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Grady McGonagill

Grady McGonagill has over 25 years of experience in organizational and leadership development. In 1983, he founded McGonagill Associates, a firm specializing in building capacity for learning and change. During 2005 and 2006 he was also Director of Learning at Generon Consulting. Grady has distinctive expertise in developing leadership capacity in the upper levels of organizations of all kinds, with an emphasis on approaches that support seasoned leaders in learning from experience to clarify and refine what works best for them. He is a recognized executive coach, helping leaders deal effectively with day-to-day work challenges while learning how to develop a distinctive and authentic leadership voice. As a leader in his field, Grady provides ‘reflection on practice’, supporting other consultants and coaches in creating clarity and consistency in the assumptions and methods in their model of professional practice.

For over ten years Grady has been a key adviser to a premier global consulting firm in the development of a culture of learning and coaching, a critical element of the firm’s aspiration to attract, develop and retain great people. To strengthen on-the-job learning, he helped the firm institute “Team Learning” practices that have been adopted worldwide. In addition, he designed a high-impact coaching workshop that has become part of the firm’s required curriculum and trained a worldwide network of facilitators to deliver it.

Grady has supported a leading global electronics firm in a variety of initiatives aimed at developing leadership and fostering change. From 1996-2000 Grady was the lead faculty for a year-long Change Agent Program documented by the Harvard Business School that provided emerging leaders with opportunities to take on challenging projects while supported by a comprehensive curriculum of multi-disciplinary learning and coaching.

Grady’s workshops on coaching, leadership, conflict management, team building, and interpersonal skills have been offered through a number of executive programs, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. His two-day workshop “Assessing and Refining Your Leadership Style” is offered publicly through the Center for Management Research. (www.yourleadershipstyle.com) Grady is a contributor to the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, edited by Peter Senge et al. (New York: Doubleday, 1994) and the author of “The Coach as Reflective Practitioner,” a chapter in Executive Coaching, edited by C. Fitzgerald and J. Berger (San Francisco: Davies Black Publishing, 2002). (downloadable at www.reflectivepractitioner.com)

Grady earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of Texas.