Since 1993, Bruce Tulgan has delighted audiences in nearly a thousand keynote speeches all over the world, addressing hundreds of thousands of people in organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart, from the Army to the YMCA. Bruce consistently receives rave reviews and has been among the top-rated speakers at conferences in just about every industry. His keynote speeches are a blend of compelling insight, laugh-out-loud humor, and concrete best practices that participants can take back to work and use immediately. Bruce delivers keynote speeches ranging from forty-five minutes to two hours.Bruce has also trained tens of thousands of leaders, managers, supervisors and non-management employees in hundreds of organizations. Bruce is widely considered among the foremost experts on workplace management, a thought-leader, and one of the top management trainers in the world. We offer thousands of proven best practices organized into more than 90 hours of prepared classroom content. And participants work together on the application of those proven best practices to their own real life challenges in the workplace. All of our workshops can be customized for groups of any size and formats can be adjusted for time-frames of three hours, four hours, one day, two days, or three days.


It’s Okay to Be the Boss™: The Step by Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need
Back-to-basics management for all leaders

It’s Okay to Be the Boss™, the Next Steps: Focus on the More Difficult Cases
Advanced back-to-basic management

It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss™: The Step-by-Step Program for Making the Best of Your Most Important Relationship at Work
Back-to-basics boss management, for all employees

Managing the Generation Mix™: Focus on All Four Generations
Leveraging generational differences

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy™: How to Manage Generation Y
Bringing out the best in young talent

New Leaders: Developing the Next Generation
Leadership Development

Winning the Talent Wars®: Staffing Strategy, Recruiting, Rewarding, and Retaining
Human capital management

Bruce Tulgan book

Full Biography

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. He has been called “the new Tom Peters” by many who have seen him speak. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list (the Thinkers 50 is the definitive global ranking of the world’s top 50 business thinkers). And on August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s newest book is IT’S OKAY TO MANAGE YOUR BOSS (Jossey-Bass, September 14, 2010). He is also the author of the recent best-seller IT’S OKAY TO BE THE BOSS (HarperCollins, 2007) and the classic MANAGING GENERATION X (W.W. Norton, 2000; first published in 1995). Bruce’s other books include WINNING THE TALENT WARS (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller FAST FEEDBACK (HRD Press, 1998); NOT EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY: HOW TO MANAGE GENERATION Y (Jossey-Bass, 2009); and MANAGING THE GENERATION MIX (HRD Press, 2006). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions.

Bruce’s writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce continues his lifelong study of Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do and holds a fifth degree black belt. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA: THE BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY WARD BEECHER (Doubleday, 2006).