David Allen

David Allen is an author, consultant, international lecturer, founder and CEO of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, coaching and education of some of the world’s highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States. He was also named one of the “Top 100 thought leaders” by Leadership Magazine.

Fast Company hailed David Allen “One of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his ground-breaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free ProductivityReady For Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of LifeGetting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since its publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

David Allen is a productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”.

 His career path has included jobs as a magician, waiter, karate teacher, landscaper, vitamin distributor, glass-blowing lathe operator, travel agent, gas station manager, U-Haul dealer, moped salesman, restaurant cook, personal growth trainer, manager of a lawn service company, and manager of a travel agency. He is an ordained minister with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. He claims to have had 35 professions before age 35. He began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s when he was awarded a contract to design a program for executives and managers at Lockheed.

Allen regularly gives one-day and two-day public seminars on his Getting Things Done methodology, which cost approximately $600.

Allen has written three books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which describes his productivity program, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, a collection of newsletter articles he has written, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, a follow-up to his first book.


“I got so much out of your workshop and even though I read David’s book, it helped drive my learning and practical application of the system and Outlook to a whole new level”Kevin Jonell. Partner Resources Manager