Ilja Grzeskowitz

Ilja Grzeskowitz ist Keynote Speaker zum Thema Chance.

Occupation: Change expert, Author, Consultant

Field(s) of expertise: Change management, motivation, leadership, success

Language(s): German, English

Making Change Happen

Think it. Do it. Change it. That´s the mantra of Global Topspeaker Ilja Grzeskowitz. The graduated change expert started his career as Germany´s youngest store manager and was in charge of ten department store for Karstadt, Wertheim, Hertie and IKEA. He is a bestselling author of six books and had guest lecturing positions at the SRH University in Berlin and the Berlin School of Law and Economics. As an innovation scout, Ilja constantly travels the world in order to discover future trends. In his work as a keynote speaker and consultant, he helps organizations, companies and managers to create a culture of change.

For your next event, choose Global Topspeaker Ilja Grzeskowitz, one of the preeminent experts on change, motivation and success. If you ask the former executive manager, what his approach to long lasting change looks like, he would answer with the following statement: ´It´s all about attitude!` And he goes even further: ´When it comes to being successful in business and in life, attitude isn´t some technique or a one time thing. Attitude is everything!` As a motivational speaker, experienced trainer and bestselling author of five books on change, he shows organizations, leaders and managers how easy it is to unleash their inner potential, which leads to a high motivation and better results.

Ilja Grzeskowitz walks his talk, when he speaks about change. After graduating as an MBA in economics and marketing he started as a storemanager for a large retail company named Karstadt. Despite many organizational changes, heavy staff reduction and closings of locations, he managed to develop motivated teams, which generated great results. He was responsible for 10 different department stores and a business volume of 500 million Euros. As a leader, he inspired more than hundred department managers and over 2000 co-workers with his hands-on leadership approach and his moving attitude.

In his time as a storemanager at IKEA, he was inspired by the scandinavian leadership philosophy, the power of ideas and the ´out-of-the-box-thinking`, which was present throughout the company. Today, you can benefit from these insights, when the charismatic speaker shares his knowledge and solutions with you.

If you are planning your next event, bring in Ilja Grzeskowitz. The inspiring keynote speaker shows your team how change really works and how you develop the right attitude. Your people will be inspired and motivated and choose certainty and action over uncertainty and indecision. You will see the positive results long after your event is over.

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Participant Comments

"„Best in class“ – is the only way to express the excellence of Ilja’s presentation and how well he shared his passion for change during our 2019 Kick Off Conference. With his down-to-earth style and presence he reached the hearts and minds of the members of our diverse multi-cultural organization to see change as an opportunity. “Oh Yeah” was authentic, inspirational and memorable. It was easy to understand and follow his positive, energetic, very professional and also entertaining speech. I loved to see how the drama of “CHANGE” transformed to something positive. Everyone in the organization was inspired to take ownership of the change process, allowing change to make way for a better life and a brighter future. Thanks to Ilja, we were introduced to 4 easy steps which outlined what it takes to be the driver of the change we want to implement. I am very sure that by scheduling Ilja’s speech right at the beginning of our conference, we were able to set the tone of our theme “Take what’s ours” and the change needed to win in a positive light. This paved the way for one of the best Kick-off conferences we have held for our Global Salon Business Organization and ignited the positive mindset for the way we will experience change in the future - not only in business but also in our private lives. The positive feedback was overwhelming."

Andreas Spieß / Kao Salon Division / Vice President Business Management

"I’m very pleased to let you know that we were all delighted with Ilja – his address/speech was ‘on point’ and exactly what we were looking for and we particularly also appreciated his time afterwards when he made a real effort to connect with our delegates during breaks and meals. >From first contact he was easy to work with and his preparation was immaculate, he worked seamlessly with our conference production company and was generally very easy to get along with – a very likeable individual with a good, positive and constructive message. Just what we’d been looking for! Overall highly recommended!"

Karim Rasched / Marriott Hotels International / Project Director, Europe Finance

Satisfied Customers

  • 7S Group
  • AbbVie
  • Accor Hotellerie
  • AOK
  • Audi
  • Bayer
  • BMW
  • Braun
  • Cancom
  • Daimler
  • Datev
  • Deutsche Messe
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • ELO Digital
  • Expert Electronics
  • Fujitsu
  • Getrag International
  • Heidenheimer Zeitung
  • HSH Nordbank
  • HypoVereinsbank
  • IKEA
  • Inno Systems
  • Jack & Jones
  • Janssen-Cilag


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