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David Burkus

David Burkus

Burkus is one of the foremost minds shaping the future of business. He shares stories and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can do their best work.

Travels from: Oklahoma

Fee Range: $ $20,000 - $30,000

Virtual Fee Range: $ $10,000 - $15,000

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One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are helping leaders and teams do their best work ever.

He is the best-selling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street JournalHarvard Business ReviewUSATodayFast Company, the Financial TimesBloomberg BusinessWeekCNN, the BBCNPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.

A former business school professor, Burkus holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University.

David Burkus's Programs

Leading From Anywhere: How To Build High Performing Remote and Hybrid Teams

It’s undeniable that we’re entering a new era of remote work. While many leaders seek to run business as usual, why settle for the usual when remote teams allow us to work even better? The research shows that employees are more productive and engaged when they have the freedom to work from anywhere.

This means leaders need the skills to lead from anywhere.

In this meticulously researched, refreshingly practical talk, top business thought leader David Burkus provides managers with a complete guide to leading remotely, packed with everyday examples and illuminating insights. Burkus tackles the key inflection points and challenges that remote managers face from taking the team remote and adding new members to communicating effectively and quickly, managing performance, keeping the team engaged, and even helping them strike the right balance between work and life. This talk provides everything you’ll need to survive and thrive as the leader of a remote team—which is something all leaders will need to consider themselves from now on.

Previously Customized For:
Human Resource Professionals • Entertainment Executives • Entrepreneurs • Association Executives • Marketers • Organizational Development Professionals • Small Business Owners • Software Developers • Finance Professionals • Advertisers • Manufacturers

Best Team Ever: The Surprising Science Of High-Performing Teams

Why are some teams more motivated, more innovative, and more successful than others? Why do some groups of talented and seemingly compatible people fall short against lesser teams with less suitable members? And why are we still so surprised about which team members excel, and which ones fail?

We know that high-performing teams deliver higher-value results more consistently. But how do you build that high-performing team? More often than not, great teams don’t become great because they recruit top talent or pay top dollar. Instead, building the best team ever is about shaping the habits and culture that bring out the best in each team member.

In this persuasive and provocative keynote, David Burkus argues that talent doesn’t make the team. The team makes the talent. Drawing on decades of research and diverse case studies, Burkus reveals what some of the most effective teams in the world do differently and how you can start doing the same on your team. Audience members will leave with a clear and concise understanding of how the culture of their team affects its performance and a simple and practical blueprint for how to build the best team ever.

Previously Customized For:
Investment Advisors • Human Resource Professionals • Small Business Owners • Interior Designers • Investment Advisors • Pharmaceutical Managers • Entrepreneurs • Association Executives • Healthcare Executives • Agriculture Managers • Organizational Development Professionals • Military Leaders • Software Developers • Manufacturers • Customer Service Managers • Warehouse Executives • Event Planners

Innovation Is A Team Sport

Why do so many innovation efforts fail? Why do our best attempts at creative problem solving never seem to reach their full potential?

The cause of both frustrations, it turns out, are actually the same. In this keynote, Burkus targets a common misconception about creativity and innovation efforts: that it has to do with changing how individuals think. Instead, research reveals that “lone creators” are historically rare, and for most innovations, creativity is a team sport. By combining insights from social science research and practical takeaways from the most innovative companies and teams, Burkus outlines a prescription for any team or organization to work more creatively together, without silos, politics, or frustration. Burkus’ insights are practical, applicable, and tailored to the audience’s situation.

Previously Customized For:
Marketers • Educators • Human Resource Professionals • Small Business Owners • Interior Designers • Association Executives • Organizational Development Professionals • Chemists • Military Leaders • Software Developers • Manufacturers • Warehouse Executives • Contractors

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What Others Are Saying

“Besides being a professional in this domain, David is a great partner to work with. He listens to our needs, working in collaboration, responsive and always looking for a way to bring value. The materials and session that David delivered were engaging, fun and meaningful. He is able to create connection with the learners even in remote sessions, which we all know is a big challenge.”


“David received very high ratings for providing useful and valuable information for attendees. Also his approach was well received and he was very engaging. He clearly had done his homework about the work the participants are involved in, and that allowed folks to make those direct connections to their own work.”

-The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

David Burkus's Books