Hal Gregersen


Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.

He is a Senior Fellow at Innosight and a former advisory board member at Pharmascience, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in Montreal, Canada.  Before joining MIT, he taught at INSEAD, London Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University, and in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow.

Gregersen's most recent book, The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, flows from a path-breaking international research project (with Jeff Dyer & Clayton Christensen). They explored where disruptive innovations come from by interviewing founder entrepreneurs and CEOs at 100+ of the most innovative companies in the world and by assessing how 8,000+ leaders leverage five key innovation skills to create valuable new products, services, processes, and businesses.

To grasp how leaders find and ask the right questions—ones that disrupt the world—Gregersen is now studying 100+ renowned business and government leaders. This question-centric project, conducted in collaboration with Clayton Christensen, is surfacing insights into how leaders build better questions to unlock game-changing solutions. Gregersen is also founder of The 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation.

Gregersen has co-authored ten books and published over 50 articles, book chapters, and cases on leading innovation and change. His research has been highlighted in global media such as BBC, CNN, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has received several awards for his cutting edge work, including: 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award Nominee, 2012 Chartered Management – British Library Book of the Year Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the 2009 McKinsey Award runner-up for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

Putting his research to practice, Gregersen regularly delivers high impact keynote speeches and executive workshops with companies like Accenture, Adidas, AT&T, Christie’s, Coca-Cola, Daimler, Danone, Genentech, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Lilly, McAfee, Marriott, MasterCard, Sanofi Aventis, SAP, Vivendi, WalMart, World Economic Forum, & Yahoo! He also works with governments, not-for-profit and NGO organizations to generate greater innovation capabilities in the next generation of leaders.

Gregersen has lived and worked outside the United States for over a decade—in England, Finland, France, and the UAE. He and his wife now reside in Boston where he pursues his lifelong avocation, photography, and she her lifelong love, painting.

More information about Gregersen and his work can be found at www.halgregersen.com and www.sternspeakers.com.


Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Books by MIT Sloan Executive Education Faculty

    MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.


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  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] Exploring the Innovator's DNA

    In our Innovation@Work webinar, Hal Gregersen, co-author of "The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators," shares findings from his eight-year, international research...


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  • How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

    Want to challenge assumptions? Follow the lead of Microsoft, MIT, and others, and ask more questions, writes author Warren Berger.


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  • When Was the Last Time You Asked, “Why Are We Doing It This Way?”

    When stakes are high, it can be difficult for leaders, especially senior ones new to their roles, to pause before acting. Here’s advice for how to give yourself time to reflect and lead with...


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  • How to Build a Better Business in Four Minutes a Day

    Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, gives a presentation on building your business as a part of the IDEAS OUT LOUD series.


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  • How The Most Successful People Ask Questions

    The most intelligent and successful people ask a lot of questions. Here's how to use what you don't know to your advantage.


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  • Networking Your Way to Innovation

    Networking. It's a word that evokes very different reactions among us. Love it or hate it, you probably associate networking with making your way up the ladder, developing relationships, and...


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  • Mastering Difficult Situations Through Negotiation—In Life And At Work

    Life is a series of negotiations. Whether we realize it or not, we negotiate all day, every day.


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  • Innovating Innovation: Tesla

    Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, and co-author Jeff Dyer, recently examined some of the unusual strategies and tactics used within Tesla in "Decoding Tesla's Secret...


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  • Six from MIT Sloan Honored at Thinkers50 Awards

    Six MIT Sloan faculty members and alumni were honored at the biennial Thinkers50 awards in London.


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The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation Nov 14-15, 2016 | Mar 30-31, 2017 | Jun 5-6, 2017 | Nov 14-15, 2017

Exploring the Innovator's DNA
Find out how disruptive innovators arrive at their value-generating ideas.

IDEAS OUT LOUD with Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen, Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, gives a presentation on how to build a better business in just four minutes per day as a part of the IDEAS OUT LOUD series.