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Stratford Sherman

A globally recognized authority on large-scale organizational change, Strat serves as a thinking partner to leaders of major transformations. His work integrates deep appreciation of business dynamics, clarity about what’s essential in change efforts, and an approach to people that combines sensitivity with common sense.

Strat’s publications include Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will, the classic case study of Jack Welch’s transformation of General Electric (3rd edition, Collins 2005); “The Wild West of Executive Coaching” (Harvard Business Review); and two decades of writing on leadership and change for Fortune magazine.

Also prominent in the field of leadership coaching, Strat works with senior leaders to increase their effectiveness in alignment with enterprise goals. He has been listed among the 50 top coaches in America. Focus on integrity and inner resources is central to this work, which aims to expand leaders’ effectiveness well beyond the boundaries of what they already know. Having begun his career as a member of Fortune magazine’s Board of Editors, Strat has spent his adult life in learning relationships with leading business thinkers, from prominent academics to such CEOs as Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Larry Bossidy, and Warren Buffett. He is also a serial entrepreneur who has run two small businesses.

Strat has taught leadership and large-scale organizational change on six continents and moderated over 60 C-level business conferences. His TV and radio appearances include “The News Hour,” “Charlie Rose,” and “Marketplace.” He is a member of the board of the Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter Drucker Foundation.
Representative clients: Cardinal Health, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Coach Inc., Herman Miller, Microsoft, Cisco Systems.