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David  Goldsmith

David Goldsmith

Consultant, Author & Serial Entrepreneur


David Goldsmith is President and Co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm solving big challenges for executive clients worldwide in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education; and Co-founder of Buzd, LLC (San Francisco), a firm in which he is a patent holder for technological applications and products related to artificial intelligence, cell phone applications, battery technologies, and consumer products; Chief Strategy Officer and Partner in COMO Global SA (Luxembourg) a software company with expertise in managed back end payment solutions for market networks and fully automated invoicing though to reconciliation for large enterprises. He is the Founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation and Project Leader of the global social movement, Project Moon Hut/The Age of Infinite, a five-year effort with NASA (Silicon Valley) to improve life on Earth through the accelerated development of an earth-and-space based ecosystem. In addition to consulting and advising, David presents at events themed for executives on topics ranging from strategy and leadership to innovation, the future (including AI, robotics, machine learning, synthetic engineering, and automation), and space. Read More >

David was the Co-founder of ecosystem.AI (San Francisco/Cape Town, SA), a predictive analytics and visualization company finding hidden value in market and organizational complexity relation-ships through identified patterns and spatial trends to reveal how business and organizational ecosystems change over time; Co-founder and CEO of TymSync, Inc. (San Diego), a patented-cellphone technology company; Chief Officer of Strategy for N2 (New York), a company specializing in SuperGrid and IOT technology for use in advanced smart city development for the future; and has been an adviser and stakeholder in several innovative startups from around the world.

David is the recipient of the Hollywood Producers’ first Global Visionary Disruptor Award for his work with the Project Moon Hut Foundation. In addition, Hollywood Producers also awarded David and Lorrie Goldsmith for their book, Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, a work for which David has earned comparisons to Peter Drucker, the father of modern-day management. Considered by some to be the “Thought Leaders’ Thought Leader”, he is known for replacing common leadership thinking with bold, proven, and sometimes counter-intuitive approaches to address challenges and opportunities for leaders in their professional, public, and personal roles.

David has received awards and accolades for his entrepreneurial achievements in a range of different industries. During his twelve years of professoriate at New York University, he received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also named by Meetings Magazine as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers for his ability to deliver transformational and engaging “Consulting from the Stage” programs and spoke for the Wharton School of Business an unprecedented five consecutive years. His content is drawn from the depth and diversity of 30 years of business and organizational experience as a practicing businessperson, consultant, and adviser to a global client base. His teachings produce “I’ve-never-thought-of-it-that-way” perspectives from leaders across multiple platforms, industries, and environments.

David’s clients include the CEOs, presidents, and CXOs of organizations such as Ferrari, Maersk, Dole, Infosys, Wipro, Aetna, Accenture, Lufthansa, and more, David does not subscribe to an all-work and no-play lifestyle. Whether he’s furthering his skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, improving as a student pilot, experiencing a new culture with “locals” as a world traveler, designing and building his own furniture, skiing, drawing, painting, and sculpting, spending time with family, or helping new friends and old, those closest to David attest that he embodies the promise on the cover of Paid to THINK to Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More. Read Less ^

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Paid to Think™: The 12 Game-Changing Secrets to Great Leadership

The world is confused into believing that execution is the most important part of organizational leadership, but execution is NOT the primary role of a leader, nor will it ever be. Although execution is assumptively associated with results, execution without the right thinking behind it first will never lead to the best results for your organization. Your real role as a decision maker is to think! You must be able to think through every initiative, every directive, and every project well enough that when something is put into action and executed upon, it produces optimal results.  Read More >

Most decision makers are doing a pretty decent job, but they admit behind closed doors that they aren’t always confident that they’re taking the right steps to lead their organizations toward the brightest of futures.  Further, they unwittingly default to the misconception that busyness is better than idleness, which impels them to leap to action before they have properly vetted out their best options. With the right thinking tools and an understanding of how to use them, leaders globally have transformed their abilities to accelerate growth, complete wildly successful projects, and drive long-term successes for themselves and their organizations. 

This presentation has been described as a “hurricane to the brain” for how quickly David Goldsmith replaces mental clutter and guesswork with the twelve daily activities of leadership along with immediately-applicable tools that empower attendees to achieve more, earn more, and live more.  Read Less ^

Rethinking Creativity & Innovation’s Impact on Leading in an AI Future: What Every Decision Maker Should Know Now about Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Workplace

Everyone is questioning what it will be like living, working, and leading in a future world of Artificial Intelligence. Contrary to popular belief, high human-touch jobs, even those that currently require creativity and innovation, will either look very different than they do today or will not exist at all.  As an organizational decision maker, how confident are you that you’re taking the right steps now to lead your organization down the right path tomorrow? Read More >

In this presentation, David Goldsmith shares with audience members the changes that are already occurring behind the scenes, reveals the markers that foretell AI’s shaping of work in the future, and teaches leaders the moves they can make in advance of upcoming changes that will impact their organizations and industries.

Attendees will gain new perspectives and proven “thinking tools” that they can immediately apply in their daily roles to get out ahead of the challenges and opportunities to come in a world that is increasing being transformed by AI. Read Less ^

The Age of Infinite: The Rewiring, Rethinking & Paradigm Shifting that Transforms How You Lead, Work & Live

As a collective humankind in an increasingly evolving and “smaller” world, we face challenges in a number of areas: environmentally, geopolitically, organizationally, and individually. The hurdles involved in solving those challenges are compounded by the immense conflicting opinions and options that we throw at them from every corner of our globe. The Age of Infinite is a presentation that describes how 1) paradigm shifting and innovations necessary for producing self-sustaining life on the Moon can be utilized back on Earth to address our environmental challenges, 2) how leaders both within and outside the space industry, i.e. everyday business and nonprofit leaders, can adapt and adopt similar innovative approaches to solving their organizations’ challenges, and 3) how anyone can apply innovative thinking to transform their communities, organizations, careers, and lives for the better. Read More >

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to rewiring oneself to drive new future-focused opportunities, using Time Line Thinking and Convergence to innovate faster, defining paths and direction for any initiative, using Paradigm Shifting to create forced multiplier returns, leveraging big and small data to give rapid insights, creating momentum in groups, and rethinking what’s considered “normal” to expand opportunities.

David Goldsmith inspires, educates, and engages attendees with transformative takeaways that produce immediate improvements in strategy, innovation, and leadership with two versions of this nothing-like-it presentation depending on the audience and buyers’ desired outcomes: Read Less ^

  1. The Age of Infinite for Business and Organizational Leaders: Using Paradigm Shifting and Today’s Space Expansion to Transform How You Lead and Work – This presentation shows leaders how the radical change in one’s perspective as evidenced by The Age of Infinite movement creates paradigm shifts for making better decisions, highlights the importance of forecasting the future, and defines what it means to be truly innovative in today’s world.
  2. The Age of Infinite: Using Paradigm Shifting and Today’s Space Expansion to Transform How We Live on Earth for All Species – How paradigm shifting perspectives and radical innovations designed to create sustainable life on the Moon are utilized to solve challenges such as climate change, social displacement, mass extinction, resource depletion, etc., on Earth all at once. 

The Four Ds of Innovation: Disrupt, Differentiate, Dominate & Deliver

In 2009, a survey of leaders conducted by McKinsey & Company revealed that more than 70% of leaders expected innovation to become one of the top three drivers of growth for their organizations in the upcoming three to five years. Yet a decade later, while most leaders understand the need for innovation and want to build more innovative organizations, few feel they actually know how. Innovation is actually a leadership issue, and this program gives those decision makers who want to step off the sidelines the information they need to take first steps to replacing “vanilla” practices and offerings with stand-out-in-the-crowd “raspberry swirl”! Read More >

If you’ve ever wondered how to initiate disruptive ideation within your organization, where your focus should be once you gain traction in building culture of innovation, how to bypass pitfalls and truly make concrete progress whether you’re doing strategic planning, product development, or competitive analyses as related to innovation, this program will give you the knowledge and takeaways to set your compass on the right target and get started.

Decision makers who have struggled with innovation in the past find David Goldsmith’s approach to yield a refreshing departure from their former experiences. Audience members are moved beyond theory and “should-do” talk. They leave this presentation with practical, actionable tools and techniques to convert their self-thinking from “I’m not sure” to “Yes I can”, as they begin to build their own unstoppable, innovative organizations.   Read Less ^

Great Leaders See the Future & Deliver in the Present: How to Forecast the Future, Make the Invisible Visible & Deliver Results

All decision making is based on your perception of the future, so before you make your next plan or take your next action, it’s important that you have an as accurate a picture as you can of what the future will actually bring. By doing a great job seeing opportunities and challenges through a future-focused lens, you’ll enjoy the excitement, results, and peace of mind that come from making great decisions.  Read More >

Leaders with strong forecasting tools and skills are typically happier and their teams have higher morale. That’s because they anticipate better, resulting in superior, sustainable strategies and outcomes. The people in their organizations are more likely to maximize potential and increase performance. Resources are better positioned to outpace competitors and capitalize on advantages that others don’t yet see. 

This highly rated program gives attendees a proven process for forecasting trends and opportunities from within and outside their industry or sector that will impact. It shows participants how to develop a mindset that makes predictive solutions a reality, teaches them how to promote forecasting within their teams, and brings about self-awareness of one’s own “default perspectives” so that people can calibrate their thinking to make optimal decisions immediately and for years to come.  Read Less ^