Morten T. Hansen is a renowned leadership expert. Thinkers50 has ranked him as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. His forthcoming book Great at Work based on an exhaustive study of 5,000 employees shows how top performers work less and achieve more. Hansen is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice (with Jim Collins) on how businesses can thrive in uncertainty and author of the acclaimed book Collaboration describing how managers can overcome silos in a company and create real value from working across the organization. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School and INSEAD (France), he is now a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Morten Hansen was also a senior manager at the Boston Consulting Group where he advised corporate clients worldwide.
Hansen’s award-winning research on leadership, collaboration, innovation and corporate greatness has been published in top leading academic journals. He has written several bestselling Harvard Business Review articles and his work has been covered by Business Week, Fortune, New York Times, The Economist, among others. A highly ranked speaker, he has given keynotes to and advised many Fortune 100 companies, including Intel, Apple, American Express, AT&T, Walmart, Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, among others.
A native of Norway and a former silver medalist in the Norwegian junior track and field championship, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys running, hiking, good food, and traveling.
"Hansen (co-author of Great by Choice) here provides businesspeople a refreshingly data-based, clearheaded guide to achieving better work performance.- Publisher's Weekly
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."