Brian Little

Scholar, University Professor and Author of Me, Myself, and Us

Dr. Brian R. Little is an internationally renowned professor and brilliant lecturer who was elected by the Harvard graduating classes as a favorite professor for three consecutive years. He has been described as “a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein,” but he claims their only similarity is their height.

Raised in British Columbia, Little received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford. He currently teaches at Cambridge University in the Department of Psychology and in the Cambridge Judge Business School. In 2015, he will be a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Business at Penn.

Little was a pioneer in the study of personality and well-being. He mentored some of today’s leading business authors and speakers, including Adam Grant, Shawn Achor, Tal Ben-Shahar and Susan Cain. According to Achor, “he is one of the great lecturers of our time. I quote him and his research in both my books because his research is so foundational.”

Little’s award-winning research explores how personality shapes lives and the implications this has for flourishing in our corporations, associations, schools and families. His book, Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being,provides a novel way of understanding the layers of our personality, why we often act out of character, and why doing so is important to professional success and personal well-being. Cain praises Me, Myself, and Us as “monumentally important,” Grant as “a masterpiece,” and Dan Pink as “truly gripping.”  

Drawing on this research, Little’s keynote presentations are a blend of whimsical hilarity and passionate force. He explains the practical applications of recent research in personality science to communication, emotion, motivation, decision making, creativity, health and prosperity. His presentations frequently inspire standing ovations.