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David Burkus Best-selling Author, Sought After Speaker, Professor

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  • FRIEND OF A FRIEND: UNDERSTANDING THE HIDDEN NETWORKS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR WORK AND LIFE
  • INNOVATION IS A TEAM SPORT
  • UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: FULL TRANSPARENCY, LESS EMAIL, NO CUBICLES, AND WHERE THE FUTURE OF WORK IS HEADED

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  • 2018 Friend of a Friend .: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
  • 2016 Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual
  • 2013 The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas

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David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50

His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.

David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times.

When he’s not speaking or writing, David is in the classroom. He is associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University where he was recently named one of the nation’s “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.”


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