Harris Kern

Harris Walks The Talk

Harris lives every day with a sense of urgency! Life is short and he makes use of every minute NOT hour or day! Several of his achievements are:

  • Exercises every day of the year
  • Traveled to every continent and hundreds of cities all over the world (logged over 4 million miles)
  • Established several successful businesses
  • Purchased first home at the age of 19 in the San Francisco Bay area
  • Trained his mind and body to sleep 4 hours a night
  • Financially independent at 38
  • Graced the cover of Hot Rod magazine with his show car and speed boat at the age of 21

Some people consider this routine too extreme, but at 60 years old Harris has mastered the ultimate level of discipline and believes the body and mind should be pushed to the max every day. He has been dedicated to living this way for over 30 years. Harris never pushes his clients in this manner unless of course they want to be this disciplined.

Hire Harris Kern and You’ll Get Harris Kern in Person

Harris’ greatest assets are a caring demeanor, incomparable energy, and desire to help people manage their life efficiently. He wants to help as many people as possible fulfill their goals and aspirations. That’s why Harris personally completes each client engagement. You won’t get someone who has studied Harris’ program – you get the master himself.


Harris has written over 40 books including the following titles:

  • Live Like You Are Dying: Make Your Life Count Moment By Moment
  • Going From Undisciplined to Self-Mastery: Five Simple Steps to Get You There
  • DISCIPLINE: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Hidden Potential
  • DISCIPLINE: Training the Mind to Manage Your Life
  • DISCIPLINE: Mentoring Children For Success
  • DISCIPLINE: Take Control of Your Life
  • On Being a Workaholic: Using Balance and Discipline to Live a Better and More Efficient Life

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Harris is also the founder and driving force behind the Harris Kern Enterprise Computing Institute ( that leverages his 30+year career in IT senior management. Harris brought together the industry’s leading minds to publish “how-to” textbooks on the critical issues the IT industry faces. The Prentice Hall series includes titles such as:

  • IT Services
  • High Availability
  • CIO Wisdom, CIO Wisdom II
  • Managing IT as an Investment
IT Automation
The Quest for “Lights Out”: Data center automation in distributed environments.
CIO Wisdom
Best Practices from Silicon Valley’s Leading IT Experts
IT Services
Costs, Metrics, Benchmarking, and Marketing: Delighting IT customers: your real-world, start-to-finish guide
CIO Wisdom II
More Best Practices from Leading IT Experts
IT Architecture Toolkit
Less theoretical, more practical approach to developing and implementing enterprise architecture.
IT People
Doing More with Less. Best practices for managing the people within the IT organization.
Data Warehousing
Architecture and Implementation: A start-to-finish process for deploying successful data warehouses
Building Professional Services
The Sirens’ Song: A comprehensive guide to creating a professional services organization
IT Problem Management
The complete “best practices” guide to IT problem resolution.
IT Organization
Building a World-Class Infrastructure.
IT Web Services
A Roadmap for the Enterprise: Architectures, platforms, roles, business models, and deployment realities.
Software Development
Building Reliable Systems.
IT Production Services
Building Competitive Advantage: Describes one of the most important functions of an IT infrastructure
Managing IT as an Investment
Partnering for Success: Maximizing the value of technology—and the success of your IT organization.
High Availability
Design, Techniques and Processes: The complete how-to guide for maximizing availability of enterprise systems
IT Systems Management
Design, Implement, and Manage World-Class Infrastructures.
Technology Strategies
Managing technology, value, and change in the new economy.
Web-Based Infrastructures
A 4-D Framework: Maximize the value of your next Web-centered initiative.

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