5 GEARS · Book

How to Be Present and Productive

When There Is Never Enough Time

People around the world struggle with work/life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.
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Executives · Entrepreneurs · Stay-at-Home Parents · Teammates · HR Directors · Non-Profits · More


“5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?”

PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

“One of the most important skills a leader must have is the capacity to observe oneself and self-regulate. Looking at your gears is looking at yourself. A very valuable exercise.”

Dr. Henry Cloud speaker, psychologist, and bestselling author of Necessary Endings, Integrity, Boundaries and other books

“5 Gears is a practical system to take your emotional intelligence to a whole new level. If you want to become a more powerful connector and improve your relationships, this is a must read!”

JON GORDON, bestselling author of The Energy Bus

“I wish I had been given the gift of the 5 Gears approach to relationships before I became a husband, a dad, and a business leader. This is an outstanding framework that leads to stronger relationships.”

Chris Herschend, President, Ride the Ducks; Vice Chair, Herschend Enterprises


“5 Gears is a simple, but very effective analogy. I have seen firsthand how leaders disconnect by being in the wrong gear at the wrong time. And, I realize now how much more effective I could have been had I not been so stuck in 4th and 5th gears. If you want to increase your influence and connect more effectively, read this book.”

PATTYE MOORE, Board Chair, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; author, Confessions from the Corner Office

Take a Closer Look

What are the 5 Gears?

5th Gear: Learn to Get "In the Zone"

Do you have trouble getting "In The Zone"? This is where 5th gear can help. Time flies by, you get things done, and progress is made.

4th Gear: Leading in a Task World

Most adults spend their day multi-tasking with phone calls, emails, chores and more. Learning how to manage 4th gear correctly is key for maximum productivity.

3rd Gear: Why Being Social Matters

Third Gear is all about being social and building friendships. It happens in coffee shops, at dinner parties and other social gatherings, and it's the secret ingredient in business that many people overlook.

2nd Gear: Connecting Deeply

How often do you have deep, refreshing conversations? Do you really know how to be present with others? This is 2nd gear.

1st Gear: Learn How To Recharge

Most people struggle to truly recharge. Learn how successful people take time to rest and recharge so they can give their families, teams and friends their best.

Reverse: Learn How to Apologize

Most people struggle with backing up and apologizing. Reverse is all about owning your mistakes and moving forward in a healthy way.


Use the 5 Gears and learn how to be present and productive when there is NEVER enough time. We’ve used this system with thousands of people around the world and we’ve seen unbelievable transformation take place. Parents are reconnecting with their kids, spouses are having fun again, and teams are reaching unparalleled levels of performance and productivity at work.


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Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram

About the Authors

Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram are the co-founders of GiANT Worldwide, a global leadership development company that focuses on transforming and multiplying leaders. They’ve been serving leaders around the world for over 13 years.

Jeremie Kubicek

JEREMIE KUBICEK is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and the GiANT companies. He is a bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive and speaker to organizations throughout the world on transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.

Steve Cockram

STEVE COCKRAM is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and a recognized expert on personality development, applied leadership learning and culture change with executive teams and organizations around the world. Steve is a sought- after speaker and teacher on apprenticeship, personality development and team building. He resides in London with his wife and three children.


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“The 5 Gears have truly transformed my life and work.”
– Matt Hyatt, CEO, Rocket IT

“This has opened a window for me, helping me view my patterns and behaviors in such a way that I can make strategic changes to increase my influence and bring more balance and well-being to my life.”
– Mary Alice Higbie, Founder, The Tea Room

“I figured out exactly what I need to do in order to stay recharged and ‘at my best’ for my team.”
– Matt Keen, HR Director, Endava

“The 5 Gears mindset opened my eyes and helped me realize where I was missing crucial time to connect with my son. Don’t miss out on this powerful system.”
– Kevin DeShazo, CEO, Fieldhouse Media

“I introduced the 5 Gears to my team and we are able to communicate so much more clearly with no hard feelings.”
– Andrew Ashman, Ford Motor Company