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Charlie Gilkey

Founder & CEOProductive Flourishing

Portland, OR

Member Since February 2013


Business Strategy
Strategic Planning
Business Consulting


Charlie Gilkey’s fascination with the philosophy of productivity drove him to create new methods that guide users to not only finish what they start, but finish what matters most. Charlie has spent the last 15 years guiding professional creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to get past what is holding them back. His website,, is one of the top sites for planning and productivity. Along his yellow brick road, Charlie served as an officer in the Army, is a near Ph.D. in philosophy, married his high-school sweetheart, and did basket tosses as a cheerleader. He has written several books, including the highly acclaimed and award-winning Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done, its companion workbook, the Start Finishing Field Guide, and the highly anticipated Team Habits, which will help teams increase their belonging and performance. In 2022, Charlie launched one of his most ambitious and rewarding projects yet: the Momentum app, created to be a productivity coach in your pocket. Charlie is known for being philosophical yet practical, compassionate yet disciplined, creative yet analytical, happy but calm. It’s this merging of two mindsets that make Charlie simultaneously pragmatic and empathetic; a combination that is at the core of his methodology and philosophy on how to become the most productive and peaceful version of ourselves.

Published content

How Effective Leadership Boosts Productivity


Leadership and productivity connect in a multitude of concrete and nonobvious ways.

Three Ways To Make Your Day More Coherent And Productive


Rather than trying to create more time in the day, a simpler place to start is to rearrange the day.

expert panel

Often, the leaders we remember the most are the ones who inspire us to take action or to better ourselves and make an impact. To be inspirational in this way is a goal many leaders dream of achieving, yet it’s not a skill that always seems to come naturally to those who try.  Thankfully, there are a few steps you can follow to help put you on the right path. Here, 10 members of Young Entrepreneur Council each offer up one step leaders can take to be more inspirational day to day and discuss why developing this trait will benefit you, your team and your company overall.

Company details

Productive Flourishing

Company bio

We share strategies for thriving in life and business. We serve two primary audiences: * Entrepreneurs who are trying to figure out how to take some brilliant idea they have and turn it into a smart, sustainable, and profitable business, and... * Businesses who are stuck at one phase of development and need some outside perspective on how they can get to the next phase. Our rather unique experiences, perspectives, and skillsets allow us to generate tailor-made solutions, strategies, and plans that address both the personal and business issues that come up as we're growing our businesses. There are a lot of other businesses out there that can help you, but no business that can do it like we do it. Our clients routinely become industry leaders and influencers. If you'd like to be one, check us out and get in touch.


Management Consulting

Company size

2 - 10