Steven Kotler

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  • New York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance & Bold
  • International Pioneer in Peak Performance & Innovation
  • Executive Director, Flow Research Collective

Steven Kotler is a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning journalist and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective.  The author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, Bold, and the upcoming The Future is Faster Than You Think, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. His bestselling books and research decode how scientific and technological breakthroughs are radically changing the world for both businesses and individuals, and how to stay ahead of the curve. Whether it’s an optimistic view of how technology and innovation can help us solve life’ s greatest challenges;  or how bold thinking can transform the way your organization problem solves;  or how science can help your team send performance through the roof; Kotler is a master storyteller who decodes our new world with enthusiasm and optimism to provide what the Wall Street Journal called “a manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns."

An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption.

 

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Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.

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  • Evanta
  • Young President's Organization
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Potomac Communications Strategies
  • Young Presidents’ Organization Southern 7 Chapter
  • ARCH Ventures
  • Google
  • Disney
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Miura Global
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The Future Is Faster Than You Think

Bestselling author and peak performance pioneer Steven Kotler reveals a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption.  Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experienc ...

Bestselling author and peak performance pioneer Steven Kotler reveals a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption. 

Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this insightful roadmap to our near future, Kotler sheds light on how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet?

Kotler probes the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives—transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance—taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it. He can tailor his talk to any industry, to reveal how to prepare for, and thrive, in tomorrow's tech future. 

The Art of Impossible

History teaches us that the impossible is a moving target, and every generation has a few tireless archers whose arrows fly true. In this eye-opening, inspiring, and refreshingly practical talk, bestselling author and pioneering peak performance thought leader Steven Kotler reveals how they did it, ...

History teaches us that the impossible is a moving target, and every generation has a few tireless archers whose arrows fly true. In this eye-opening, inspiring, and refreshingly practical talk, bestselling author and pioneering peak performance thought leader Steven Kotler reveals how they did it, and how you can too. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance and into his latest groundbreaking research, Kotler provides a practical playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable. Revealing actionable steps, tools, and strategies, for significantly amping up motivation, learning, creativity and flow, Kotler’s keynote serves as a riveting and informative how-to manual that will leave audiences emboldened to turn the seemingly impossible into reality.    

Flow and Business: Unlocking the Secrets of Peak Performance

In today’s accelerated business climate, peak performance is no longer optional—it’s foundational. And the research clearly shows, the secret to peak performance is the state of consciousness known as “flow.”  Top executives report being 500 percent more productive in flow. In studies of high perfor ...

In today’s accelerated business climate, peak performance is no longer optional—it’s foundational. And the research clearly shows, the secret to peak performance is the state of consciousness known as “flow.”  Top executives report being 500 percent more productive in flow. In studies of high performing organizations, the ones that got the farthest the fastest are always the ones built to marshall flow.

In this riveting talk, Steven Kotler, the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective and one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance, teaches companies how to harness flow to amplify performance. He focuses on increasing key workplace skills such as motivation and productivity, creativity and innovation, and meaning and well-being. With examples drawn from blue chip enterprises such as Patagonia, Facebook, and Toyota, and his own experience working with everyone from companies such as Google and Deloitte, organizations such as the US Navy SEALs and tens of thousands of executives, Kotler turns cutting edge neuroscience into practical, applicable steps for organizational transformation. 

You’ll Learn:

              —What leading companies are doing to drive flow

              —Flow’s 22 triggers—the essential toolkit for organizational high performance

              —The 3 biggest blockers to workplace flow

              —The single most important thing any company can do to increase flow

 

Stealing Fire: The Underground Revolution Driving Maximum Human Performance

After four years of research and interviews with everyone from Silicon Valley executives to members of the Navy SEALs, Steven Kotler has uncovered the newest revolution in peak performance and the trillion dollar industry behind it. While previous research dictated that practice and grit were the ke ...

After four years of research and interviews with everyone from Silicon Valley executives to members of the Navy SEALs, Steven Kotler has uncovered the newest revolution in peak performance and the trillion dollar industry behind it. While previous research dictated that practice and grit were the keys to breakthrough performance, Kotler’s work reveals the ultimate shortcut used by titans of their respective fields: harnessing alternate states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition. Whether at the Googleplex or the United Nations Headquarters, pioneering innovators are—in their own ways and with different techniques—reaping the benefits, boosts in information, and inspiration that altered states provide. And the revolution is spreading into the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar industry that allows us to tap into different states of consciousness to lead richer, more productive, and more satisfying lives. In this talk, Kotler shares the groundbreaking findings of his latest work, providing audiences with a provocative examination of the ultimate in human performance and a guide for how to radically upgrade their lives.

Climbing Mount Bold

Today, accelerating technology, the power of the crowd and an appetite for bold are the holy trinity of success. This keynote, based on Kotler’s New York Times Bestseller Bold, examines how companies can level up their game like never before. What key breakthroughs allow individuals and organization ...

Today, accelerating technology, the power of the crowd and an appetite for bold are the holy trinity of success. This keynote, based on Kotler’s New York Times Bestseller Bold, examines how companies can level up their game like never before. What key breakthroughs allow individuals and organizations to harness the power of exponential technology? How can we upgrade our mental tool kit to take maximum advantage of this power? How can the crowd accelerate innovation and amplify impact?

Kotler explains how a shift in mindset can increase performance and ignite passion. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals. He details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption. Kotler adds personal stories from his time covering the cutting edge of technology for New York Times, Wired and Forbes and other leading publications and, as director of research for the Flow Genome Project, provides an insider look at the bleeding edge of ultimate human performance. This keynote will help you:

  • Understand exponential change and harness its power
  • Create a culture of innovation and moonshot thinking
  • Unlock flow and accelerate organizational performance
  • Learn how to think at scale and perform at speed
  • Extend your reach and impact with crowd-powered tools

 

The Rise of Superman

After a century’s worth of human performance research one fact has become stunningly clear: We are capable of so much more than we know. In this riveting and extremely practical talk, Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance and Co-Founder and Director of Research of the ...

After a century’s worth of human performance research one fact has become stunningly clear: We are capable of so much more than we know. In this riveting and extremely practical talk, Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance and Co-Founder and Director of Research of the Flow Genome Project, explores the cutting-edge science behind the Flow state. Defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel or best and perform our best, Flow refers to those moments of rapt attention and deep absorption, when we get so focused on the task at hand that everything else just fades away. When in Flow productivity, creativity, motivation, learning and well-being—or all of those skills most frequently linked to success in the 21st century—are amplified by nearly 500 percent. And it’s for this reason that leading organizations—Google, Disney, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the US Navy SEALs, to name only a few—have tapped Kotler’s expertise to radically improve their performance.

In this talk, you will learn:

*The science of ultimate human performance—because getting your brain and your biology to work for you is the secret to sustained success

*The flow-based secrets of the world’s most elite, high performing organizations, including tales from Google and the US Navy SEALs

*How to leverage flow to seriously ramp up workplace engagement and productivity.

*Flow’s 20 Triggers—If you want more flow in your life, these triggers are your high-performance tool kit

*How to use flow to significantly increase motivation, learning and creativity—the three traits most critical to business success in the 21st century.

*The number one block to high performance, or where most organizations stumble and fall.

*How flow can unlock organizational creativity and collaboration and turn every company into an innovation dynamo.

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<p>Steven Kotler's The Future is Faster Than You Think is a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era</p>

Steven Kotler's The Future is Faster Than You Think is a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era

Bestselling Author and pioneer in human performance STEVEN KOTLER provides a prescient look at our impending future. In the books he's co-authored with Peter Diamandis, Kotler has tackled grand global challenges and chronicled the use of exponential technologies that have allowed for the emergence of powerful new entrepreneurs. Now, Kotler and Diamandis are back with The Future Is Faster Than You Think, a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to Disney to Morgan Stanley, Kotler's talks are as indispensable as they are gripping. Now with The Future Is Faster Than You Think Kotler reveals how technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more disruption and create more wealth than we have in the past one hundred. In his gripping and insightful roadmap to our near future, Kotler investigates how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet? Kotler draws on his years of work as a peak performance expert, to probe the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives—transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance—taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it. His talks leave audiences both prepared and energized, as he garners rave reviews such as: "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation) and, "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.'" (Evanta)

<p>Steven Kotler shows impossible has a formula at the Nordic Business Forum </p>

Steven Kotler shows impossible has a formula at the Nordic Business Forum 

Bestselling author STEVEN KOTLER is fascinated by the concept of peak performance. As co-founder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project, he works to help people and organizations maximize their potential, their work output, and their success. “I’m interested in extreme innovation,” he told the audience of 8,000 business executives at the Nordic Business Forum, “and what it takes to do the impossible,” because, “impossible has a formula.” Delivering a keynote entitled "Climbing Mount Bold: How Organizations Can Level Up Their Game Like Never Before," Kotler shed light on how we have entered an era of unprecedented and exponential growth and how organizations must adopt exponential thinking and harness new technologies to thrive. Taking audiences behind the scenes of his thirty years on the cutting edge of performance, Kotler revealed how organizations can take advantage of new research and resources, and provided a playbook for making the impossible not just possible, but trainable.Recently sought-out for his insights into how the coming era of technological innovation will also spark exponential creativity in a fascinating article in Forbes, Kotler also engaged in in-depth interviews at the business forum. Kotler kept audience members tweeting actionable insights and praise such as: "I felt really inspired by ’s tips of climbing a mountain of exponential growth!";  "Thanks  for your good energy at the  stage."; "Loved speech about ."

<p>Steven Kotler reveals the science of maximizing human potential at Google</p>

Steven Kotler reveals the science of maximizing human potential at Google

New York Times bestselling author and international pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLER was sought-out to deliver a keynote on "The Science of Maximizing Human Potential" at Talks at Google. A deep dive into the science of peak performance, Kotler's talk reveals revolutionary insights into human brain and how this knowledge is revolutionizing our ability to tackle huge challenges, innovate like never before, and generate surprising shortcuts for enhancing creativity and performance. Full of practical tips on how to apply the latest research, Kotler takes audiences behind the pages of his latest bestseller Stealing Fire, elected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book, and leaves them with the tools they need to level-up their game. Kotler consistently earns rave reviews each of his engagements, such as: "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Great delivery of Information'; 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.' (Evanta); "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation).

<p>Steven Kotler’s <em>Stealing Fire</em> named top business book every entrepreneur should read</p>

Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book every entrepreneur should read

Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to Inc. Magazine, New York Times bestselling author and peak performance guru STEVEN KOTLER's Stealing Fire helps individuals and companies do just that. Included as #1 in Inc.’s list of “9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read,” Stealing Fire is a revolutionary work that reveals how people can send productivity and creativity through the roof, and produce their best work when it matters most. The book was also selected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book by strategy+business, where it was hailed as “the clear standout, ” “clearly written,” “brilliant,” and “the rare management book that really makes you think.” Kotler shares the groundbreaking research and action-packed takeaways from his book with audiences worldwide. Sought-out to speak at the Nordic Business Forum, Evanta’s Global CISO Executive Summit, the Young President’s Organization and more, Kotler regularly receives rave reviews such as:Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly.” (The Superhero You Conference). With all of the uncertainty in today’s business environment—from the accelerated impact of technology and globalization, to potential changes to trade and economic policy—powerful business insights from Kotler provide a one-stop-shop for how to stay at the top of your game and outperform the competition.

 

<p>Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica</p>

Steven Kotler receives rave reviews at Young President’s Organization in Costa Rica

Delivering a keynote to Young President’s Organization members and their family in Costa Rica, New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLER left the packed audience riveted. Sharing key insights from his book Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, Kotler revealed how to see the world through a lens of abundance, and how to harness innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and more to create powerful, meaningful change. As the Chapter Administrator said: “Steven’s presentation was a huge success, and members and their families are still raving about this amazing opportunity. We received a 9.44 score on our evaluation and a 9.44 speaker rating (both out of 10). 100% of the members, spouses and YNG’s that completed the evaluation would recommend Steven a speaker to other chapters or their organizations. Overall, a fantastic event.” Consistently heralded for his “cutting-edge and utterly engaging” (Superhero You Conference) and “right on target” (YPO Southern 7 Chapter) keynotes, Kotler is frequently sought-out for his revolutionary and instantly implementable insights on how to maximize performance in work and life. Having recently made headlines in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and more thanks to the pioneering research behind his latest bestseller, Stealing Fire, Kotler remains the leading voice on how to send innovation, creativity and productivity through the roof.

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Biography

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance.

His most recent work, Stealing Fire, was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. It documents an underground revolution in peak performance that is rapidly going mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar economy and forcing us to rethink how we lead more satisfying, productive and meaningful lives.

This work was preceded by two books about technology, Tomorrowland, which is about those maverick innovators who transformed science-fiction ideas into science fact technology, and, Bold, which was called a “visionary roadmap for change,” by president Bill Clinton and spent many months atop both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

His previous book, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2013 and the first book in history to land on the New York Times bestseller lists in the sports, science, psychology, and business categories simultaneously. In Rise, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Just as Rise explores the upper limits of individual possibility, his book, Abundance, explores the upper limits of societal possibility, breaking down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on four prestigious “Best Book of the Year” lists.

A Small, Furry Prayer—Steven’s book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his bestselling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.

Steven’s work have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on human performance, disruptive technology and radical innovation.

Steven is also the co-founder of Creating Equilibrium, a conference/concert/innovation accelerator focused on solving critical environmental challenges, and, alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice care/special needs care dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.