Steven Kotler

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Foremost Authority on Generating Peak Organizational and Individual Performance; Leading Expert on the Future of Technology; Award-Winning Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author, “The Art of Impossible” (2021); Executive Director, Flow Research Collective

Biography

Any organization looking to increase performance across the board would be hard pressed to find a more masterful guide than Steven Kotler, one of world’s foremost experts on individual and group performance. For over two decades, Kotler’s work has become synonymous with possibilities and breakthroughs at the highest level of human and enterprise capacity. By showing people how to leverage the neurobiology that drives peak performance – or “flow” – he continues to help organizations and individuals markedly achieve and exceed their goals.

As executive director of the Flow Research Collective, Kotler has spent years studying and decoding the science behind flow, in conjunction with researchers at leading academic institutions, including Stanford University, Imperial College London, University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. Followed and endorsed by such leadership giants as Bill Clinton, Elon Musk, Michael Dell and Arianna Huffington, Kotler continues to transform organizations and individuals by helping them tap into their highest potential with tools for increasing productivity, enhancing performance, and improving focus and decision-making processes. To date, Kotler and his team have trained more than 250,000 people, among them Olympians, Navy SEALS and employees at all levels of corporations, including Google, Deloitte and Microsoft.

“There are six things you have to do to maintain a consistent state of flow. And when you do, motivation, productivity and learning go through the roof,” explains Kotler. “After flow training, we see a measurable increase in creativity and innovation ranging between 400% and 700%.”

Eleven of Kotler’s 14 books have become bestsellers including his newest book, “The Art of the Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer” (Harper Wave, January 2021), which has been described by Kirkus Reviews as “an inspiring approach to life-hacking that begs to be implemented.”

Described by President Bill Clinton as “a visionary roadmap for change,” Kotler’s work is extremely relevant to organizations trying to keep remote employees motivated, productive and feeling a sense of connection and satisfaction during the pandemic – and likely after. His talks leave a deep and lasting impression on audiences who walk away equipped with actionable tools for sustaining high performance.

As an author, speaker and researcher whose life personifies flow, Kotler provides a comprehensive, pragmatic toolkit for optimizing potential, turning weaknesses into strengths and stretching thinking beyond old limitations. At a time when so many people find themselves paralyzed by today’s challenges, his books and talks are uplifting antidotes. Those interested in aiming high now have a blueprint for achieving what once looked impossible.

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Steven Kotler is a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. He is the author of nine bestsellers (out of thirteen books total), including The Art of Impossible, The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and the Harvard Business Review. Steven is also the cohost of Flow Research Collective Radio, a top ten iTunes science podcast. Along with his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice and special needs dog sanctuary.

Steven Kotler is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Flow Research Collective Radio

How to Shatter Limitations and Achieve Your Dreams with Steven Kotler (Video)

April, 2021

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer

March 29, 2021

Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Neuroscience All Agree: Your Daily Routine Needs More 'Non-time'

March 4, 2021

Boost Your Team's Performance in 2021

February 22, 2021

How Your Personality Affects the Way to Find Your Most Productive ‘Flow’ State

February 18, 2021

New York Times Best-selling Author Steven Kotler on How to Achieve Peak Performances With New Book ‘The Art of Impossible’ (Video)

February 15, 2021

These Habits Paved the Road to Success For Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, More

January 23, 2021

The Reason People Get More Pessimistic As They Age + How To Combat It

January 15, 2021

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How To Find ‘Flow’ While Working From Home, According to a Peak Performance Expert

January 13, 2021

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FT Business Books: January Edition

January 6, 2021

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How to Find Your Flow Working From Home, Even if You're Surrounded by a Spouse, Kids and Worries

May 14, 2020

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Should There Be a Religion Based on 'Dune'?

April 25, 2020

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Preparing for a Faster Tomorrow

February 19, 2020

Flying Cars? Future is Faster Survey Finds Many Americans Doubt They Will Live to See the Sky Replace Highways

February 13, 2020

How Innovation Can Bring Us a Solution to the Stress of Sitting in Traffic

January 31, 2020

Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler Discuss What Technology Will Look Like in the Next 10 Years (Video)

January 29, 2020

'The Future Is Faster Than You Think' Explores Rise and Risks of Technological Innovation

January 29, 2020

Here Comes Tomorrow: Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler Discuss the Furure of Technology

January 24, 2020

Steven Kotler: On Writing the Most Important Book of the Year, and Next Year, and the Year After That

December 19, 2019

Create a Work Environment That Fosters Flow

October 11, 2019

The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul

February 1, 2018

Are We About to Unlock the Secrets to Peak Performance?

May 14, 2017

The High-Tech Race to Make Deadly Adventure Sports Safe for Anyone

February 21, 2017

Steven Kotler on Big Think

February 17, 2017

The Passion Recipe: Four Steps to Total Fulfillment

March 27, 2015

Off-World 3-D Printing is How Humans Will Colonize Space

February 6, 2015

Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World's Most Effective Entrepreneurs

February 3, 2015

TIME Magazine logo

The Science of Peak Performance

April 30, 2014

Space: The Final Sport Frontier

March 26, 2014

Superhuman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

March 6, 2014

The Atlantic logo

Hacking the President's DNA

November, 2012

Why the Future Will Be Much Better Than You Think

January 26, 2012

Wave Rider

June 4, 2006

Extreme States

July 24, 2005

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Vision Quest

September 1, 2002

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Kotler, Steven

Biography

Any organization looking to increase performance across the board would be hard pressed to find a more masterful guide than Steven Kotler, one of world’s foremost experts on individual and group performance. For over two decades, Kotler’s work has become synonymous with possibilities and breakthroughs at the highest level of human and enterprise capacity. By showing people how to leverage the neurobiology that drives peak performance – or “flow” – he continues to help organizations and individuals markedly achieve and exceed their goals.

As executive director of the Flow Research Collective, Kotler has spent years studying and decoding the science behind flow, in conjunction with researchers at leading academic institutions, including Stanford University, Imperial College London, University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. Followed and endorsed by such leadership giants as Bill Clinton, Elon Musk, Michael Dell and Arianna Huffington, Kotler continues to transform organizations and individuals by helping them tap into their highest potential with tools for increasing productivity, enhancing performance, and improving focus and decision-making processes. To date, Kotler and his team have trained more than 250,000 people, among them Olympians, Navy SEALS and employees at all levels of corporations, including Google, Deloitte and Microsoft.

“There are six things you have to do to maintain a consistent state of flow. And when you do, motivation, productivity and learning go through the roof,” explains Kotler. “After flow training, we see a measurable increase in creativity and innovation ranging between 400% and 700%.”

Eleven of Kotler’s 14 books have become bestsellers including his newest book, “The Art of the Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer” (Harper Wave, January 2021), which has been described by Kirkus Reviews as “an inspiring approach to life-hacking that begs to be implemented.”

Described by President Bill Clinton as “a visionary roadmap for change,” Kotler’s work is extremely relevant to organizations trying to keep remote employees motivated, productive and feeling a sense of connection and satisfaction during the pandemic – and likely after. His talks leave a deep and lasting impression on audiences who walk away equipped with actionable tools for sustaining high performance.

As an author, speaker and researcher whose life personifies flow, Kotler provides a comprehensive, pragmatic toolkit for optimizing potential, turning weaknesses into strengths and stretching thinking beyond old limitations. At a time when so many people find themselves paralyzed by today’s challenges, his books and talks are uplifting antidotes. Those interested in aiming high now have a blueprint for achieving what once looked impossible.

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Steven Kotler is a New York Times-bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance. He is the author of nine bestsellers (out of thirteen books total), including The Art of Impossible, The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Bold and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 40 languages, and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and the Harvard Business Review. Steven is also the cohost of Flow Research Collective Radio, a top ten iTunes science podcast. Along with his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua, a hospice and special needs dog sanctuary.

Steven Kotler is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

“Flowing” Through COVID: The Remote Worker’s Guide to Staying Focused, Productive and Stress-Free

At the Flow Research Collective, the idea that “focus drives flow” is foundational. Without focus, all hope of getting into flow is lost – which is why working from home requires a new set of rules and skills. In this presentation, Steven Kotler will teach participants how to manage stress and distraction in order to harness flow so they can get more done with a greater sense of satisfaction. He’ll also explain how volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – much like the conditions ushered in by the pandemic – can help trigger flow states. Participants will come away with actionable tools for managing a productive workday that invigorates rather than saps their energy and performance.

The Art of Impossible: Achieving and Sustaining Organizational Peak Performance

Each day, organizations are tasked with keeping employees motivated, productive and innovative so individuals and teams can reach and exceed their goals. Steven Kotler has taught over 250,000 people how to harness “flow” to establish and sustain peak performance, among them Olympians, Navy SEALS and employees at every level of organizations including Google, Deloitte and Microsoft. In this talk, he explains the science behind flow and provides tools for increasing productivity, enhancing performance, and improving focus and decision-making processes.

The Superman Leader: Leverage Flow to Heighten Personal and Organizational Performance

In today’s accelerated business climate, peak performance is no longer optional — it’s foundational. Over a century’s worth of research clearly shows the secret to peak performance is the state of consciousness known as “flow.” In business, the data is exceptionally clear. Top executives report being 500% more productive in flow. In this riveting talk, Steven Kotler teaches leaders how to keep themselves and their teams motivated, productive, creative and innovative. With examples drawn from his work with blue chip companies and his bestselling book, “The Rise of Superman,” he explains the 22 triggers that drive flow, the three biggest flow blockers, and what leaders can do to harness and leverage flow to heighten personal and organizational performance.

The Future is Faster Than You Think: Preparing for the Next Wave of Technology

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? Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, humanity will experience more disruption and create more wealth than we have in the last century. During this fascinating talk, Steven Kotler expounds on his bestselling book “The Future is Faster Than You Think.”  Drawing from years of evidence-based research he and his team have conducted at the Flow Research Collective, he shows how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies and technological convergences are poised to reinvent every part of our lives, from transportation, food, retail and advertising to education, health care, entertainment and finance.

 

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Advance Praise for “Art of the Impossible”

“…Thoroughly grounded in science, writing of the biological systems that drive fear, anger, grief, lust, and other emotions, all of which can be turned to advantage.…[Kotler] offers…an entertaining, inspiring approach to life-hacking that begs to be implemented by the willing reader.”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“’The Art of Impossible’ is consistently fascinating. There aren’t many writers I would follow on an intellectual journey as ambitious as this to examine peak performance; fortunately, Steven Kotler is one of them.”

– David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of “Range” and “The Sports Gene”

“This book is a tour de force of high performance. It’s an essential resource for those looking to align their curiosity, passion, and purpose to have not just a little more flow and creativity in their lives but to have a lot more flow and creativity. Want to learn how to take your innovation to seemingly impossible heights? Steven Kotler will teach you how.”

– Scott Barry Kaufman, author of “Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization”

“This book is quite literally impossible. I’ve been tracking Steven’s work for ten years now, and it’s impossible to overstate how important it is. It’s impossible that he cracked the code on breakthrough success, yet he has. It’s impossible to have turned extreme innovation from an art to a science, yet he has. It’s impossible that he put it all together in a book that’s impossible to put down, yet he has. Read it and go accomplish the impossible yourself.”

– Salim Ismail, chairman of ExO Works, author of “Exponential Organizations”

“’The Art of Impossible’ is a must-read! Steven Kotler is one of a handful of people on the planet with a deep understanding of the frontiers of human performance. His ability to bring applied neuroscience and psychology to life through storytelling is world-class. This book is a treasure.”

– Dr. Michael Gervais, high-performance psychologist

“In ‘The Art of Impossible,’ Steven Kotler has managed to articulate what many peak performers intuitively know but can’t explain: that there’s a formula for impossible. Kotler demystifies the mythic, breaking down that formula and giving readers exactly the tools they need to accomplish their dreams, no matter how big.”

– Laird Hamilton, waterman, big-wave surfer

Praise for Steven Kotler’s Books

Diamandis and Kotler do a masterful job.”

— Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX and Tesla

“‘BOLD’ is a visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world—and offers invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it.”

— President Bill Clinton

“At a moment when our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism, “Abundance” redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people’s lives around the world. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds – it’s a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom.”

— Arianna Huffington, CEO, Huffington Post

“I loved Peter Diamandis’ and Steven Kotler’s book “Abundance,” their writing and their Vision. “BOLD” is an amazing sequel, a book that every entrepreneur should read. It is inspiring, filled with incredible insights and offers a practical how-to game plan for going big and impacting the world.”

— Michael Dell, CEO, Dell Computers

“Every coach in America needs to listen to this stuff from Kotler.”

— George Karl, NBA Hall-of-Fame Coach

“The result is nothing less than the most transformative and thrilling period in human history.”

— Timothy Ferriss, Investor and #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of  “The 4-Hour Workweek”

“’Stealing Fire’ is a beautifully written, must-read for anyone interested in living up to their full potential. A user-manual for your hacking your brain to drive high performance.”

— Peter Diamandis, Founder of the X Prize, co-chairman of Singularity University, bestselling author

“‘BOLD’ is an essential navigation tool for any proactive CEO who wants to remain relevant. In the next decade it is reasonable to assume that some of the corporations at the top of the Fortune 500 will be displaced by the ‘exponential entrepreneur’. History tells us that if we don’t proactively change and adapt, change will be imposed on us. ‘BOLD’ spells out the implications and opportunities driven by exponential changes transforming our world.”

— Jim Moffatt, CEO of U.S. Deloitte Consulting, LLP

“A fast-paced, electrified, and captivating journey into the deep potential of the human brain.”

— David Eagleman, Presenter of PBS’s “THE BRAIN”

“’Stealing Fire’ cracks the secret code of peak performance so that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results.”

— Colonel Mark Divine, New York Times bestselling author, founder SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind

“If you read one business book in the twenty-first century, this should be the one. When Peter and I cofounded Singularity University, we based it on the ideas of exponential change and ‘learn by doing.’ This book clearly explains how to apply these concepts to change the world and overcome the age-old afflictions of human civilization.”

— Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Director of Engineering at Google, Chancellor of Singularity University

Praise for Steven Kotler’s Presentations

“In short, Kotler was a huge success! He closed out the discussion part of the conference and I heard the word “flow” the rest of the weekend! Awesome choice you suggested, greatly appreciated!”

— Potomac Communications Strategies

“What Steven Kotler is seeking is nothing less than the big explanation.”

— Village Voice

“I am on a Steven Kotler high. He was amazing!”

— Microsoft

“Many thanks to you and Steven Kotler for a wonderful event. Steven generated a lot of conversation in our group and that extended well into the next day. Very successful!!”

— ARCH Ventures

“Steven was FABULOUS!”

— St. Mary’s University

“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 SuperheroYou Conference

“Steven connected with our audience in an unimaginable way. His incredible breadth of neuroscience knowledge allowed him to dramatically engage our group of academics and mental health professionals. The session was high energy, innovative, humorous and at times even heart-warming. This talk was a masterful demonstration of skill and talent from a brilliant mind. An experience worth repeating!”

— The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

“Steven Kotler presents a vision for the future that not only brings optimism, but inspires all who listen. His visit left our business school buzzing, and transformed students’ visions for the roles business leaders can play in shaping the future.”

— University of Iowa School of Business

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