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 and their thought leadership 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.
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Zafer Achi | McKinsey & Company, Director Emeritus
Zafer is a leadership coach and a designer and facilitator of leadership development interventions.
Zafer Achi, Mobius Senior Expert, 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.
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Simone Ahuja | Senior Expert
Dr. Simone Ahuja, a Mobius Innovation Expert, is also the founder of Blood Orange, a marketing and strategy advisory boutique with a focus on innovation and emerging markets. Simone has conducted extensive ethnographic, background, and academic research on innovation occurring at the grassroots level in emerging markets, to that of US-based multinationals. Coupled with her own experience working with transnational teams, this experience has given her a holistic lens through which to view the mindset and principles of emerging markets- inspired innovation – and its relevance in a global context.
Simone is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, now published in the US, Brazil, France and India where it is a #1 business bestseller. Jugaad Innovation has been nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award and has been called “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation by The Economist.
Simone has served as a consultant to the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and as an associate Fellow for the Asia Society in New York City. She provides advisory services, keynotes and interactive innovation labs to entrepreneurs, academic institutions, and corporations including 3M, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, HKUST and the Indian School of Business. Simone is a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review online.
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Robert Anderson | Senior Expert
Robert J. Anderson is the Founder and Chairman of The Leadership Circle and Co-founder and Chairman of the Full Circle Group. Bob has dedicated his career to exploring the connections between leadership, mastery, competence, consciousness, spirituality and business.
Over the past 35 years, he has worked to integrate the best of leadership theory and research resulting in a comprehensive framework for developing leaders — the first Universal Model of Leadership to emerge in the field. The Leadership Circle Profile™ (LCP) is a leadership assessment that provides leaders 360° feedback through the lens of the Universal Model. The Universal Model and the Profile provide organizations of any size, in any industry, with what they need to measure the effectiveness of leaders (individually and collectively), chart a pathway for their development, and then assess their progress as they develop. Forbes named the LCP one of its top executive development assessments.
Bob is the co-author (along with Bill Adams) of the book, Mastering Leadership: An Integraed Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results, which has been described as a seminal work in the leadership field. It was a Top Ten Bestseller on 800ceoread and was a Top 10 editorial pick on Amazon.
In 2019, Bob and Bill continued their writing partnership with the release of Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most.
Bob is a true pioneer in the field of leadership development and research. He spends the majority of his time researching, writing, consulting, and speaking around the world. He is dedicated to impacting the consciousness and effectiveness of leadership globally. Bob’s practical wisdom, humility, creativity, humor, and expertise provide a rare and transformative experience for those with whom he works.
The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group earned first place in the Large Leadership Partner and Provider category of the HR.com 2015 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards. Bob serves as adjunct faculty for the Stayer Center of Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, which awarded him Partner in Innovation faculty award in 2005. The MEECO Leadership Institute awarded him the International Thought Leader of Distinction in 2018.
Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University. Bob and Kim, his wife of 32 years, have three wonderful children and make their home near Toledo, Ohio.
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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.
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Alexander Caillet | Senior Expert
Alexander Caillet is an organizational psychologist and international management consultant with over two decades of experience. He is the founder of One21Five, Inc., an organization consulting and coaching firm dedicated to helping leaders and leadership teams deepen their capacity and capabilities to take on and successfully realize significant organizational transformations.
Specific engagements include organization redesigns and restructurings, post-merger organizational integrations, reengineering and continuous improvement programs, business turnarounds, the creation of team-based structures, change leadership programs and organization culture change initiatives.
Alexander is also an executive coach and performs high-performance team coaching, process facilitation, leadership coaching and management training with his clients. His work is founded on the integration of numerous disciplines and methods acquired from the fields of leadership, management development, organizational psychology, neuroscience, executive and team coaching, high performance training and stress management. His goal is to blend sustainable human performance with the achievement of meaningful business results.
Alexander has been helping his clients for over two decades and his clients include: Amway, AREVA Nuclear, Babcock & Wilcox, Barclay’s, BNP Paribas, Boehringer Ingelheim, BP, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Chevron Oronite, Citigroup, CNA Insurance, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DKNY, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly, FMC, Gillette, General Mills, Georgia Pacific, Harrah’s, Holiday Inn Worldwide, International Paper, JDRF, Liz Claiborne, L’Oréal USA, McKinsey & Co, MITRE, Oxfam America, Partners In Health, Pfizer, Schroders plc, Sears, Roebuck & Company, Simon & Schuster, US Cellular, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Vodafone UK.
Alexander is a frequent international speaker on the subjects of change, teams, coaching and leadership. He is certified in Team Management Systems (TMSDI) and the Hogan Personality Inventory, and as a Health Realization practitioner and a HeartMath 1-on-1 Provider. He is a dual citizen of France and the United States, has lived in Europe, the United States and Mexico, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in Organization Psychology from Columbia University. Alexander lives in Boston with his wife Janice and his daughters Chloé, Léanna and Alexia.
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John Carter | Senior Expert
John D. Carter, PhD is an international organizational consultant with 35 years’ experience. He is currently the Center President for both Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development (Gestalt OSD Center) and Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization & Systems Development Integrative Studies Center, Inc. (GISOSDISC). He has served on the Executive Boards of GIC, NTL, and the Fielding Institute, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the OD Network.
Themes in his work include managing complex systems change, merger integration, the management of professional organizations, and the personal and professional development of minorities.
John is one of the OSD training program founders of the OSD Center in 1974, received Emeritus status from NTL, and was presented with the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
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Farayi Chipungu | Senior Expert
Farayi Chipungu is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she teaches Adaptive Leadership. She also serves as executive education faculty across other Harvard Schools.
In addition, Farayi is a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she works globally with public, private and not-for-profit clients to deliver large scale performance transformation programs, working with top teams and frontline staff.
Farayi originally trained as a lawyer and spent 5 years in private practice.
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Jennifer Cohen | Senior Expert
Jennifer Cohen is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with twenty-five years in the field coaching hundreds of individuals and groups, specializing in developing leaders to excel in a context of uncertainty and quick-shifting terrain. Her coaching and training are distinguished by her applied studies in communication theories including quantum physics, ontology, neuroscience, Somatics and systems thinking.
Jennifer’s coaching experience is informed by two decades of working with executives across industries from healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, and throughout many of the most prestigious professional services firms. Within the context of cutting-edge leadership development programs, Jennifer has brought executives from the boardroom into a dojo style learning environment to hone their leadership skills through in-depth training and development opportunities she both designed and led.
Jennifer is known as a “coach’s coach” and has been a coach to some of the senior coaches at The New Field Group, one of the nation’s top schools for coaching. She has worked with corporate clients including Pfizer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Consulting Group, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Nike. She has also coached senior executives from Merck and EMC in her work at Simmons School of Management. She has a niche in coaching world-class academicians from institutions such as Simmons and Harvard Business School. She has served as the Director of Coaching Education for Mobius Executive Leadership, a global boutique-consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies.
She is the co-author with Gina LaRoche of The Seven Laws of Enough (Parallax Press 2018). The book was named “4 Life-Lifting Books for 2019 and Beyond” by Black Enterprise. Jennifer has been interviewed by numerous NPR affiliates and media outlets throughout the country where she has discussed her book and how all readers can apply the principles of Sustainable Abundance to their lives. She is also author of the chapter, “From Surviving to Thriving” in the book Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler.
Jennifer has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School, has her certification as a Master Somatic Coach from The Strozzi Institute, and she did her undergraduate work in philosophy at Oberlin and Barnard. Jennifer and her spouse are avid gardeners and co-parent their daughter, Sophia.
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Paul Dunion | Senior Expert
Paul Dunion earned his Doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He taught Philosophy for thirteen years at UConn and Three Rivers Community College.
Dr. Dunion has been in private practice for the past thirty-seven years. He is a wholistic psychological healer, employing an existential modality as well as a somatic approach to treating trauma. He is trained in EMDR and is a graduate of the Somatic Experiencing Institute.
From its early beginnings, Dr. Dunion represented the State of Connecticut at the national gatherings of the mytho-poetic men’s movement, sponsored by Wingspan. As the founder of Boys to Men, Dr. Dunion created a mentoring community for teenage boys. He is also the co-founder of COMEGA (Connecticut Gathering of Men), having served over 6,000 men since 1992, which continues to offer biannual retreats. In 2013, Dr. Dunion established the Croton Mystery School and designed its curriculum with a focus on teaching students how to make peace with life’s mystery and unpredictability. Dr. Dunion has offered over 200 workshops on topics related to Human Potential. Currently, he offers supervision for younger psychotherapists.
He has published five books: Seekers – Finding Our Way Home; Path of the Novice Mystic – Maintaining a Beginner’s Heart and Mind; Dare to Grow-Up – Become Who You Are Meant to Be; Shadow Marriage – A Descent into Intimacy; and Temptation in the House of the Lord. Dr. Dunion’s latest offering due to be released in 2020 is Wisdom – Apprenticing to the Unknown and Befriending Fate.
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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.
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Amy Edmondson | Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
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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.
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David Gage | Founder Business Mediation AssociatesAuthor, 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.
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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.
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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).
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Linda Hill | Senior Expert
Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership and innovation. Hill is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press 2014), co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient and re:Route. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015.
Hill’s research focuses on leadership development, building agile, innovative organizations, and implementing global strategies. She is the author of highly regarded books and articles on leadership. Collective Genius was named by Business Insider as one of “The 20 Best Business Books” and received the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award. Hill’s TED talk on how to manage for collective creativity has over 2 million views. In 2015, Hill, along with her co-authors, received the first Warren Bennis Prize for the Harvard Business Review article “Collective Genius,” based on the book. Hill is also the co-author of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership. Her books have been translated in multiple languages. Hill has authored or co-authored numerous Harvard Business Review articles, including “Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders,” “Winning the Race for Talent in Emerging Markets,” and “Are You a High Potential?”
Hill has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents’ Organization Presidents’ Seminar, the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation. She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course.
Hill has been at the forefront of developing various innovative learning programs for managers, including Breakthrough Leadership, the winner of a Brandon Hall Group Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology, and the award-winning multimedia management development program, High Performance Management.
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David Kantor | Director of the Kantor Institute
Family and Organizational Theorist
Author, Reading the Room
Although we lost David in 2021 after a lifetime of service to our field and include him here in honor of his service as a member of our core Senior Expert cadre and in recognition that we are proud to be part of the lineage continuing his pioneering work.
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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Gina Laroche | Senior Expert
Gina LaRoche is an organizational leadership consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She is a co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group with Jennifer Cohen. She brings respect, clarity, truth and love to all of her work. Gina leverages 25 years of experience in delivering executive programs that have challenged leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results using vision, strategy and accountability. Her most recent clients include Nike, Warner Brothers, Draper Labs and Cirque du Soleil. Her current interest is working with leaders to develop mindfulness and presence for themselves and bringing these practices into organizations. She has spoken at Wisdom 2.0 Business conference and at the Mindful Leadership Summit. She is a 2017 graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, a two-year intensive training in the Insight Meditation tradition. She is also a member of the board at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. Gina is a writer and collage artist, and author of Living in Sufficiency: A Daily Journey (2009), Unstuck: Make the Shift (2011) and the co-author of The Seven Laws of Enough (Parallax Press –June 2018). The Seven Laws of Enough was named on of “4 Life-Lifting Books for 2019 and Beyond” by Black Enterprise. Gina has been interviewed by numerous NPR affiliates and media outlets throughout the country where she has discussed her book and how all readers can apply the principles of Sustainable Abundance to their lives.
Gina is currently a visiting faculty member at Simmons School of Management where she teaches and coaches in its executive education programs. As a faculty member, Gina has worked with Merck, Pfizer, Verizon, EMC and the Boston Chamber of Commerce teaching mentoring, strategic networking and gender and leadership, while coaching participants on their 360 feedback. Gina has built a niche in working with colleges and universities. Her most recent work includes Berklee College, Housatonic Community College, UNLV Law School, Northeastern University and Yale University.
Prior to Seven Stones Leadership, Gina acquired 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and training at high-tech and emerging growth companies. She served as director of marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where she managed product marketing for the e-Business group. She was also a product-marketing manager at Vicorp Interactive Systems. Gina started her career as a sales professional at IBM in Waltham, MA where she received numerous excellence awards.
Gina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and sons.
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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.
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Diana McLain Smith | Senior Expert
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 the Chief Executive Partner 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 make or break the success. Other work can be found in The California Management Review (“Too Hot to Handle?” coauthored 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.
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Tom Malone | Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, author of Superminds
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.
He joined the faculty for the 2022 Annual Gathering of the Next Practice Institute, which sponsors transformational training programs for our practitioners, partners, and clients. In October 2022 Professor Malone delivered a keynote address on How Hyperconnectivity is Changing the Way We Solve Problems. We also featured an excerpt from his book Superminds in the Winter edition of our magazine for transformational practitioners, the Mobius Strip.
At MIT, Thomas is also a Professor of Information Technology and a Professor of Work and Organizational Studies. Previously, he was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.” Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.
For example, Professor Malone predicted, in an article published in 1987, many of the major developments in electronic business over the following 25 years, including electronic buying and selling for many kinds of products. Then, in 2004, Professor Malone summarized two decades of his research in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work. His newest book, Superminds, appeared in May 2018. Professor Malone has also published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters; he is an inventor with 11 patents; and he is the co-editor of four books.
Professor Malone has been a cofounder of four software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. His background includes work as a research scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich, and degrees in applied mathematics, engineering, and psychology.
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Julie Morgenstern | Senior Expert
Julie Morgenstern is a Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author of Time Management from the Inside Out and is one of the leading experts on organization, business productivity and time management.
The author of six best-selling books, a consultant to large corporations and a sought-after speaker, Morgenstern has appeared on Oprah and NBC’s The Today Show, and helped thousands of people transform their homes, businesses, and attitudes about every kind of clutter.
The New York City-based Julie Morgenstern Enterprises has been successfully in business for over 25 years.
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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.
- Read Priya’s new book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters
- See tips for workplace meetings in the Wall Street Journal
- Watch an extract from Priya’s TEDx Talk
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.
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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.
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Bob Putnam | Senior Expert
Robert Putnam, a Mobius Intervention Specialist, 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.
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Terry Real | Senior Expert
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.
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Otto Scharmer | Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-founder of the Presencing Institute, Author of Theory U
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founder of the Presencing Institute and the u-school for Transformation. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing”— learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge and others). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), summarizes the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change. An excerpt from the book was published in our magazine for transformational practitioners, the Mobius Strip.
In 2016 Otto joined the faculty for the inaugural Annual Gathering of the Next Practice Institute, which sponsors transformational training programs for our practitioners, partners, and clients. Here he introduced his influential Theory U methodology for working with emergence.
In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u-lab and in 2020 the GAIA Journey (Global Activation of Intention and Action), which have activated a vibrant worldwide ecosystem of transformational change involving more than 200,000 users from 185 countries. Most recently, with his colleagues he co-created a global Action Learning Lab for hundreds of change makers across UN agencies, as well as a suite of SDG Leadership Labs that help UN Country Teams to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He is a member of the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda, the World Future Council, and the Club of Rome’s High-Level 21st Century Transformational Economics Commission. He has won the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award. In 2021 he received the Elevating Humanity Award from the Organizational Development Network.
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Richard Schwartz | Senior Expert
Mobius Senior Expert Dr Richard Schwartz is a pioneering psychotherapist and developer of Internal Family Systems, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic approaches in the United States.
He 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. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It is considered revolutionary by experts worldwide including Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score, and Gabor Maté, known for his ground-breaking work in addiction.
In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.
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Tony Schwartz | Senior Expert
Tony Schwartz is the founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations more skillfully manage their energy so they can thrive in a world of relentlessly rising demand and complexity.
Tony began his career as a journalist and he has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek, and a contributing writer to New York Magazine and Esquire.
At the Energy Project, Tony has coached many CEOs and senior leaders. He has also delivered keynotes and training to companies around the world, including Google, Unilever, Apple, PWC Facebook, Whole Foods, EY, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Medical Center, the National Security Agency, and Save the Children. He has also written extensively about leadership, transformation and the modern workplace for The New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review.
Tony is the author of six books, including “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time” which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working,” also a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Tony graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. He is married to Deborah Pines, a psychoanalyst, and they have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
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Peter Senge | Senior Expert
Peter M. Senge is the founding chair of SoL (Society of Organizational Learning), a global network of organizations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions”, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management MIT, and cofounder of the Academy for Systemic Change, which seeks to accelerate the growth of the field of systemic change worldwide. His work centers on promoting shared understanding of complex issues and shared leadership for healthier human systems. This involves major cross-sector projects focused on global food systems, climate change, regenerative economies, and the future of education.
Peter is the author of The Fifth Discipline and coauthor of the three related fieldbooks: Presence, and The Necessary Revolution. The Fifth Discipline (over two million copies sold), was recognized by Harvard Business Review as “one of the seminal management books of the last 75 years,” and by the Financial Times as one of five “most important” management books. The Journal of Business Strategy named him one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th century. Recently, he was named to the “1000 Talents” Program (Renzai) in China to help China become a leader in systemic change, to benefit itself and the world.
Peter has been at the forefront of organizational learning since publishing his classic text, The Fifth Discipline, in 1990. The Fifth Disciplinee provides the theories and methods to foster aspiration, develop reflective conversation, and understand complexity in order to build a learning organization. Peter is driven by the desire to understand how we can work together to live in harmony with one another and with Mother Earth. He continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning, teaching his principles in workshops and seminars across the country. Peter describes his process as “sharing” rather than “teaching”, in an attempt to “help people see not just what has been done before, but sharing what has been done, by suggestion, surfacing, or eliciting what new might be possible.”
Throughout his career, Peter has been asking, “How do we create the best conditions, including the tools and methods, for enabling learning communities?” Since the publication of The Fifth Discipline, Peter has shared the driving principles of organizational learning with business, education, health care, and government. Through his work, Peter strives to foster learning communities around the globe in order to improve our world.
Peter graduated from Stanford University with a BS in engineering. He holds an MS in social systems modeling and a PhD in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Bill Torbert | Senior Expert
Bill has spent his career leading, consulting, teaching, and researching based on a new paradigm of Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry applied to personal, organizational, and scientific development. At this point (2020), Torbert’s theory of adult development and leadership is the most well known of the three, having generated the Global Leadership Profile for measuring a person’s current leadership capacity and one of the top ten leadership articles in the history of the Harvard Business Review – ‘Seven Transformations of Leadership’ (2005).
Having received both his BA in Politics and Economics and his PhD in Individual and Organizational Behavior from Yale, Bill served as Founder and Director of both the War on Poverty Yale Upward Bound Program and the Theatre of Inquiry. He also taught leadership at Southern Methodist University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and then, from 1978-2008 at the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College, where he also served as Graduate Dean (the BC MBA program’s ranking rising from below the top 100 to #25 during his tenure) and later served as Director of the Organizational Transformation Doctoral Program.
In addition to consulting to dozens of companies, not-for-profits, and governmental agencies, Torbert has served on numerous Boards, notably at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care when it was rated the #1 HMO nationally in the US; and, for twenty years, at Trillium Asset Management, the original and largest independent Socially Responsible Investing firm, founded by Bill’s friend Joan Bavaria, a rare CEO who was at once visionary, strategic, executive, and also truly collaborative.
After his retirement from academia in 2008, Bill continued his work through Global Leadership Associates, the Amara Collaboration, the Global Leadership Profile, Alchemists’ Workparties, and my informal action inquiry community. The intent: to leave a living legacy of persons capable of practicing Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry (CDAI). CDAI is a new paradigm of social science and social action that integrates 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person action and research, on the past, the present, and the future, and generates single-, double-, and triple-loop feedback in the service of timely action.
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Hitendra Wadhwa | Senior Expert
Hitendra’s mission is to discover, codify, and teach the laws of success in life and leadership. With an MBA and Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a lifelong study of the world’s mystic traditions, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential. He has codified many of these principles in his book, Inner Mastery, Outer Impact: How Your Five Core Energies Hold the Key to Success, published by Hachette Book Group in 2022.
As Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Mentora Institute, he has coached dozens of Fortune 100 C-suite executives and taught more than ten thousand MBAs, executives, doctors, lawyers, social activists, and educators. His class on Personal Leadership & Success at Columbia has for many years been the most popular leadership elective, earning him the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award.
Hitendra’s work has been covered by leading media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and more. Hitendra’s lessons, says the BBC World Service, “are about how to become a master of yourself before trying to be a master of the universe.” Psychology Today states, “The award-winning professor promises not how to make a living, but how to live.”
Hitendra’s podcast, Intersections, features acclaimed thought leaders and practitioners reflecting on how to dissolve cultural, disciplinary, and other boundaries to achieve our highest potential in life.
Previously, Wadhwa was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and the CEO/founder of a Silicon Valley start-up, Paramark, which was twice recognized as a Top-100 Internet technology company by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire.
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Caroline Webb | Senior Expert
Caroline Webb, Mobius Executive Coach, is also Chief Executive of SevenShift Leadership. Previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, she remains an external Senior Adviser to McKinsey on leadership and she is a Senior Expert in the Mobius network.Sparked by her work in Eastern Europe shortly after the Berlin Wall came down, Caroline has always had a strong interest in the role of individuals in making change happen. After a decade as an economist, she took her interest in social science into the field of organisational effectiveness and leadership. In 2004, four years after joining McKinsey, she co-founded McKinsey’s leadership practice to develop the more human side of the firm’s work with its most senior clients. During her time with McKinsey, Caroline established the firm’s approach to improving the dynamics and effectiveness of senior teams, developed McKinsey’s ‘Centered Leadership’ client work in the field of personal leadership effectiveness, and founded McKinsey’s programme for improving the confidence and capability of senior female clients. She set up and ran a number of networks to enable C-suite leaders to learn from each other, and has designed major leadership development programmes to support the change goals of dozens of organisations.
Caroline brings to her leadership work an understanding of the diverse business issues facing leaders today and direct personal experience of what leadership is like at the top of a complex global organisation. She is equally at home in the private and public sectors having spent much of her pre-McKinsey life at the Bank of England, where her work spanned authorship of the prestigious quarterly Inflation Report, economic forecasting of the world economy, and advice to the UK government on supporting development in post-communist Europe.
In all her coaching work with individuals and groups, Caroline starts from a positive foundation, helping clients systematically identify how they can best play to their individual and collective strengths as a springboard for change. She helps them grasp where they might be able to create and seize opportunities for development by drawing on evidence and techniques from the cognitive sciences (neuroscience, behavioural economics, psychology). She is unusually comfortable and credible in taking discussions deep into business/policy territory as needed, thanks to her wide-ranging consulting and economics background. And she brings her own research to bear: she is the founder of The SevenShift Project, a multi-country effort to identify what facilitates self-determination and choice in our modern challenging times, where uncertainty and complexity are the backdrop to most people’s work.
Caroline is a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching, has coaching qualifications from the School of Coaching and Meyler Campbell, and degrees in Economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She teaches a class on the ‘Managing Change’ elective of the London Business School MBA, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and corporate events. Her work has been widely featured in the media, including BBC Radio 4, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, Forbes, Management Today and Lifehacker. She tweets on leadership, psychology and economics (@caroline__webb) but also writes on London culture (@CultureFactor) and is excited to have landed a very amateur role performing in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
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Andrew White | Senior Expert
Andrew White is the Associate Dean for Executive Education at Saïd Business School and is responsible for forging connections between the research, resources and expertise of the School, and of the wider Oxford University, with senior leaders in organizations throughout the world.
Andrew is also a highly experienced leadership coach to CEOs and other senior leaders. His areas of expertise include managing disruptive technologies, discontinuous innovation and the new leadership capabilities required to lead in today’s business climate.
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Ellen Wingard | Senior Expert
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 awarenessof 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.
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Jennifer Wynn | Senior Expert
Jennifer Wynn is a cross-sector leader and advisor driving organizational transformation, strategic clarity, inclusion, new ways of working, and culture change in the social, private, and public sectors.
As the founder of Wynn Strategies, a consultancy focused on transformation, change leadership, and healing in human enterprises, she is committed to partnering with individuals, teams, organizations, and communities to realize their full potential.
Jenn is the former Director of Education at the Obama Foundation, where she led a team to design in-person and digital programs across the U.S. for community leadership and active citizenship. Prior to that she was a manager in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, where she trained top executives globally as a founding team member of McKinsey Academy–the blended learning platform that McKinsey uses to build its clients’ capacity around management and leadership topics.
Jenn is passionate about leadership development and education at all levels. She has been a founding teacher and school leader of a middle school, served as a Director of Curriculum Management for a large charter school network, and developed courses for MBA students at NYU Stern, where she currently teaches a course called Difficult Conversations. She has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, a M.Ed. from Hunter College, and an A.B. from Harvard University.