I am a trainer, consultant, speaker, and writer. I started my career as an electrical engineer in the Navy, but after ten years, I got tired of the rigid hierarchy and mindless regulations. Meanwhile, I went to business school, and after receiving my MBA, worked with Shell in the Middle East for a number of years. Then, a brief stint as head of consulting at a Big Four accounting firm convinced me that there must be a better way to help clients. Not sure what that better really meant, I took a sabbatical and taught Human Resources for four years at a newly set up college system in Dubai. At that time, I started helping a student of mine [the only son of a rich businessman] stabilize his business, when his father suddenly died. This gave me time to clarify in my mind what would serve clients well, and how I ought to go about it. I got my magic mantra - be honest, serve with passion, focus on client needs, and let your work shine through the mirror of your clients' success.
With this as my central thought, I set up the Center for Creative Thinking in 1995.
My work is focused on leadership development, helping companies go global by identifying the right competencies,, designing/delivering cutting edge programs, and facilitating organizational development. I strive to provide thought leadership and coaching to middle and senior level executives, and help in identifying and managing talent.
My clients are spread over several countries - from the USA to India and Sri Lanka. I help leaders understand how to operate profitably in a global and highly uncertain world. My clients belong to diverse industries, sectors, and geographies, including cutting edge consulting giants, global technology leaders, engineering behemoths, transportation and logistics champions, leading industrial goods manufacturers, food distributors, construction conglomerates, government bodies, and retailers.
Having lived and worked in many countries, I have gained a deep understanding of the impact of cultural differences, and how this may be leveraged. I use storytelling as a foundational methodology, since stories cut across all divides - age, sex, culture, religion, race, level, etc - and is the most powerful tool available to influence thinking. So my calling card reads Storyteller.
I hope that by developing great leaders I would help organizations become world class, based on the attributes of Fortune's Most Admired list.