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David Allen–an author and management consultant known for his productivity methods. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and now resides in Amsterdam, Netherlands. According to Allen, he has had 35 professions before the age of 35. His range of jobs include being a magician, karate teacher, waiter, landscaper, vitamin distributor, gas station manager, restaurant cook, personal growth trainer, manager of a lawn service company and a travel agency. He is also an ordained minister with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.

Allen began applying his perspective on productivity with businesses in the 1980s. He has authored three books, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. He is the founder of the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching.