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Organization change is hard.

Leading change is harder.

We train leaders to be successful in leading change.

Succeeding at change is more important than ever. Yet few senior leaders are comfortable with their organization’s ability to change.

The problem isn’t that a vision is lacking, or that people aren’t feeling the urgency (believe us, they are feeling it). It’s that too few leaders know how to lead change.

We’re talking about the actual behaviors leaders must demonstrate to lead successful change in your organization.

Develop as a Change Leader

It’s an unfortunate truth: the higher you go in an organization, the less feedback you get. It is easy for professional development to take a backseat to the more urgent business at hand.

If you don’t get feedback on leading change when you’re leading change,
how can you best develop those crucial capabilities?

We believe there are three ways…

1. Take a data-based behavior assessment

The Change Leadership Behavior Inventory (CLBI) was developed by researchers at Columbia University’s Teachers College who have dedicated their careers to understanding the components of successful organizational change initiatives.

This peer-reviewed assessment allows participants to more fully understand which of the behaviors that are essential for leading change come naturally to them, and which behaviors may need to further honed.

The CLBI measures behaviors across eight key categories, see the graphic on the right.

2. Participate in an interactive workshop (virtual or in person) that hones effective change leadership behaviors

You want to be sure your team has experienced the fundamental elements of large-scale organizational transformation without the risk of making mistakes in real-time.

Our off-the-shelf and customized scenarios allow teams to build their skills dealing with the realities of change initiatives. The scenarios give team members a chance to work on new behaviors they’ve identified through their CLBI as key to their long-term growth as a leader of organizational change.

Your team will learn from world-class facilitators and from each other. Together, you will build a shared language and establish norms for leading change.

3. Talk to people who have done it before

Successfully leading organizational change is more than processes, timelines, and budgets. It requires commitment from all levels of the organization. Generating and sustaining that commitment requires nuanced skills that are only developed through experience.

Our team has advised and guided leaders through change initiatives large, small and everything in between. From Fortune 500 companies to fast-moving start ups, we have been neck deep alongside the leaders doing the hard work of moving their organizations forward.

If you have questions about these services, please contact us.

What We Do

It’s not enough for leaders to run their organization efficiently.

They must effectively respond to ever-changing conditions in a way that energizes.

We develop behaviors to lead large-scale organizational change by:

Helping leaders explore their own competencies and areas for improvement through data-based assessments.

Facilitating immersive, experiential learning scenarios to safely try on behaviors, mindsets, and skills.

Providing on-going change leadership advisement.

Who We Are

We can take your business to the next level

We believe the best insights happen when a team has diverse experiences to draw from. Our multi-generational team reflects this belief and includes members with professional backgrounds in:

  • Business Strategy & Operations
  • Academia
  • K-12 Education
  • Project Management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Organization Development
  • Talent Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Broadway

What draws our team members together is our passion for helping organizations and their leaders succeed during times of change.

Meet Our Team

Bill Pasmore, Ph.D.


Before joining Columbia and CCL, Bill was a senior partner with the New York-based consulting firm, Oliver Wyman Delta Consulting, and prior to that, a tenured full professor in the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

As a thought leader in the field of organization development, he has published 30 books and numerous articles, including Leading Continuous Change, Developing a Leadership Strategy, The Board’s new roles in Succession Planning, Choosing the Best Next CEO, Designing Effective Organizations, Creating Strategic Change, Research in Organization Change and Development, and Relationships that Enable Enterprise Change.

His current writing projects are aimed at advanced consulting, digital organization design, change leadership, and the measurement of accountability/responsibility taking.

He resides in New York with his wife, Mary and is the proud father of two young professional women pursuing careers in consulting.

Bill holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University.

David Makowski

Partner – Advanced Consulting LLC

David is owner of c4 Executive Coaching & Consulting and brings a passion for helping individuals, groups and teams be better versions of themselves. With experience across sectors, at small startups, and large international organizations, he brings to the table a deep understanding of the uniqueness of each individual and situation while also recognizing the underpinnings of the common human experience. Holding an MA in Organizational Psychology & Change Leadership from Columbia University and Executive Coaching certification from iCoach at the Zicklin School of Business, David also pulls from the current understanding of neuroscience, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and meditation to bring a balance of strength, passion, empathy, practicality and knowledge to his work. David is also a certified Qi Gong Instructor.

A U.S. Army veteran, David does volunteer work focused on veterans and their return to the civilian world. He’s a lover of nature with a special interest in the world of fungi and can often be found wandering through the woods staring intently at the ground.

Kaylin Aarts

— Advanced Consulting LLC

Kaylin brings executive coaching, organizational development, extensive project management experience across sectors and a background in theatre performance to the change players team. She’s a big picture strategist and detail-oriented implementer that both manages client initiatives and helps with the change players internal operations.

Kaylin’s been told her work with organizations is much like a family thanksgiving; she’s equally adept at sitting at the “kids table” and holding her own at the “adults table” —and in fact spends most of her time bouncing from one to the other seamlessly and helping bridge the gaps. She values compassionate leaders who empower their teams to create a thriving organizational culture.

When she’s not doing coaching or consulting work, Kaylin loves theatre and tries to take advantage of seeing shows in NYC. She also enjoys craft beer, cooking and most of all, spending quality time with family and friends.

Rebecca Stilwell, Ph.D.

Rebecca Stilwell, Ph.D. consults with organizations to support the development of leaders of change, healthy organizational cultures, effective professional collaboration and teams, strategic planning, as well as research and evaluation. In her consulting work she engages in a collaborative process with clients which fosters organizational ownership of interventions to allow stakeholders to be equipped to sustain the newly learned practices into their organization.
Rebecca is a scholar-practitioner who, in addition to her work as a consultant continues to contribute to the academic literature in organizational development. Most recently she has done research on human resources’ contribution to creativity and innovation in organizations as well as development and validation of the Change Leader Behavior Inventory, to assess change leaders behaviors. Her current research continues to investigate leader behaviors which support effective change in addition to development and evaluation of change models to support change in schools and districts.
Rebecca earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time she loves traveling the world and experiencing new people and cultures and spending time with family and friends.

Matt Romond

Matt is a hands-on organizational effectiveness leader with over ten years of experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to design, implement, and monitor impactful change initiatives.

He serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Krav Maga Worldwide, a global health and wellness training company with over 70,000 clients. Through his work he has cultivated a keen interest and deep skills in organizational design, strategic planning, and talent development.

Matt holds an MA in Organizational Psychology (Change Leadership) from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

In his spare time, Matt can be found climbing, running or snowboarding in the mountains.

Kit Krugman

Kit Krugman is the Head of Organization & Culture Design at co:collective, a creative and strategic transformation consultancy. Kit has 10 years of experience designing, managing, and growing teams at creative organizations - including building out co:’s unique collaboration model. She has worked on Future of Talent/Future of Work projects for clients like IBM, LinkedIn, and Microsoft and designed organizational change initiatives for multiple communities including schools, design firms, and publishing companies. She has been published in INC, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post and spoken at DisruptHR, Talent2030, and Adobe’s 99U on numerous future of work topics including women in leadership, new organizational models and building a culture of innovation.

In addition to her role at co:collective, Kit is the Global Executive Director of WIN: Women in Innovation - a global nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in innovation. Kit holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology & Change Leadership from Columbia University, a B.A. in Literature and Studio Art from Yale University and is a certified yoga teacher.

Michael Manning, Ph.D.

Mike has dedicated his professional career to educating and developing executives, designing effective organizations, and creating applied action research processes and intervention techniques. His work with the Change Players continues in this tradition. He has taught and consulted throughout the U.S. and internationally in Mexico, Europe and the Baltic States, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Mike currently is Professor of Leadership, Strategy & Change and Director of Research at the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He has held faculty appointments at New Mexico State University, Case Western Reserve University, SUNY-Binghamton, and Fielding Graduate University.

Mike also serves the OD profession as associate editor of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and is active in the Academy of Management, where he is a former Chair of the Organization Development and Change Division.

Ilene C. Wasserman, Ph.D.

Ilene Wasserman, President of ICW Consulting Group, has over 30 years’ experience in organizational consulting, strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. She has been on the cutting edge of research and practice in strength-based methodologies, capacity building, and relational leadership and strategy. She has worked with both private and public-sector organizations to build and strengthen diverse leadership teams, staff relationships, and effective communication strategies to help them achieve their goals,

Ilene is deeply committed to providing the foundation and motivation that sustain learnings with senior leaders, teams and staff long after the consulting relationship has ended. Clients point to a more enriching, rewarding and inclusive environment that strengthens the organization from within, but also sustains significant, positive results over time. Consultations have included conducting organizational assessments, designing retreats for leadership teams and developing internal work teams. Ilene uses an action learning approach integrating learning and development with her clients’ everyday work. In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene teaches courses related to organization development and leadership, organization communication and diversity inclusion at the graduate level.

Ilene serves as a Senior Fellow at the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a learning director and executive coach for their Executive Education Program. She is also an Executive in Residence for the Center for Creative Leadership, where she provides guidance on women’s leadership, diversity and innovations in Organization Development and Leadership.

Ilene received her Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University in Human Development. She is the author of several publications including two recent books: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning, and Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices. Ilene also serves on several professional boards and is active in her community, including serving on the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission.

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