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Richard Axelrod Richard Axelrod

President | The Axelrod Group,Inc.


Award-winning author, consultant, and educator; engages audiences with his "workshop from the stage."


Dick Axelrod co founded the Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. He now brings more than thirty-five years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients including Boeing, Chicago Public Schools, Calgary Health Authority, Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, and the UK’s National Health Service. Dick is faculty in Columbia University’s Principles and Practices in Organization Development and the University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program. Dick is a founding member of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative. Dick authored the award-winning Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, and co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done, which the New York Times called “the best of the current crop of books on this subject.” Dick is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Teacher Award from the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Industry Expertise (3)

Corporate Leadership

Human Resources

Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (3)

Leadership With an Engagement Edge

After the Survey

Engagement is the New Change Management

Education (2)

University of Chicago: Masters Business Administration 1973

Purdue University: Bachelor of Science Industrial Management 1966

Sample Talks (1)

Leadership With an Engagement Edge

How to engage people in the purpose of the organization? This is the quintessential leadership question. Everyone knows the benefits that engaged employees bring to an organization: higher productivity and superior customer service. How to achieve these results is another question. During this "workshop from the stage" participants will learn a set of proven engagement principles and practices. Through dialogue with the speaker and each other, and learning from case examples, participants leave with ideas they can apply immediately.



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