Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

Gregg’s Bio

Gregg Vanourek

High-impact executive, leadership developer, and award-winning author training, teaching, and speaking internationally on leadership, entrepreneurship, and life design–connecting personal and professional excellence.

Vice Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Program at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Vice Center Director for the award-winning Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship at KTH. Former Chairman of the Board of SE (Social Entrepreneurship) Forum in Stockholm. Served as a tech startup executive for K12 Inc. (now a market leader with $900 million in sales), and co-founded New Mountain Ventures (developing entrepreneurial leaders in the U.S.). Taught more than 2,500 students over 9 years at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and Stockholm Business School Executive MBA Program in executive and master’s courses. Former senior executive at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation (school reform organization) and research fellow at the Hudson Institute (think tank). Former board member of the Vail Leadership Institute.

Co-author of three influential books: “Triple Crown Leadership” (a winner of the International Book Awards and called “the best book on leadership since Good to Great”), “Life Entrepreneurs,” and “Charter Schools in Action.” My writing has appeared in or been reviewed by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more. He has written regular Harvard Business blogs.

Graduated from the Yale School of Management (M.B.A.), London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.), and Claremont McKenna College (B.A., magna cum laude), where I was an Academic All American soccer player.

Specialties: leadership, entrepreneurship, life design.

Twitter: @gvanourek

View Gregg’s TEDx talk on “Discover Mode: Finding Your Quest.”


Note from Gregg: I help people live and lead with purpose, integrity, and impact and craft a life that matters. I do this through my work with leadership, startups, social enterprise, and life design: connecting the good life with good work. My intention is to help people integrate life and work by aligning purpose and values with aspirations and actions. I help people and organizations thrive with excellent, ethical, and enduring work.

I have an array of interests, including the good life, life design, leadership, purpose, values, conscious business, social impact, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and spirituality. Many of my interests spring from my mentors and formative years in university, when I took courses like “Theories of the Good Life” and learned about the power of questions, dialogue, and interdisciplinary inquiry. I enjoy writing, reading, meaningful conversations, traveling, exercising, music, beaches, tea, the Denver Broncos, World Cup soccer, and being a husband and father.


Our Books:

  • I co-wrote Triple Crown Leadership with my Dad, Bob Vanourek, a distinguished turnaround CEO, servant leader, and exceptional father. The book champions a better brand of leadership that builds excellent, ethical, and enduring organizations–ones that achieve exceptional positive impacts for their stakeholders, ethically, and sustainably–and draws upon our own experience, research, and interviews with leaders in 61 organizations in 11 countries.
  • I co-wrote Life Entrepreneurs with Christopher Gergen, a dynamic social entrepreneur (and friend). The book is a clarion call for integrating our life and work with purpose and passion. It tells the stories of business and social entrepreneurs and ordinary people who have reinvented themselves and infused their life and work with entrepreneurial energy, impact, and fulfillment. The book draws upon our own experiences and interviews with 55 “life entrepreneurs.”
  • I co-wrote Charter Schools in Action with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Bruno V. Manno, two distinguished education reformers (and mentors). The book has been called a “classic” on the charter movement and outlines a bold vision for how to renew and reinvent public education with the needs of children, families, educators, and communities in mind. It draws on interviews with hundreds of education entrepreneurs, leaders, and teachers and surveys of thousands of education stakeholders.

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