Our Senior Experts

We are proud and honored to have some of the most highly regarded thought leaders in the fields of organizational development and personal transformation as members of our senior expert team. These experts inform our pedagogy and program content, help train our global team of practitioners, serve as faculty for the Next Practice Institute and on occasion provide keynote content for our client programs.

Zafer Achi / McKinsey & Company, Director Emeritus

Zafer is a leadership coach and a designer and facilitator of leadership development interventions.
He is a member of the Mobius community. Zafer helps individual executives expand their leadership repertoire while delivering on their performance objectives, and he helps leadership teams raise their game by collaborating more effectively.
Zafer brings to the table a number of vital attributes for a coach and facilitator.

Management proficiency: He spent 34 years as a top tier management consultant – including 27 years as a Partner- with McKinsey & Company. His signature accomplishment involved transforming office cultures for sustained high performance. In his client work, Zafer acquired proficiency in all facets of business and across sectors and industries. His functional expertise lies in both strategy and organization (he spent 10 years each in a leadership role of one of these functional communities within McKinsey).

Multicultural competence: Born in Damascus, raised in Lebanon, Zafer has studied, worked and lived in another eight countries – France, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, and spent extensive professional time serving clients in Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, the GCC and Turkey. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English, proficient in Spanish and capable but rusty in Japanese and Bahasa. This exposure and his natural empathy make him exceptionally adept at bridging across cultures.

Depth in the ‘people side’ of business: Zafer is at the cutting edge of management thinking and intervention design when it comes to the people side of business – culture, leadership, talent, change management, etc. He has dedicated the last 15 years to learning and growing his expertise in this field that he regards as the key to unlocking performance both in the boardroom and in management ranks. At McKinsey, Zafer led the development of the Firm’s senior partners learning curriculum, and personally designed and delivered as lead faculty several of the Firm’s most iconic leadership development programs. He is well versed in most theories and practices relevant to individual and team leadership development, including Adult Development, Immunity to Change, Gestalt, Action Learning, Dialogue, Voice Dialogue and Systems Thinking.

Zafer is a graduate of HEC (Paris) and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a certified Leadership Circle coach. Zafer is also a graduate of the prestigious Director Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has co-founded the Montreal Chapter of the ICD, and has served on the national board of the ICD for 3 years. Zafer also sat on the Board of Governors of the Board Director Institute (BDI), a GCC-based institution that promotes better governance through Director training. He lives in Dubai and serves clients globally.

Dianne Argyris / Expert, Action Science

Dianne Argyris is a Boston-based consultant with over 25 years of experience in Organizational Development. She is a Senior Expert at Mobius Executive Leadership as well as President of Argyris Consulting, a practice she began in 1998. In addition, she works with organizational leaders at all levels to help them develop and implement strategies for cultural change. Dianne has been engaged with these issues from an early age, as her father, Chris Argyris, is a founder of the field of Organizational Behavior and a mentor.

Dianne takes a rigorous qualitative and data-driven approach to coaching and consulting which integrates organizational learning theory, linguistics and anthropology. She has developed a unique approach to coaching and consulting called Micro Observation. She gathers examples of behaviors through direct observation, audio-taping, e-mail analysis or written cases. She then applies a structured, easy to follow analysis, which provides feedback about strengths and weaknesses as well as recommendations for alternative actions. Clients most often describe Dianne as possessing a high degree of rigor, intellect and empathy.

Dianne has served in several leadership roles in Human Resources, including Director of Human Resources for Unix Systems Labs, and Head of Training and Development at Lotus Development Corporation. She has served on the faculty for AT&T’s High Potential Executive Education Program, the Columbia General Management Executive Education Program and the “Conversations with Masters” Series on Coaching and Intervention Skills sponsored by Mobius Executive Leadership and Integral Leadership and Coaching.

Dianne works with for-profit and non-profit organizations. She holds an MA and EdD in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received a BA in psychology at Connecticut College.

She is a frequent peer reviewer for the Harvard Business School Press, and an associate of Mobius Executive Leadership, a premiere Organizational Development firm.

She has served as co-chair of the Board of Smith Leadership Academy Charter School, and was a trustee of Boston’s North Suffolk Mental Health Association. She has also served on the Advisory Board of BrassRing, LLC (now Kenexa), and is a member of the Student-Alumni Mentoring Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jennifer Garvey Berger / Founder Cultivating Leadership, Author Simple Habits for Complex Times and Changing on the Job

Jennifer is an internationally recognized expert in the field of adult development and complexity thinking.  She believes that the best organizations help make people more creative and capable; and that organizations can and should be places where we live on our growing edge, expanding our own capabilities as we do good work. Leadership, then, is about creating the conditions for people to be their biggest selves. Almost no one knows how to do this intuitively; leadership is a discipline as much as accounting, law, or engineering. If we want organizations where people are thriving and bringing their best, we need leaders who are learning. Jennifer supports clients to find their current growing edge and then make choices about how they want to grow to become better able to handle complexity, ambiguity and change.

Jennifer is the founder of Cultivating Leadership, author of Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World , and co-author of Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders. As a pioneering academic, highly experienced teacher and coach, Jennifer designs and teaches long-term leadership programs that expand not only the way leaders work, but the way they think about the world. She also supports leaders one-on-one as a leadership coach.  In addition, Jennifer has developed The Growth Edge Coaching approach, which she describes in her book,  Changing on the Job. This transformational approach forms the basis of the coaching certification programs she runs internationally.  Jennifer also speaks at leadership and coaching conferences, and offers courses for coaches at universities such as Georgetown University, the University of Sydney, and Oxford Brookes University. Jennifer uses the Leadership Circle 360 and runs certification programs on the Leadership Circle in New Zealand.

Jennifer has worked with executives in a wildly diverse set of organizations like Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, the New Zealand Department of Conservation, and Lion, helping leaders increase their own capacity to think well about problems and people.  Formerly an associate professor at George Mason University, Jennifer learned about deep change in 2006 when she turned down the tenure offer and moved to a small seaside village in New Zealand with her husband, two kids, and the family dog. Jennifer loves that her life is a blend of watching the sun set over the Tasman sea and having conversations that make a difference for clients all around the world. She holds a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a masters and a doctorate from Harvard University.

Thomas DeLong / Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Author, Flying Without a Net

Thomas J. DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard Faculty, Tom was Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Group, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm’s human capital and focused on issues of organizational strategy and organizational change.

At Harvard, Professor DeLong teaches MBA and executive courses focused on managing human capital, organizational behavior, leadership and career management. DeLong serves as course head for the required course on Leadership and Organizational Behavior. He has designed MBA courses focusing on managing human capital in high performance organizations and strategic issues in professional service firms.

Tom teaches globally in a myriad of executive programs as well as executive courses on campus. He also chairs the senior leadership program for Novartis and chairs the executive course for educational leaders interested in enhancing teaching through participant centered learning.

Tom consults with leading organizations on the process of making transformational change. He is completing a book, Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success, on the challenges of helping talented professionals who may resist change.

He co-authored two books focused on leading professional service firms, When Professionals Have to Lead: A New Model for High Performance (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and Professional Services: Cases and Texts (McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2003). Tom has coauthored two Harvard Business Review articles, “Let’s Hear It for B Players” and “Why Mentoring Matters in a Hypercompetitive World.”

Professor DeLong received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Industrial Supervision. He received a post-doctoral fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Amy Edmondson / Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Author, Teaming

Amy C. Edmondson, a Mobius Senior Consultant, is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society.

Amy joined the Harvard faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor. Her research examines leadership influences on learning, collaboration and innovation in organizations. Her field-based approach includes research in contexts including health care delivery, manufacturing and executive decision-making. One stream of her work has shown effects of leadership behavior on a safe psychological climate, with implications for the quality and safety of patient care in hospitals. Another stream investigates management team practices that promote effective decision-making.

Amy has published over 60 articles in academic journals, management periodicals, and books. In 2003, the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior Division selected her for the Cummings Award for outstanding achievement and her recent article, “Why Hospitals Don’t Learn from Failures: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics That Inhibit System Change,” received the 2004 Accenture Award for a significant contribution to management practice.

Amy teaches MBA and Executive Education courses in leadership, service management, and organizational learning, and a doctoral course in field research methods. She is the author of over 20 HBS teaching cases, including leadership cases on The Cleveland Clinic, General Motors Powertrain, Prudential Financial, Simmons Mattress Company, YUM brands, IDEO product design, and NASA’s failed Columbia mission.

Before her academic career, Amy was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked closely with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design and implement organizational change programs in a variety of Fortune 100 companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book, A Fuller Explanation, clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience.

Amy received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University. She lives with her husband George Daley, a physician-scientist, and their two young sons.

Erica Ariel Fox / Lecturer Harvard Law School
Author, Winning From Within

Erica Ariel Fox is a Lecturer on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Co-Founder of Mobius Executive Leadership. Erica is recognized internationally as a thought leader who combines the deeply human aspects of negotiation with the best practices of leadership development. Erica serves as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey Leadership Development for McKinsey & Company and has been selected as a LinkedIn Influencer. Erica’s research and teaching combine timeless wisdom, depth psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practices with practical problem-solving advice. This creates leading-edge frameworks for negotiating complex problems, whether in running organizations or succeeding in the negotiations of daily life. Erica’s first book based on her methodology, Winning from Within™ released in September of 2013 by HarperBusiness is a New York Times best seller.

Over many years of teaching negotiation at Harvard Law School and executive development for private and public sector clients, Erica developed the Winning From Within™ Method. Winning From Within™ teaches people to negotiate effectively with themselves in order to deal successfully with other people. Erica’s work focuses on negotiation skills for leaders in three main areas: corporate education, individual development, and the common good.

Today her work with the deeper dimensions of leadership most often takes her to Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on helping senior executives to develop their leadership capabilities. For fifteen years she has taught seminars, led off-sites, offered extended leadership development programs, and given speeches globally. Erica consults to top teams as well as to emerging leaders and organizational change agents to help them shift core mindsets and behaviors towards optimized performance. She also works with public sector leaders and NGO’s to address pressing social challenges.

Erica received her undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University. She received her law degree with honors from Harvard Law School, where she has taught negotiation since 1996.

Today Erica is actively exploring the meaning of life as a “global citizen”, living with her husband and stepson outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as outside of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She serves on the International Advisory Board of Mediators Beyond Borders, and as Core Faculty for the American Institute of Mediation.

David Gage / Founder Business Mediation Associates
Author, The Partnership Charter

David Gage, a Mobius Senior Expert, is a leader in the field of business mediation, a clinical psychologist, author, and the co-founder of BMC Associates. He has been involved extensively as a mediator in the formation and transition stages of many professional partnerships, family businesses and closely held corporations, helping principals to negotiate agreements on issues related to owning and managing together. He has spoken to bar associations and business and professional organizations locally and nationally and has written for numerous business and professional publications. David is the author of The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right With Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix the One You’re In), which has been featured in Family Business Magazine, the New York Times, Fortune, Nation’s Business, The Washington Post and The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.

BMC Associates, founded in 1990, is a multidisciplinary team of professionals serving the needs of co-owners, executives, boards of directors and families with estates. They work with companies in every conceivable industry with revenues ranging from under $1million to over $1billion. BMC’s associates are experts in psychology, business, law, and finance.

David earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University in Washington, DC and received his BS with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was trained in family systems at the Family Therapy Practice Center and later taught couples and family therapy at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since 1997, he has served as an adjunct professor in the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Michael Gelb / Senior Expert

Michael J. Gelb, Mobius Innovation Expert, is a leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Michael leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Emerson and YPO. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

Michael Gelb is the author of 15 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. (1998) which has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon.com, and the New York Times best seller lists.

In 2007 Gelb released Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison.

In 1999, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees include Prof. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. From 2008 to 2012, Michael Gelb also serves as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute.

A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success. A fifth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Michael is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind. Michael is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Julliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), and the author of the classic work: Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique. Michael’s 1988 release Present Yourself! Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills guides readers to develop the communication strategies they need to generate support for their innovative ideas.

Michael has also created many best selling audio programs, include: Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius, Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career and The Spirit of Leonardo.

Michael’s passion for applying genius thinking to personal and organizational development is also expressed in his Harper Collins release (2002) Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds.

Published in 2010, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, offers a unique, original and very enjoyable approach to team building.

Michael’s newest books are Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age (2012), Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius (2014), and The Art of Connection (2017).

Alexander Grashow / co-author of The Practice of Adaptive Leadership and Leadership in a Permanent Crisis

Alexander Grashow, a Mobius Senior Expert, is also the Senior Advisor to Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA). He is a steward of large scale business adaptation, strategist, master facilitator, speaker, and author.

Alexander’s career has centered on how companies and their people can adapt and thrive together. He works with Fortune 100 companies, social entrepreneurs and disruptive businesses, and multiparty collaborations. His work creating the future of business involves discerning which of the business norms and traditions to bring forward, leadership among competing groups and interests, creating culture and bringing renewed meaning to work.

Before becoming a Senior Advisor, Alexander held the position of CEO of CLA. Previous to that Alexander worked at The Synergos Institute, where he was the co-founder and director of the Bridging Leadership Program, that designed collaborative partnerships and leadership trainings across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.

He is co-author of The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Business Press, 2009) and Leadership in a Permanent Crisis (HBR). Alexander also serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and Chair and Co-Founder of the US Africa Children’s Fellowship.

Alexander has been on the executive education faculty at the Wagner School at New York University, Duke Corporate Education and the Harvard Kennedy School. A graduate of Wesleyan University, and a former Coro Fellow, Alexander studied economics and fine arts (a serious Japanese printmaker) and is also the co-founder of the US-Africa Children’s Fellowship, an international non-profit that that partners with schools in Africa. Alexander lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY, and spends significant time in Japan.

With a mix of pragmatism, stories and spirit, Alexander helps build healthy generative companies and communities. Alexander’s passion for complex problem solving comes from his work across three sectors, study of economics and fine arts and many lessons learned from his ancestors and children.

David Kantor / Director of the Kantor Institute
Family and Organizational Theorist
Author, Reading the Room

David Kantor, Ph.D., is a systems psychologist, organizational consultant and clinical researcher. Over four decades, he has established four institutes of learning, in two of which he is still active: as Director of both the Kantor Family Institute, a postgraduate training and treatment center founded in Cambridge in 1979, and the Kantor Institute, a center for training consultants and coaches, which he founded in 2008. Between 2000 and 2008, he served as Thought Leader for Monitor Group, a strategy consulting firm, and directed Monitor Kantor Enterprises, a unit devoted to leadership development. He has taught thousands of students over the past 39 years – at Harvard University, Tufts University Medical School, Northeastern University, and Harvard Medical School, as well as his own institutes.

Through his teaching and the publication of dozens of articles and six books, he has made a significant contribution to the fields of family systems and organizational consultation theory and practice. Structural Dynamics, his theory of face-to-face communication, began in the 1970s in a study of families in situ. In the 1990s, the theory was extended in a study of couples in therapy. Since 2000, Kantor has applied it to corporate and other teams, culminating in the publication of his sixth book, Reading the Room. Kantor, himself, as well as innumerable practitioners trained by him, have used his theoretical models in consulting with businesses, law firms, consulting firms, human service organizations, and research enterprises.

Robert Kegan / William and Miriam Meehan Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Author, Immunity to Change

Robert Kegan, a Mobius Senior Expert, is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his thirty years of research and writing on adult development have influenced the practice of leadership development, executive coaching, and change management throughout the world.

Listen to his HBR podcast Let Employees Be People.

For the past several years, Bob has served as a trusted advisor and executive coach to CEOs (and their teams) in the private and public sectors in the US, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has had—or continues—long-term relationships with the heads of companies or government agencies in media, healthcare, real estate, child welfare, financial services, and international strategy consulting. Their organizations have annual revenues in the $1-20 billion range, and a workforce of several hundred to 10,000.

Bob’s work with CEOs, recently featured in The New York Times Sunday Business Section, is tightly tied to very specific, high-value personal-improvement goals; the uncovering of blindspots; and the overturning of longstanding, less-than-optimal behavioral patterns. Based in his ground-breaking research and the immunity-to-change practice he co-developed with Harvard colleague, Lisa Lahey (Immunity to Change, Harvard Business School Press, 2009), Bob helps his clients make significant and sustainable improvements in their leadership by linking changes in the CEO’s behavior to changes in his or her underlying mindset.

Bob has also co-authored a series of books on organizational change: A Guide to the Subject-Object Interview: Its Administration and Interpretation by Lisa Lahey, Emily Souvaine, Robert Kegan and Robert Goodman (Nov 21, 2011); Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good) by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (Jan 13, 2009); Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools by Tony Wagner, Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey and Richard W. Lemons (Dec 2, 2005); and How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (Dec 16, 2002).

Lisa Lahey / Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Co-Author, Immunity to Change

Lisa Lahey, Ed.D., specializes in leadership and the intersection between individual and organizational development. She is Associate Director of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard University, on the Faculty at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and Co-Director at Minds At Work, a consulting firm serving businesses and institutions around the world.

An expert in adult development and an experienced practicing psychologist, educator and leadership curriculum developer, she works with senior executives and leadership teams in a wide range of organizations. Lisa’s special interests are in developing systems and cultures that promote transformative learning opportunities for leaders and teams that engender organizational growth and sustainability. She coaches individuals, groups, and teams on improving communication, collaboration, work performance, conflict resolution, and decision-making.

Lisa and her colleague Robert Kegan are credited with a breakthrough discovery of a hidden dynamic, the “immunity to change,” which impedes personal and organizational transformation. Her work helps people to close the gap between their good intentions and behaviors. This work is now being used by executives, senior teams and individuals in business, governmental, and educational organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Lisa and Robert Kegan recently received from Boston University the Gislason Award for exceptional contributions to organizational leadership, joining past recipients Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, and Edgar Schein.

Lisa’s publications include Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization with Robert Kegan (Harvard Business School Press), and How The Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work with Kegan (Jossey-Bass). She is also co-author of Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools (Jossey-Bass). A passionate pianist and hiker, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.

Jamil Mahuad / Former President of Ecuador and Nobel Prize Nominee

Jamil Mahuad, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, served as president of Ecuador from August of 1998 to January of 2000. He was forced to resign after a week of demonstrations by indigenous Ecuadorians and a military revolt led by Lucio Gutiérrez. Before his election as president, he served as Mayor of Quito from 1992 to 1998.

During his presidency, a historical peace agreement with the neighboring country of Peru was signed, resolving the countries’ longstanding border dispute. Under the agreement, Ecuador renounced its claims to sovereignty of the disputed territory under the Rio de Janeiro Protocol; Peru deeded ownership of a square kilometer of the territory to Ecuador.

Mahuad completed his master’s degree of public administration at Harvard University in 1989. He received both a doctorate in law degree from Catholic University of Ecuador (in 1978) and a bachelor’s degree in political and social sciences (1973). In 2004, he co-founded an International Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School for which he serves as senior advisor.

He has five honorary degrees from universities in Peru and Ecuador and has been a visiting professor at seven universities: the Sloan School of Management at MIT, George Washington University, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Babson College, the University of Notre Dame, University of Saint Gallen and the Geneva School of Diplomacy.

Jamil is a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.

Philip McArthur / Founder, Action Design
Co-Author, Action Science

Philip McArthur, a Mobius Senior Expert, is also a partner and co-founder of Action Design, a firm that specializes in educating leaders and agents of organizational learning and change. For over twenty years, Phil has helped senior executives get results by building effective teams, collaborating productively across organizational boundaries, transforming difficult relationships, and implementing change. In addition to executive coaching, facilitating executive retreats, and consulting on organizational change, he conducts professional development workshops on creating productive conversations and building effective relationships in organizations. He has taught executive education programs for Boston College, Columbia University, and Stanford University. His clients include non-profit organizations as well as companies in a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, information technology, manufacturing and consulting.

Phil is a contributor to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and The Dance of Change, by Peter Senge et al. He also helped design Activating the Fifth Discipline, Volume 1, a multimedia CD-ROM on improving organizational decision making through dialogue and systems thinking. He is on the advisory council of the Public Conversations Project, an organization that promotes dialogue on divisive social issues, and is a founding member of the Society for Organizational Learning.

Phil earned his masters and doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University, and was trained as a family therapist at the Family Institute of Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

Priya Parker / Expert, innovation

Priya Parker, a Mobius Senior Expert and Founder of Thrive Labs, is a visioner, conflict mediator and strategist. Priya works with leaders, teams and organizations to help connect talent with purpose.

Priya creates experiences for organizations to help them identify and keep their culture and values as they scale. Drawing on ten years of conflict resolution facilitation in the United States, India and the Middle East, Priya designs visioning and innovation labs that help organizations grow from the root.

She has run her signature Labs for leading global firms as well as startups from a variety of disciplines. Her clients include disruptors from the fields of fashion, technology, design, development, film, comedy and government. Priya is an expert in innovative facilitation and process design and incorporates creative visioning and movement techniques into her work. She has extensive experience in coaching senior teams and strengthening team dynamics. Her individual clients include chief marketing officers, chairpersons of major holding companies, senior government officials, founding partners of private equity firms, and leaders of social enterprises. Most recently, she has run her Visioning Labs for Columbia Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, the National Parks Conservancy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Sustainability Food Summit and the Future Project, among others.

Priya has been a contributor to CNN.com/innovation and the Harvard Kennedy School Review and was recently named by Fast Company as one of “16 People to Follow on Twitter” for her “imagine innovation” twitter stream. She is also the author of book chapters in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues: Bridging Differences, Catalyzing Change & Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue: Pracademic Perspectives.

Priya received her B.A. in Political and Social Thought at the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she received the Public Service Fellowship. She lives with her husband, Anand, in Brooklyn, NY.

Srinivasan Pillay / Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Author, Your Brain and Business

Dr. Srini Pillay is the CEO of NeuroBusiness Group: An executive coaching company focused on enhancing social intelligence in companies. All coaches who are members are trained in using applied brain science as part of their coaching methodologies.

Srini is an internationally recognized executive coach, public speaker, psychiatrist, and brain imaging researcher who is focused on the fields of personal and organizational transformation. His aim is to help people and corporations achieve their dreams by drawing on his expertise that addresses the intersections of coaching, biology, psychology and spirituality.

As a Certified Master Coach, Srini was on the faculty of the Behavioral Coaching Institute where he taught business executives internationally from a variety of different companies, including Fortune 500 companies, the art of coaching, with a special emphasis on using neuroscience to enhance communication, decision-making, and transformation.

As a psychiatrist, Srini trained at McLean Hospital, Harvard’s largest psychiatric training hospital. He graduated with the award for the most scholarly work during his residency. He was also one of the top three award winners nationally. After graduating, Srini became the Director of the McLean Hospital Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program, where he gained national and international recognition for his expertise in stress and anxiety. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has a clinical practice in Cambridge, MA.

As a public speaker, his knowledge of burnout, layoffs, anxiety and stress has been sought out by the media. He has made numerous television appearances and he has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Newsweek magazine and Men’s Health magazine on stress and anxiety. ABC.com has featured him as an international expert on their new health internet site.

Srini has also been a brain-imaging researcher for the past fifteen years. He has had numerous publications and has been nationally funded. He continues this work as a consultant to the University of Utah with his former mentors from Harvard.

As CEO of NeuroBusiness Group Srini is focused on providing information, assessment tools and software, coaching and consultation services that draws on research grounded in psychology, coaching and the neurosciences to promote personal and organizational transformation. He is the author of Life Unlocked, a self-help book based on scientific research to assist people in overcoming fear.

In addition to recently writing four original screenplays, Srini is currently completing the making of a documentary movie and composing the music for it. His passion is in integrating the science and art of life and bringing a realistic, hopeful and transformational message to the people he encounters.

Bob Putnam / Founder, Action Design
Co-Author, Action Science

Robert Putnam, a Mobius Senior Expert, is also a partner and co-founder of Action Design, a firm at the forefront of educating leaders and agents of organizational learning and change. Bob works with senior executives to develop effective leadership groups, facilitates conversations across organizational boundaries, and consults on organizational change. He also conducts executive education and professional development workshops on creating productive conversations about difficult issues. He has worked with leading companies in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, information technology, medical devices, and consulting.

Bob is a co-developer of action science, an approach to inquiry that emphasizes knowledge for action. He conducts intervention research on professional practice and organizational change. He is co-author of the book Action Science with Chris Argyris and Diana McLain Smith. He has written several articles on reflective conversation, action science, and organizational learning.

Bob earned his doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. He holds a degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Political Science. Before beginning his doctoral studies he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and worked with a non-traditional human services organization in Boston. Bob lives in Newton, MA, with his wife and son.

Terry Real / Founder, Relational Life Institute
Author, I Don't Want to Talk About It

Terry Real is the bestselling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression; How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women; and The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work.

Terry has been a practicing family therapist for more than twenty years, and his work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show and Oprah, as well as in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, and numerous academic publications.

Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), which is dedicated to teaching the general public how to live relational lives and to teaching mental health professionals the practice of Relational Life Therapy (RLT™). RLI uses Terry’s work to advance the concept of Relational Living™ in order to help people address relational and psychological health in three critical relationship areas: parenting, coupling, and workforce effectiveness. The institute offers workshops and professional training around the country as well as support services, coaching, books, CD’s and other products.

Dr. Richard Schwartz / Psychotherapist, creator of Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of Associate Professor at both institutions. He is coauthor, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.  IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. 

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. CSL offers three levels of IFS training, national and international workshops for both professionals and the general public, an annual conference, publications, and video resources of Dr. Schwartz’s work through its website at www.selfleadership.org.

Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over fifty articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). His most recent book is about using IFS with couples, titled You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For, under the Trailheads imprint of The Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA. His work has been published in the Mobius Strip in 2018 with his essay “The Larger Self” and in 2017 “The Evolution of the Internal Family Systems Model.”


Tony Schwartz / Founder Energy Project
Author, The Power of Full Engagement

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, which helps companies fuel sustainable high performance by better meeting the needs of their employees.

Tony’s most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages. In 2013, Tony began writing the weekly column Life@Work for the New York Times. Before that, he was the most popular blogger on HBR.Org for three years. Tony has also contributed articles and blogs to the Atlantic, Fast Company, Business Insider, CEO.com, Lifehacker, CEO.com, and AOL Finance.

Tony began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Tony has spoken to leaders around the world, including at the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Ideas Festival and TEDx; as well at companies ranging from Apple, Google, and Facebook to Coca Cola, Genentech, and Goldman Sachs; and at organizations such as the National Security Agency, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and Save the Children.

Drawing on the multidisciplinary science of sustainable high performance, Tony’s abiding passion and lifelong commitment is to change the way the world works.

Peter Senge / The founding chairperson of SoL

The founding chairperson of SoL and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Senge is the author of The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

He has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government. The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.

Diana McLain Smith / Founder, Action Design
Author, The Elephant in the Room

For the past 25 years, Diana McLain Smith has advised leaders on how to target and build strategically critical relationships in and outside their organizations. She is a Senior Partner in Leadership Transformation at New Profit Inc. Before joining New Profit, she was a partner at the Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm, where as the Chair of Human Dynamics and Change at Monitor University, she studied and advised leaders on how to navigate interfaces where coordination is as essential as it is difficult. Diane was also a founding partner of Action Design.

In addition to her consulting work, Diana has authored three books and dozens of articles and chapters on organizational change and learning, leadership, and conflict. Her most recent book, The Elephant in the Room, shows how relationships among senior leaders makes or breaks the success of leaders and organizations. Other work can be found in The California Management Review (“Too Hot to Handle?” co-authored with Amy Edmondson), in Peter Senge’s The Dance of Change (“Climbing Out of the Muck” and “The Muck Stops Here”), and in Brown and Wiig’s Corporate Communication (“Keeping a Strategic Dialogue Moving”). Early on, while earning her doctoral degree at Harvard, she co-authored a classic book on intervention theory with Chris Argyris and Robert Putnam.

Diana speaks regularly to leaders in the for-profit and non-profit sectors about how to build organizations and relationships that propel innovation and growth. She has taught as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Columbia’s Executive Education Program, and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in consulting psychology from Harvard University.

Diana has taught courses and delivered lectures at the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Caroline Webb / McKinsey & Company, Senior Advisor Author, How to Have a Good Day

Caroline Webb is a management consultant, economist and executive coach who has spent 15 years showing her clients how to apply insights from behavioral science to become happier and more successful in their work. She is CEO of Sevenshift – a firm that specializes in science-based coaching – and a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, where she was previously a partner.

In her highly anticipated book, How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life (Crown Business, Feb. 2, 2016), Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent discoveries from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform their experience of everyday working life. She translates big scientific ideas into step-by-step guidance on how to ace every single task and conversation of the day, while feeling good about ourselves and getting the best out of others. The book also includes specific tools for navigating the typical challenges of modern workplaces – from conflict with colleagues to dull meetings and overflowing inboxes. And she explains exactly how to build these science-based techniques into our daily routines, to give us more control over the quality of our days.

At McKinsey, Caroline specialized in helping organizations shift their culture in more positive directions, which saw her work with hundreds of businesses to help their leaders and employees be more productive and feel more energized. An economist and a renowned executive coach trained in psychology and neuroscience, she has both top-notch academic credentials and years of hands-on practical experience in designing interventions to help people thrive. As a result, her new book is a powerful blend of fascinating science, real stories, and practical steps that readers can immediately apply in their own lives.

During her twelve years with McKinsey, Caroline co-founded McKinsey’s leadership practice, and designed the firm’s approach to transforming senior team dynamics and improving personal effectiveness. She also founded and remains faculty of McKinsey’s flagship training course for senior female executives. Before that, Caroline spent the 1990s working in public policy as an economist at the Bank of England. She is a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching and has degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Caroline is frequently invited to speak at conferences and corporate events and is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau. She advises Huffington Post on their WorkWell initiative, and her work has been widely featured in media outlets, including: The Financial Times, Inc., Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC Radio 4, The Economist, Management Today, Lifehacker and more.

For more information please visit: carolinewebb.co

Ellen Wingard / Women’s Leadership Expert
Author, Enlightened Power

Ellen Wingard, a Mobius Senior Expert, is an organizational consultant, author and executive coach who partners with leaders at all levels of the organization committed to socially responsible leadership, mission-driven work and personal resiliency.

As an early innovator in the field of leadership development, Ellen has 28 years of experience coaching senior and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. A partial list of clients includes Baystate Health System, Citizens Bank, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Diageo, Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, Hispanic Access Foundation, KPMG, New York Times, Novartis, Partners Healthcare, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sanofi-Aventis, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Visa, Wells Fargo and WSPF+K.

Ellen is a member of the Leadership Board, Harvard Kennedy School where she is engaged with 150 top global corporate leaders on the latest practices in global talent development. She has been a commentator on career navigation and intergenerational mentoring to the Committee of 200, the Fletcher School International Business Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and NPR Marketplace.

As a certified Birkman consultant in career planning and team building, Ellen utilizes a highly effective strengths-based tool to understand style, motivation, interests and potential career paths. She receives consistently high feedback on positive impact in raising self awareness of strengths and opportunity areas, clarifying career paths, establishing robust development plans and supporting professionals to blend their career aspirations with the goals of the organization.

Ellen is a board member of World Pulse Media and co author of the best selling leadership book, Enlightened Power, published 2006 by Jossey Bass. She serves as a mentor with the Leadership Impact Center, a program affiliated with the White House Federal Leadership Program to advance the next generation of leaders in public leadership.

Here are some of the books
our senior experts have written

  • Simple Habits for Complex Times
  • Changing on the Job
  • The Power of Full Engagement
  • Reading the Room
  • Winning from Within
  • Action Science
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Divide or Conquer
  • The Elephant in the Room
  • Enlightened Power
  • Flying Without a Net
  • How The Way We Talk Can Change The Way We Work
  • How Can I Get Through to You?
  • I don’t want to talk about it
  • Immunity to Change
  • Life Unlocked
  • Teaming
  • When Professionals Have to Lead
  • Your Brain and Business
  • The Partnership Charter
  • How to Have A Good Day