How is PTT different from other “business” or “leadership and management” books?

  • PTT is not about leadership attributes or management styles. Rather, it reveals the 12 practical leadership activities that research has shown all leaders engage in on a daily basis. If you improve your performance of any activity, even slightly, you improve your performance as a leader.
  • It is not a book of theories or an author merely telling you what you should do, it contains proven tools and methodologies along with their instructions for application so that readers can immediately apply what they learn.
  • The tools and concepts in PTT are universal, meaning experienced and aspiring leaders in any industry or sector, any culture or geographic location can understand them, use them, and transfer them to others.
  • PTT offers an accompanying website, two community forums, promotional products, downloadable graphics and wall charts, and Paid to Think Singles, individual chapters that leaders can use for a variety of purposes such as to develop leadership within their organizations.

David Goldsmith Biography

David Goldsmith is a co-founder and the President of the Goldsmith Organization based in New York, USA. Although David carries many labels—consultant, author, inventor, speaker, advisor, coach, telecast host, instructor, community volunteer, and businessperson—he has just one philosophy about developing leadership: teach leaders how to think better and a world of boundless opportunities opens its door to them.

David is the developer of Enterprise Thinking, what many of today’s most-respected thought leaders are touting as the most revolutionary approach to leadership in modern history. Through David’s twenty plus years of research as a consultant, he has uncovered the twelve universal leadership activities that all leaders perform on a daily basis, and in his book, Paid to THINK, he not only describes those activities along with real-life examples, but he provides practical instruction and proven “thinking tools” so that both experienced and up-and-coming leaders alike can immediately improve their performance.

His consulting work spans the globe and his expertise is sought by leaders in a wide range of industries and sectors. David’s scope of services covers the wide span of operational, strategic, competitive, and organizational challenges that decision makers face in today’s fast-paced world. [To learn more and to view client list, click here.]

David has been named by Successful Meetings Magazine as one of the speaking industry’s Top 26 Hottest Speakers for his engaging, content-rich, and transformational presentations. He has never considered himself a “motivational speaker,” rather, David has found that the key to motivating audience members is to empower them with information, knowledge, skills, and tools so that they can independently convert their ideas to realities upon exiting his presentations. [To learn more about the three types of Paid to THINK programs or about the fully-customized presentations called Consulting from the Stage, click here.]

During his twelve years as an adjunct instructor at New York University, David developed and taught two core SPCS courses, earning the school’s Teaching Excellence award. Proving that leaders gain and give value and generate new knowledge from the synergistic exchange of ideas with colleagues, he created two successful communities for his students and has since done the same for readers of his book. [Click here to observe or join the Paid to THINK Connection and David’s Forums.]

In addition to Paid to THINK, more than 500 of David’s articles are available to view on his website, and through various publications’ websites and trade magazines. To afford leaders the convenience and flexibility of accessing portions of Enterprise Thinking for training and development purposes, David has also made available Paid to THINK Singles, individual e-book chapters for the way leaders work and learn.

David enjoyed a business and entrepreneurial history which involved the co-founding and operating of nine companies in a wide range of industries before selling his 14-year-old textile decorating facility in 1999 to a national promotional products corporation with over 400 franchise locations in order to follow his true passion of helping other leaders through consulting, coaching, and speaking services.

David co-founded the New York Chapter of the National Speakers Association and made it the fastest-growing chapter in the world. His professional and civic contributions have earned him a place on the board of directors of a number of other organizations including the national board of directors of the Institute of Management Consultants. He has hosted the telecast series for both of the aforementioned organizations, believing that the opportunity to interview some of today’s most innovative thinkers in the pursuit of educating and empowering consultants and speakers on a global scale has been an honor and privilege. [Click here to view expanded list of organizations.]

David has received a number of recognitions for his professional and community achievements among which include The Citizens Foundation of Central New York’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Central New York 40 under 40 Leadership Award. His accomplishments have appeared in media around the world such as Bloomberg Media, The New York Times and CNNfn in the US, Entrepreneur Magazine in Japan, the Financial Times of London, Buk LaiminGas and Vadovas magazines in Europe, RTHK radio in Hong Kong, and more. [For a partial list of media and awards, click here.]

David earned his MBA from Syracuse University. [To view full educational background and list of interests, click here.]

He and his wife, Lorrie, are the proud parents of two sons. They reside in New York, USA.

Article Byline

David Goldsmith is a consultant, advisor, speaker, telecast host and author. He is the President of the New York based Goldsmith Organization, holds an MBA from Syracuse University, served on the faculty of New York University for 12 years, and over the past 20 years has founded or co-founded eight businesses ranging from distribution to manufacturing to advertising. Lorrie Goldsmith is co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization. You can download all the graphics associated with their book Paid to THINK for your organization for no charge at and they can be reached at and

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David Goldsmith, c/o Goldsmith Organization LLC
8248 Barksdale Lane,
Manlius, NY 13104
Phone: +1 315-682-3157

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