World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals for 2017

Guru #1

John Kotter

Regarded by many as the authority on organizational culture change and leadership, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and change management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizational cultures, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change. Professor Kotter’s MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship – the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article “Accelerate!”, won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world’s most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars on organizational culture in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life changing by his students. Kotter’s research and pursuits in education, business and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of “millions leading, billions benefiting”.

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Guru #2

Geert Hofstede

Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by organizational culture. Through the publication of his scholarly book Culture’s Consequences (1980, new edition 2001), Geert Hofstede (1928) became the founder of comparative intercultural research. His most popular book, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind (1991, newest edition 2010, co-authored with Gert Jan Hofstede and Michael Minkov), has so far been translated into approximately 20 languages. Geert Hofstede’s organizational culture articles have been published in social science and management journals around the world. He is recognised internationally for having developed the first empirical model of “dimensions“ of national culture, thus establishing a new paradigm for taking account of cultural elements in international economics, communication and cooperation. Later, he also developed a model for organisational cultures. Through his varied and numerous academic and cultural activities in many different countries, Hofstede can be regarded as one of the leading representatives of intercultural research and studies. The findings of his research and his theoretical ideas are used worldwide in both psychology and management studies.

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Guru #3

Charles Handy

Charles Handy (born 1932) is an Irish author/philosopher specializing in organisational behavior, organizational culture, and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the “portfolio worker” and the “Shamrock Organization” (in which professional core workers, freelance workers and part-time/temporary routine workers each form one leaf of the “Shamrock”). He has been rated among the Thinkers 50, a private list of the most influential living management thinkers. In 2001 he was second on this list, behind Peter Drucker, and in 2005 he was tenth. When the Harvard Business Review had a special issue to mark their 50th Anniversary they asked Handy, Peter Drucker and Henry Mintzberg to write special articles. In July 2006 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws by Trinity College, Dublin.

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Guru #4

Roger Connors

Roger Connors is co-founder and CEO of Partners In Leadership. He is a four-time New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He and his business partner, Tom Smith, have authored the most extensive body of knowledge on workplace accountability ever written, and are recognized as the worldwide experts on organizational culture. Roger brings over 30 years of extensive expertise in assisting senior management teams all over the world in successfully facilitating large-scale corporate cultural transformation. Recently, his company was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America. As a pioneer on the subjects of organizational culture and accountability and an industry thought leader, Roger has developed #1 award winning content and has published and interviewed extensively, including Forbes, Chief Learning Officer, Workforce Magazine, Energy Digital, Training and Development Magazine, Leadership Excellence Magazine, Talent Management Magazine, Journal of Business Strategy, Executive Excellence, and Inside Supply Management Magazine. His radio, television, and webcast appearances include CNBC’s Power Lunch, KWHY-TV “Market Talk,” OCN-TV’s “Prime Story,” Fortune 100 Executive Teleconference, Business Radio Network, UPI, Voice of America, Business Matters, and numerous other broadcasts. In addition, he was a featured speaker at the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. Roger co-authored the classic New York Times bestselling book, The Oz Principle, which has been ranked year after year as one of the top five bestselling business books in the leadership and performance categories. He also co-authored the New York Times bestsellers The Wisdom of Oz; How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way; and Change the Organizational Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results.

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Guru #5

Marcella Bremer

Marcella Bremer MScBA is an author and consultant. She helps leaders, employees, consultants, and other professionals make a difference at work. Positive organizations are better at change, more innovative, competitive, profitable, but also contributing more to the world. If you influence one person, one interaction at a time, you contribute to a positive culture. She is the co-founder of OCAI. Marcella published “Organizational Culture Change: Unleash your Organization’s Potential in Circles of 10” and her new book will be out by December 2017: “Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive”.The online Positive Culture Academy will launch in the Spring of 2018 and focus on how you can personally contribute to a positive, productive culture in your organization.Her Leadership & Change Magazine blog offers weekly inspiration about positive leadership, culture, and change. Marcella is a founding member of the Institute for Culturally Adaptive Leadership (ICAL), faculty member of the Academy of Culture Ambassadors, contributor at Culture University, the Berlin Change Days, the International Society for Organization Development & Change (ISODC) and guest blogger at Lead Change Group.

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Guru #6

Arthur Carmazzi

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Arthur Carmazzi has made his biggest impact with his Directive Communication Psychology, a group dynamics discipline used in rapid organizational culture change and leadership development. His research and contributions to the leadership development community got full marks for uniqueness including his Environmental (Culture Based) Leadership model, his Coloured Brain Communication model and various psychology based leadership development tools. The models and tools Arthur Carmazzi combined into the Directive Communication system has helped Hundreds of organizations in 16 different countries recreate a positive and sustainable organizational culture. His Culture Revolution Model has a 100% success rate and his guarantees results. In the Organizational culture and leadership training sphere, Arthur Carmazzi’s DC certified licensed trainers, culture change consultants and his personal involvement have transformed workforces in 52 different countries. Arthur has written seven books, two of those are international bestsellers and are available in most Asian Languages. The foundational philosophy of Arthur Carmazzi is that there is no one leadership model that fits everyone and by understanding how we affect and are affected by others in multiple environments, we can make small modifications to create our own personal leadership identity model to have a bigger more sustainable impact. As a speaker he is dynamic, energetic and inspirational. Arthur Carmazzi is well known in Asia and the Middle East.

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Guru #7

Edgar H. Schein

Edgar H. Schein is Professor of Management at M.I.T. and is considered one of the a ‘founders’ of organisational psychology. Edgar H. Schein is currently a Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and continues at the Sloan School part time as a Senior Lecturer. He is also the Founding Editor of “Reflections” the Journal of the Society for Organizational Learning devoted to connecting academics, consultants, and practitioners around the issues of knowledge creation, dissemination and utilization. He has had a notable mark on the field of organizational culture development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture. Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher and consultant. Besides his numerous articles in professional journals he has authored fourteen books including Organizational Psychology. He is generally credited with inventing the term ‘Corporate Culture’. Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and Stanford. His Ph.D. (1952) is from Harvard’s Department of Social Relations where he majored in social psychology but was heavily influenced by clinical psychology, sociology and anthropology. After four years of work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in David Rioch’s Department of Neuropsychiatry, he moved to MIT’s Sloan School where he is now Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus. His early research on the “brainwashing” of Korean prisoners of war was published in Coercive Persuasion (1961). Subsequently, he worked on organizational socialization and career development (Career Dynamics, 1978) and organizational culture (Organizational Culture and Leadership (third edition, 2004). He wrote one of the first textbooks on Organizational Psychology (1965), now in its third edition, developed the concept of Process Consultation (revised edition in 1999), and recently published a third edition of Career Anchors and Job/Role Planning, (2006). His latest book is Helping (2009).

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Guru #8

Gerry Johnson

Gerry is one of Europe’s most highly regarded Professors of Strategic Management and organizational culture. while he did not make the top 30 management list, he is surly deserving of his contributions to organizational culture development. He is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Management at Lancaster University Management School and a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research. After his early management and consultancy experience he has held academic positions at leading business schools in the UK including Manchester Business School, Cranfield School of Management, Strathclyde Business School and Lancaster University Management School. Gerry Johnson is also a founding co-author of Europe’s best selling strategic management text Exploring Strategy (Prentice Hall, 9th edition, 2011) which is used in most of the UK business schools. He is also co- author of The Exceptional Manager, Strategic Change and the Management Process, the Challenge of Strategic Management, and Strategic Thinking and author of numerous papers on Strategic Management. His research work is primarily concerned with processes of strategy development and change in organizations. As a consultant he works at a senior level with management teams on issues of strategy development and strategic change. Here he applies many of the concepts and techniques in Exploring Corporate Strategy to help those teams challenge, question and develop the strategies of their organisations. Gerry has: BA Hons in Anthropology from University College, London and a PhD in Strategy Development and Change from Aston University.

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Guru #9

Frederic Laloux

Frederic Laloux works as an adviser with corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. His work draws on two strands: His deep understanding of the inner workings of organizational culture, which he developed among other during the years he worked as an organization and strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. His longstanding fascination with the topic of human development and his own joyful journey of personal and spiritual growth. Frederic has worked intimately with people at all levels of organizations. He has witnessed how the organizations that make up the fabric of our modern lives (large corporations and small businesses, hospitals and schools, nonprofits and government agencies) are for the most part places of quiet and pervasive suffering, places inhospitable to the deeper yearnings of our souls.The intuition that more is possible—that we must be capable of creating truly soulful organizations that invite all of our human potential into the workplace—has led him to engage into groundbreaking research: how a currently emerging, new form of consciousness is bringing forth a radically more soulful, purposeful, and productive organizational model. Reinventing Organizations, the best-selling book based on this research, has been variously described as “groundbreaking,” “brilliant,” “spectacular,” “impressive,” and “world-changing” by some of the most respected scholars in the field of human development.  Frederic lives in Brussels, Belgium, where he is blessed to share his life with his wife, Hélène, and their two children.

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Guru #10

Chester Elton

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’sGlobe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN   Elton is co-author of the New York Timesand #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership books, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins.His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Eltonis often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and theNew York Times.He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2017 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #15 in the world’s top leadership experts and #10 in the world’s top organizational culture experts. Eltonis the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and is a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.He serves as aleadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group andProcter & Gamble. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children-more exceptional now they’ve grown up and left home.

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Guru #11

adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert 

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. As a leadership expert, he has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Gostick has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, he is on the list along side Jack Welch and Jim Collins. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, JELD-WEN and California Pizza Kitchen.

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Guru #12

Ann Rhoades

Ann Rhoades has an extensive national speaking platform in the area of organizational culture spanning a range of industries including: health care, airlines, hospitality, finance, retail, restaurants, food and beverage, convenience stores, public utilities, entertainment, law enforcement, nonprofit, higher education, and business schools. Represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau since 2003, Rhoades delivers popular programs on the values-based principles of Off-the-Wall Leadership to over 25,000 people a year. She appears in the Washington Speakers Bureau list of top ten most frequently requested speakers in the categories of Leadership and Management as well as Customer Loyalty and Motivation. Rhoades is also represented as a speaker by the Phoenix Speakers Bureau and is on the speaking faculty of the American Hospital Association Health Forum.

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Guru #13

Kim S. Cameron

Kim S. Cameron currently serves as associate dean in the Ross School of Business and professor in the Management and Organizations department. He served as dean and Albert J. Weatherhead Professor of Management in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, as associate dean and Ford Motor Co./Richard E. Cook Professor in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and as a department chair and director of several executive education programs at the University of Michigan. He also served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ricks College. He organized and directed the Organizational Studies Division of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in Boulder, Colorado. Cameron’s past research on organizational downsizing, effectiveness, quality culture, virtuousness, and the development of management skills has been published in more than 120 academic articles and 14 scholarly books, the most recent of which are: Making the Impossible Possible (2006, Berrett Koehler), Positive Leadership (2008, Berrett Koehler), Organizational Effectiveness (2009, Edward Elgar), Developing Management Skills (2011, Prentice Hall), Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture (2011, Jossey Bass), and the Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship (Oxford, 2012). He is one of the cofounders of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan.

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Guru #14

S. Chris Edmonds

S.Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive consultant who is the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year executive career leading high performing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. He has also served as a senior consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. Chris is one of Inc. Magazine’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers and was a featured presenter at SXSW 2015. Chris is the author of the Amazon best seller The Culture Engine, the best seller Leading At A Higher Level with Ken Blanchard, and five other books.

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Guru #15

Anese Cavanaugh

Anese Cavanaugh is the creator of the IEP Method (Intentional Energetic Presence) as well as a leadership and collaboration advisor, strategist, and thinking partner for business leaders in the design, service and innovation spaces. Through her speaking, writing and creative leadership programs, people learn how to optimize their leadership and presence, bringing their best selves to the table for greater collaboration, impact, and cultural success. Anese Cavanaugh is a dynamic, highly sought after speaker who has been called “transformational.” Anese has appeared on stages across the country—Stanford University, the Inc. Women’s Summit, the Education Equals Partnership Annual Conference, and many others—all in service of Showing Up well and creating positive impact in the world. In addition to appearing in publications like The Huffington Post, CEO.com, and the NY Times, Anese writes regularly for Inc.com in her column “Showing Up”, and has recently released The IEP Survival Guide: First Aid for Your Presence and her book Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives (McGraw-Hill) just came out this past November.

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Guru #16

Robert E. Quinn

Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross Business School. He is one of the co-founders and of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn’s research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change and effectiveness. He has published 18 books on these subjects. His best-selling book, Deep Change has sold over 100,000 copies. His book, The Best Teacher in You won the Ben Franklin Award designating it the best book in education for 2015. His latest book is The Positive Organization: Breaking Free of Conventional Cultures, Constraints and Beliefs. He is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework. It has been used by organizations across the globe and thousands of managers have been trained in the use of the Framework. He has thirty-five years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies. He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy. You can read more about Bob on his website at www.bob-quinn.com.

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Guru #17

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons (from London, England) is passionate about science, and how science can be used to improve human flourishing. His writing and teaching “at the nexus of science, philosophy, and business” focuses on the application of the wider human sciences (not just psychology but philosophy, medicine, public health, mathematics, behavioral economics, and sociology) to business and business leadership. He began his career in neurochemistry, followed by Masters-level study in International Economics and Finance. At 20, he moved to London as a “quant” derivatives trader, working at Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He eventually became Director of Eurobond Trading for the world’s third largest bank. At 28, he resumed doctoral study in neuroscience, and then joined PwC as a strategist and expert on derivatives, advising on trading disasters such as Barings and Long-Term Capital. He then joined PwC’s “Strategy, Innovation and Change” think-tank, helping develop the firm’s methodologies in change management, innovation and corporate transformation. He ran many of PwC’s board-level leadership programs, as well as change management on a $1 billion program for the UK government. In 2001, Gibbons then founded his own firm, Future Considerations, which grew at 60% per annum under his leadership and still delivers flagship programs in many of the top fifty European companies. After selling that firm, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a lecturer, while continuing to coach senior executives worldwide. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Guardian, and Times newspapers, and in 2008, CEO Magazine named him one of two “CEO Super Coaches.” He recently published a small self-coaching workbook entitled Reboot Your Life: A 12-day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive.

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Guru #18

Stephen Blandino

Stephen Blandino is the Lead Pastor of 7 City Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. He’s a blogger, coach, and the author of GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution, Creating Your Church’s Culture, and the co-author of Unexpected: What to Do When Life Disrupts Your Plans. Stephen has also authored or co-authored several small group curriculums. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and enjoys writing on leadership, personal growth, organizational development, and the local church. Stephen lives in the Ft. Worth area with his wife Karen and their daughter Ashley.

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Guru #19

Sam Silverstein

Sam Silverstein, CSP is founder and CEO of Sam Silverstein, Inc., an accountability think tank dedicated to helping companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability. He is an international business consultant, speaker and author. His manufacturing and distribution companies have sold over $100 million in products and services and he has successfully sold one of his businesses to a Fortune 500 company. Sam served as the President of the National Speakers Association (2008-2009) and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Sam’s work with companies has transformed organizational culture and created success in all areas. Originally from Atlanta, he has a Business degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Washington University. He is married with four children and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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Guru #20

Lizz Pellet

Lizz Pellet is a Fellow in Organizational Culture Transformation from Johns Hopkins University and a well-known thought leader in talent management. For the past 15 years, Lizz has been educating HR professionals on culture and all areas of Talent Management. Lizz is a master in teaching professionals how to use social media platforms in their recruiting efforts as well as helping companies build authentic employment brands and integrate social media tools into their talent management processes to increase the ROI of recruitment and retention. Most recently she has taken a position as the Director of HR and Organizational Effectiveness (OE) for BenQ America where she is responsible for providing strategic organizational culture development, design, change management leadership and process improvement expertise to create and sustain business results across North America. This position is responsible for linking talent management processes with other key HR processes including leadership and pivotal talent development, hands on training, mentoring, coaching, 360 feedback and employee recognition/engagement programs. The role ensures alignment with the changing competitive landscape and BenQ’s strategic direction, in order to optimize solutions at the organizational, team and individual level. Lizz is a recommended speaker by the Society for Human Resource Management and has presented at over 80 conferences and delivered 125 webinars. Her high energy, use of humor and relevant business content make her a very popular trainer and keynote speaker. Lizz is the author of the 2010 SHRM book, “The Cultural Fit Factor, Creating an Employment Brand that Attracts, Retains and Repels the Right Employees” and “Getting Your Shift Together – Making Sense of Organizational Culture & Change”.

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Guru #21

Randy Pennington

Randy Pennington helps leaders and organizations build cultures focused on results, relationships, and accountability. He is a twenty-plus year business performance veteran, author, and consultant who has worked with many of this country’s best-known organizations including: Alabama Power Company, Motorola, LaSalle Bank, SmithBucklin, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Texas A&M University, Marathon Oil, Sprint PCS, and Progressive Insurance, in addition to government agencies at the local, state, and national level. Mr. Pennington is a frequent radio talk show guest/commentator. His ideas and comments on integrity, trust, and commitment have appeared in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Executive Excellence, on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, the ABC radio network, and in numerous professional and trade association journals. His book, On My Honor, I Will: The Journey to INTEGRITY-DRIVEN® Leadership has a timeless message about achieving enduring success as a leader and has been released in a third edition. In his endorsement of On My Honor, Ross Perot says “Randy Pennington has cracked the code of great leadership.” His second book, Results Rule! Build a Culture that Blows the Competition Away, received the 2007 Best Books Award from USA Book News. Randy Pennington has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation and has been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He is Past Chairman of the NSA Foundation Board of Trustees and NSA Board of Directors. He was the 1998-99 Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate, and a founding member of the Texas Council on Disease and Stroke. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct instructor in the Cox Business Leadership Center at Southern Methodist University.

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Guru #22

Peg Neuhauser

Peg Neuhauser is a management and organizational consultant, specializing in the areas of conflict management, organizational culture, avoiding burnout. In 1984, she established her own company and works with clients in many industries including health care, high tech, finance, and publishing. As a speaker and consultant, she offers practical tips for action to create a more innovative and adaptive organization. Her focus is on increasing collaboration in cross-functional teams, improving relationships among work colleagues, avoiding burnout, and strengthening the organization’s culture to focus on its goals more effectively. Her stories, case examples, and humor illustrate each idea in a way that is both entertaining and easy to remember. In addition to speaking and consulting, Peg facilitates meetings and retreats for both board and management groups. Ms. Neuhauser completed studies in the United States and England with an M.A. in psychology and undergraduate work in sociology. Prior to starting her business, she worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and as an internal consultant for Hospital Corporation of America developing services and programs for both corporate and hospital clients. In addition to working as a designer, trainer and consultant, she also managed financial systems conversions that involved training and consultation in the technical and accounting divisions.

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Guru #23

Mitchell Lee Marks

Mitchell Lee Marks is a Leadership and organization Development Consultant and speaker. Mitchell Lee Marks advises executives on managing mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, downsizing and other transitions; building teamwork; identifying and addressing inhibitors to productivity; and developing organizational cultures. He is internationally recognized for designing and implementing human, cultural and organizational approaches to achieving desired financial, strategic, and business results during transition. He helps minimize the unintended consequences of transitions on employee well being, work team performance, and organizational effectiveness; while using transitions as opportunities to build desired organizations by enhancing workplace cultures and employee spirit and accelerating strategy attainment and operational excellence. Mitch is an internationally recognized expert on corporate culture, leadership, employee behavior, organizational change, and mergers and acquisitions, downsizings, restructurings and other major organizational transitions. As a motivating and engaging keynote speaker, he couples first-hand experience from some of the most prominent organizational transitions worldwide with sound conceptual advice. Mitch works with a variety of leaders and managers in the areas of organizational change, team building, strategic direction, organizational effectiveness, corporate culture, human resources management, and the planning and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and other transitions. His clients range from small start-ups to large multinational corporations, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

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Guru #24

Sheila Margolis

Sheila Margolis helps leaders use culture to drive organizational change. Her expertise is in defining organizational culture, managing organizational change, and increasing employee engagement. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Resource Development, teaches part-time at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, and is President of the Workplace Culture Institute. As an organizational culture expert, Sheila is quoted in newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post, and The Atlanta Journal- Constitution. In her work, Sheila stimulates insight that informs, inspires, and advances excellence. She is guided by high standards, curiosity and a devotion to continuous learning. Consultant for Facilitating Culture and Change Initiatives and Improving Employee Engagement.

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Guru #25

Daniel R. Denison

Daniel R. Denison, Ph.D. is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Denison Consulting, LLC. He is also Professor of Management and Organization at IMD in Lausanne Switzerland. Prior to joining IMD in 1999, Denison was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School, teaching in MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs. Professor Denison has taught and lived in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Organizational Psychology. Dr. Denison’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on organizational culture and leadership and the impact that they have on the performance and effectiveness of organizations. His research has shown a strong relationship between organizational culture and business performance metrics such as profitability, growth, customer satisfaction, and innovation. He has consulted with many leading corporations regarding organizational change, leadership development, and the cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, and globalization. His latest book, with IMD colleague Robert Hooijberg, Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy, was published in June 2012. He has written four other books, including Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness, published by John Wiley in 1990. He is also the author of the Denison Organizational Culture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Surveys, which have been used by over 5,000 organizations. His articles have appeared in leading journals such as The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, The Administrative Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Organizational Behavior.

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Guru #26

Dick Daniels

Dick Daniels is the founder and President of the Leadership Development Group. His master’s and doctoral work focused on adult development. He annually teaches two courses in the field of organizational leadership: Leadership and Change and Collaborative Leadership. Dick has been the entrepreneurial founder of three organizations. During the past decade he has been an executive coach helping senior leaders design and establish comprehensive management systems. In 2004, he launched a monthly roundtable to address the need for leadership development with CEO’s in Minneapolis, MN. Dick is a leadership strategist whose passion is to help companies build internal systems for accelerated and sustainable leadership development. He is a member of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leading Insights On-Line Panel.

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Guru #27

Michael Minkov

Michael Minkov is a Professor of Cross-Cultural Awareness and Organizational Behavior at Varna University of Management (Sofia campus), Bulgaria. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the State University of Sofia (Kliment Ohridski) and an MA in linguistics, also from that university. Minkov grew up in his native Bulgaria and spent his adolescence at the Lycee Francais de la Marsa, Tunisia. Later he studied and worked in culturally diverse countries – Iceland, Norway the Faroe Islands (Denmark), Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – for over five years. His practical cross-cultural experiences account for his interest in the scientific study of culture. Minkov is an academic disciple and associate of Geert Hofstede, the father of scientific cross-cultural analysis across modern nations. Some of Minkov’s findings have been accepted by Hofstede as an enrichment and update of his classic model. They have recently published a number of coauthored articles as well as the third edition of Hofstede’s classic Cultures and Organizations. Software of the Mind (McGraw-Hill, 2010). Minkov has also written two monographs on culture, with contributions by Hofstede: “Cultural Differences in a Globalizing World” (Emerald, 2011) and “Cross-Cultural Analysis; The Science and Art of Comparing the World’s Modern Societies and Their Cultures” (Sage, 2013), as well as a number of academic articles in journals, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.

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Guru #28

Gavin Robinson

Gavin Robinson is a senior project consultant with a solid track record for consistently and passionately leading positive change initiatives with senior personnel and managers, executive leadership and boards of directors at private and public organizations. His clients span many sectors including construction, retail food, media, packaged goods, finance, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, education, non-profit and public sector organizations in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. For more than twenty years, Gavin has facilitated leadership development client engagements for senior personnel of numerous Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations. His expertise encompasses strategic planning and measurement, leadership and team development, partnering and conflict resolution and organizational development. Since being accredited as an international Grid Partner in 1997, Mr.Robinson has been a senior facilitator in Canada for Grid International’s Leadership, Team and Partnership development modules.

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Guru #29

Stan Slap

Stan Slap is the president of the international consulting company called, by a remarkable coincidence, “slap.” He has a history of accomplishments as a CEO with as many as 5,000 employees reporting to him and has served as a director of several companies with their CEOs reporting to him, which he prefers a whole lot more. Since 1985, Stan has focused his hoodlum neurons on creating success for slap clients. He is credited with revolutionizing performance for some of the world’s biggest, smartest and fastest companies — developing explosive growth strategies and the cultural willingness to implement them. He personally coaches CEOs and the executive teams of many of these companies. Stan has directed the successful expansion for companies ranging from Patagonia to Pennzoil. He designed the plan that helped Oracle sell their strategic intent to 40,000 employees in 167 countries and developed employee re-engagement plans for HSBC, Europe’s largest bank. He has created winning brand strategies for companies from Deloitte to Black Entertainment Television. He has invented many successful advertising campaigns, consulted to leading advertising agencies and personally written slogans for companies from Coca-Cola to Checkpoint Software. Mr. Fabulous has also developed a number of successful management training programs (the number is 27) that have been implemented in more than 70 countries. Stan is a frequently requested keynote speaker in many of these same countries and in constant demand for major event presentations by Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies. Oh, enough already: His self-published “off-white papers” are required reading in several university MBA programs, and his first book Bury My Heart at Conference Room B was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Seller. Stan is working on his second book which will be released later this year.

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Guru #30

Glenn Geffcken

Glenn Geffcken is an expert in strengthening organizational culture with centuries old wisdom of indigenous peoples. Drawing from a varied career in both large and small business with a background in sales, business development, sponsorship, large scale event production, publishing, and sustainability, Glenn has a keen ability to help business leaders and professionals cut through hidden dynamics that block progress and bring to light those things which open leaders to new possibilities. Glenn is the author of Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change, a personal story about how Glenn came to acquire from indigenous culture the wisdoms he has related to organizational dynamics and how to apply them to the art of doing business. Glenn writes a weekly blog, Heart & Mind, which is about integrating the heart and mind to strengthen intuition, improve communications, and develop culture. Glenn is a business coach helping business leaders to break through barriers and move beyond. Glenn and his wife and partner Maria Rueda conduct a series of culture workshops that help participants in a very enjoyable way to strengthen their personal culture so that they may in turn strengthen their organizational culture.

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