David Goldsmith

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About David Goldsmith - Leadership and Management Expert:

David Goldsmith is an award-winning businessman, author, speaker, and President and Co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm servicing executive clients across six continents in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education. He is a trusted consultant and adviser to executives in some of the world’s largest companies, including Infosys, Maersk, Illinois Tool Works, Dole, KPMG, Techtronics, and Wipro, travelling more than 300,000 miles each year to improve leaders and their organizations. David’s close work with top-level decision makers and world leaders gives him comprehensive insight into the challenges facing leadership today and enables him to challenge leaders to think differently, cross-pollinate solutions across industries, and provide practical--and sometimes counterintuitively innovative--tools and methodologies that create immediate, rapid, and sustainable results.

David is the author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, a work described by readers as “an MBA in a book” and acclaimed by experts as a groundbreaking approach to modern leadership and management. He taught at New York University for twelve years and is the recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Award. David has also taught at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was a guest speaker for Cornell University and the Wharton School of Business for five consecutive years. Meetings Magazine, the premiere magazine for the meetings and events industry, named David as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers for his captivating, educational, and high-value Consulting from the Stage™ programs delivered to leadership across diverse industries such as banking and FinTech, healthcare, nanotechnology, gaming, communications, transportation, water and sewage, consumer products and retail, and more.

David does not subscribe to an all-work-and-no-play lifestyle. Rather, clients glean additional value from his strong emphasis on experiencing a high quality of life in simultaneous pursuit of professional excellence: a practice by which he lives daily. Those who know David equally attest that he approaches every endeavor with an authentic zest to fulfill the promise written on the cover of Paid to THINK: "Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More"

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What David Goldsmith Talks About:


Fully Customized Presentations that Deliver High Value and Produce Long-Term Transformations

Give your next group of discerning leaders a top-notch, unforgettable, life-changing program with Consulting from the Stage! Considered the gold standard of full customization by decision makers, meeting planners, and speakers’ bureaus worldwide, Consulting from the Stage™ challenges audiences to think differently, surprises, engages, edu-cates, motivates, and inspires by awakening minds to expanded and sometimes counterintuitive perspectives that usher in waves of new opportunities. Consulting from the Stage takes your event to the next level by delivering your unique audience with exact and future-focused solutions that address their specific needs. Participants always leave with proven take-away tools and accompanying instructions to ensure that they have everything they need to drive performance and results immediately upon return their return to work.

So what exactly makes Consulting from the Stage a superior choice? David Goldsmith—businessman, consultant, author, former award-winning NYU professor, and the pioneer of Enterprise Thinking—found that too many events motivate audiences in the moment, but that after events close, most participants go back to their old ways of leading without much (if any) change. He saw that event organizers and audiences alike were spending their time, effort, and money hoping to gain a high level of value, but that both sides were unintentionally leaving boundless opportunities on the table. His answer was to develop Consulting from the Stage, a three-phase customized presentation option that ensures leaders will gain value they very likely will not get anywhere else.

Phase I: Proprietary pre-presentation research precisely identifies participants’ most pressing challenges and assembles an accurate understanding of their industry’s current conditions.

Phase II: Information is processed and converted to a consultative presentation format, including:

  • Uncovered and generated solutions and opportunities from an overarching, holistic, leadership perspective (i.e. “50,000 feet”). Depending on circumstances and findings, this may include forecasted opportunities within and outside their industry/geography/culture so that leaders’ decisions are proactive and stand the test of time;
  • Selection of leadership tools and accompanying instructions that become transformative takeaways.

Phase III: Presentation is delivered. Your audience takes a mind-jarring ride with David Goldsmith, who was named one of Meeting Magazine’s Top 26 Hottest Speakers for his ability to simultaneously educate, engage, motivate, and transform leaders in ways they never thought possible.

Increase the odds of reaching your event’s immediate strategic objectives and extend its value months and years after everyone gets back to (their new) everyday lives with powerful tools. Provide knowledge and skill-building experiences that will broaden perspectives and take your participants rapidly from where they are to where they want to be.

Consulting from the Stage has helped leaders in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education to expand, grow, learn, innovate, enhance performance, increase productivity, outpace competitors, improve working environments, upgrade the customer experience, secure and retain talent, uncover greater opportunities, and much more.

Paid to Think™: The 12 Game-Changing Secrets to Great Leadership
Any desired outcome or promising future can become a reality for every leader who learns the simple yet powerful universal mental tools of great leadership.

In a world that values busyness over idleness, leaders can be prone to taking action too soon before they’ve sorted out (or even considered) their best options; yet, those who have the awareness and tools to side step this trap are best able to identify and create their best opportunities to win optimized outcomes and mega rewards. So what does it take to acquire this and other advantageous thinking skills so that leaders confidently know that they are always making their best decisions at any given time? This program, described as a “hurricane to the brain”, shows leaders how.

Combining his own experiences over 30 years as a businessperson, his side-by-side consultative work with thousands of decision makers, and his twelve years as an award-winning New York University professor, David Goldsmith reveals two stunning realities that will forever change audience members’ perspectives and put them on the path to becoming their best leadership selves.

In this content-rich, engaging program, audience members become stronger leaders by learning to:

  • Increase individual and organization performance through a proven empowering process.
  • Expand opportunities using an advanced strategizing tool.
  • Accelerate growth and drive long-term success through forecasting.
  • Get from where they are to where they want to be using a simple technique to gain more frequent buy-in and cooperation from colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Uncover the secrets great leaders know to attract and secure talent, clients, customers, and members.
  • Rethink current beliefs that hinder performance and internalize new truths to expand opportunities and optimize outcomes.

Creating Unbeatable Wins Through Forecasting: How to look Deeper into the Future
Leaders who forecast increase performance, outpace competitors, and produce winning, sustainable advantages throughout their organizations.

Picture for a moment that this morning a decision maker receives a special gift; it’s a newspaper from the future that reveals an avalanche of data about challenges and opportunities on the horizon that no one else is expecting. How differently might this person assess potential options so that decisions made today secure a better future for his or her organization, industry, or career?

Having a more informed view into the future—magical newspapers aside—is a reality for anyone who has the right tools. In this program, David Goldsmith awakens leaders to their own abilities to look into the future much farther and more accurately than they ever thought possible by using proven forecasting tools. During this engaging and educational pro-gram, audiences experience many “aha” moments as they learn to anticipate, plan, and decide in ways that transcend any they’ve learned before.

In this program, attendees learn how to:

  • Use a proven process for forecasting trends and opportunities within and outside their industry (or sector).
  • Develop a mindset that identifies trend markers that make predictive solutions a reality.
  • Diagnose their own “default perspective” and recalibrate their thinking skillsets to anticipate and decide optimally.
  • Orient their thinking to a future-focused perspective that positions them, their leadership groups, and their organizations with strategically superior plans.
  • Secure new tools for getting others engaged in regular forecasting activity.
  • Maximize potential and increase performance by solving or avoiding altogether challenges and threats that would likely have gone unnoticed without forecasting tools.
  • Gain pockets of time and peace of mind through a forward-oriented planning process.

The 4 D's of Innovation: Disrupt, Differentiate, Dominate, and Deliver
While most leaders want to be innovative and to build innovative organizational cultures, few feel that they actually know how.

In 2009, a survey of leaders conducted by McKinsey & Company revealed that more than 70% of leaders expected innovation to become one of the top three drivers of growth for their organizations in the upcoming three to five years. Yet seven years later, while there seems to be no shortage of “Most-Innovative-Companies” lists online, leaders worldwide are confessing behind closed doors to a disappointing reality—despite all the talk, intentions, and attempts to be more innovative, their organizations are still sitting on the sidelines, stalling innovatively.

The good news is, innovation, whether disruptive or not, is actually a leadership issue, and there are simple but powerful steps leaders can take immediately to replace “vanilla” practices and offerings with stand-out-in-the-crowd “raspberry swirl”. After a 1-hour presentation, one client achieved 42 innovation projects. Attendees who come to this presentation thinking, “I’m not sure,” are likely to be saying, “Yes I can!” in a short period of time.

Leaders who have struggled with innovation in the past find this presentation’s content to yield a refreshing departure from their past experiences. David Goldsmith moves audiences far beyond theory and “should-do” talk by delivering the same practical, actionable tools and techniques that turned his consulting clients around 180°.

In this program, attendees learn:

  • The means by which to start initiating disruptive ideation.
  • The secret that innovative leaders use to innovate.
  • How inspiration is only a small part of the innovation formula, and what leaders should focus on instead.
  • The use of “triggers of innovation” to foster innovative input.
  • Tactics to bypass altogether the pitfalls of innovation.
  • Essential steps for applying innovation everywhere, thus strengthening performance and outcomes related to strategic planning, forecasting, product development, competitive intelligence, and more.

Other Topics:

  • Rethinking Leadership "Truths": The 8 Mind-Quaking Realities that Trigger Avalanches of Opportunities
  • Redefining: Asking Better Questions to Always Get Better Answers
  • What Every Leader Should Know about Opportunities in our New Digital World: An Introduction to the Next New Frontier of Ecosystems, Networks, Algorithms, Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning 
  • Building a Deep Bench: Putting Your Organization in the Ready Position 

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 Recent Publications

In his presentation, David Goldsmith gave us so many practical ideas that he could have charged us A MILLION DOLLARS, and it would have been worth it.

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