Doug Sundheim is an executive advisor, consultant, and coach with over 20 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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Capitalism Isn’t Broken: The Economic Thinking Behind It Is

Originally published October 7, 2020 on Forbes Over the past forty years, business has worshipped at the altar of economic efficiency. Beneath countless management fads and trends have been three simple goals: cut costs, grow profits, and increase share price. On the surface, this calculated agenda looks inarguably smart, providing the seemingly perfect engine for…

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What Makes You Come Alive?

Originally published August 18, 2020 on Forbes “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”   Howard Thurman – author, philosopher, educator When I shared the above quote with a client, her reaction was: “It’s…

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To Decrease Your Anxiety, Shoulder It For Others

Originally published August 7, 2020 on Forbes by Doug Sundheim It’s a wonderful paradox of life. One of the best ways to help yourself is to help others. This truism is particularly powerful in times of high anxiety because it interrupts a classic vicious cycle. The more we focus on ourselves, the more we worry.…

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CEOs Have A Responsibility To Help Lead Society

Originally published August 4, 2020 on Forbes by Doug Sundheim In his New York Times opinion piece last month, Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, argued that C.E.Os are qualified to make profits, not lead society, and that we should not expect the latter of them. His arguments are too simple, have significant holes, and read as if…

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How To Build Momentum When You Feel Stuck

Originally published July 31, 2020 on Forbes by Doug Sundheim Many of us feel stuck these days. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our personal and professional lives. Certainties that we used to take for granted are now uncertain. Routines that gave us comfort are gone. Many plans and projects that we had lined up have…