About Eleanor

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One of my favorite sayings is “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” because strategic plans fail when they encounter an organizational culture resistant to change. To succeed, strategies need to account for the way things get done, including incentives, mental models and behavior norms, and build alignment of culture into the plan.

As a dynamic, collaborative leader, I have a substantial track record of successfully creating organizational excellence and lasting results — building high-performing teams, developing and implementing strategy, redesigning and optimizing business processes, and leveraging measurement, data and analytics for everyone to learn and improve. I’ve worked across multiple levels of large complex companies, from executive leaders to frontline staff, to design and implement change that dramatically improved performance – identifying patterns, creating purpose and vision for the future, implementing interventions and measuring results.

My skills integrate intellectual rigor with emotional intelligence, and bring an extensive toolkit of effective methodologies for creating positive change, along with the ability to ask the right questions with an open mind and heart, and a high value for partnership.

I have spent over 20 years as an organizational leader successfully leading change – studying human systems, developing theories, testing hypotheses and learning at multiple levels.  I have worked with executive leaders of large companies to design and implement change that dramatically improved organizational performance – identifying patterns, creating purpose and vision for the future, implementing interventions and measuring results.  I understand how critical it is to work at the level of the individuals who make up an organization – connecting, developing trust, and creating space for them to own the change and be willing to take action.  I also understand that leaders must be willing to lead by example and I work with such leaders to embody the change desired in order to inspire others. Leaders must go first before people will follow.

Organizations I have worked include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Group Health Cooperative, the University of Washington School of Public Health, and Cornell University.  My formal education includes a PhD in Sociology and MA in Demography, both from University of California, Berkeley,  and an AB in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

Please feel free to contact me at eleanor@whatsinaloop.com