For over 30 years, Bob has worked with Senior Executive Teams and Boards on their most vital strategic and organizational challenges, both as a consultant and a corporate executive. He is considered one of the world’s leading strategic facilitators, having designed and conducted offsites in fifteen countries with companies ranging from Fortune 10 multinationals to German mittelstand family businesses.
Bob is the author of four Harvard Business Review articles: Off-Sites That Work (June 2006, co-authored with Logan Chandler), When Teams Can’t Decide (November 2008), Who Really Makes The Big Decisions in Your Company? (December 2011), and Leadership Summits That Work (March 2015, co-authored with Cary Greene). HBR named When Teams Can’t Decide one of ten ‘must read’ articles on teams. His first book, Who’s In The Room? How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them, quickly became an Amazon bestseller in the categories of Leadership and Decision Making, and is now in distribution in 12 countries.
Before founding the Strategic Offsites Group, Bob was a Managing Partner of Accenture, where he helped create the Organization & Change Strategy practice. Bob joined Accenture from Cap Gemini Sogeti, where he founded the firm’s global capability in Corporate Vision and Growth and led Gemini Consulting’s Strategy practice for the Americas Region. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he was among the last consultants to train under the legendary Bruce Henderson.
Bob’s executive roles began when he went to work for a client, running planning and business development for The Dial Corporation. Bob went on to become the youngest Division President of this Fortune 500 company, now a division of Henkel. A decade later, he took another temporary leave from consulting to head corporate strategy for Sears, Roebuck and Co. where he helped guide what was the largest voluntary restructuring in US corporate history.
Bob is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and earned his MBA at the Yale School of Management.
Dangerous Company, a best-selling book on the consulting industry, says of Bob: “He has been there, small company and big, strategy and operations. He has lived much of his professional life on the road or in the corridors of power of huge institutions. In the game of business, he is equipped to be the perfect coach.”