to improve leadership, teamwork, communication and productivity, he shows them how to do it.

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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.

Leading with Emotional Courage

Based on his most recent book Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, bestselling author Peter Bregman unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders - no matter their role or level in the hierarchy - and pinpoints the missing ingredient that makes all the difference: emotional courage.

Emotional courage distinguishes powerful leaders from weak ones. 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, Peter shows audiences:

● Why emotional courage is important, and examples of its power

● Why the best leaders have confidence in themselves, the ability to connect with others, and commitment to a purpose - and how emotional courage is the key to unlocking all of those factors

● What it feels like—experientially through fun and effective exercises—to have emotional courage

● How to use emotional courage to initiate hard conversations, create accountability, and inspire focused action on your most important work.

This speech is a guide for becoming a great leader. A leader who has the power to speak with courage to align teams, inspire action, and achieve stellar results.

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 bestselling 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.

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 will show audiences:

● An 18-minute plan to manage their day—empowering 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, maximizing their success and impact on the organization

Managing Change without Resistance

Seventy percent of all major change efforts fail, mostly because of rampant fear, anxiety and resistance. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Far from inevitable, resistance is a direct result of how we manage change.

Peter Bregman has successfully designed and executed major change efforts, involving thousands of people, at some of the world’s most prestigious companies of all sizes.

Peter’s experience proves that resistance is optional, an unintended consequence of the way most leaders try to execute change. His key insight: “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”

In this speech, Peter teaches a simple mind shift, and a few basic, easily implementable strategies that can completely transform how managers and leaders lead—and how the whole organization perceives—change.

He 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

Peter Bregman on Speaking

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?

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. Exclusive Interview with Peter Bregman
Leading and Building Effective Teams with Peter Bregman
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    Books by Peter Bregman:

    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, 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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