Doug Sundheim is an executive advisor, consultant, and coach with over 25 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness.

No stranger to the firing line of business, Doug started a 100-person catering company in his early 20’s, followed by several years in the marketing consulting field where his clients included Sony, M&M/Mars, Mattel, and Motorola among others. In 2000, Doug co-founded The Sundheim Group to help leaders and their teams break through the barriers that stifle performance in themselves and their organizations.

Doug draws on his experience as a leader and entrepreneur to help clients find practical solutions in complex situations. He co-creates each of his engagements with his clients to ensure alignment with organizational goals. Common areas of focus include leading effectively, driving change, and delivering measurable impact.

A frequent speaker on a variety of business topics including leadership, organizational culture, & strategy, he has delivered talks at Columbia University, New York University, The Society for Human Resources, and The World Research Group conference. In 2005, Doug co-authored The 25 Best Time Management Tools and Techniques, which has been translated into 5 languages and continues to be a bestseller. His latest book, Taking Smart Risks, was published by McGraw-Hill in January 2013.

Doug’s clients include American Express, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Apollo Management, Swiss Re, Chubb, Spectrum, University of Chicago, Harvard Management Company, Weill Cornell Medicine, Publicis Group, and the United States Federal Reserve System among others.

Doug holds a BS in Environmental Psychology from Cornell University and an MA in Adult Learning & Leadership from Columbia University.

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Who Are You At Your Best?

Originally published February 4, 2021 on Forbes At your best, you choose love. You feel fear, or anxiety, or selfishness, or anger, or hate. But you choose love. You choose love because you’ve chosen fear and anxiety before. And it paralyzed you. You choose love because you’ve chosen selfishness before. And it isolated you. You…

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Building Team Alignment: It’s An Everyday Job

Originally published January 27, 2021 on Forbes Good leaders know that alignment is critical in building successful teams. Unfortunately, many of them don’t do it often enough. Frequently leaders adopt a one-and-done, event-based mentality, for example, aligning at yearly or quarterly strategy meetings. While alignment should certainly happen at regular strategy meetings, it should also…

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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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10 Goals Effective CEOs Deliver To Drive Long-Term Value

Originally published October 16, 2020 on Forbes The CEO job is tough. And it’s getting tougher as modern business gets more complex. The role of the CEO is different from any other in the organization. The CEO must see the entire context within which the organization is operating, understand myriad forces at play, set a…