Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership

Gregg’s Bio

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Gregg Vanourek

High-impact executive, leadership developer, and award-winning author training, teaching, and speaking internationally on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development–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 Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship at KTH. Chairman of the Board of SE (Social Entrepreneurship) Forum (a nonprofit developing impact-driven entrepreneurs worldwide). 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.). Teaching as adjunct faculty 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).

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., Leader to Leader, 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.

Sparked by learning, growth, and development—and connecting the good life with good work. Specialties: leadership, entrepreneurship, personal growth, life design, innovation, career change, purpose, values, organization culture.

Twitter: @gvanourek

Note from Gregg: I help people craft a life that matters and live and lead with purpose, integrity, and impact. I do this through my work with leadership, startups, social enterprise, personal growth, and work choices and changes: 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, personal and professional growth, purpose, values, leadership, startups, social impact, sustainability, education, innovation, 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, 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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