I try to be a catalyst for change and improvement. Some of my ideas are spot-on, many are works in progress, and, admittedly, others miss the mark. That’s the nature of brainstorming and trying things. I’m okay with that. My hope is that something I write or share will help you to become a better version of yourself. I know that’s what I’m trying to do as well.
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I’m an associate professor of Managerial Studies at Vanderbilt University where I teach classes on strategy, negotiation, and branding. I also partner with companies and government agencies as a global management consultant focused on strategy, leadership, and branding.
I’ve had the privilege to work on the ground with private and public sector clients in the United States, Canada, Asia, the Caribbean, and throughout Europe. Clients have included, but are not limited to:
- Barilla Group
- Crowe Chizek
- Eli Lilly
- Endress + Houser
- Frito Lay
- John Deere
- Kimball International
- Marriott International
- Sony Corporate America
- Universal Studios
- Office of the Prime Minister (Iceland)
- U.S. Department of Defense (all military departments)
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
- State of California
- State of Texas
My 25+ years of leadership and project-management experience, began as an officer in the United States Army, where I was fortunate to attend and complete a number of the military’s most challenging leadership-development courses including airborne, ranger, and infantry officer schools. I served as infantry platoon leader, company executive officer, and company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.
After the my military time, I worked for KPMG Consulting and led several financial management and human capital projects. After my time at KPMG, I began a partnership with FranklinCovey that continues today. In addition, I started a human capital consulting business that I ran for 11 years until its acquisition. My company, Wedgewood Consulting Group, achieved double-digit revenue growth each year, expanded to offices in four states, and, most importantly, allowed me to work with some of the most talented and wonderful people one could ever meet.
I’m the author of Oliver’s Spot: The Five Ps Leading Teams to Top Results and Oliver’s Spot for the Public Sector: A Leadership Story. My most recent book, Building a Winning Culture in Government, was published in April 2018.
I’ve been married for over 26 years to my wife, Jamie, and we have two adult children.
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