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David Goldsmith is President and Co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm servicing executive clients worldwide in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education; 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; Co-founder of ecosystem.AI (San Francisco), a predictive analytics and visualization company that finds 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 Partner with Jay Abraham of Intellectual Capital Investors (Los Angeles), an equity-alliance based exponential growth business stimulator that drives rapid, notable organizational growth and profitability; 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; Founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation and Project Leader of the global social movement, Project Moon Hut/The Age of Infinite, a four-year effort with NASA (Silicon Valley) to improve life on Earth through the accelerated development of an earth-and-space based ecosystem; and an adviser and stakeholder in several cutting-edge startups from around the world.

David is the recipient of the Hollywood Producers’ first-ever 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 professorate 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.

Though David travels over 300,000 miles annually to work with CEOs, presidents, and CXOs of organizations such as 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.


Consulting From The Stage™

Fully Customized Presentations that Deliver High Value and Produce Long-Term Transformations

Give your next group of discerning leaders a top-notch, unforgettable, life-changing program with Consulting from the Stage™! Considered the gold standard of 100% customization by decision makers, meeting planners, and speakers’ bureaus worldwide, Consulting from the Stage™ challenges audiences to think differently, surprises, engages, educates, motivates, and inspires by awakening minds to expanded and sometimes counterintuitive perspectives that take leaders from where they are to where they want to be faster than they ever thought possible. Consulting from the Stage™ uses proprietary research methods to address each audience’s specific challenges and needs.

The three-phase process ensures that your audience learns what they need and has the takeaways to produce desired outcomes:

  1. Pre-presentation research, including interviews and industry analysis, identifies attendees’ most pressing challenges and assembles an accurate understanding of their industry’s current and future conditions.
  2. Information is processed and converted to “consultative”, educational, and engaging presentation format, including tools and methodologies as appropriate, to effect rapid and sustainable transformation.
  3. A memorable, high-value presentation is delivered in a fashion that inspires, motivates, and (most importantly) equips the audience to apply what they learn as soon as they exit your event.

Through Consulting from the Stage™, David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—has helped leaders in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education to expand, grow, learn, innovate, enhance performance, increase productivity, outpace competitors, improve working environments, upgrade the customer experience, secure and retain talent, uncover greater opportunities, and much more. Participants always leave with proven take-away tools and accompanying instructions to ensure that they have everything they need to drive performance and results immediately upon their return to work.

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

Available with/without Partial Customization. Based on the Internationally Acclaimed Book

Any desired outcome or promising future can become a reality for every leader who learns two things: (1) how to sidestep the common tendency to value busyness over idleness and take action before best options are considered and (2) how to use simple yet powerful “thinking” tools to convert ideas to results. In this program, described as a “hurricane to the brain”, David Goldsmith combines lessons of success from his 30-year business career and consultative work with thousands of decision makers worldwide along with his award-winning New York University teachings to reveal stunning realities and game-changing secrets.

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • Increase individual and organization performance through a proven empowering process.
  • Expand opportunities using an advanced strategizing tool.
  • Accelerate growth and drive long-term success through forecasting.
  • Get from where they are to where they want to be using a simple technique to gain more frequent buy-in and cooperation from colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Uncover the secrets great leaders know to attract and secure talent, clients, customers, and members.
  • Rethink current beliefs that hinder performance and internalize new truths to expand opportunities and optimize outcomes.

This program, David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—educates and engages with transformative take-away tools designed to be put to immediate use regardless of a leader’s need: increasing performance individually or organizationally, strategizing, expanding opportunities, accelerating growth, gaining buy-in, attracting and securing talent, and so on to Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More.

The Age of Infinite: Using Paradigmn Shifting and Today's Space Expansion to Transform How You Lead, Work, and Live

Available with/without Partial Customization. 

As humankind stands at the precipice of its next great age—The Age of Infinite, a time of infinite possibilities and infinite resources through space expansion—the necessity for innovative, forward-thinking leadership is greater than it’s ever been. The Project Moon Hut Foundation, efforts from NASA, and groups and individuals around the world, are already thrusting The Age of Infinite into its early stages, and this program shows decision makers how to adopt, adapt, and apply innovative and truly transformative paradigm shifts from our newest space-Earth based ecosystem to their organizations, careers, and lives for immediate and sustainable outcomes.

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • How to rewire oneself to drive new future-focused opportunities.
  • How to use Time Line Thinking and Convergence to innovate faster.
  • How to rapidly define a path and direction for any initiative.
  • How to use Paradigm Shifting to create forced multiplier returns.
  • How to leverage big and small data to give rapid insights.
  • How to create momentum in groups.
  • How to rethink what’s considered “normal”.

David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—inspires, engages, and motivates with perspectives, paradigms, and practical takeaways that produce immediate improvements in strategy, innovation, and leadership through this unforgettable program.

Target Audiences – This program can be adapted with a heavier emphasis on certain topic areas depending on the audience:

  1. Leadership and management in commerce, nonprofits, government, military and education who want transformation and improvements in innovation, paradigm shifting, and decision making.
  2. People interested in space, within the space industry (with advance notice) and externally.
  3. General audiences interested in a different twist on innovation and paradigm shifting.
  4. Socially aware groups who are interested in paradigm shifting solutions to humanity’s future, sustainability of resources, species’ extinction, etc.

Creating Unbeatable Wins Through Forecasting: How to Look Deeper into the Future

Available with/without Partial Customization. 

Leaders who forecast increase performance, outpace competitors, and produce winning, sustainable advantages throughout their organizations. Picture for a moment that a decision maker somehow gains access to a newspaper from the future and learns about challenges and opportunities on the horizon that no one else is expecting. How differently might this person assess potential options so that decisions made today secure a better future for his or her organization, industry, or career? Having a more informed view into the future, magical newspapers aside, is a reality for anyone who has the right tools.

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • Use a proven process for forecasting trends and opportunities within and outside their industry (or sector).
  • Develop a mindset that identifies trend markers that make predictive solutions a reality.
  • Diagnose their own “default perspective” and recalibrate their thinking skillsets to anticipate and decide optimally.
  • Orient their thinking to a future-focused perspective that positions them, their leadership groups, and their organizations with strategically superior plans.
  • Secure new tools for getting others engaged in regular forecasting activity.
  • Maximize potential and increase performance by solving or avoiding altogether challenges and threats that would likely have gone unnoticed without forecasting tools.
  • Gain pockets of time and peace of mind through a forward-oriented planning process.

In this program, David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—awakens leaders to their own abilities to look into the future much farther and more accurately than they ever thought possible by using proven forecasting tools. During this eye-opening program, audiences experience many “aha” moments as they develop a “predictive mindset” and learn practical and competitively advantageous ways to anticipate, plan, and decide proactively. Attendees not only wonder why more people don’t have forecasting tools at their disposal, a part of them hopes that their competitors never do!

Rethinking Leadership "Truths": The 8 Mind-Quaking Realities that Trigger Avalanches of Opportunities

Available with/without Partial Customization. 

Beliefs about leading are so common and ingrained that we rarely (if ever) step back and assess whether they are actually true or even good for us. Most high-functioning leaders have already learned that many of the popular perspectives related to leading and managing, though common, are nothing more than false assumptions and self-sabotaging beliefs masquerading as “truths” that can hinder decision making and rob leaders of their best options for racking up gains, successes, and wins. In this perspective-changing program, David Goldsmith exposes the imposters and reveals eight surprising realities along with how they can be put to use to make an immediate difference.

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • The Power of 3 Letters: How “GPP” will transform individuals, organizations, and everyone they touch.
  • The Surprising Realities of Change: How people actually love change.
  • The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: What hidden opportunities materialize when one understands the gift of “Doing More with Less”.
  • The “Mental Economics” of Leadership: Why “execution mentality” leads to diminished returns and needless struggle.
  • The Realities of Winning: What leadership preaches is not how most wins happen, and this eye-opening truth reveals where one’s focus should be instead.

In this program, David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—shows audience members how look through a completely new lens that replaces their old assumptions with new concepts and mental tools that deliver an abundance of unparalleled opportunities faster than they may have ever experienced throughout their careers. They gain greater clarity and become posed to usher in an avalanche of new opportunities as soon as they return to their work environment and for many years beyond the close of this presentation. Past attendees have said that they were never able to go back to old ways of thinking and that this program drastically transformed how they viewed their roles as leaders and unleashed potential within themselves that they never knew they had.

The 4 D's Of Innovation: Disrupt, Differentiate, Dominate and Deliver

Available with/without Partial Customization. 

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 seven years later, while most leaders want to be innovative and to build innovative organizational cultures, few feel that they actually know how as their organizations still sit on the sidelines, stalling innovatively. On the positive side, innovation is actually a leadership issue, and this program gives leaders what they need to take first steps to replace “vanilla” practices and offerings with stand-out-in-the-crowd “raspberry swirl”.

Highlights and takeaways include but are not limited to:

  • The means by which to start initiating disruptive ideation.
  • The secret that innovative leaders use to innovate.
  • How inspiration is only a small part of the innovation formula, and what leaders should focus on instead.
  • The use of “triggers of innovation” to foster innovative input.
  • Tactics to bypass altogether the pitfalls of innovation.
  • Essential steps for applying innovation everywhere, thus strengthening performance and outcomes related to strategic planning, forecasting, product development, competitive intelligence, and more.

Leaders who have struggled with innovation in the past find this presentation’s content to yield a refreshing departure from their past experiences. David Goldsmith—founder of the Project Moon Hut Foundation, veteran businessperson, global executive consultant, award-winning speaker, and author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future—moves audiences far beyond theory and “should-do” talk by delivering the same practical, actionable tools and techniques that turn his consulting clients around 180°, one in particular achieving 42 innovation projects after a one-hour presentation. Attendees who come to this practical and motivating presentation thinking, “I’m not sure” are likely to be saying, “Yes I can” as their thinking transforms and they gain the tools to begin building their own unstoppable, innovative organizations.

REDEFINING: Asking Better Questions to Always Get Better Answers

If you incorrectly enter your intended destination address into a GPS, what is likely to happen? The same is true when you incorrectly assume that your challenge is your real challenge without any method to test that assumption.

Before any leader channels time, energy, and resources into creating their next solutions and opportunities, they should attend this program. Redefining is an incredibly reliable tool that produces optimal results because it guides leaders to ask better questions and ultimately focuses them on their real and right challenge from the get-go. In essence, Redefining gives leaders the immediate ability to delineate their real challenges from distractive imposters, such as assumptions, symptoms of challenges, or lower-priority issues.

In this program, David Goldsmith sparks attendees’ awareness of distractors that typically steer leaders, plans, and organizations off course—even if only slightly to alter results from their intended outcomes—and opens perspectives to the vast possibilities to achieve more and win more both individually and organizationally.

In this introductory presentation to Redefining, attendees will learn:

  • How to improve every decision they make.
  • What it takes to transform an entire organization in a year (or less).
  • The common diverters that cause leaders to make poor or inferior decisions.
  • The 6 “Challenge Statement” tests that vet options.
  • How the Economics of Thinking leverages talent throughout an organization.
  • How thinking with the end in mind is only half the process.
  • Why asking WHY often leads to the wrong solutions or missed opportunities.

Once leaders learn about Redefining, they understand why it is such an important decision-making tool. Furthermore, this program gives attendees every step and instruction they need to go back to work and immediately approach their everyday questions, quandaries, meetings, interactions, challenges, opportunities, and decisions with it. Considering the frequency of decision points throughout a single day, this tool puts immense power in leaders’ hands to shape the present and future of organizations, careers, lives, and all the people who are affected by their decisions. In addition, leaders can easily transfer this tool to others to multiply its amazing potential to transform individuals and groups within a very short time.

From Thoughts to Reality: What Others Won't or Can't Tell You About Advanced Planning

A winning outcome is born as much from how leaders think as it is from what they think.

Considering the transformative impact of just one decision—both good and bad—and the fact that countless decisions are made in organizations minute by minute causing limitless possible outcomes to hang in the balance, it’s critical that leaders have a proven, reliable way of planning and thinking smarter so that they and their organizations produce winning outcomes.

In this presentation, David Goldsmith teaches audience members about a powerful combination of new planning tools, counter-intuitive approaches, and eye-opening perspectives that empower leaders to make rapid and highly transformative outcomes.

Depending on the audience’s needs and the program length, this presentation teaches leaders how to:

  • Use an advanced model for strategic planning that improves individual and organizational outcomes at short-term, intermediate, five-year, and future points in time.
  • Gain an accurate big-picture perspective and use it as the foundation for daily planning and action.
  • Forecast future opportunities and trends so that plans deliver long-term rewards.
  • Develop practical, workable plans that stakeholders can use on a daily basis to keep everyone on track toward reaching desired outcomes.
  • Stop viewing their ideas as plans and get down to actionable measures that produce results.
  • Adopt a view of “execution” that drastically enhances achievement rather than hinders it.
  • Identify and reverse the danger signs that surface when leaders are working from no plans rather than from great plans.
  • Employ techniques that gain buy-in internally and externally.

This program’s value continually increases in the months and years after an event ends, because it delivers unique, proven, and powerful tools that truly transform every leader who incorporates them into their careers and lives.

What Every Leader Should Know About Opportunities In Our New Digital World: An Introduction to the Next New Frontier of Ecosystems, Networks, Algorithms, Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning

Digital advancements are the new gold, not just for techies but for every leader…that is, if one knows what those advancements are and how to use them.

It can be very exciting to be a very exciting time in human history as today’s progressive leaders use cutting-edge technologies, algorithms, and data to make smarter strategic decisions that deliver huge returns and have an impact on everybody, everywhere, and in every way. By now, whether one is a tech-minded leader or not and regardless of their organization’s size, reach, geographic location, and industry or sector, they need a wakeup call to get up to speed quickly so that these digital possibilities become opportunities rather than challenges. This program is a straightforward introduction as a first step in leveling the playing field.

In this enlightening and engaging program, David Goldsmith explains how today’s progressive leaders are using cutting-edge computational algorithms to seek and find hidden values in markets and organizational relationships. Audience members begin to expand their thinking to how they can make smarter, more strategic decisions that outpace competitors and draw larger-than-typical returns.

Participants of this presentation learn:

  • About technologies that are currently in use and their impact on organizations of all sizes.
  • The connection between complex ecosystems, algorithms, AI, and machine learning and setting a foundation to create new opportunities.
  • How today’s technologies can deliver data that makes decision making more accurate and its outcomes more sustainable.
  • The different ways leaders can use data for various gains such as in new product development, competitive analyses, and more.

Audiences from all industries and sectors throughout the world have found this program to be an eye-opening introduction to current technological opportunities and an impetus to get on board quickly to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving world.

Building a Deep Bench of Powerhouse Leaders: Putting Your Organization in the Ready Position

The success of an organization very often hinges on its leadership’s readiness to make solid decisions and act upon them each and every day as well as in times of special need.

In today’s rapidly paced world, leaders know that they need more than the typical succession plan in place, desiring a deep bench of powerhouse leaders that can step up and take charge whenever they are needed. Yet study after study has shown that as many as 76% of executives report leadership talent shortages in terms of the number of leaders they can rely on and the skills and competencies within their current leadership teams. Considering the increasing need for organizations to proactively create opportunities for tomorrow, leadership development is in greater demand than ever.

In this program, David Goldsmith describes how organizations need great leaders NOW and delivers practical strategies and techniques to help audience members overcome the challenges of building internal talent. To date, most leaders believe that building talent is much easier said than done, but in this engaging presentation, audience members learn new answers and tools that make accelerating leadership teams a rapid reality.

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • How to remove old habits and build the obstacle clear path to new capabilities fast.
  • The secrets that eliminate the common concern: “If I leave, two or three people will be needed to do my job.”
  • When coaching or advising should supersede the performance review process.
  • How to engage a “side-by-side” approach to drive professional growth and development.
  • Techniques that build the types of leaders that don’t need titles or money to get others to follow them.
  • How to banish the “I’m new here” crutch from their organization forever.
  • Methods for empowering leaders to be their best, independently-functioning selves.
  • The role of Theoretical Jumps in gaining buy-in.
  • How to convert “idea mentality” to “plan mentality” as a means of driving success and wins.
  • What the WSP is and how it explodes leadership performance.
  • The role of technology in leveraging engagement across one’s organization.

This program is a game changer for leaders and their organizations because it uproots the issue of leadership development from the backs of minds and places it front and center where it can finally be achieved with practical, proven, perspective-changing tools and methodologies. Attendees typically find that even before they leave the event, their minds are racing with thoughts about how they are going to quickly build leadership potential within their organization.




  • "We recently invited David Goldsmith to speak to our senior leadership group (top 50 managers) on the topics of strategy and improved execution. David gave an absolutely outstanding presentation to our group. In his preparation, David interviewed several of our executives in advance of the conference and developed original material which was tailored to our company, our culture and our operating style. David is a high energy, brilliant combination of entrepreneur, consultant, academic and author. From his initial comments, he captivated our group and provided meaningful suggestions and working tools for our teams to use to improve our business performance. I received very positive feedback from many of our attendees afterward, who felt David's remarks were excellent, his delivery style was entertaining and his book was invaluable…I highly recommend David for your next management meeting or strategic challenge." Philip A. Goodrich Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Kaman Corporation
  • "David Goldsmith is not your typical professional speaker. He'll shock your brain with his nontraditional, outside- inside-all-around-the-box, fruit-basket turnover insight. His perspectives will cause you to stop, think and re- imagine your future. You can't leave his sessions without being provoked to think differently and question the status quo." Jeff Hurt CEO, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, Promotional Products Association International Meetings Architect and Industry 2.0 Unguru, National Association of Dental Plans
  • “We had learned so much in your research. You spoke the language of insurance, and even more impressive, the language of our company - almost as if you were part of it. During your presentation, people were glued to their chairs listening to your every word; the interaction with the group was great and note after note was taken. There are very few in the world that can do what you do. It's been over two months and we're still hearing conversations around your messages. To create this type of impact in such a short period of time is beyond belief." Cathy Bradshaw Director, HR Employee and Leadership Development, Colonial Life
  • "One of the things that makes you so different from any of the other speakers or consultants we've hired or that I've worked with at the local, state and national levels is you've have helped us to see things that make a huge impact in an incredibly short period of time. I've never seen anyone else in my 35 years of association management, having led associations at all levels including international, do what you can do. We see ourselves differently after having worked with you.” Teresa Kinney President, Florida Society of Association Executives
  • “Extraordinary…keynote speaker…insights and instincts were brilliant… exceeded all expectations…many senior members thought [David’s] presentation was the most informative they had ever heard at any conference… particularly impressive as each of these senior members have been in the industry 30 years or more and collectively attended hundreds of conferences." Frank Peretore, Esq. Peretore & Peretore, PC, National Equipment Finance Association
  • "I pulled two items out of your presentation that we will roll out globally through Johnson and Johnson. You've got me thinking about everything." Zack Lemelle Vice President and CIO, Johnson and Johnson