In pursuit of the American dream, Kevin Kruse started his first company when he was just 22 years old. He worked around the clock, literally living out of his one-room office and showering each day at the YMCA, before giving up a year later deeply in debt. But after discovering the power of Wholehearted Leadership and Employee Engagement Kevin went on to build and sell several, multimillion dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way.
Kevin is also the author of several books including the NY Times bestseller, "We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement," which was named one of the top leadership books in 2011 by 800-CEO-Read. He is a Forbes Leadership columnist and was named to the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list by Trust Across America.
His book, "Employee Engagement 2.0," provides a detailed action plan that turns "task-managers" into "people-leaders" and "Employee Engagement for Everyone" guides individuals to greater happiness at work.
Kevin's mission is to convince everyone that wholehearted leadership for employee engagement is the key to unlocking both dramatic business results and to better health and relationships for individuals.
Based on his own experience as a CEO, and on the results of surveys of over 10 million people in 150 countries, Kevin reveals how growth, recognition and trust are the key drivers that turn average groups into high performing teams. He shares specific tactics to:
• Unlock emotional commitment • Activate discretionary effort • Generate future confidence and clarity to combat the effects of change
Kevin has traveled the globe as a keynote speaker on leadership, human capital and entrepreneurship. He is consistently rated among the top keynote speakers at events he attends.
Kevin also finds time to give back to communities worldwide through the Kevin Kruse Foundation, which has supported The US Naval War College, Wreaths Across America, The Library Project, The Acumen Fund, Senior Adults for Greater Education and the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.
Kevin currently leads a non-profit, invests as an angel at Delaware Crossing, is co-owner of Team Capital Bank and builds libraries in Asia with The Library Project. Kevin lives with his three children in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.