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David Burkus

Bestselling Author & Innovative Management Expert
Country: USA

Our keynote speaker David Burkus is a thought leader, best-selling author and award-winning podcaster. In 2015, Dr. David was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers, as well as being named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire” by NerdScholar. 

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Dr. David Burkus has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies where he used his extensive knowledge of research on management practices in order to guide his clients. His previous clients include Google, Microsoft, Stryker, Viacom, and Novo Nordisk. Dr. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Inc magazine, and his work has been featured in the Financial Times and CBS This Morning. 

Throughout his career, Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counter-productive. These misguided practices include the practice of keeping our pay secret, a topic which Burkus has given a TEDx talk on:

Dr. David Burkus is a best-selling author and a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review. When he is not speaking, he works as an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. He is a highly regarded and increasingly influential business school professor who challenges many of the long-established principles of business management. 

David’s book “Under New Management” shares more of these research-backed insights on which business management principles work and which don’t. 

    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    Friend of a Friend: Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life

    What if the advice we’ve all heard about networking and developing relationships was wrong?

    • In this new and startling look at the art and science of networking, Burkus challenges many of our commonly shared beliefs about networking. Drawing on more than five decades of social science research into how networks work, Burkus has found that what the best networkers do looks a lot less like collecting business cards and making random introductions and a lot more like fostering authentic connections and seeking out diverse new voices. And he reveals how anyone can do the same. Audience members will leave with practical and proven strategies to grow their network and to make their current network work much harder for their success.


    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    Under New Management

    What’s the best way to build and lead teams? Do the best companies really put their employees’ welfare first, and their clients second? Do performance reviews actually improve performance?

    • Burkus challenges many of the long-established principles of management and leadership. Drawing on decades of research, Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counter-productive. These days, the best companies are already breaking the old rules. From sharing salaries openly, to abandoning performance reviews, to putting management in the hands of the whole company, the revolutionary insights Burkus reveals are convincing companies to leave behind decades-old management practices and to implement new ways to enhance productivity and morale. Audience members will walk away with evidence-based strategies and real world examples to drive performance and build stronger teams.


    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    A Better Way To Build Teams

    Why do some individuals and teams seem like star performers, while others barely shine?

    • Using a variety of stories, case studies and scientific research, David Burkus reveals that what makes a high-performing team isn’t just who’s on it, but also how it’s built. He explains how famous inventors, outstanding companies-even Broadway stars-benefit from focusing not just on making their teams work, but also on building their network. Audience members will learn how to determine if they’ve got the right team around them, and how to leverage their network to boost both the team’s and the organization’s performance. Forget the ropes courses and trust falls: there’s a better way to build teams.


    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    Lead Different

    When do best practices actually hinder our ability to lead? According to thought leader and management professor David Burkus, they almost always do.

    • Using evidence from behavioral economics and social psychology paired with case studies from the world’s leading companies, Burkus shows how the best practices and policies are often counterintuitive and offers practical ways to find out if your management needs new management. The best leaders lead differently.


    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    The Myths of Creativity

    Why are some people consistently creative and others strikingly unoriginal? What holds people and teams back from reaching their creative capacity. The answer, it turns out, has to do with the stories that we tell – the myths that surround creativity and innovation.

    • Burkus targets the various faulty beliefs we apply when trying to encourage creativity and offers well-researched facts in their place. Using insights from the wealth of research on individual and organizational creativity, Burkus provides practical implications and realistic strategies for encouraging creativity and innovation that are tailored to the specific needs of the audience.


    Keynote by Speaker David Burkus

    The Myths of Creativity in Education

    Why is it that children act so creatively and so few adults engage their creativity?

    • Dr. David Burkus considers the role of education through the various myths that affect our understanding of what explains creativity and how to enhance it in students and adults. Using insight from the wealth of research on organizational creativity, Burkus provides practical implications and realistic strategies for teaching creativity.
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