Ilja Grzeskowitz

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.

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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

„Ilja Grzeskowitz was the Keynote Speaker for our BMW Financial Services Partner Event and we were very pleased with our choice. Working with him was extremely professional und pleasant. Not only is he a true change expert, but he also customized his speech to specific challenges of our industry. With his fascinating and humorous presentation, Mr. Grzeskowitz has definitely moved inspired our guests. Lieber Ilja, wir wünschen Dir weiterhin viel Erfolg und Freude bei deiner Arbeit. Nochmals herzlichen Dank für Deinen Auftritt und Einsatz bei unserem Event. Dear Ilja, may we say thank you very much, once again. We wish you all the best and are very happy.”

Roger Muhr & Martina Merki / BMW / Marketing Director

„We were impressed with Mr. Grzeskowitz´s strong combination of commmunication skills, leadership paired with extensive business experience and the high level of personal energy, motivational outlook towards individuals and the group, as well as his positive attitude.”

KF / Andersen Leadership Academy

Satisfied Customers

  • 7S Group
  • AOK
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Braun
  • DATEV
  • Deutsche Messe
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Expert Electronics
  • Fujitsu
  • Getrag International
  • HSH Nordbank
  • HypoVereinsbank
  • IKEA
  • Jack & Jones
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Jocoon GmbH
  • JoKaTex Textilhandel
  • Kabel BW
  • KaDeWe Berlin
  • Karstadt
  • KF Andersen
  • Konradin Mediengruppe
  • Lapp Holding

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