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August 03, 2011

About Me

Doug Smith is an adviser, writer, thinker, historian, teacher, lawyer and inventor with a broad range of experience:

Management thinking and practice

- Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading management thinkers and advisers

- Architect of the principles and design for Challenge-Centric, Performance-Driven Transformation Programs(SM) that guide leaders to drive innovation, capacity-building, and growth in organizations and communities undergoing profound disruption (see examples below)

- Has contributed to innovation, strategy and change in scores of organizations across nearly fifty industries in all three sectors: private, government and non-profit

- Cited in High Impact Consulting for having the number one impact of all consultants mentioned. His philosophy and practices routinely generate better than 50:1 returns

- As a McKinsey & Company Partner and co-leader of the Firm’s worldwide organization practice, launched the “horizontal organization,” a part of the re-engineering revolution that Fortune called “the model for the next fifty years”

- Most recently authored On Value and Values -- a sweeping moral vision to revitalize our new world of markets, networks, organizations, friends and families

- Co-authored The Wisdom of Teams and The Discipline of Teams, books used by millions of people the world over

- Authored Make Success Measurable and Taking Charge of Change -- books praised for using performance to drive real change in a dynamic world

Education and social change

- Author of On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me, a social commentary and moral philosophy that has been compared in breadth and depth to Aristotle’s Politics and DeTocqueville’s Democracy In America.

- Architect of NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence In Community Development, a Challenge-Centric, Performance-Driven Transformation Program(SM) causing profound shifts in hundreds of affordable housing organizations across the United States while simultaneously setting a remarkably higher standard for results in adult education

- Created the strategy for the award winning Berea Performance Compact being used by The Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises to combine the unique skills of some of their members with the local presence of all members to produce scalable housing and finance solutions for low-income folks in their region.

- Architect and Executive Director of The Punch Sulzberger Program, a Challenge-Centric, Performance-Driven Transformation Program(SM) for leaders of news organizations seeking to navigate the profound changes affecting their industry.

- Architect and leader of the Georgia ELDP Program, a Challenge-Centric, Performance-Driven Transformation Program(SM) sponsored by The Carl Vinson Institute of Government for Georgia state government leaders faced with driving superior government service in the face of dramatically shrinking budgets and resources.

- Co-authored Sources of The African Past, an innovative, college-level introduction to 19th century African history that puts student and teacher on a level playing field through it’s presentation of original sources

- Taught high school math, physics and chemistry in The Gambia, West Africa and introduced set theory and “new” math to schools nation-wide

- Chairman of the Board of The Rapid Results Institute, that applies results-and-performance driven methods to dramatically increase the size and sustainability of impacts for social and economic development efforts, primarily in Africa

- Board member of SeaChange Capital Partners, an innovative group seeking to mobilize major donors to provide substantial funding for outstanding nonprofits focused on education and youth development

- Board member of The GiveBack Foundation, a revolutionary service that provides everyone a simple, easy way to become a philanthropist by establishing personal foundations. You fund your own foundation through tax deductible donations as well as online shopping with approved vendors who, in turn for your purchases, donate small amounts of money to be given to charities of your choosing.

- Vice Chair of the Board of Next Step, a non-profit social enterprise building the nation's first ever distribution network of non-profits seeking to deliver high quality, energy efficient, factory built manufactured housing at scale.

- Member of Executive Committee that re-architected governance at Yale University

Technology

- Co-invented patented system and methods for creating and viewing fully browseable video narratives – an entirely new form of education and entertainment

- Co-created McKinsey’s Rapid Response Network, one of the world’s earliest and longest lasting innovations in knowledge management

- Former Chairman of E-Lab, company that applied cultural anthropology to invent new methods of behavior-based market research

- Former Chairman of Foothold Technology, a company bringing the benefits of application service technology to the non-profit sector

- Wrote Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored Personal Computing -- widely celebrated as one of the classic books of the Information Age

Industries Served

- Accounting/Auditing
- Agricultural Machinery
- Adult Literacy
- Aviation
- Banking
- Biotechnology
- Cable Television
- Clothing
- Community Development
- Computers
- Consulting
- Corporate Training/Education
- Crafts and Hobbies
- Credit Cards
- Direct Mail
- Disaster Relief
- eCommerce
- Education, K-12 and University
- Energy
- Entertainment
- Fabric Finishing & Dying
- Food and Beverage
- Government
- Health Care
- Information Services
- Insurance
- Journalism
- Kitchen Technology
- Land Use Planning
- Law
- Outsourcing
- Packaging
- Pharmaceuticals
- Professional Sports
- Public Policy
- Publishing
- Retail
- Software
- Telecommunications
- Transportation
- Travel
- Utilities

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