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Steven MacGregor

Professor of Executive Health and Behaviour, conference speaker on corporate wellbeing & leadership, author of ‘Chief Wellbeing Officer’

Steven MacGregor Biography

Dr. Steven MacGregor is a global pioneer in workplace health and wellbeing, and how it supports business performance. In the past 10 years he has helped tens of thousands of managers around the world bring their whole selves to the workplace in his roles as professor, researcher and executive coach.
In total, Dr. MacGregor has taught over 30,000 executives face-to-face and a further 250,000 online through the Sustaining Executive Performance program, including teaching at IMD in Lausanne, and CEIBS in Shanghai. Amongst his many and varied clients, he includes the likes of McKinsey, Salesforce and Uber. This global exposure has given him a keen sense of cultural awareness and a deep understanding of how to inspire and change behaviour.

Dr. Steven MacGregor grew up in Motherwell in the west of Scotland. Known globally as one of the world’s finest steelmaking centres, it suffered greatly in the early 1990s through a mixture of politics and globalization.

This upbringing has driven Dr. MacGregor to be one of the world’s leading experts on health and wellbeing in the work environment, underpinned by a strong set of values.

An engineer by training, Steven holds a Master of Engineering in Product Design Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Design Management from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, a renowned engineering school. His PhD included a tour of North America as a visiting researcher, funded by several institutions and funds, including the Royal Academy of Engineering and Sir Sean Connery. This tour included Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon where he forged relationships in the Bay Area and Pennsylvania that have lasted to this day.

After completing his PhD, Steven moved to Spain, working in the Mondragon Cooperative, the largest industrial cooperative in the world and funded by a post-doctoral scholarship from the Spanish Government. He then led a dual life as an entrepreneur and professor, training also with Tour de France cyclists in Girona and pioneering the teaching of executive health and wellbeing at IESE Business School in Barcelona. This is the highest ranked executive education provider worldwide according to the Financial Times. Since 2009 he has taught over 100 executive programs at the school, involving thousands of senior leaders.

He is currently an adjunct professor at Madrid’s IE Business School as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Glasgow School of Art. He is also a prolific author who, over the past eleven years, has either authored or co-authored a total of six books. Of these, the most notable is ‘Sustaining Executive Performance’ published in 2015 and ‘Chief Wellbeing Officer’ published in 2018.

He is a former international-level duathlete currently racing for FC Barcelona and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France cyclists and Ironman champions.

As a speaker, Steven, who is also fluent in Spanish, has the ability to not only captivate his audiences but create a strong connection between personal health and business performance. He is imminently able to balance theory with field practice, resulting in a presentation that gives audiences applicable takeaways for use in both their personal and business lives.

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Testimonials for Steven MacGregor

“I just wanted to say thank you for the sessions this week. They really resonated with me – so much that I wanted the hard copy of your book and it should be delivered to my home before I get there this weekend. I have been searching for months for a catalyst for change and in just two short hours you have given me enough to bootstrap. So thank you. I am looking forward to practicing 7S and seeing where it can take me.”

Shakira Kelly

Senior Vice President, Oracle

“Steven is fabulous. I teamed up with him on an innovative leadership development program I am doing with a Chinese client to accelerate leadership skill building. He leads sessions to help executives eat better, sleep better and move better, fully taking into account the crazy, noisy lives executives (and consultants) face. His highly practical material is backed by science and full of excellent tips we can immediately apply. His delivery is excellent and the SEP material is highly relevant to McKinsey internal learning as well as our clients.”

Bruce Simpson

Senior Partner, McKinsey

Steven MacGregor‘s Topics

The human-focused workplace – building better lives for business success

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Towards the business case for health and wellbeing

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Habit hacking and sustainable behaviour change

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Creating cultures of inspiration and innovation

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Practicing a more human language of leadership for the future of work

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Sustaining executive performance

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Becoming a world-class sleeper

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Positive and mindful leadership

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Design your Life

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Combatting executive stress and burnout

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