LPTRendsCareer: The culture of innovation isn’t something that happens overnight or by accident. Thank goodness there are people who specialize (really specialize) in the work of building cultures to drive and sustain innovation, a mainstay of every successful company or environment today. Here we profile a leader, Bob Eckert, who rises above the average workist in the field of leadership and organizational development. He wears a suit AND he gets it.
Bob Eckert is a Senior Partner at New & Improved. His focus is on overcoming organizational challenges, team development, productive relationships, productive thinking and leadership development.
A constant learner, Bob has been involved in the business of helping people reach their highest potential in one way or another for the last thirty years. After diverting from an early planned career in medicine, he speaks and trains from a perspective enriched by a background which includes: management experience in both manufacturing and retail, creation/direction of an internationally renowned health promotion program, teaching in both youth and adult criminal justice systems, work as the senior instructor in adaptive “Outward Bound” programming for incarcerated juvenile delinquents, founding and directing a county–wide drug abuse treatment and prevention system and as a national trainer in the area of neuropharmacology and addiction. Bob has been doing his work on a global scale for the last 15 years. He is a facilitator for Facilitators Without Borders and an advisor to its Board of Directors.
Bob uses his training and coaching skills to make change efforts stick. The author of numerous articles and books, his most recent (co-authored with Jonathan Vehar) is “More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams”which details a model for healthy human development in the service of great personal creativity and the emotional intelligence that leads to great team membership.
A sought after speaker who’s impacted tens of thousands at conferences around the world, Bob has a solid track record of satisfied clients in the areas of innovation, human resource and team development. Clients include companies as diverse as Novo Nordisk (Denmark / US), Lotus Development (Asia Pacific), Nordion (Canada), Pfizer (Worldwide), Adams (Central/South America), Kraft Foods (USA) and University of the Orange Free State (South Africa).
An avid outdoorsman who’s as comfortable driving a tractor as he is driving meetings in corporate boardrooms, Bob lives with his wife, son and daughter on their tree farm in the Northern Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Excerpted from www.newandimproved.com/about).
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