Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
His book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, was inspired by the four-part series about General Curtis LeMay on his podcast "Revisionist History". In it, Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.
Gladwell’s newest book is actually an audiobook titled Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon. Published by Pushkin Industries, Malcolm and co-author, Bruce Headlam, recorded over 30 hours of conversation with Simon. The result is an intimate audio biography of one of America’s most popular songwriters. Brimming with music and conversation, Miracle and Wonder is a window into Simon’s legendary career, what it means to be alive as an artist, and how to create work that endures.
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.
Malcolm is the host of the popular podcast, Revisionist History, now comprising seven seasons. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events.
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.
- Staff writer for The New Yorker
- Host, Revisionist History podcast
- Author, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers
- 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
Next Generation Leadership
The COVID pandemic has given businesses a chance to rethink the way they collaborate and work. Gladwell talks about what he thinks of as the two most important elements of this golden opportunity. First, that teamwork can be realigned according to the very different expectations of the youngest members of the workforce — the digital generation. And second, that teams can be reimagined as "weak link" systems, as opposed to the traditional model of teams as dependent on their strongest link.
Malcolm was a huge hit! He was thought-provoking and entertaining—really, everything we’d hoped for and expected. The audience was abuzz both during the talk and throughout the remainder of the retreat. And he was charming and engaging and very accessible to the crowd.
HE WAS AMAZING! 2500 people didn’t budge when he spoke, except to laugh multiple times at his witty remarks. They loved him, and I include myself in that “they.” This was a room full of high- accomplishment individuals, and I think everyone considered their evening well spent, having learned from the wisdom and insights he shared, and really enjoying themselves in the process. He tied it all back to our organization in the end. We’ve wanted him on our stage for over a year, and all I can say is, it was worth the wait.
Malcolm was amazing. In all the years I’ve been doing meetings it’s a “big deal” when a speaker rates 50%+ Excellent in our post event evaluations. Malcolm is rating in the 80%+ Excellent range. I’ve never seen this before. He was without question or hesitation, the finest speaker we have every had at our events. He clearly spent significant time preparing remarks specifically for our audience. Remarkable!
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. 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!