Dr. Steven MacGregor grew up in Motherwell in the West of Scotland. Known globally as one of the world’s finest steelmaking centers, it suffered greatly in the early 1990s through a mixture of politics and globalization. This upbringing has driven Dr. MacGregor to be one of the world’s leading experts on health and well-being in the work environment, underpinned by a strong set of values.
An engineer by training Steven holds a Master of Engineering in Product Design Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Design Management from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, a renowned engineering school. His PhD included a tour of North America as a visiting researcher, funded by several institutions and funds, including the Royal Academy of Engineering and Sir Sean Connery. This tour included Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon where Steven MacGregor forged relationships in the Bay Area and Pennsylvania that have lasted to this day.
After completing his PhD, Steven moved to Spain, working in the Mondragon Cooperative, the largest industrial cooperative in the world, and funded by a post-doctoral scholarship from the Spanish Government. He then led a dual life as an entrepreneur and professor, training also with Tour de France cyclists in Girona and pioneering the teaching of executive health and wellbeing at IESE Business School in Barcelona. This is the highest ranked executive education provider worldwide according to the Financial Times. Since 2009 he has taught over 100 executive programs at the school, involving thousands of senior leaders.
In total, Dr. Steven MacGregor has taught over 20,000 executives face-to-face through the Sustaining Executive Performance program, including teaching at IMD in Lausanne, CEIBS in Shanghai. Amongst his many and varied clients, he includes the likes of McKinsey, Salesforce, and Santander. This global exposure has given him a keen sense of cultural awareness and a deep understanding of how to inspire and change behaviour.
Steven is currently an adjunct professor at Madrid’s IE Business School as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Glasgow School of Art. He is also a prolific author who, over the past eleven years, has either authored or co-authored a total of six books. Of these, the most notable is ‘Sustaining Executive Performance’ that was published in 2015, and ‘Chief Wellbeing Officer’ published in 2018.
Steven is a former international-level duathlete currently racing for FC Barcelona, he has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France cyclists, and Ironman champions.
As a speaker, Steven MacGregor, who is also fluent in Spanish, has the ability to not only captivate his audiences but create a strong connection between personal health and business performance. He is imminently able to balance theory with field practice, resulting in a presentation that gives audiences applicable takeaways for use in both their personal and business lives.
“I have worked together with Steven in different projects. His performance and attitude have always been excellent. He is very proactive and he knows very well how to manage things. You feel that you can leave things on his hands, and they will be done on time and with high quality. He is creative and imaginative, but at the same time very pragmatic and result-oriented. He is a person to work with, without any doubt.”
“Steven introduced "Sustainable Executive Performance" into a training my company held with IESE. The feedback from the participants was "The most neglected success factor for Managers which was put on the table and was a great combination and highly recommended" I myself experienced it first hand and I think all companies should introduce this important message about life & work and the healthy balance that is needed to sustain us. Great Job Steven - thank you very much (and I am committing myself to a more healthy, balanced life style!)"
“Steven's contribution to our leading edge executive education program for high potentials has been exemplary. He creates a strong connection between personal health & business performanceng balancing theory with field practice which is much appreciated by our executives.”
“Hemos tenido la oportunidad de contar con él en nuestro IV Congreso de Seguridad, celebrado en Universitas. Sus charlas son muy interesantes y motivadoras. Muchas gracias por haber compartido tu tiempo con nosotros.”
“During the Advanced Management Course, at IESE, I followed the course of Steven MacGregor about Sustainable Executive Performance. I could highly recommend. He gave us very enlightening, inspiring lectures and implementable recommendations on how to improve our daily lives and performance. Since some months, he also has a website and book available, so you can follow his course at your leisure. A "must" for all Executives!”
“We were very impressed with Steven's strong contribution to our Management Summer School, for our invited audience of 100 of Hager Group’s international leaders. His expert speaker input on the subject of sustainable business development was both informative and inspiring.”
“Steve's work on innovation processes is very innovative... We were all realising that task based and information flow influenced processes did not crack the nut. The kernel of a great process is to look at the social interactions that lead to new knowledge. Steve helped us move forward on the social processes that underpin truly great innovation... in a nutshell Steve helped us better prepare ideas to present to decision makers without diluting the insights that led to the idea in the first place!”
“Steven is extremely dedicated and ambitious to deliver outstanding results in Innovation Management, a consulting field that is uniquely complex and challenging.”