- Author of the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller Great at Work - a practical guide to individual performance. Drawing on an exhaustive study of 5,000 managers and employees, it shows how top performers work smarter and achieve more.
- Co-Author of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice with Jim Collins, that provides data-driven, groundbreaking insight into how businesses can thrive in uncertainty
- Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world
- Management professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and formerly at INSEAD and Harvard Business School
- His award-winning research on leadership, collaboration, innovation and corporate greatness has been published in leading academic journals, with several best-selling articles in Harvard Business Review
Author, "Great at Work" & Co-Author, "Great By Choice"
Morten T. Hansen is a renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, ranked as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50.
Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), he is now a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Hansen’s award-winning research on leadership, collaboration, innovation, and corporate greatness has been published in several leading academic journals.
Hansen’s most recent book, "Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Smarter, and Achieve More," is based on an exhaustive study of 5,000 managers and employees. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller "Great by Choice" (with Jim Collins), which provides data-driven, groundbreaking insight into how businesses can thrive in uncertainty. His acclaimed book "Collaboration" describes how managers can overcome silos in a company and create real value from working across the organization.
Hansen has written several bestselling Harvard Business Review articles and his work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, New York Times, and The Economist, among others. A veteran speaker, Hansen has advised and given keynotes to many Fortune 100 companies, including Intel, Apple, American Express, AT&T, Walmart, Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, and Cisco, among others.
Hansen has a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He was also a senior manager at the Boston Consulting Group where he advised corporate clients worldwide.
A native of Norway and a former silver medalist in the Norwegian junior track and field championship, Hansen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys running, hiking, good food, and traveling.
Morten's remarks were right on point and matched very well with our corporation’s new strategic plan. The talk received rave reviews!
Massachusetts Credit Union
Hansen (co-author of Great by Choice) here provides business people a refreshingly data-based, clearheaded guide to achieving better work performance. According to him, neither innate talent nor work ethic can fully explain the difference between workplace superstars and their colleagues. He recounts launching, in 2011, a study on individual performance that focused on differences in people’s working methods. The study, considered alongside analysis of existing academic studies and a pilot survey, was used as the basis for a targeted survey of 5,000 managers and employees. The result is a framework of seven “work smart” practices linked to high performance, some unexpected. Top performers perform fewer tasks, but with a greater concentration of effort, and they collaborate less and target their efforts more carefully. Hansen presents a series of “smart practices” along with concrete advice and direction for integration into the reader’s own work. Interestingly, following these practices had a notable effect for survey respondents not just on work output, but on work-life balance and quality of life; practitioners were more satisfied with their work and more attentive at home. Illustrated with easy-to-follow anecdotes, this encouraging guide assures readers that superior performance is within reach, and provides a road map for getting there.
It was excellent! Everyone loved him.
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