Morten T. Hansen
Bestselling Author, Great at Work
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Morten T. Hansen is a renowned leadership expert. Thinkers50 has ranked him as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. His Wall Street Journal Business bestseller Great at Work is based on an exhaustive study of 5,000 employees, showing how top performers work smarter 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.

Speech Topics

  • Great at Work

    Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his “Seven Work Smarter Practices” that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their own or their team’s time and performance. Hansen codifies the most actionable insights from his research to show how we can work smarter for maximum performance.

  • Disciplined Collaboration

    Morten Hansen takes aim at what many leaders inherently know: in today’s competitive environment, companywide collaboration is an imperative for successful strategy execution, yet the sought-after synergies are rarely, if ever, realized. In fact, most cross-unit collaborative efforts end up wasting time, money, and resources. How can managers avoid the costly traps of collaboration and instead start getting the results they need? In this inspiring talk, Hansen shows how managers can get collaboration right applying the concepts of disciplined collaboration.

  • Great by Choice

    Businesses today face unprecedented disruptions and uncertainty. As a result, leaders need to navigate an environment full of change, where small mistakes can have massive consequences. What leadership skills are required in such an environment? Hansen will unpack concepts from his New York Times bestseller Great by Choice — a book based on empirical research of leadership and team skills in highly uncertain and disruptive industries, such as software, semiconductors, biotech and others.

  • Inspirational Leadership

    How do you motivate people to follow your course of action, including those you don’t have formal authority over? The answer is that you need to inspire them to act. But how? One obvious answer is to be charismatic—that people are inspired by you because of your personal magnetism. Ok, but what about all of us who are not born charismatic? Well, there are other tactics you can deploy to evoke positive (and negative) emotions in people so that they will support your work. Morten Hansen will uncover these tactics and look at how you can inspire people across your organization.

Official Site
Book: Great at Work
Book: Great by Choice
Book: Collaboration
Article: The Hardest Workers Don't Do the Best Work
Article: Five Questions With 'Great At Work' Author Morten Hansen
Article: How to Improve Performance at Work
UC Berkeley: Morten Hansen
Video: Collaborating for Results
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