Hello, I'm Don Schmincke.
For over 35 years, my team and I have consulted and trained executives in North America, South America, Europe, and India. Additionally we've conducted leadership research excursions in South Africa, Japan, Bhutan, Vietnam, South Korea, and North African regions.
Our books have been translated into over 12 languages.
MEET The Founder
When I left academia to research how leaders impact civilization, I was not prepared for the support and response I received. The journey began when entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business owners vented frustrations with the high failure-rates of management theories, experts, and programs. Unaware of their world (I was pursuing the sciences at MIT), it was while teaching at Johns Hopkins University that the ideal laboratory emerged to explore why these failures happen and how to fix them.
I can't thank enough the anthropologists, neurologists, archaeologists, biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary psychologists whose published research and personal support gave me the needed footing to keep climbing.
Now, after working with over 7,000 CEOs, we have validated the protocols for success. Many CEOs find them "delightfully irreverent with blinding flashes beyond popular theories" and were pleased with the unexpected impact on their balance sheets.
I simply love researching, teaching, and challenging status-quo methods. My speeches, workshops, books, and online programs fulfill me in this mission.
I invite you to join our community. It would certainly help us continue the work; and I think you'd find it remarkably refreshing.
35 year colleague who helps Don facilitate and coach clients in the field. Susan has extensive experience in organizational change, coaching, behavioral profiling, team-building and strategic planning, with clients including National Steel, Harley Davidson, US Steel, and DuPont. She enjoys developing leadership, culture, systems, processes, and hiring practices for world class organizational performance. Susan has degrees from Western Maryland College and Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science, with a concentration in Organizational Development. She lives in Bethesda with her husband and three children.
The backbone of the office, Stacy, runs operations as Don is in-flight, and keeps Don's feet on the ground. She coordinates everything from payroll to travel logistics to event planning to managing the bookkeeping and accounting teams.
Institutional Board governance expert who brought Don into Hopkins and later pioneered further developments at Harvard. Cathy is nationally known for her governance expertise on board policies, leadership, structure, organizational change, best practices, the chair-CEO relationship, strategic planning, and moving boards from fiduciary oversight, to a strategic asset, then to providing leadership. With over $3.5 million in grant support from the Ford Foundation and others, her research is extensive. Formerly a senior executive for Johns Hopkins University’s business programs, she also has an MBA in addition to her PhD. When she’s not working, Cathy can be found at her home of 100 acres of heaven in New Hampshire or traveling with her husband of 13 years.
(pronounced Cameron Logman), Master Trainer and principal researcher at Apple, Professor of Leadership and Innovation and American University Kogod School of Business. Kamran's C-level executive positions include President/CEO of Zarc International, a global manufacturer of consumer and law enforcement related devices, and Executive Director of Nifar, a national provider of Bioinformatics. He holds several patents and authored many technical manuals. Kamran was recognized by the US Army for his decisive management in support of the Haiti mission, and in 2010 received commendation from President Clinton. A graduate from École Internationale in Switzerland, the University of San Francisco, and Catholic University of America.