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Ilja Grzeskowitz

Bestselling author, change expert, founder of Change Leaders Academy
Change management, motivation, leadership, success
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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Roger Muhr - BMW Switzerland

"We were able to win Ilja Grzeskowitz as keynote speaker for our BMW Financial Services dealer event and were very pleased with our choice. The cooperation with Mr. Grzeskowitz was very professional and extremely pleasant from the very beginning. In addition to the topic of change management, he was also very responsive to our industry-specific topics. Mr. Grzeskowitz inspired and carried away our guests with an exciting presentation, whereby humor was not neglected either. We would like to thank Ilja Grzeskowitz for his valuable and stimulating contribution to our event and can highly recommend him. Dear Ilja, we wish you continued success and joy in your work. Thank you again for your performance and dedication at our event."

Boris Winkelmann - DPD Group

"Your inspiring and encouraging words were a highlight at our management conference."

Martin Kleindl - Sparkasse Ingolstadt

"Ilja Grzeskowitz embodies the new generation of speakers without airs and graces. He inspires his audience with his relaxed manner and his clear and understandable speech. He knows how to highlight important topics and bring them into focus. He lives what he says. He manages to take away people's fear of change and lets them recognize the opportunities."

Beate Rosenfeld - PRIMEPULSE SE

"Ilja's keynote at our General Management Meeting exceeded all expectations. His personal and relaxed way of communicating the topic of change makes his speeches inspiring and motivating."

Elisabeth Tanke Sugimoto - SWISS International Air Lines Ltd.

"Thanks, Ilja, for sharing your passion for change as a chance to go beyond our self-created limitations. You touched and encouraged our SWISS audience with your witty life and business anecdotes. Audience reviews stated it was the best event of this kind ever!"

Salwa Abboud - PALL Corporation

"Dear Ilja, THANK YOU for your inspiring keynote speech. This was by far the best keynote. We were truly inspired and energized. OhYEAH! Again, big thanks, it was awesome!"

Karim Rache - Marriott Hotels International

"We were all delighted with Ilja – his keynote address/speech was ‘on point’ and exactly what we were looking for. His ‘change message’ was easy to understand for our multi-cultural audience, delivered with good humour and self-deprecation – the attendees loved it! We particularly also appreciated that he took time afterwards and made a real effort to connect with our delegates during breaks and meals for the rest of the day. 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!"

Phillipp Pohoralek - neuraxpharm

"Ilja's presentation at our kick-off was great! He did a great job of tying in the previous presentations and inspiring and motivating the team even more. I look forward to many more events with his support."

lectures by Ilja Grzeskowitz

Think it. Do it. Change it.

How to think big, act bold and get the results you want

We live in tough times and it seems that nobody is happy with the circumstances in society, at work or at home. But instead of taking action, everybody is complaining, whining and waiting for somebody else to do something about it. Instead of changing ourselves, we hope that others will take responsibility. Instead of actively living our dreams, we are waiting for the perfect moment. But unfortunately, that moment will never come.

Keynote: "the attitude of change"

Is your organization constantly working on developing new ideas, because everybody knows, that new ways of doing things are a big opportunity to get better? Or do you have people in your team, who say: “Why should I change? That´s the way, we´ve always done it.” In this inspiring and motivational keynote, you´ll discover, how to use the 4 C´s of change in business and in life, how to deal with negative people and finally, how to become a champion of change.

making change happen

For your next event, choose Global Topspeaker Ilja Grzeskowitz (pronounced: Gresh -ko -witz), who will make your audience think, laugh and take action. He teaches general principles, which work for anyone in any business. You will listen keynotes full of inspiring stories, motivational messages and ideas on how to master change in times of uncertainty. The former top manager knows, that change is nothing, that happens „out there“. Instead, it´s an attitude, which we have to choose on a daily basis. With his personality, his content and his engaging delivery style, he fascinates audiences all over the world and shows organizations, companies and leaders how to unleash their full potential, master change in tough times and to achieve great results.


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.

Keynote Speaker Ilja Grzeskowitz