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associate director, Motivation Science Center
Columbia Business School
Motivational psychologist Dr. Heidi Grant has a goal: to help people and organizations achieve theirs. And with simple strategies rooted in scientific research, that’s exactly what she does, empowering organizational leaders with proven tools for maximizing commitment, resisting distraction, devising effective strategic plans, seizing opportunities to act, and persisting in the face of setbacks or challenges. 
Outstanding organizations, like outstanding people, reach their goals because of what they do, not just who they are, according to Dr. Grant. An exhaustive study of achievement and motivation has led her to pinpoint the keys to mastering the art (and science) of execution — the nine things successful people do differently. They’re not rocket science, but they are proven to help people reach their goals by focusing less on past failures and more on what really matters: commitment, planning, effort, strategy, self-control and persistence.
A provocative speaker and master motivator, Dr. Grant offers practical and immediately actionable strategies that actually increase the chances of successfully meeting business and personal goals. By emphasizing things successful people do consistently and effectively, Grant shows organizations and their employees a clear path to accomplishing whatever they set out to do.
Heidi Grant is currently Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for the Harvard Business Review, 99u, Fast Company, WSJ.com, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Her HBR webinars, articles, and blog posts on management and personal effectiveness are consistently among their most popular.
Heidi is the author of Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing The World for Success and Influence , co written with E. Tory Higgins, has received rave reviews from Dan Pink, Robert Cialdini, Jim Kouzes, Dan Gilbert, Chip & Dan Heath, and many others. She is also the author of the bestselling Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals and Nine Things Successful People Do Differently . Her latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It.