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Dr. David B. Peterson



David B. Peterson, PhD, has been recognized as a world-class executive coach and thought leader in leadership and executive development for over 25 years. In 2019 he was selected as the #1 Corporate Coach in the world. As co-founder and Chief Transformation Officer at 7 Paths Forward, LLC, he provides executive coaching and leadership development programs to top executives in companies ranging from Amazon and Apple to Waymo and Zoom, as well as highly-regarded virtual training and development programs for leaders and executive coaches around the world. Previously, David was head of Google’s Executive Coaching & Leadership team, where he built one of the world’s most innovative and high-impact coaching programs, and led the agile organization design team to help prepare Google to address emergent and disruptive leadership challenges, as well as coaching hundreds of Google’s senior leaders on their most complex and emergent challenges. In addition to being a world-class coach, he is a highly regarded speaker and author — his books, Leader as Coach and Development FIRST have sold over 1,000,000 copies. He is known for being on the cutting edge of the profession, challenging the conventional wisdom and constantly exploring provocative and compelling new ideas to help coaches and leaders have greater impact. He earned his PhD in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Harvard Institute of Coaching.

What inspires you?

Music, beauty, art.

What relationship has been most influential in your life?

My wife, Alexis.

What’s on your bookshelf?

Principles, Ray Dalio

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