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Jumpstart 2021 is an open, yet structured one-day session (most likely virtual) for senior teams of 5-15 people to plan the year ahead. It provides a pause amidst the dynamic and transactional nature of your current day-to-day life to reconnect to what matters most.

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Doug’s Latest Harvard Business Review Articles

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When Crisis Strikes, Lead With Humanity

Originally published April 23, 2020 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim The writer George Saunders has a fitting analogy for the current Covid-19 moment: We’ve slipped on ice but haven’t hit the pavement yet. We’re caught in a suspended state between losing control and feeling the full impact. The comparison points to a paradoxical tension that…

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Making Stakeholder Capitalism A Reality

Originally published January 22, 2020 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim and Kate Starr Stakeholder capitalism, a popular management theory in the 1950s and ‘60s that focused on the needs of all constituents, not just shareholders, has been poised to make a comeback since weaponized financial instruments brought down the economy in 2008. Now,…

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Doug's Latest Blog Posts

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Should you really build leaders at every level of your organization?

Originally published November 17, 2020 on Forbes [Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don’t you’re dead in this economy.] I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently. His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. His argument surrounded five reasons: Some people…

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We Need Leaders Who Have The Courage To Love

Originally published November 13, 2020 on Forbes A global pandemic is raging. Racial tensions are smoldering. Economic inequality is increasing. An environmental crisis is looming. And a partisan chasm in the US is widening. The challenges we’re facing didn’t just show up this year or even the over the last four years. They’ve been simmering…

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Taking Smart Risks

Life is uncertain. Whether in the business world or at home, we feel an increasing loss of control over our future, and find ourselves paralyzed by indecision. Fear prevents people from taking chances and making game-changing moves. Anything other than the status quo appears inherently risky and reckless.

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“The Sundheim Group is an insightful, non-nonsense, get-it-done partner. The best executive coach and organizational consultant I’ve ever used.”

Michael Hejtmanek - CEO, Hasselblad Bron Inc.

“We were getting bogged down by the sheer number of priorities and opinions we were managing. The Sundheim Group pulled us together and focused on what mattered most.”

Joanna Rupp - Managing Director, University of Chicago Office of Investments

“We had some tricky issues to address, and not a lot of time to do it. The Sundheim Group moved quickly and professionally. They waste no time getting to the heart of issues.”

Mike Kelly - Former Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

“The Sundheim Group came in, without deep software knowledge, and spoke to us in our language better than we could talk to each other. Doug has a natural instinct for knowing what will and won’t make a difference.”

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