Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath— Now a #1 Bestseller
Author, What the Dog Saw, Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point

Provocative ideas taking the business world by storm.
Phenomenal best-selling author.

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Biography

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.

He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.

Malcolm is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, informative and practical, poised, eloquent and warm and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging.

Credentials

  • Staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Author, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath
  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Honorary doctorate of letters, University of Toronto
  • Former science and medicine writer for The Washington Post
  • Winner, National Magazine Award

Books

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative — and dazzling — book yet.

We all know that underdogs can win-that's what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we've seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms — all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?

Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, David and Goliath is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional. Millions of readers have been waiting for the next Malcolm Gladwell book. That wait is over.

Little, Brown and Company (Oct 10, 2013)

What the Dog Saw

And Other Adventures

Malcolm Gladwell

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century?

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point; Blink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from The New Yorker over the same period.

Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.

"Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head." What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

Little, Brown and Company (October 20, 2009)
Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (December 14, 2010)

Reviews

'What the Dog Saw'Los Angeles Times
Eclectic DetectiveThe New York Times
What the Dog SawThe Guardian
What the Dog SawThe Christian Science Monitor
Gladwell Explains Serial Killers, Nassim TalebBloomberg.com

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

#1 Bestseller: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher's Weekly, Barnes & Noble

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" — the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
Little, Brown and Company (November 18, 2008)

Videos

Tagged!Barnes & Noble
Outliers: The Story of SuccessAmazon video

Reviews

Book reviewCIO
The road to successThe Economist
Chance and CircumstanceThe New York Times
Stating the obvious, but oh so cleverlyThe Guardian
The Elements of SuccessThe Wall Street Journal
The Secret of SuccessThe Washington Post
Timing is Almost EverythingBloomberg Businessweek
Outliers: The Story of SuccessQuill & Quire
OutliersEntertainment Weekly
Gladwell dissects successThe Seattle Times
The Sociology of SuccessThe New York Times

Blink

The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Malcolm Gladwell

How do we make decisions — both good ones and bad — and why are some people so much better at it than others? These are the questions Malcolm Gladwell asks and answers in the follow-up to his huge bestseller, The Tipping Point. Using case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than we have assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has to do not not so much with how we process information consciously, but depends rather on the few particular details we focus on. Leaping boldly from example to example, displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Gladwell reveals how we can become better decision makers — in our homes, in our offices, and in everyday life. The result is a book that is surprising and transforming, and it has enormous implcations for business that only Malcolm Gladwell has begun to explore.

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2007)
Little, Brown and Company 2005

The Tipping Point

How Little Things Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell

Over 400 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Tipping Point describes how ideas and trends start and spread, and offers tools for giving them direction. The message is eloquent, intuitively convincing, and relevant to a broad range of audiences. The Tipping Point has revolutionized how organizations manage trends and change.

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas and behavior, messages and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the "Tipping Point." Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail, and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics.

Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (January 7, 2002)
Little, Brown and Company, 2000

Topics

Malcolm tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

David & Goliath

Outliers

Innovation/Creativity

Bold Leadership

Finance

Geo-Politics

Innovation as a Route to Growth

Tipping Point in Health Reform

Future of Media

The New Nexus Between Intelligence, Intuition and Information

The Laws of Cool

The New Influencers

The Levers of Change

The Stickiness Factor

The Intuitive Manager

Videos

The Power of the Underdog | CBS 60 Minutes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallen

The unheard story of David and Goliath | TED

The Daily Show

David and Goliath | Talks at Google

The strange tale of the Norden bombsight | TED

Feedback

A consulting group:
I rate Malcolm as one of our top dinner speakers. He drew on interesting topics (hierarchy vs networks) and did an excellent job integrating [...] highlights on millennial into his speech. It was obvious he listened to our needs. Personally, I am a respected fan of Malcolm and meeting him made me admire him even more. He was pretty relaxed, absolutely down to earth, witty, intelligent and seemed like an all-around nice guy. I’m looking forward to his next book!

A major food company:
Malcolm — Outstanding! Our folds have been raving about your presentation at our National Sales Meeting all week. You did a terrific job of bringing our theme of Creating Separation to life. This is the third time I have had the privilege of having you speak and it is always a treat.

A town-hall event where Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell spoke for 25 minutes each and then a Q&A on the subject of the internet, politics and social media:
They were the best of the season, awesome, incredible...the audience was laughing, ooohing and ahhhing.
They got a huge response from the morning audience (who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat!).
They also loved the format of the program and both of you were in sync.
They were both 'on fire' for the evening event.

A global fitness trade association:
Malcolm was extremely well received and many of our attendees indicated he was the best we’ve ever had, which is a huge compliment considering we’ve been lucky enough to have had President Clinton, Marcus Buckingham, Kjell Nordstrom, Colin Powell and other highly respected individuals speak at our convention. Thanks again!

A business information company:
Malcolm was "the most awesome speaker we have had in a while", I couldn't be more pleased. Everyone loved, loved him! We had 350 people in his presentation and I hope to have him again sometime. He was so nice and personable too!

A major event for association executives:
Blew them away!!! He was energetic, positive and fabulous! You have a scale — he blew past it. Next year's event is leading towards thought leaders.

A Director of Education and Conferences, for a state-wide public sector association:
Dear Malcolm,
In all my years of producing conferences, I have never had a keynoter be so much on target, be so aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, and be so nice to work with as you were this week.

Our people will be talking about your presentation for years. Not merely were you very informative in a practical way, you did it with such delightful humor. Even more importantly, you set the stage perfectly for the "rally" session that followed. In that forum, numerous members who addressed the group referred to points you made and terms you used.

Malcolm, again thank you so much for joining us and being so responsive to our needs. It was a pleasure and honor to work with you.

An annual Senior Executive meeting for a major hospitality & travel firm:
Dear Leigh Bureau,
In one word?? Amazing!!!!
I told Malcolm right after he finished that he made my career — and I was right! They've already asked me to design next year's meeting agenda and hire the speaker!
I had so many compliments from people who are usually very cynical about corporate meetings and events. You wouldn't even believe it! I can't wait to see the evaluation results!
Thanks again!!! He was a hit.

A university dean's dinner:
Malcolm was wonderful on Saturday, he won us over from the beginning, and he did a great job tailoring his presentation to the legal audience. He was also terrific about fielding questions from the larger audience as well as one-on-one. Thanks so much for facilitating Malcolm's appearance with us.

A major glass company:
Dear Malcolm — I want to thank you again for your participation in our recent management group meeting. My colleagues and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you, and you got rave reviews from our member.

Your thoughtful insights resonated with our global leadership group. I think many of them were surprised at the relevance of your perspective to their own leadership challenges. This is high praise from a group of largely technically oriented, engineering types!

We ask members to give us feedback on speakers, and I wanted you to know that they gave you the highest ranking of any external speaker in the last 7 years — basically as long as we’ve been keeping track of the ratings.

The most repeated comment on your speech was, "thought provoking". Some representative comments…

  • "Unique perspective, engaging, thought provoking"
  • "Good food for thought. Not America centered, very interesting, excellent analogies."
  • "Certainly thought provoking. Great use of non-technical analogies to draw similarities, yet get out of the box."

Thanks for getting our meeting off to a great start. I hope that we meet again in the future.

A major civic association:
He was great, great, great. We could have gone all day. He told me he had fun. I hope we made him comfortable. Our CEO and COO were astounded and I am sure want to do other things with him. He is really fun.

An advertising association:
Gladwell was terrific, so perfect, the board members thought that he was the highlight of the conference, he was most impressive and a great storyteller. He took the time to understand and relate it to their group — he did it beautifully. He was simply dynamite. He was funny and engaging and he hit it out of the park.