We are a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in business and behavioral sciences as well as management and consulting experience. Each member has significant experience working with diverse industries, job functions, leadership experience levels, and business situations.
Meet the Team
Matt has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, organization design and development, and leadership development. His consulting practice focuses on organizations and leaders who are planning enterprise-wide change programs, including business strategy, values, mission, business process simplification, planning systems, new structures, communications, management practices, business process re-engineering, and monitoring and evaluation systems
He works in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, with senior executive teams who want to develop new business strategies, redesign their organizations to meet new business challenges, improve goal setting, communication and involvement strategies, management practices, personal style, use of time, priority setting, decision making, and the effective delivery and receipt of feedback
He earned his doctorate from The George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Program in Organization Development, following an MS in Organization Behavior from the University of Hartford, and a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland.
He is on the adjunct faculties of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, and Queens University in Charlotte, NC. He is a guest lecturer in several doctoral programs as well.
He is a long time member and project leader with the Organization Development Network, where he is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is an active volunteer and former board member of NTL Institute, and a long time member and former board member of the Chesapeake Bay OD Network.
Barry is a senior strategic change consultant and executive coach with deep expertise in leading and managing large-scale business transformations and operational improvement projects. In both internal and external consulting roles he has led or consulted on over 20 major transformations within Fortune 500 companies, the federal government and multinational/multilateral institutions. His industry consulting experience spans across several industry groups, including financial services, insurance, consumer products, electronics manufacturing, media and entertainment, and telecommunications.
Barry began his career in 1980 as Director, Organizational Planning for Sperry Defense Systems where he helped plan and implement a long-term change strategy. After leaving Sperry (Unisys) he was a Partner at Block -Petrella -Weisbord for five years consulting to clients such as IDS/American Express, GE Aerospace, Pitney-Bowes and Carefirst on the design and implementation of high performance organizations. In 1994 he was engaged as an independent consultant by the World Bank to help lead a five-year organizational design and transformation effort and from 1998 to 2003 he was Director, Strategic Change at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led several large-scale strategic change projects at Delta Airlines, AIG, Intelsat and other companies. In 2001 he was the organizational consultant to the Chief Financial Officer at Highmark Insurance, who was later named CFO Magazine’s ‘Transformation CFO of the Year’ in 2002.
Barry’s clients are typically senior executives, leaders of business lines or major functions. He recently completed an engagement as a senior adviser and lead consultant to the Department of Interior’s National Business Center Acquisition Directorate, where he oversaw the merger of five separate acquisition organizations into Gov-Works, a large shared-service acquisition organization operating as a fee-for-service franchise fund under enabling federal legislation. He is currently advising senior executives at a Big Four consulting firm on a long-term effort to improve the quality of their overall engagement management process.
With over thirty years experience in business and industry in operating roles — manufacturing management, finance, labor relations, human resources management — and internal and external consulting, Chuck brings a unique and integrated perspective to his work.
Chuck Phillips established the organization development function for the Aircraft Engine Group of GE, serving as Manager of Organization Development for eight years and providing consultation across much of GE during that time.
Since leaving GE in 1982, Chuck has worked with a variety of organizations world-wide — industrial, financial, educational, governmental, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit — on a wide range of organization improvement, strategic change management consultations, and training and development initiatives.
Chuck was the lead external consultant for the internationally recognized GE – Bromont, Quebec plant start-up and development, and he led the Work-Out efforts at three divisions of GE — GE Supply, Roper Corporation, and GE Industrial and Power Systems Sales.
As a principle architect of the IBM change strategy to align IBM’s operating practices and culture with Lou Gerstner’s strategy and structural changes, Chuck developed and led a unique, business-driven cultural change process evolved from the GE WorkOut approach. This “ACT” process (Accelerate Change Together) has netted IBM hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings, contributed hundreds of millions more to top line growth and saved billions of dollars in inventory carrying costs while providing critical impetus and direction to the global leveraging strategy and cultural change.
Chuck has extensive experience in consulting internationally, including work in Venezuela, Egypt, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the PRC, England, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Canada. He has consulted to/with GTZ in Malawi and USAID in Egypt.
Chuck is a professional member of NTL Institute where he provides leadership and staffing to several professional development programs. He is a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) where he serves as the special advisor for change.
He lives in Franconia, NH with his wife, Betsey, and enjoys tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing and traveling. He is a world-ranked, masters level alpine ski racer.