David Allen (december 1945) is an international author, lecturer, and founder and President of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company.
In the last twenty years he has developed and implemented productivity improvement programs for over a half million professionals in hundreds of organizations worldwide, including many Fortune 500 corporations and U.S. Government agencies. He delivers public and in-house seminars, executive workflow coaching, and consulting programs that address interactive and organizational productivity and alignment issues.
Having logged thousands of hours working with individual executives and senior professionals, David has developed a revolutionary, unique and highly practical system for improving personal and organizational productivity.
He is the author of two books -the international best-selling book, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Viking; 2001) and Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life (Viking; 2003). He has published numerous essays and articles in professional journals and periodicals on the topic of personal effectiveness. More than 150 of his original essays have been featured in his e-newsletter, "David Allen's Productivity Principles," with a global readership of more than 120,000 people. He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of time and stress management, individual and team productivity, and high performance work practices.