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Peter Bregman

Author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want; Harvard Business Review Leadership Columnist


  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
  • Leading with Emotional Courage
  • Managing Change Without Resistance


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Peter Bregman bases his work on the notion that everyone-no matter their level or job-has the opportunity to lead. Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that advises, coaches, and trains leaders at all levels to take powerful and ambitious actions to achieve the things that are most important to them and their organizations.

Bregman began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. He has advised CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.

Bregman’s title, Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want (HarperOne), was selected as a New York Post top pick for your career in 2015. In Four Seconds, Bregman shows that the answer is to pause for as few as four seconds-the length of a deep breath-to replace bad habits and reactions with more productive behaviors.

Bregman's most recent title Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work released in July 2018.

In his trademark style of blending personal anecdotes with practical advice, Bregman reveals some of our most common counter-productive tendencies and describes counter-intuitive strategies for acting more intentionally, including: why setting goals can actually harm your performance, how to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower, why listening-not arguing- is the best strategy for changing someone’s mind, and how taking responsibility for someone else’s failure can actually help you succeed. Over the years, Bregman has successfully inspired and motivated individuals and organizations. Bregman speaks at a wide variety of locations and audiences including corporations and universities.

His previous book was the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publishers Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book. He is also the author of Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and contributor to five other books.

Bregman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A from Columbia University. He is a regular contributor to HBR.org, NPR, Psychology Today, Forbes, Fast Company and a weekly commentator on FOX Business News. Articles and commentary by Bregman appear frequently in Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Business Week, The Financial Times, and CNN.

Currently, he resides in New York.

Praise for Peter Bregman:

“Peter helped me implement 360 degree reviews that actually worked in the real world, for our firm, in our unique circumstances. He also supported me to develop a bold strategy about where to take the business. What I value most about Peter is the fact that he never talks from a purely theoretical level, unlike lots of other consultants. He brings his vast experience to the current situation, and helps me see options through specific examples of what has and hasn’t worked for others in the past.”
— Matthew S. Grossman, CEO, Plural Investments

“For me as CEO, Peter’s greatest impact came in conversations that I just couldn’t have with individual team leaders. He helped me take honest stock of circumstances, and guided me to make good decisions through his insights and depth of experience.”
— CEO of Software Company Purchased by Oracle

“He knows just how to draw people into important and difficult conversations to get us to the meat of the matter quickly. When Peter moderates a meeting, we know something important will happen.”
— CEO of a Global $800 Million Technology Company


Praise for Four Seconds: 

“This book is priceless, a book that could change your career, your marriage, your life. I hope you get a chance to read it.”
— Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

“Peter Bregman is back, this time with an even faster way to find your focus and get back on track when life throws you off. You’ll learn how four seconds can be just enough time to activate better decision-making and short-circuit our habitual, counterproductive responses to seemingly intractable problems. I especially appreciate that Bregman doesn’t offer himself up as a guru with superhuman self-control: his honesty and empathy for his own failings make Four Seconds a refreshing read.”
— Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

“As always, Peter Bregman’s insights are life-changing, often surprising, and—most importantly—entirely practical. His strategies can be used every day, take very little of your time, and yet yield extraordinary results. In Four Seconds, you’ll learn not only how to identify the bad habits holding you back, but how to replace them with the right habits, so that you can truly thrive.”
— Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director, Motivation Science Center, Columbia Business School, and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently