Services Offered


Russ helps leaders become more effective. He does so by working with:


Individuals through feedback and coaching. Russ has worked with hundreds of leaders on a one-on-one basis to:

  • understand current leadership skills, style, and opportunities
  • target concrete change that pays off for both the individual, the boss, and the organization
  • ensure progress and success have a clear connection to business improvement

Teams through facilitation and training. Russ works with intact and forming teams to:

  • arrive at goals that all team members buy into and support
  • build working rhythms that maximize each person’s strengths and minimize weaknesses
  • build new leadership skills that accelerate the team’s ability to achieve breakthrough results

Organizations through consulting and change management. Russ works with senior leaders and organizations to ensure that systems and structures are optimized to achieve the organization’s goals. He has consulting expertise in:

  • performance management
  • succession planning and management
  • assessment approaches and best practices
  • feedback tools
  • talent strategy
  • competency design and implementation
  • selection tools and processes
  • coaching programs
  • leadership development

What clients say…

Stuart Thompson

Russ is one of the few Organizational Development consultants that truly gets it. He has the research background and academic knowledge, but always leads with a grounded business approach to finding the right solution to the challenge. He is a true business partner and can be relied upon to deliver results.

Stuart Thompson, VP Talent Management
Scripps Networks Interactive

Donnell Green

Russ is an excellent consultant… combining strategic direction with practical results. He understands the challenges quickly and is able to partner with diverse stakeholders to arrive at a perfect solution.

Donnell Green, Managing Director
Head of HR Asia Pacific

John Boudreau

Russ has an outstanding ability to combine the rigor of evidence-based approaches with the practical relevance that only comes with years of value-adding work with some of the world’s best companies.

John Boudreau, Professor and Research Director
Center for Effective Organizations

Keith Falk

I’ve had the privilege of working with Russ globally for nearly ten years. What separates Russ is his ability to quickly distill complex business problems and prepare his clients to execute effectively. He asks incredibly smart questions, and gives the tough answers without prejudice. That combination of superior intellect and business acumen make him a true trusted advisor.

Keith Falk, Managing Partner
Cypress Strategy Group

Mike Herron

Russ is an exceptional business partner… he is professional, knowledgeable, creative, and extremely client focused. Few consultants have added as much value to my team as Russ.

Mike Herron, VP Global Talent
Leadership, and Engagement, PPS Group at Hewlett-Packard

Kile Dyer

Russ has a way of turning complex talent and organizational issues into simple and easy to understand conversations for our non-HR leaders. He has great insights and is able to convert the theoretical into clear, easy to execute action plans that have a positive impact. This style, combined with his experience, make Russ a valuable extension of our larger team.

Kile Dyer, Director
Learning and Organization Development, Fortune 300 Retailer

Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar

Russ has become a true confidant of mine—someone with whom to share ideas on talent management, assessment, and organization development. His perspectives are always valuable, his insights keen, and his solutions robust. His compassion and candor make him a terrific coach.

Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar, SVP
Human Resources, Starbucks Coffee Company

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