The Hidden Path to Greatness

The Fastest Way to Become World-Class in Your Field

This keynote offers a distillation of the most important lessons from Dr. Friedman’s national bestselling book, Decoding Greatness.

You’ll learn why the conventional wisdom about where greatness comes from is wrong and discover the secret strategy that’s vaulted business titans and creative geniuses—from Bill Gates and Howard Schultz to Lin Manuel Miranda and JK Rowling—to the top of their profession.

Watch Dr. Friedman in action

Using eye-opening examples of top performers and groundbreaking research on skill acquisition and creative genius, you will learn:


Why everything we’ve been taught about greatness is wrong.


The truth about how greatness is really achieved.


How to spot hidden patterns inside successful works, products, and ideas.


How to use those insights to develop game-changing ideas that are uniquely your own.

By the end of this talk, you’ll have a new framework for learning from the best in the world and the ultimate formula for creative breakthroughs.

“I was blown away by the quality. Dr. Friedman was very prepared, natural and engaging. I’ve already heard discussion without our building about bringing him back for a workshop or another speaking engagement.”

-Trey Whitaker, Mass Mutual

“You were the perfect keynote. The audience was ecstatic and evaluations are top-notch. Our problem will be how to meet the exalted expectations next time.”

-Luann Heinin, National Business Group on Health

“Dr. Friedman’s insightful, little-known, practical strategies captivated our audience. A joy to work with, he went above and beyond to customize his presentation to our group. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’d have him back in a heartbeat.”

-Pete Seljevold, Blue Cross Blue Shield

“It’s not easy being the speaker for an after-dinner format such as you experienced last week at the Chamber Annual event. But you were superb. Your content was gripping—some of it wonderfully confirming to people. But many of the study findings were stunning, and compelling to many. Ideas and examples you shared were quite illustrative and motivating. Additionally, your presentation style was authentic and by that I mean not the overly polished tendencies of those “on the circuit.” You were different. We could feel it. You had great research findings and a sincere cause in revealing them to us.”

-Marsha Lindsay, CEO, Lindsay Foresight and Stratagem

"Dr. Friedman helped make our offsite a truly memorable event.  He didn't just deliver great content—he invested hours getting to know us and customized his presentation to our group."

-Brian Doyal, CoHead of Global Investment Banking, Robert W. Baird & Co

“Dr. Friedman is the single best speaker we’ve ever had at an annual event. For context: we have a tough audience—smart, analytical and busy. Ron kept nearly 1,000 executives engaged and entertained every minute of the way. More than that, his insights have already sparked a wave of transformations throughout companies in our area. Months later, I’m still receiving compliments about our event. I could not recommend him more highly."

-Zach Brandon, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

“Ron was absolutely fabulous. Our attendees were blown away.”

-IBM Smarter Workforce Institute

“Ron Friedman spoke at our Great Places to Work breakfast and many people later told me that he was the highlight of the event for them. He offered clear, concise advice on how to make a workplace better, and many of the event’s attendees said they were going back to the office with ideas they wanted to implement.”

-Sherri Dalphonse, Washingtonian

“Your presentation was fantastic – even better than I hoped for. And, as I hoped it would, it led to a lively discussion afterwards. Thanks for being so easy to work with and so kind to my team.”

-Wendy Cassity, Nuance

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