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George Clark
OD Consultant, Executive Coach

George has 20 years experience in the areas of organizational consulting and coaching. He has worked with leaders and their teams to:

  • Align strategy, structure, and execution
  • Build accountable, high-morale organizations
  • Develop teams that excel at coordination, communication and decision making
  • Exercise power effectively
  • Grow personally and professionally
Industry Experience:

Prior to starting his own company in 1997, George held management and internal consulting positions at technology companies. He has also held training and OD positions in business consulting and firms contracting with the federal government. His most recent management position was as head of OD for Apple Computer. He worked with the CEO and executive team as lead internal consultant in developing and implementing a turnaround strategy. While at Apple, George also ran the quarterly strategic off-sites for the top 50 leaders and consulted to the division VP's on a range of issues.

Consulting / Coaching Experience:

George has worked with executives and their teams - from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, mostly in the domain of high technology and bio-technology. His work has included coaching individuals to improve productivity, helping organizations adapt their practices and culture to reflect new business realities and development of training curriculum's for core competence work. Leaders comments have included:

  • "George's mix of experience, influence and diplomacy make him the best coach I've worked with in 10 years."
    Pierre Samec, former CTO, Ventro Corporation

  • "George excelled at helping us understand the difficult issues and productively deal with them. He has a unique ability to deliver difficult assessments in ways people can hear."
    Tom Hammer, VP Development, Ventro Corporation

  • "George helped me overcome the "immediate urgency" to learn a set of practices to communicate better, build loyalty and get better results."
    Kambiz Hooshmand, Group VP, Cisco Systems

In addition to the clients above, other companies George has worked with include Apple, Brocade, Compaq, Calpine, Portal Software, Spectra-Physics and Wily Technology.


Relevant Affiliations:

  • He is adjunct staff for the Interpersonal Dynamics course at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
  • He has been guest lecturer at several business school programs at San Jose State University.
  • He has been adjunct staff for Action Design Institutes program on developing productive reasoning skills (Chris Argyris's Action Science)

Education & Training:

  • BA from California State University, Hayward
  • Certified in many Organizational Development programs including Columbia University Teachers College Advanced OD program and Stanford's Graduate School of Business Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitation.
  • Certified in broad array of assessment tools including MBTI, Eqi, PDI's 360 and Executive 360 certification and Franklin-Covey's 7 Habits certification.
  • Worked at Center for Action Research in the 1970's delivering training for the Peace Corps Train-the-Trainer, and a large systems change effort within each western state to improve juvenile prevention efforts (Youth Development Delinquency Prevention Administration)

Personal Interest:

  • Involved in learning and study groups for over 20 years
  • Enjoys golf, kayaking, skiing and biking. Used to be a basketball gym rat.
  • Lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California, and helps his two young adult men get launched.

George likes to ask questions that lead a person from conclusions or abstractions to the underlying meaning/assumptions and data that support the conclusion. Examples include:

E.g.,
· What leads you to say that?
· What's an example of that?
· What's behind that statement?
· That question sounds more like an opinion. What is it?
· What assumptions lead you to say that?
· What meaning do you make of this?

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